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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essential cleansing solution
 
4.6

(based on 108 reviews)

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    (84)

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    (17)

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5.0

My favorite cleanser of all time!

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from Columbia, MO

Verified Buyer

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

I love love love this cleanser! It is smooth, nourishing, and non-foaming. I noticed a change in my skin almost immediately. Within a few days I saw smoother, hydrated skin, and all around improved complexion. I will NEVER go back to store-bought cleansers.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Perfect fix for dry skin

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from Annville, Pa

Verified Buyer

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

I started out by trying the normal skin kit. Maybe it was the cleansing gel, maybe it was the PA winters or maybe my skin changed since I'm pregnant, but it dried me out terribly. So I switched to the dry skin kit and it was magical. Dry skin gone in 2-3 days. My skin is clear and smooth.

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
5.0

Perfect for my winter skin!

By 

from Kansas

Verified Buyer

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

Love how it keeps my skin smooth & moist. Feels great when using

  • How old are you?:
  • 55-65
 
5.0

Revived my dry skin

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from MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

This cleanser has drastically improved my dry skin. I also use it with the intensive repair moisturizer. I recommend it.

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
5.0

Phenomenal product, TERRIBLE PRICE, also the lettering chips

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from Lima, Ohio

Comments about essential cleansing solution:

Goes on thin doesn't feel rich almost feel like using an after shave with the thin water like texture you end up using more product to feel clean. My face looks better than ever and kicked my dry skins butt BUT THE PRICES ARE RIDICULOUS! Especially for the amount you get. Unfortunately I'll be switching to jack black skin care or others because it's too expensive to make last its sad

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

By 

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

By 

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

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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

Verified Buyer

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

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  • Q:

    Can I use this cleanser with the overnight retinol repair?
    Asked on 2/13/2018 by Danielle from Pa

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Danielle,

      Yes this cleanser is OK to use since it does not have exfoliants.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 2/13/2018 by Anonymous
  • 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

    1 answer

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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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      A:

      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

    1 answer

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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
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