Review: Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturiser with SPF 30

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I’m an oily-combination skinned girl. Contrary to popular believe, however, my skin can still get dehydrated so it’s important to use a good moisturiser, but one that isn’t going to aggravate my oily T-panel. Finding products that get the balance just right isn’t always easy. On top of that, I won’t set foot out the house without sunscreen but adding it on top of a moisturiser often sends my skin to shiny town. This is why I generally look for hydrators that contain an SPF to begin with.

But this is where things get tricky as I’ve found so many high SPF products feel heavy on skin. It’s taken me a while to find an artillary of sunscreens that don’t feel like gloop on my face, but they do exist. Now, however, I’m not having to worry with that second layer as I’ve discovered Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Moisturiser with SPF 30 (R174,95, Clicks*).

Can you tell I'm working from my bed today? Bloody flu.
Can you tell I’m working from my bed today? Bloody flu.

I love that it hydrates my skin and protects it without a drop of heaviness and doesn’t leave my already pale face looking ashy, something a lot of high SPF products often do. It absorbs super fast, but gives me a enough lee way to apply my foundation with a bit of glide. The finish is nice and matte, but doesn’t feel tight or dry in the least. (The product I tried for oily skin had so many mattifiers in it that it made my face feel tight!)

Love to love you baby!
Love to love you baby!

While it’s formulated for acne-prone skin, this isn’t something I have to deal with, but I do get the odd spot and knowing I’m using something that could help prevent them makes me happy. (The active Cetaphil’s using something called zinc gluconate that has help control the inflammation created by acne-causing bacteria.)

Other actives in the mix? Skin soothing allantoin and a liquorice extract that’s got good anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that’s been proven to help support the repair of skin that’s been damaged by the sun.

If you’ve been looking for a moisturiser for an oilier skin type that also contains a high SPF (trust me, finding these guys isn’t easy), know that Cetaphil’s little darling is a great pick.

Love, love


*Did you know that you can now shop Clicks online? OMG! I can’t believe they haven’t made a bigger deal about it, but ja, you can now have just about everything delivered to your door for free if your order is over R300. Score!

5 thoughts on “Review: Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturiser with SPF 30

  1. Thanks for this post! I’m one of those “shining girls” as well. I have an oily face, but most moisturizers for oily skin tend to make me feel tight too! I’ve used the Cetaphil moisturizer before and I’m defiantly adding it to my shopping list again. I also love their Oily Skin Cleanser. Any other great moisturizers for oily skin you could recommend?

    1. Thank you! For years I used to use Neutrogena’s Oil-Free facial moisturiser and loved it to bits but it’s only got an SPF of 15 so Cetaphil’s a real upgrade.

    1. Yep! You’ll find a lotion and cream in a pot at Dis-Chem for dry, sensitive skin but the only downer is that doesn’t contain an SPF 😦

    2. Try the Cetaphil moisturizing cream, 50ml for dry, sensitive skin and the Cetaphil gentle cleansing lotion as a cleanser. Both available from leading pharmacies 🙂

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