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Dermalogica produces beauty products that are packed full of natural ingredients and that are free from artificial fragrances and colouring. The company is one of the world's best selling beauty brands and it lets its creations do the talking, turning its back on advertising and fancy packaging.
As part of my search to rid my skin of pesky oils and the spots that it can cause, I stumbled across Oil Control Lotion by Dermalogica. Oily skin can be a nightmare to deal with and is caused when too much sebum is produced by the glands. It means your complexion looks shiny and greasy and that you will be more prone to spots and blackheads.
It is an oil free lotion that promises to absorb excess oil from the face and allow it to remain matte all day. From the first use, the brand promises that your skin will be shine free, soothed and that acne causing bacteria will be reduced and therefore so will spots and blackheads.
Those are some big claims but how does it work?
Firstly it contains Zinc which is a substance found naturally within the body. This substance helps the skin to regulate the activity of the oil glands and acts as an astringent, helping to absorb the excess oils that are already lying on the skins. It helps to banish acne and prevents more spots from forming. In fact, the cause of acne is sometimes a Zinc deficiency in the first place.
Caffeine is in the lotion to perform a similar purpose, helping to regulate the production of sebum. This is a controversial ingredient as you are told to avoid drinking tea and coffee which contain Caffeine in order to improve acne. But when applied to the skin, it helps to absorb excess oil, therefore reducing the appearance of spots.
Salicylic Acid is included in to clear blocked pore and follicles, reducing the formation of acne. It helps to dissolve dead skin cells which may otherwise have formed into spots. It is essentially a gentle exfoliant that prevents pores from becoming clogged meaning that future break outs won't occur.
How do you use the product?
This product is to be used after cleansing and toning, instead of your normal moisturiser. It is to be applied sparingly using gentle upwards strokes until it has been fully absorbed. Dermalogica claim that it can be reapplied as needed during the day but I would only say this is a good idea if you are not wearing foundation.
As with all of Dermalogica products, it contains no artificial fragrances or artificial colours. The product will set you back around £20 for a mere 59ml. It comes in a plain white bottle with a grey lid and can be bought from many online websites.
This product is light and definitely reduces the oil on my skin although I wouldn't say that my skin is shine free and it most certainly doesn't stay shine free all day. The product can be reapplied during the day but as I wear foundation, I can't put apply it again once I've done my make up. My skin is clearer and I have less blackheads.
The lotion has a citrus fresh scent and the consistency of the product is very runny. You'll need to be careful when accessing the product that you don't accidently squeeze out too much.
My main problem with this product is that, although it does moisturise the skin, it doesn't moisturise it enough. I have combination skin that is incredibly oily but that gets dry in patches all well.
All in all, this product reduces shine but does not banish it completely, reduces spots and unclogs pores. The results are visible but not complete and for me, this means it is not worth the hefty price tag.
Every couple of years my energies reignite on yet another push to banish my skin of those unsightly bleamishes on my face, neck and back. I have had recent success with the Dermalogica 'The Ultimate' buffer cloth and due entirely to this I went on to purchase their Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion. Some people like to find what they believe to be the best products from various brands of skin products, whereas I prefer to stick to the brands I have bad success with in the past, and Dermalogica are the brand of the moment for me when it comes to skincare. In the past I have had steady success with various Clinique Mens products (the face wash and scruffing lotions spring to mind) but I thought the name of this product offered me hope in my latest quest for clear skin!
The Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion is said to contain microsponges to absorb excess oil from the surface of the skin and to maintain a clean skin surface all day. *JARGON ALERT* Niacinamide, zinc gluconate, yeast extract, caffeine and biotin purify and inhabit overactive sebaceous glands. What this means is that basically these ingredients within the lotion eradicate the problem of over productive sweat glands which are the root cause of oily skin. The lotion aids the exfoliation process and by removing dead skin cells it means the healthy skin follicles will be clear of congestion and therefore reduce outbreaks of blemishes. I find that the lotion has a soothing effect on my skin, and the whole process of application of this product is very relaxing. The lotion is fragrance-free which means nobody will be put off by any particular scent.
I'm not the kind of person usually to be impressed by all the fancy wording on these products, and for me the 'microsponges' add little weight to the fact that this product works. If anything, this sort of wording on products is offputting and it can make product selection a real problem for someone looking to alter their skin care regime. Fortunately for me the product is called 'Oil Control Lotion' which made the selection process quite simple. but Dermalogica are appealing to a limited audience by bamboozling their consumer with words most simply do not understand.
The simple packaging of a white bottle and uncomplicated lettering appeals to me, and as I have noticed a difference in the feel of my skin since using this product I have to say it has worked to some degree. The 59ml bottle of lotion costs a rather hefty £32, though, and in the future I will be looking out for reviews of cheaper alternatives from you - the reviewers of Dooyoo!
I decided to try this moisturiser after reading the reviews on this website. I have skin that is extremely prone to breakouts and is very oily in the T-zone, but can be dry elsewhere on my face. I was desperate to find a moisturiser for my drier skin, but one that wouldn't cause my face to erupt into spots!
After buying this product and using it for a while, I definitely think I would buy it again. The bottle is well designed so it is easy to use only the amount of lotion that you really need, rather than wasting any. The skin in my T-zone is definitely less oily in the couple of months I have been using this product, and I am even able to use the lotion under my foundation which is a huge plus. The product hasn't irritated my skin at any time and it hasn't caused any form of increase in spots, which for my skin is a miracle! The moisturising quality isn't amazingly great, but it certainly helps a little bit and what I can I really expect in a cream that is also managing to control my shine and soothe my skin!
I have always liked the Dermalogica range and put it on a par with Lab Series Suitable for men and women, the range offers something for the more discerning consumer who wants quality and does not mind paying those few pounds more to get it. My skin is naturally oil, prone to spots and pores and excess oil. I suffer badly around the t-zone and by the end of the day my face feels greasy and yucky. I have tried numerous Dermalogica products and this one seems to work pretty well for my oily inbalances.
If you plump for the the 59ml bottle you will pay about twenty pounds online for the lotion. You use it as you would do a moisturiser. I use mine after cleansing and try to leave the skin to settle for few minutes before applying. This allows the skin to return to a natural PH. The feel of the lotion is lightweight and first touch you can almost feel it eating into the oils as it sinks into the skin. It is non greasy and leaves no streaks or stains, which makes it ideal for daily use under make up too.
The key ingredients here are the Salicylic Acid which sheds dead skin cells and prmotes newer cell growth and Horse Chestnut, Licorice, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) to soothe the skin and counteract the effects of the harsher acid. This worked well on my skin and within a few days of use I had less oily zones and the nose felt smoother and cleaner.
On the downside, the price is quite dear and you can achieve similar results with cheaper products. What you do get here is the brand name and quick results though so that has to be worth a few pounds. When I use Dermalogica, I find that the products last ages which means you only need replace every few months so there is an upside too. A recommended buy for oily skin.
I have always had a problem with oily skin and wanted to try to control it before my wedding. I decided to try the dermalogica range and used the oil control lotion as a moisturiser.
It is quite expensive - about 20 pounds for 59ml although it did last me at least 6 months.
It says that is helps control oil, help with acne and reduce irritation.
It contains a number of ingredients which are designed to help with these things:
Salicylic Acid to help exfoliation and keep pores clear
Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract helps regulate sebum to reduce oily surface shine
Niacinamide, Yeast Extract, Horse Chestnut, Licorice, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) and Caffeine regulate sebum production and soothe inflammation
Zinc Gluconate regulates overactive sebaceous glands.
Anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory Hyssopus helps prevents future breakouts
The lotion is a white colour and more runny than a lot of moisturisers. It doesn't smell and has quite a nice feel to it. It is very easy to put on. I did find that after half an hour so if I hadn't rubbed it in really well then you could see some white marks on my face.
It did help to reduce the oily shine to my face for several hours. It does say in the product literature that you can reapply it throughout the day. It certainly did help more than a lot of other moisturisers I used.
I am not sure whether it helps with acne. My skin was better but I was also using other dermalogica products, and having regular monthly facials so it may have been due to that.
Worth using to control oily skin.
I bought this along with various other products from the Dermalogica range which are supposed to be helpful in controlling oily, spotty skin. It costs around £20 for a 59ml bottle or £35 for a 118ml bottle, but as always, shop around and you may find it cheaper.
They describe this as a feather-light lotion with technically advanced micro-sponges to absorb oil on the skin's surface throughout the day, reducing shine and providing a smooth, matte finish. It's formulated with Salicylic Acid to help prevent future breakouts and exclusive Skin Response Complex of Balm Mint, Coneflower and Camphor to soothe and purify the skin. It's ideally suited for an oily or acne-prone skin, and contains no artificial fragrance or colour.
It comes in a white bottle with a grey lid. The lid has a kind of nozzle shape to it, and you have to turn the lid which moves it upwards a little to make the hole for the product to come out of. The lotion is white and very thin and runny in texture. It doesn't have a strong scent to it, to me it just smells a bit like creamy soaps.
When you put it on your skin it's easy to make a little go a long way because it's so runny. It feels really light, it absorbs quickly and easily , and it doesn't leave a film or a layer of product on the skin, it all sinks in really nicely. It makes my skin feel matte and fresh, but it has a kind of odd feeling about it for a while after applying it, like if I run my finger down my skin, it drags over my skin rather than running smoothly over it like it normally would (I hope that makes sense to you because I'm really not sure how else to describe it!).
It does leave my skin feeling matte and looking shine-free, not all day, but for a good few hours. It never feels heavy on my skin or like it's clogging my pores, and it makes a good base for make-up and seems to help keep it on for longer. My skin also feels nicely moisturised, though I must say not as well as with other moisturisers I have used.
I don't think it does help to prevent breakouts, or soothe irritated skin as it claims to, but I never really expected it to, and was just using it to control the oil, which it does pretty well. So overall I'm happy with this product and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to keep oily skin under control.
I was previously using another brand but didn't quite like it. So after looking around, I decided to look at Dermalogica products. I always do research before purchasing anything so instead of trying out the whole range at full-sized bottles, I decided to try out the starter kit. The starter kit includes a 2 fl oz. Dermal Clay Cleanser, 2 fl oz. Multi Active Toner, 0.75 fl oz. Oil Control Lotion and a 0.75 fl oz. Skin Prep Scrub. Regarding the Oil Control Lotion: Directions (as per on bottle): Apply to cleansed face before sunscreen or make-up. My Face: I have oily skin and breakouts happen every week! First Impressions: Lotion has a somewhat menthol smell to it. Best part is that it keeps my face matte for quite a while. I love it just for that! The lotion is for acne-prone and/or oily skin conditions and should keep those pimples under control. I didn?t use it all over my face and just applied a very thin layer to my blemishes. Dislikes: It is quite expensive (I bought starter kit at SGD$72; about 25£). 119ml costs SGD$93 and one of the most expensive of them all!