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essential cleansing solution

essential cleansing solution

creamy, nourishing cleanser

Rich, creamy cleanser conditions dry skin. Non-foaming formula gently lifts impurities while replenishing dry skin and maintaining moisture levels.Learn More

Rich, creamy, non-foaming cleanser conditions dry skin.Learn More

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essential cleansing solution

Rich, creamy cleanser conditions dry skin. Non-foaming formula gently lifts impurities while replenishing dry skin and maintaining moisture levels. Moisturizing Safflower Oil softens and conditions while invigorating extracts of Rosemary and Lemon refresh tired skin. Water-soluble, this soothing emulsion rinses off easily, leaving the skin clean, soft and supple. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.

benefits

  • Replenishes skin and maintains moisture levels.
  • Helps nourish and condition.
  • Rinses off easily.

how to use

Following the application of PreCleanse, apply to dampened face and throat, massaging with light, upward strokes. Concentrate on any areas of excessive dryness and impurities. Rinse with warm water. Follow with Multi-Active Toner or Soothing Protection Spray and prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer.

quick tip

Never use hot water when cleansing: this strips the skin of the natural oils critical to maintainin hydration levels.

ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, PEG-8, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Equisetum Arvensa Extract, Pinus Sylvestris Cone Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Ricinoleth-40, Beeswax, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ceresin, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer.

Dermalogica is dedicated to maintaining the accuracy of the ingredient lists on this website. However, because ingredients are subject to change, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, up-to-date and/or error-free. For an accurate listing of ingredients in each product, please refer to your product packaging.

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All Dermalogica products are made in the USA and are free of artificial fragrances, artificial colors, drying S.D. alcohol, and ingredients like Mineral Oil – all of which are known to exacerbate common skin concerns. With cutting-edge formulas and powerful ingredients, you can be assured you’re giving your skin what it needs to be healthy, and stay healthy, for a lifetime. Maximize your product results! Use Dermalogica products as prescribed by your Face Mapping® skin analysis, available only from a Dermalogica Professional Skin Therapist.

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essential cleansing solution
 
4.6

(based on 91 reviews)

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    (15)

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2.0

Very heavy and does not get all the dirt/makeup off

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from Houston, TX

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

This is seems to be an oil based cleanser and although it moisturized my skin so well that i didn't need an additional moisturizer some days, i noticed that it did not clean the skin properly. I used it for about a week and my face just felt dirty all the time. I went back to using Dermalogica's Special Cleansing Gel.

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
5.0

Great for dry irritated skin.

By 

from Portland, Or

Verified Buyer

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

Soothed my dry, red skin without clogging my pores.

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
5.0

great

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from El Cerrito, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

cleans (or at least I hope so) without being harsh and drying

  • How old are you?:
  • Over 65
 
3.0

This is a gentle cleanser

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from Milwaukee, WI

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Comments about essential cleansing solution:

It smells great, and it gently cleans your face, but I found it too difficult to rinse off.

  • How old are you?:
  • Over 65
 
5.0

Awesome Cleanser

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from Pullman, WA

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

Instead of buying yet another cheap drugstore cleanser, I decided to try the essential cleansing solution. The essential cleansing solution is well worth the price. I have dry skin with acne breakouts. This cleanser doesn't break me out and it moisturizes my face without feeling oily. I would highly recommend to those wanting a high quality face wash, especially for those with dry skin.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
5.0

My go-to cleanser

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from Dummerston, VT

Verified Buyer

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

I like using a cleanser that can be washed off my face. Essential Cleansing allows me to do that without drying out my skin. It's gentle yet thorough and I wouldn't be without it.

  • How old are you?:
  • Over 65
 
5.0

Have used for many years

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from Lubbock

Verified Buyer

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

Have used the essential cleansing solution for many years now. I have dry sensitive skin. This product is non drying and works well with the microfoliant

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54

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5.0

This is the best facial cleansing solution I have ever used.

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from Scottsdale, Arizona

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

I have been using the essential cleansing solution since 2003 and I have never changed to other brands since. I used to have allergy skin and combination skin. Now I have clear complexion and people tells me that my skin glows. I believe it does not dehydrate my skin and helps keep moisture under my skin.

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54
 
4.0

Reliable

By 

from New Hampshire

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

I have always been able to rely on this product even to correct issues when I have tried another brand over the years.

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
5.0

I would not use anything else!

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from Northville, MI

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Comments about essential cleansing solution:

I have used this product for 15 years and am constantly complimented on my skin. Great product.

  • How old are you?:
  • 55-65

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  • Q:

    I have break out prone skin, a bit oily but also flakey and dry so I'm not sure what product to use. I'm using the clearing skin wash, daily microfoliant, mult active toner and active moist. I'm considering using the essential cleansing lotion to help balance my combination skin.
    Asked on 11/16/2016 by Shay from Nooksack, Wa

    1 answer

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      A:

      Dear Shay,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. It sounds like you are dehydrated. Essential Cleansing Solution is oil rich and will do nothing for dehydrated skin and might make you break out more. Instead, try Special Cleansing Gel. It will deep clean without over drying. use the size of a pea with lots of water.

      You can also mix Skin Hydrating Booster into Active Moist. Skin Hydrating Booster is a hydrating, oil-free serum.

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica team

      Answered on 11/17/2016 by Bernadette from Los Angeles
  • Q:

    Hello!

    Does essential cleansing solution remove make up and sunscreen?
    I have very sensitive skin and is currently using the ultra calming series by Dermalogica.
    I am worried about not completely removing the sunscreen with just one cleanser.
    Is it advisable to use this cleanser at night? Or is precleanser better? Are these suitable for my ultra sensitive skin?

    Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!
    Asked on 11/4/2016 by Mstay from Singapore

    1 answer

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      Dear Mstay,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use Precleanse first and follow with Ultra Calming Cleanser.

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 11/7/2016 by Bernadette from Los Angeles
  • Q:

    Essential cleansing cream to use first or cleansing gel for dry skin?
    Asked on 9/7/2016 by Jenney99 from Penang, Malaysia

    2 answers

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Neither cleanser will dry out the skin. If you are not oily, please use Essential Cleansing Solution. If you are combination, you can use Special Cleansing Gel.

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 9/30/2016 by Bernadette from Los Angeles
    • A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Essential Cleansing Solution can be used twice daily and is for mature or dry skin. Special Cleansing Gel can also be used twice daily and is for all skin types.

      Kind Regards,

      Bernadette

      Answered on 9/8/2016 by DermalogicaSkinTherapist from Los Angeles
  • Q:

    Is this product gluten free?: I have a gluten allergy and was wondering if the essential cleansing solution is gluten free? Also, I would like to know what other products of yours are gluten free. I love your products but I have a severe reaction to wheat and gluten.
    Asked on 3/25/2016 by KristenSherry from Abingdon, MD, USA

    1 answer

    • A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your question and interest in Dermalogica. Please find below a list including all the retail products that contain grain derivatives. After completing Gluten Analysis testing on all of our wheat containing products the conclusion is that only one is suggested to be avoided by a gluten intolerant or Celiac. This is Extra Firming Booster.

      Products that contain Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein include:
      • Age Smart Complex
      • Body Microfoliant
      • Daily Microfoliant
      • Extra Firming Booster
      • Power Rich
      • Silk Finish Conditioner
      • Powerfoliant2
      • Power Recovery Pack

      Products that contain Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil or Extract
      • Clearing Additive
      • Daily Defense spf15
      • Daily Clean Scrub
      • Invigorating Shave Gel
      • Pre-Shave Guard
      • Renewal Lip Complex
      • Revitalizing Additive
      • Soothing Additive
      • Soothing Shave Cream
      • Climate Control

      Products that contain Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids include:
      • Intensive Eye Repair

      Products with Humulus Lupus (Hops) Extract (many people that are sensitive or even allergic to wheat may also be sensitive to this & yeast:
      • Essential Cleansing Solution

      Yeast Extract (Faex) is found in:
      • Age Reversal Eye Complex
      • Age Smart Complex
      • Clearing Mattifier
      • Concealing Spot Treatment
      • De-Cellerator
      • Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF50
      • Extra Firming Booster
      • Extreme C
      • MAP-15 Regenerator
      • Oil Control Lotion
      • Oil Free Matte SPF30
      • Post Shave Balm
      • Sebum Clearing Masque
      • Super Rich Repair
      • Power Rich

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 5/19/2016 by DermalogicaSkinTherapist from Los Angeles
  • Q:

    Advice please :): After face mapping I was advised to use:-

    Special cleaning gel

    Multi active toner

    Skin smoothing cream

    I had a dermalogica facial on the same day as face mapping, 2 days later my skin was sloughing so I went back the salon and I was given thermofoliant to use for next week every other day. Worked really well and calmed skin.

    4 weeks into using products:-

    Raised bumps on chin/ hard tender nodules- never had before

    Dryness/flaky inbetween eyebrows, nose and above lip and chin-

    Is this normal 4 weeks after starting dermalogica?

    Do I need a different cleanser as my skin feels a little tight immediately after using special cleansing gel?

    Advice please :)
    Asked on 2/29/2016 by Chully85 from England, UK

    1 answer

    • A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your question. Do you have any known allergies? What type of treatment did you receive? It is possible for the skin to detox while using Dermalogica products. Additionally, please use only the size of a pea when using Special Cleansing Gel, with lots of water. As it is highly concentrated.

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 3/1/2016 by DermalogicaSkinTherapist from Los Angeles
  • Q:

    Would you recommend this cleanser to a teenager with a bit of dry skin?: If not, which product is best for her?
    Asked on 11/29/2014 by tinacris007 from New South Wales, Australia

    2 answers

    • A:

      I am an adult with oily skin and love the Essential Cleansing Solution! I would get a skin analysis and see WHY her skin is dry. Does it need a moisturizer? Is she over-cleansing? Is the product she is using now too harsh? Dermalogica also makes a line of products that are designed for teens! I would check those out, as well as look into a moisturizer to address her specific needs!

      Answered on 7/13/2015 by MalloryAvis from Jerome, mi
    • A:

      No, probably not. I think this particular cleanser might be too rich for teenage skin which could also be prone to breakouts.

      Answered on 1/20/2015 by Greenie from New york
  • Q:

    What are the active ingredients that are used in this product?
    Asked on 2/12/2013 by Pavnit from Hamilton, ON, Canada

    3 answers

    • A:

      Safflower oil, Vitamin C & E, Rosemary & Lemon extracts,

      Answered on 6/7/2013 by Julie1960 from Saint Paul, MN, USA
    • A:

      The active ingredients are Safflower, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Rosemary, and Lemon Fruit.

      Answered on 2/20/2013 by Dermalogica from Los Angeles, CA, USA
    • A:

      Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Hexylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

      Answered on 1/24/2014 by trish64 from Irvine, CA, USA
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