I woke up one day at the age of 20 with cystic acne covering my face. I went to a dermatologist and although the medicine and treatment that was given to me alleviated a majority of the bacterial-acne that covered my face, it was only temporary. I began researching different reasons why cystic acne happened and what to cut out of my diet to help prevent it from reoccurring. The number one thing that came up was: dairy. I immediately cut dairy out of my diet and began the road to veganism.

After about a year, I started to question why I was still having acne show up every now and then, especially being that I was following the regimen I was given at twenty-years-old. Being a makeup artist for 7+ years, it was imperative that I not only research what is detrimental to my skin, but what could potentially harm my client's skin. I had an epiphany, "if my skin is reacting this way to the stuff I am putting in my body, what damage is being done topically." The number one thing that came up was: sunscreen. Overwhelmingly taken back by all of the research I found from the destructiveness that the chemical-based sunscreen was doing to our coral reefs, I knew I had to do something (and that was more than just throwing mine out). 

Over the next few years, there were a lot of trial and errors; from not wearing any sunscreen at all and just wearing a hat and sunglasses everywhere, to trying mineral-oil (petroleum based) sunscreen and everything in between. There was nothing out there that benefited both humans and our oceanic ecosystem. 

With many pots and pans worn down to the core, tons of late nights and bribing my mom into being my guinea pig by trying different formulas - I love you, mama, I finally came up with "Sunny Q Family Sunscreen" a multifaceted sunscreen that protects your skin and our coral reefs! 

Sunny Q Family Sunscreen's foundation is built on inclusion and diversity. Finally! A sun-protecting lotion that brings hope and promise to an industry with limited accessibility to many. 

It takes a village. I am eternally grateful for my mom, my father, my grandmother, one of my friend's Christa, who never gave up on me and encouraged me to chase my dreams even though at times I thought they were silly, the faculty and staff of Florida Gulf Coast University and the Runway Program and everyone who has supported me from day one. 


Together, we will change the evolution of humanity by preserving the coral reefs and protecting every being's skin. It's only up from here. 


Thank you, here's to us! 


Alexandria Quillen

President and CEO of Sunny Q Family Sunscreen