Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash and Moisturizer: Review and Giveaway

Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Skincare.

Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Skincare.

Combination skin is a trial. Am I right? Whenever skin care is advertised for "combination skin," I'm skeptical. Combination skin could have any number of issues: dry and oily, oily and normal, normal and dry….how could one kind of cleanser and moisturizer possibly suffice to address every problem? 

Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash and Moisturizer was recommended for my combination skin, and in spite of the fact that it doesn't address all of my skin's needs (how could it?), it's not bad! Here's an overview.


  • The foam wash is gentle enough for my skin, which is a combination of sensitive, somewhat dehydrated, and oily in the t-zone. 
  • The lotion, which is meant to keep skin matte during the day while providing adequate moisture, does its job admirably. Win!
  • The lotion contains SPF, which, for me, is a must for day moisturizer. Us ladies who struggle with oil control don't want to be layering sunscreen over our lotion.


  • The foam wash is not sufficient for evening use for me—it does nothing to remove makeup. Some might argue it isn't supposed to, but when there are cleansers that do remove makeup, why would I bother with a remover AND a cleanser?
  • I prefer to use a different moisturizer in the evening—something with a little more hydrating power. This moisturizer isn't quite enough.
  • The moisturizer tingles a little when I use it, and is not recommended for use around the eyes. I am a tad concerned that the product could become irritating. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to steer clear of this product. 

The verdict: If you read my blog, you can probably guess that I'm partial to higher-end products. Typically, you get what you pay for—but not always. Especially when it comes to products like cleansers that you're going to wash down the sink two minutes after you massage them into your skin. So I'm more than okay with cheaper, drugstore skin cleansers provided they're not too harsh. Cetaphil's foam wash fits the bill there. The moisturizer I have mixed feelings about. I love that it helps me battle shine, but I'm concerned about possible irritants. I'll keep using it and see what happens.

Bottom line: If you don't have sensitive or dry skin, these products are worth a try.

Rating: Three and a half stars out of five.

Available: London Drugs and other drugstores for about $17.99 apiece (prices may vary by location).

Now for the great news: You don't need to take my word on these products—Cetaphil is giving you the opportunity to try them for yourself!

That's right, readers: I'm hosting a giveaway. Read on for details! 

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Disclosure: This product was provided by PR for my consideration. This giveaway is sponsored by Cetaphil.