Unless you're me, and even extra-gentle super-purified hypo-allergenic sunscreen stings your face and gives you, yes - red, burny patches all over your face. Oil of Olay? Stings like hell. Neutrogena? Hurts. Almay? OUCH RED BURN OUCH.
I can't do without. My Dad has a much darker complexion than I do but has had several pieces of bad skin seared off by a patient dermatologist because he's too stubborn to smear on the zinc. And my uber-blonde sister? Ditto. That's not gonna happen to me.