Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturizer Review

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Finally, a moisturizer/sunscreen combo made just for those of us with acne! Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer is lightweight, non-greasy, but still moisturizing.

I won't beat around the bush – I love this moisturizer. Love it, love it, love it. It's everything that I have been searching for a moisturizer/sunscreen combo.

I actually bought this moisturizer for my young teen daughter. The over-the-counter acne treatments were drying her skin out, so she needed a good moisturizer that wouldn't contribute to the breakout problem.

She also needed a gentle moisturizer; her skin is sensitive.

Cetaphil has made products for sensitive skin for a long time, so I felt comfortable purchasing the brand for her. It was just by chance that I borrowed it after running out of my moisturizer. I haven't given it back yet.

Cetaphil DemaControl Oil Control Moisturizer is the combination of every quality I want in a moisturizer. It's moisturizing without being too heavy, hydrating without feeling greasy. The product absorbs into the skin quickly and leaves your skin looking dewy but matte.

That balance is tough to get right. I've found that most lighter-weight moisturizers just aren't quite moisturizing enough. My skin always feels a tad too dry afterward. This isn't the case with this moisturizer, though. It strikes that perfect balance of lightness and hydration.

Another bonus – it gives you your daily dose of sunscreen. Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturizer has a broad spectrum SPF 30.

(Broad spectrum sunscreen is recommended because it gives protection both from UVA and UVB rays.)

It's super hard to find a sunscreen that isn't thick and greasy, but this product has done it again. It's not thick, not greasy, and it doesn't even have that "sunscreen smell." I absolutely love that I can put it on and feel like I don't have anything at all on my skin.

No greasy feel and no oily shine.

Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturizer is made especially for oily, acne-prone skin. It's oil-free, fragrance-free, and noncomedogenic (it won't clog your pores). The package also says it will help control oily shine.

So, while I've been singing the praises of this moisturizer, there are just a few aspects that I wish were different.

First, it's not waterproof or sweat-proof. For normal, daily wear, this moisturizer/sunscreen is perfectly sufficient. But if you're spending a lot of time outdoor, like at the beach or out roller blading, you'll need more protection than this product can give.

Also, make sure you keep this moisturizer away from the eye area. I got myself several times by applying it too close to the eyes. The sunscreen can "migrate" into the eyes and it really stings.

These aren't huge issues and are definitely not deal-breakers for me, but something to keep in mind.

For the drugstore price, you just can't find a better daily moisturizer/sunscreen for breakout-prone skin. In fact, I like it way better than some of the super pricey, salon brand moisturizers. I'm never going to spend a ton of money on a facial moisturizer/sunscreen again… I'll just use this one.

Active Ingredients:

Avobenzone 3%, octisalate5%, octocrylene 7% (all are sunscreen ingredients)


Less than $20 for a 4 oz. bottle

Where You Can Buy:

You can find this moisturizer at your local drug store, big box store (like Target and Walmart), and at beauty supply stores like Ulta.


  • Lightweight, non-oily, fast absorbing – everything you want in a moisturizer.
  • It's broad-spectrum SPF 30, so it will protect your skin against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • The price is very reasonable.


  • It isn't waterproof or sweat-proof, so if you're heading to the pool or playing outdoor sports, this product won't give all the protection you need.
  • It can sting your eyes, so keep it well away from the eye area.

The Bottom Line:

Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturizer is a light, non-greasy moisturizer formulated especially for acne prone skin.  Plus, you get sun protection to boot (without looking shiny!) A really great product, for a really great price.

Next Steps:

How To Choose the Right Acne Moisturizer

How To Choose a Sunscreen That Won't Break You Out

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