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Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30
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4 fl. oz. for $19.99
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime)
Last Updated:07.08.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

DermaControl Moisturizer SPF 30 is said to be a 3-in-1 option for oily skin because it hydrates, protects, and controls shine. It ends up doing two of the three decently well, though on balance the formula isn't all that exciting, which is why is earns a good, three-star rating (instead of our highest, four-star rating).

This fragrance-free, light cream sunscreen is conveniently packaged in plastic container with a pump-style dispenser. The blend of absorbent and film-forming agents in this moisturizer prevent it from being hydrating, though it does have a lightweight texture and absorbent, soft matte finish those with oily skin will appreciate. It protects with an in-part avobenzone sunscreen, so critical UVA (think anti-aging) protection is assured. That's excellent because oily skin needs daily sun protection, too!

What this is missing, at least in meaningful amounts, are antioxidants and ingredients to reduce redness and calm acne-prone skin. Cetaphil included tiny amounts of vitamin E, a component of soothing licorice, anti-irritant allantoin, and zinc gluconate, but that's about it and we're concerned it's too little to make much difference— especially as Cetaphil makes a point in its advertising that this can be used to treat the redness and dryness caused by prescription acne treatments.

DermaControl Moisturizer SPF 30 is a potentially helpful option for oily, acne-prone skin and is worth a try; we only wish it had a better range and greater amounts of the kind of ingredients all skin types need to look and act younger and healthier. Still, it does a lot to earn its three-star rating, and gets a recommendation from us!

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Provides reliable broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Lightweight, soft matte finish that's ideal for oily skin.
Cons:
  • Does not hydrate as well as claimed.
  • Does not contain meaningful amounts of ingredients that can serve to soothe redness and dryness.
Claims

Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30 is clinically proven to manage oily and acne-prone skin. It soothes sensitivities like redness or dryness caused by using some acne treatments and controls shine while protecting and moisturizing skin.

Ingredients

Active: Avobenzone (3%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (7%) Other: Water, Isopropyl Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sucrose Tristearate, Dimethiconol, Pentylene Glycol, Polysorbate 61, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Panthenol, Triethanolamine, Allantoin, Carbomer, Potassium Sorabte, Zinc Gluconate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine

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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07.04.2015
Making my skin more oily!

I'm 50 and my daughter is 14. Both have acne prone skin. This came with daughters Epiduo sample. Purchased a bottle for each of us. I think my skin is so much more oily after a couple of hours. Daughters skin isn't clearing at all despite the use of $500 Epiduo. I had less oil with L'Oreal BB Cream. Just wish it had a higher SPF. Still searching...

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Anne
07.03.2015
Burns eyes

Wish I knew that this product burns your eyes so badly. There was nothing on the bottle whatsoever in regards to keeping it away from your eyes, and my eyes burned and non stop watered so badly. But I must say my skin does feel amazing. I just wish I would've known to not go anywhere near my eyes.

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06.22.2015
skin likes, but burns eyes

This is my daily sunscreen for at home. It is the least acne-inducing of all I've tried (including PC), and does not make my skin oily; however I can't use it near my eyes. I pair it with an SPF stick around my eyes, resulting in paler circles around my eyes, so I don't wear this to go out. Still, every other sunscreen breaks me out, so I use this to keep my skin clear, when not in public.

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Anonymous
06.17.2015
Leaves a sheen ans stings eyes

I have been using this product for last 1 month. This is not for sensitive eyes as it stings and feels like somebody is peeling an onion nearby. The lotion tends to make your skin look one or two shade darker and also leaves a sheen. Only good thing is that it does not leave a white cast.

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Tushar C.
03.12.2015
Bad Reaction

I tried this when it was relatively new, about a year and a half ago. I used it for a couple of days and wound up with a very bad rash of small itchy bumps, swelling and redness all over my face. It took a long time for my skin to fully heal. I believe it was one or more of the synthetic sunscreens that caused my problem, but I can't be sure. I can't speak for others, but this was absolutely horrible for me.

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Susan
11.02.2014
so so

This product does give you sun protection but does nothing to prevent shine with my oily skin. It also is not good to use around the eye area. Will cause your eyes to burn if you get it too close.

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Anonymous
06.03.2014
clogs my pores

This product clogs my pores, but less so than other sunscreen moisturizers. I've been using it for about a year while I hunt for something better.

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Anonymous
01.22.2014
Fail

This moisturizer doesn't do what it claims. When you put it on, it has a tendency to pill/ball up. It feels heavy and thick on. As far as the oil control claims, this product did nothing to control my oil.The Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer is a fail in my book.

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Christine
11.04.2013
My favorite daily moisturizer

I've used this product for years; it's my favorite daily moisturizer for under makeup. I'm 63 with combination skin. Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer glides on my face and neck and soaks in quickly so I can apply my foundation in a minute or two. I can use it near my eyes and it doesn't burn like some moisturizers with sunscreen do. I LOVE finding good products at drugstore prices - this is one of them!

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Sharon
09.15.2013
Not Impressed from a 40 yr old w/oily acne prone skin

Took this on vacation to Miami hoping to keep the shine and acne at bay. I'm happy to report it caused no breakouts and also performed well at sun protection w/30 spf. However, for shine control it did not do cut it for me. I felt greasy from the moment I put it on. I will not purchase again. I'll use the rest on my chest and arms.

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