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special cleansing gel

gentle foaming cleanser

Soap-free, foaming gel cleanses all skin conditions. Refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance.Learn More

Soap-free, foaming gel cleanses all skin conditions.Learn More

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special cleansing gel

Soap-free, foaming gel cleanses all skin conditions. Refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance. Calming Balm Mint and Lavender extracts soothe the skin, while natural Quillaja Saponaria gently foams away toxins and debris.
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
Formulated without animal-derived ingredients
vegan
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA
cruelty-free

benefits

  • Washes away impurities without stripping or drying.
  • Calming agents help soothe and purify skin.

how to use

Following the application of PreCleanse, gently lather a small amount of gel in moistened hands and apply to dampened face and throat. Rinse with warm water. Follow with Multi-Active Toner and prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer.

quick tip

Use with Exfoliating Face Brush for a dual-action exfoliating cleanse.

ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, 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.

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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special cleansing gel
 
4.5

(based on 719 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (520)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (118)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (37)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Gentle (10)
  • Leaves clean feel (9)
  • Balances skin (5)
  • Not greasy (5)
  • Improves skin texture (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Daily use (6)
  • Acne-prone skin (3)
  • All skin types (3)
  • Sensitive skin (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (5), Budget shopper (3)

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3.0

Better Together

By 

from Logan, Utah

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I didn't notice a difference in my skin when using the face wash alone. I didn't break out, but the texture of my skin wasn't especially smooth. It wasn't bad, but it didn't blow my mind. When using it with the precleanse balm, it was an entirely different experience. The balm made my skin feel so great!

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
2.0

Nothing Special

By 

from Sacramento, ca

Comments about special cleansing gel:

This for me wasn't the best. Considering the price, I really thought this was going to work wonders. It didn't. I get the same results using something a quarter of the price.

I got this product for free for testing

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
5.0

LOVE IT!

By 

from New York, NY

Comments about special cleansing gel:

A little goes a long way with this bottle. The bottle is on the smaller side, but it lasts a while, so I think it's worth it! (But if they ever decided to make a bigger bottle, I'd be thrilled)
The gel goes on my face nicely and you just feel so clean after! It takes off any excess makeup I leave on, which is great because I get lazy to go through makeup removal processes.
I also have acne prone skin, so I always worry about using new cleansers, but Dermalogica's cleansing gel was not harsh on my skin at all!
I received this product free for testing.

 
5.0

Left my skin so clean!

By 

from New York, NY

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I received this product for free to test, but loved using this with the precleanse balm. It left my skin so clean after, it felt like I never had makeup on!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Gentle and efficient

By 

from Austin, Texas

Comments about special cleansing gel:

Another awesome product from Dermalogica!! I've been using this product daily for about 2 weeks as a step 2 after using the equally awesome Pre Cleansing Blam. My combination skin LOVES this product.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
3.0

Did it work?

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from Reno, NV

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I used this right after the Precleanse (which works wonders) and I wasn't so sure if it did anything. My skin did feel super soft, but the foaming wasn't that intense. I do have combo skin and do get the occasional blemish, maybe the cleanse isn't right for my skin? It did make my skin feel super soft and there were no leftover makeup. I was given this product to test & review.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
5.0

Great product

By 

from Ceres, Ca

Comments about special cleansing gel:

As im getting older I have found that some cleansers dry my skin and don't cleanse my face very well. This product is the total opposite it doesn't dry up my face and leaves it looking and feeling super clean and soft. I would definitely be purchasing this product. I received this product for FREE to review.

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
4.0

I would try this product again!

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from Manhattan, KS

Comments about special cleansing gel:

My skin is really sensitive and I have struggled to find a face cleaner that works well but doesn't dry my skin too much. I really love this product though. It is gentle on the skin, leaves it clean and glowing without drying it too much. It's a little bit time consuming but it makes me feel like I am really investing and taking care of my skin. It removes dirt and makeup even mascara! I think the price is a bit high compared to what's available but if you want a grade A product it might be worth the investment! I received this product free for an honest review

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!

By 

from Kansas

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I used this product after the pre cleansing balm and I love it! I've notice such a big difference in my skin. I've already bought the full size bottle!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Works well

By 

from Orlando

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I received this product free to try and I really like it. The special cleansing gel leaves my skin feeling soft after each use. Other cleansers make my face feel dry and tight but this one doesn't do that. This cleanser is so gentle that I think it's best to use it after using the precleanse balm and not on its own. I really like the double cleanse system.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24

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  • Q:

    Which cleanser would you recommend for hormonal acne on chin, large pores, and combo/oily skin?
    Asked on 1/12/2018 by Jessica S from Arkansas

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Jessica,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Breakout Control is an acid-free spot treatment that is non-drying. However, it is very effective. Apply a thin, clear layer to breakouts. Use it under moisturizer, morning and night.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/15/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I have eczema, and in need of a good facial cleanser for acne. Is this good to combat acne while being soft on sensitive skin?
    Asked on 1/8/2018 by Carly from Central, SC

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hi Carly,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Special Cleansing Gel is a mild cleanser that will deep clean without stripping your skin. You only need the size of a pea, and its safe to use over the eyes. It is for oily, normal, or combination skin.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/9/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Is the special cleansing gel a clear green color? I previously bought a bottle and was filling my small travel size container. Threw away the original bottle. I am pretty sure it is the special cleansing gel, but want to make sure before I repurchase again.
    Asked on 1/5/2018 by Christy from undisclosed

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Christy,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Special Cleansing Gel is clear. Clearing Skin Wash is green.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/9/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Can I use this cleanser if I am pregnant?
    Asked on 12/30/2017 by Maria from undisclosed

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Maria,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, this is safe to use during pregnancy.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/3/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Can I use this to remove my make up? I went for a facial and she sold me the special cleansing gel and active moist. I wear foundation to work and am wondering if this is a good product to remove my make up or not. Thanks!
    Asked on 12/17/2017 by Patrice from Victoria, BC

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. For best results, double cleanse at night to thoroughly remove makeup and debris from the day. You can use Precleanse first and follow with Special Cleansing Gel.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 12/19/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I have some what sensitive skin and large clogged pores with pimples, I don't know if you'd consider it acne. I have red skin around my T zone (where the clogged pores are) acne products seem to really dry my skin and make it tight and gentle products I feel don't reach deep enough into my skin to get a good cleaning. Wondering if this would be the right product for me use... PLEASE HELP
    Asked on 11/28/2017 by Tyler Marisa Allen from Natick, Massachusetts

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hi Tyler,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Special Cleansing Gel is a mild cleanser that will deep clean without stripping your skin. You only need the size of a pea, and its safe to use over the eyes. It is for oily, normal, or combination skin. I think it would be a great option for you.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 11/29/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    can I use it to remove sunscreen?
    Asked on 11/24/2017 by Cas from undisclosed

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Special Cleansing Gel is a mild cleanser that will deep clean without stripping your skin. You only need the size of a pea, and its safe to use over the eyes. It is for oily, normal, or combination skin. For best results, you should double cleanse at night and use Precleanse as your first step.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 11/28/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    What is the pH of this cleanser?
    Asked on 11/9/2017 by Stephanie from MN

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. All of our cleansers are pH balanced to the skin. So they will fall into 4-6 range.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 11/10/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Does the special cleansing gel remove makeup?
    Asked on 11/2/2017 by LT from San Antonio, Texas

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use Precleanse to remove makeup and Special Cleansing Gel to cleanse the skin. It can be your nightly double cleanse.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 11/3/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Is this product safe to use while pregnant?
    Asked on 10/3/2017 by YEKATERINA from Florida

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes. This product does not contain retinol or Salicylic Acid, therefore it is safe to use during pregnancy.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 10/3/2017 by Anonymous
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