Update Sep 2016:
I'm sad to report that I'm going to rotate this out. Like, really sad. Bc this stuff is good, and so far I hate the feeling and look of the other physical spfs that i have tried.
I'm doing an experiment in my quest to clear my closed comedones on my chin and forehead (which are far worse on my chin... nearly invisible on forehead, but def still there and barely budging...but on my chin, they are the source of 70% of my skin woes in terms of how they look and feel. Ugh.). I realized recently that despite my best efforts with many many many treatments, the CCs on my chin have not gotten any better over the past 2 yrs. They are actually multiplying. They feel way worse than they look. But the feel is bad - big hard lumps on the lower portion of my chin and the sides below the corners of my lips (not the tiny bumps most people have in the crease). It's kind of like a weird U shaped pattern of lumpy CCs. And since this has been one of the few constants in my routine, I can't rule it out. Silicone is #3 on the list of ingredients and while supposedly silicone itself can't clog a pore, from what I've learned, it certainly can trap bad stuff inside (in my case, that's my ridiculously plentiful and sticky sebum). So I'm trying to eliminate silicones to see if it helps.
So far, the evidence points to silicones being a problem. Over the past week, I used only non silicone products. I did not experience any innocuous pimples in that time. The pimples I'm referring to are not the inflamed type. I'm talking about tiny whiteheads with pus that emerge only when something you've put something on your skin that traps something in a pore. If you are as experienced with acne as me, you know what I'm talking about.
Well, after a week of none of those types of pimples, I went back and tried this sunscreen bc, quite frankly, it still kicks butt when it comes to sun protection and cosmetic elegance. I had tried Mychelle solar defense zinc spf and am sad to report I got kind of tan while wearing it, and definitely hated that it felt like a thick mask. So I threw this trusty stuff back on. Lo and behold, when I came home from work, I had a bunch of tiny pimples. Despite wearing an antibacterial topical underneath it. Say it isn't so!!! ????
I'm going to quit again for a while and try it again later. I stand by my original review in terms of how great this is for protection and light coverage. If you are not as insanely acne prone as me, it might just work for you.
Good luck in your quest for an SPF that fits the bill for you. I'm failing right now. PLEASE message me with any recs you have for physical spf that wears well on sensitive oily highly clog prone skin. Alternatively, if you've found a chemical spf that is kind to mild rosacea and clog prone skin, I'd like to know, as well! Bonus points if it doubles as light tinted coverage...
Whaaaat? Did I seriously forget to write a review of this stuff? I give this stuff 800 lippies. This is my holy grail of holy grails. Not only is it an effective sunblock, but it provides enough coverage for me to use it as a "foundation". I use quotation marks because I can't claim this provides enough coverage to hide all your flaws, but it does provide enough of an evening-out-effect for me to wear this and only this. Now that my oily-yet-dehydrated/acne-prone with tons of sun spots and hyperpigmentation skin is aging, I realize that 99.9% of the foundations in this world make my skin look older than it has to (I have yet to find the .01% that provides coverage while not highlighting fine lines and clogging pores). So I just stopped wearing foundation because I prefer a less flawless and more natural look over a fully made up look that just makes my crappy, aging skin more obvious. This does not break me out, it provides a tiny bit of moisture and it keeps the sun out. I've worn it in some pretty intense sun situations and I have never burned. I even wear it hiking. I honestly don't leave the house without it on. It's great because I can look very low key while protecting and evening out my skin. I'm on my 6th bottle of it, which is really saying something for me!