Dermacontrol Oil Control Foam Wash
8 fl. oz. for $14.79
Last Updated:07.08.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

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.

Cetaphil DermaControl™ Oil Control Foam Wash is designed to cleanse oily and acne-prone skin. It is clinically proven to gently wash away excess oil produced by acne-prone skin, along with impurities and makeup — all of which can clog your pores and lead to breakouts.


Water, Zinc Coceth Sulfate, Glycerin, PEG-75, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Zinc Gluconate, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Benzoate, Masking Fragrance, Disodium EDTA.

Brand Overview

Cetaphil At-A-Glance

This familiar, widely distributed skin-care collection is manufactured by Galderma, the same company that markets the prescription products Differin and MetroGel.  Given the dermatology heritage of Galderma, it's surprising the Cetaphil line hasn't advanced beyond the basics. Yes, most of what's available is a safe bet for those with sensitive skin!

If you're in search of simplicity, this is a good line to consider. We should note that many of the formulas omit more complex anti-aging ingredients, but they can always be used alongside a serum or treatment of your choosing.

Strengths: Inexpensive; mostly fragrance-free products; affordable and widely available; offers complete ingredient lists on its website; the sunscreens offer sufficient UVA protection.

Weaknesses:A few formulas could be updated with more complex ingredients, but forgoing that there is a lot to like here.

For more information about Cetaphil, call (817) 961-5000 or visit www.cetaphil.com.

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Best thing yet!

I am 32yrs old. I have always suffered from mild break outs both on my arms and face. This product has worked better than any thing over the counted ive ever tried. I also have mild roschea and it clears it up soon as i use it

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Only thing that takes off my waterproof mascara

This is absolutely the only product that can remove my waterproof mascara (Maybelline Falsies line). Even eye-makeup remover can't take this stuff off... I really hope they don't discontinue the cetaphil foam cleanser.

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