Purifide (Acnecide) SPF30 review: The budget-friendly SPF for acne

If you know that wearing SPF is important but struggle to find one that suits your chaotic, acne-prone skin, I feel your pain.

The good news? You’re in the right place. I’ve been testing out loads of ‘acne-friendly’ (uh, we’ll see about that) SPFs to find which ones are worth your hard-earned cash… and which belong in the skincare-sin-bin.

With that said, here’s my full review of the Purifide (Acnecide) Daily Moisturiser with SPF30. (Spoiler: for the price, it’s a good’un).

Purifide (Acnecide) Daily Moisturiser SPF30 review

Just in case you don’t want to read the full review (I don’t blame you, who has the time?), here’s a quick summary.

This is a decent SPF. I like it. It definitely hasn’t worsened my acne, and, if anything, my acne has actually reduced since using this. It doesn’t leave a white cast, doesn’t have that horrible suncreamy smell (you know the one I mean, right?), isn’t sticky and rubs in pretty easily. Winner.

Any downsides? Yep, it really stings my eyes if I put it too close to them. That’s all, really.

Key product benefits & claims

Product: Purifide (Acnecide) Daily Moisturiser SPF30 50ml

Price: Around £14.99. But it’s often £9.99 on Amazon, so make sure to check it out there before buying in-store.

The texture & consistency

Sick of thick, gloopy SPFs that feel like an acne disaster the moment you put them on your skin? You’ll be pleased to hear that the Purified (Acnecide) SPF30 isn’t one of those.

It has a fairly thin consistency and, even though it’s super white when you pour it out the tube, it quickly turns transparent when you start rubbing it in.

In terms of the finish, it’s not super mattifying, but it’s not shiny either. Having said that, I do feel that it helps to control oil production over the course of the day.

I normally have to apply powder pretty often to remove the shine on my t-zone. Since using this, I haven’t been doing that as much.

The results

I’ve only tried this SPF in the autumn and winter months, so I can’t comment on its sun-protecting properties. However, it contains both UVA and UVB protection, so I’m confident it’s doing its job in that department.

The only downside? This is SPF30, rather than 50. I prefer SPF50 in the summer months, especially if I’m abroad. If you’re fair and use active (retinol, acids and the like), I’d recommend that you do the same. The Cetaphil Daily Defence SPF50 is a good one to try, though it’s definitely heavier and a little greasier than this one.

In terms of my acne, this is one of my favourite SPFs to date. It hasn’t clogged my skin up at all and, if anything, I’d say my acne has actually improved since using it. I’d say it’s a safe bet for anyone with very acne-prone skin who’s struggling to find a non-pore-blocking SPF.

But what about its moisturising powers? It’s average. As someone who uses tretinoin (which is super drying), this isn’t enough on its own. I have to apply a separate moisturiser underneath, though that doesn’t bother me too much.

There’s only one real con/downside: this product, without a doubt, stings my eyes. This could be a personal issue, as I find that my eyes are sensitive to many skincare products. If you’re the same as me, proceed with caution!

The scent

The Purifide (Acnecide) SPF30 doesn’t contain any added fragrance and, to be honest, doesn’t have much of a scent at all. I’d say it’s very slightly chemically, but nothing that’ll bother you.

The packaging

This acne-friendly SPF comes in a small, opaque, squeezy 50ml tube. It’s not exactly luxe packaging, but I’m not bothered about that.

So far, I’ve had no problems dispensing the product out of the bottle, but we’ll see what happens when I get closer to the end. I’ll make sure to update this page if I have any problems.

It’s a pretty small bottle, but I’ve found that a little goes a long way.

The price

The Purifide (Acnecide) SPF30 retails for around £11-14.99. I’d recommend shopping around, as the price varies between retailers. Once you factor in delivery, Amazon often ends up the cheapest, especially if you have Prime.

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Good for, bad for…

In my opinion, the Purifide (Acnecide) SPF30 Daily Moisturiser is best suited to anyone with acne-prone skin who’s concerned about SPF blocking their pores or causing additional breakouts.

It might not be the best for very dry skin types, as it’s not especially rich or nourishing. As someone with combination skin with dry patches, I find that I need an additional mosturiser under this.

I think this would be a good match for slightly oily skin types. Although it’s not ultra-mattifying (so skip this if that’s what you’re looking for), it does seem to provide some oil control throughout the day. I’ve noticed I don’t have to powder my t-zone quite so much.

If you’ve got sensitive eyes, I’d avoid this. It stings my eyes and makes them water if I apply it too closely. For this reason, I’m going to use the UltraSun SPF30 around my eyes (it’s a lot more expensive than this, so using it just around my eyes will save me some pennies) and the Purifide SPF30 over the rest of my face.

Purifide (Acnecide) SPF30 ingredients

Aqua, Octocrylene, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycerine, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Dimethicone, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Sucrose Tristearate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 61, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Dimethiconol, Disodium Edta, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum, Zinc Gluconate (FIL Code 0494)

Stand out ingredients

  • Glycerin: A natural moisturiser that’s also in your skin. Keeps the skin lipids between your skin cells in a healthy state, protects against irritation and helps to restore the barrier.
  • Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane: The global gold standard of UVA protection and the most used UVA sunscreen in the world. 
  • Allantoin: Soothing ingredient that softens the skin and promotes wound healing.
  • Panthenol: Moisturising humectant, meaning that it can help the skin to attract water and then hold onto it.
  • Zinc Gluconate: A zinc salt that is antibacterial (including acne-causing P. acnes) and sebum-regulating – great for acne-prone skin types! It also has wound-healing abilities.

Source: INCI Decoder

Not-so-nice ingredients

Honestly? I’ve done quite a bit of research into the ingredients and couldn’t find anything negative about this formulation!

I’m guessing that, for me, it’s the Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane that’s making my eyes sting. But that’s more of a personal sensitivity/allergy and not necessarily something you need to worry about.

How to use Purifide (Acnecide) SPF30

If you’re a minimal-routine kinda guy or gal, just wash your face in the morning (check out the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser or Avene Clenance Cleansing Gel) and apply this all over your face while it’s still slightly damp. You’re good to go!

But if you’re a skincare lover like me, try this simple routine:

  • Apply hyaluronic acid to damp skin (I love the Revolution Hyaluronic Acid!)
  • Wash face with a gentle wash/cleanser (try my recommendations above)
  • If your skin is on the drier side, apply a moisturiser suitable for your skin type (I use the Science of Skin Rescue No. One)
  • Apply a dessert spoon-sized amount of Purifide (Acnecide) SPF30 all over your face and neck

If it’s a particularly hot day or you’re sweating/swimming, make sure to reapply your SPF throughout the day. If it’s a very hot day and you’re out in the sun, consider swapping this out for an SPF50 like the Cetaphil Daily Defence SPF50.

Purifide (Acnecide) SPF30 Daily Moisturiser review: The perfect acne-friendly SPF on a budget

I’ve tried out plenty of SPFs in my time. Many have clogged up my skin and made my acne 10x more difficult to budge. But this one’s different. It’s lightweight, non-greasy and, in a way, even seems to have improved my acne.

In fact, I love this one just as much as the UltraSun SPF30, but it comes at a much cheaper price tag. For me, that’s a winner!

If you’re acne-prone with combination skin like me, I’d almost guarantee you’ll like this. If you’re on the drier side, you might prefer the Cetaphil Daily Defence SPF50 – it’s another one of my faves and definitely on the richer side.

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