Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturizer Review

Finally, a moisturizer/sunscreen combo that's made just for people with acne. Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturizer is lightweight and non-greasy, but still moisturizing. It's made especially for oily, acne-prone skin and it's oil-free, fragrance-free, and noncomedogenic, meaning it won't clog your pores. The package also says it will help control oily shine.

A Great Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin

Cetaphil DemaControl Oil Control Moisturizer is the combination of every quality you want in a moisturizer. It's moisturizing without being too heavy, and 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. It seems that most lighter-weight moisturizers just aren't quite moisturizing enough. 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.

It Doubles as a Sunscreen

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 extremely difficult 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. It feels like you don't even have anything at all on your skin and there's no greasy feel and no oily shine.

A Few Caveats

There are a few aspects that could be better about this moisturizer. First, it's not waterproof or sweat-proof. For normal, daily wear, it's perfectly sufficient, but if you're spending a lot of time outdoors, like at the beach or out rollerblading, you'll need more protection than this product can give.

Also, make sure you keep this moisturizer away from the eye area. The sunscreen can migrate into the eyes and it really stings.

Overall Impressions

For the drugstore price, you just can't find a better daily moisturizer/sunscreen for breakout-prone skin. In fact, it's way better than some of the super pricey, salon brand moisturizers.

Active Ingredients

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


Less than $15 for a 4 oz. bottle

Where You Can Buy It

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


The best points of this moisturizer/sunscreen:

  • 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.


The drawbacks:

  • It isn't waterproof or sweat-proof, so if you're heading to the pool or playing outdoor sports, this product won't give you 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.

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