When it comes to cleansers for acne-prone skin, there are plenty out there that claim to remove oil and dirt, but due to drying soap ingredients, can actually make skin worse. DermaControl Oil-Control Foam Wash doesn't over-cleanse, but instead removes excess oil and rinses without leaving a residue. While it doesn't quite live up to all its claims (more on that in a bit), it does earn a good, three-star rating.
DermaControl Oil-Control Foam Wash comes in a plastic bottle with a pump that helps introduce air to turn the liquid formula into a foam. This contains gentle cleansing agents that, while they while get skin clean, will not dry it out or cause inflammation. While this doesn't dry skin, it also isn't too emollient, so skin won't be left feeling greasy once this is rinsed away. It's not the most exciting product out there when it comes to oily skin cleansers, but it does do a good job!
One note, and part of the reason this earns a three-star rating instead of four stars, is that Cetaphil claims this cleanser's "innovative zinc technology" reduces surface oil and shine. The ingredient they're talking about zinc gluconate, which has been studied in comparison to antibiotics for managing acne. The research on this ingredient was done with oral supplements, not topical application via a cleanser, so it's a stretch to state it applies here, too.
Zinc gluconate does has anti-inflammatory activity that can be helpful for reducing redness from acne, though it would be best used in a leave-on product. Since this is getting rinsed away, it's not going to have the full benefit that would come from having it stay on skin.
Still, this is a good cleanser that earns our three-star rating, and it's one we definitely recommend!
- Contains gentle cleansers that won't dry out skin.
- Removes excess oil and rinses without leaving a residue.
- The zinc gluconate in this formula can't reduce oil or shine as claimed because it is rinsed away.