7 of the Best Sunscreens With Zinc Oxide

There has long been a debate surrounding sunscreen, namely, which type of sunscreen is best: chemical or physical. Both fulfill their purpose of protecting skin from damaging sun exposure, but they do so in different ways. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays so the skin can't (no absorption means no sunburn). Physical sunscreens, on the other hand, rely on mineral ingredients that scatter and deflect dangerous rays away from the skin.

Neither of these two types of sunscreen is necessarily better than the other, though dermatologists usually recommend physical sunscreen for anyone with sensitive skin. Take it from dermatologist Tina Funt, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group, who says that "physical sunscreens are not necessarily safer, but they will cause fewer allergic reactions." This is because minerals like zinc oxide take the place of other potentially irritating ingredients found in chemical counterparts. Dermatologic surgeon Dendy Engelman, MD, calls physical sunscreens "great for people with sensitive, acneic, and rosacea skin." Yeah, that sounds like us.

Keep reading to see seven expert-recommended zinc sunscreen products!