Cetaphil DERMACONTROL Review

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

I hated my oily skin when I was growing up. I was never able to fully get the shine under control. I was (and still am) religious about washing my face in the morning and before bed. What was really annoying, though, was an hour after applying powder, it would be melted off and my face back to its regular greasy state. I cursed it back then and hated my skin. I’m older now and I still have oily skin though its gotten slightly better since my teen years. I still have major issues though with my face becoming greasy and I deal with breakouts only around my monthly cycle now (vs. every single day!). I know oily skin helps slow the aging process and that’s a huge plus for me as I edge closer and closer to the big 4-0. 

I’ve recently discovered some fantastic products that seem like they were made just for me! Cetaphil DERMACONTROL Oil Control Foam Wash and Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30. I liked that it was specifically designed for oily, combination or blemish-prone skin. That’s me…oily and blemish-prone yay. I was curious to see if it would really work to control the oil and if it would be gentle enough on my easily irritated skin. 


The Oil Control Foam Wash contains a zinc complex that absorbs excess oil as well as soothing, cleansing and hydrating your skin. The soap-free foam has a light pleasant scent that lathers up nicely. It feels really light and I also like that there’s no need to scrub. There was no redness or irritation or stinging or burning. It’s a very gentle cleanser and I found it worked wonders at reducing the oil. Sometimes products that reduce oil are also very drying on your skin. Yes, oily skin can get dry patches! I didn’t find this product at all drying. 

I always thought that I didn’t need moisturizer since I had enough of it already, but I learned that daily moisturizing can help keep skin healthier. The Moisturizer SPF 30 also protects my skin from the sun’s powerful rays. It’s a  3-in-1 formula that does three things: hydrates, protects and controls shine. The Ceramide technology replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier while the Oleosome technology provides SPF 30 with minimized irritation potential. 

I was surprised that it didn’t make my skin oily! Instead my skin was smooth with a soft matte finish and protected from the sun! I never liked wearing sunscreen on my face before so at least now I’m protected when I go outside. 

I can see now why Cetaphil DERMACONTROL was voted Canada’s 2013 Product of the Year in the Facial Care Category and is recommended by the Dermatology Review Panel. If you or your teen have oily or blemish-prone skin, these products are another option for you to try. I’m very happy with my experience and I’ll likely buy more once these bottles run out!

You can find Cetaphil DERMACONTROL in most pharmacies across the country. The Foam Wash is 236 mL in size and retails for $18.99 while the Moisturizer SPF 30 is 120 mL in size and retails for $18.99. 

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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