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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.
Although there is no standard for establishing a gluten-free designation for topical skin care products, independent laboratory testing confirms that this formula surpasses the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ingestible standards and can therefore be considered gluten-free.
gluten-free
This product is vegetarian, but may contain milk, honey or other animal byproducts.
vegetarian
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
paraben-free
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA
cruelty-free

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 Antioxidant Hydramist 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 103 reviews)

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5.0

Perfect!

By 

from Emmaus PA

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

I started using a Dermalogica products because my face was dry and I wanted products that don't test on animals. I began with a different cleanser and once my dryness was fixed i switched to essential cleansing solution which is perfect for my skin. Not too oily but definitely clean and refreshing.

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54
 
5.0

Love!

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from Simi Valley

Verified Buyer

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

Are use this both in the morning and in the evening and I absolutely love the instant clean and instant hydration!

 
5.0

Great, gentle cleanser

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from California

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

I've been using the Essential Cleansing Solution for about a month, every morning and night (I alternate it with Skin Resurfacing cleanser 2-3 times a week) and it cleans gently without drying my skin. Love it!

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54
 
5.0

Arrived very fast & made a difference on my face immediately

By 

from Franklin, TN

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

First I wanna say that I was impressed with the standard delivery time: I placed my order on a Sun night and had it by Tue at noon!

Second of all, though I only used it twice so far, my skin feels lighter and hydrated! I always struggled with my mixt skin: how do I take care of those little pimples, without leaving the rest of my face very tight and dry? Well, I love how I can use a scrub no problem on my face, because as long as I use the Essential cleansing too afterwards, my face will keep feeling soft and not tight anymore!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

A gentle soothing cleanser

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from New York City, NY

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Comments about essential cleansing solution:

I order the large size of this product. I've tried other cleansers...this removes makeup gently and moisturizes at the same time. It's light but rich.

  • How old are you?:
  • 55-65
 
5.0

great product!

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from Detroit, Michigan

Verified Buyer

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

This cleanser is gentle and effective. My skin is quite dry and I never get a dry tight feeling after using this. Another great Dermalogica product.

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
4.0

Love it but too expensive

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from GA

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Comments about essential cleansing solution:

I like this product. Together with the precleanser and exfoliant , my skin feels great. The only reason I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is its price. These products are way too expensive . I wish I could continue to use the line but it's too much for such a small amount.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

I HAVE OILY SKIN

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from Charlotte, NC

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

Sooo, I initially was using the acnedote alba wash. It worked great but dried the heck out of my skin and I couldn't use a moisturizer because I would break out even more and the light moisturizers didn't help at all because my skin was still dry.. switching to this it helped my skin go back to normal! Actually better than my normal skin. I don't have any breakouts AND my skin is smooth and moisturized. LOVE THIS.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
5.0

best cream cleaning product

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from Hartford CT

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Comments about essential cleansing solution:

This cream cleanser does what it says. It removes make-up including mascara without stripping the skin of essential oils. I use it at night and in the morning the skin is still hydrated soft and smooth. I have very sensitive skin and this is the only cream cleanser that does not leave my skin dry and patchy red. Wonderful product.

  • How old are you?:
  • Over 65
 
5.0

Essential cleansing solution

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from Wisconsin

Verified Buyer

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

I have used this cleaning solution for over 20 years and it keeps my skin soft, supple, and blemish free. I am now moving a little towards the age defying products but will always use the same cleanser.

  • How old are you?:
  • 55-65

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  • Q:

    How much of this product should you use each time? Like a pea sized amount, or more?
    Asked on 1/4/2018 by Shelby from MT

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Shelby,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use the size of a pea to dime with water.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/5/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Can you use this product in the eye area?
    Asked on 2/5/2017 by Robin

    1 answer

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      A:

      Dear Robin,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, Essential Cleansing Solution is safe to use over the eyes.

      Kind Regards,
      Robin

      Answered on 2/6/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I have been purchasing the 16.9 fl. oz. in the past. Do you not carry that size since I would prefer it? Thank you
    Asked on 1/21/2017 by Sandi from Red Lion, Pa

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hi Sandi,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. We do carry that size. Please adjust sizes on the product page on the icon that says size.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/23/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I generally use the ultracalming cleanser and I Mistakingly ordred the essential cleansing solution. how much will this effect my skin. I love the ultracalming. Just wondering
    Asked on 1/20/2017 by kim from maryland

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      A:

      Hi Kim,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Essential Cleansing Solution is creamy and nourishes the skin. I know people who are dry and sensitive like to switch off between the two. I think you'll like it.

      For whatever reason if you do not, you can return it within 30 days as part of our satisfaction garauntee.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/23/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Hi,

    My skin is extremely dry, sometimes even have small fine flakes on cheekbone after a day outside, even though I use moistures. But I also have acnes break out now and then on my forehead. So I'm not sure if I should use this essential cleansing solution or the special cleansing gel. I want it to help with the dry situation, but I also want the acnes gone... Do you have any good suggestions? Thank you very much!
    Asked on 1/13/2017 by Zona from Seattle, WA

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      Hi Zona,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Please try Special Cleansing Gel as a non drying cleanser. Essential Cleansing Solution is oil rich and not ideal for acne skin. Be sure to follow with a hydrating moisturizer like Active Moist.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/16/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    If this product doesn't work well with my skin, can I get a full refund?
    Asked on 12/31/2016 by Fiona from Dallas, Texas

    1 answer

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      A:

      Dear Fiona,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can return items within 30 days. For returns, you may call customer service at 800.345.2761 option 4.

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 1/4/2017 by Bernadette from Los Angeles
  • 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

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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

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      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

    • 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
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      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
  • 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
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