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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 698 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (510)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (110)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 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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4.0

Lasts Forever!

By 

from Portland, OR

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I used this product after the pre-cleansing balm. It cleaned my face well and left me feeling refreshed. I don't have problematic skin, so I don't like to spend a lot on facial cleaners. This gel is awesome because a tiny bit goes a LONG way! It will easily take me months to finish this bottle! *I received this product for free from Influenster for an honest review.*

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
4.0

I will buy this again!!

By 

from Nebraska

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I like this product doesn't dry out your skin. It cleanses but doesn't dry out.

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
5.0

Leaves my skin feeling amazing.

By 

from Cincinnati ohio

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I love this! I stopped using for a week to see if I would notice a difference, I definitely did. The texture is amazing and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and fresh. When I took a break I noticed my skin looked a little dull and dry. This product works wonders for taking my makeup all the way off and leaving my skin feeling and looking beautiful. I'm so happy I get to add this to my skin care routine.
I was able to try this product for free threw influencer.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Smooth, Gentle, Effective

By 

from New Hudson, MI

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I didn't know what to expect from a "soap free, foaming gel" considering it's not what I'm used to using. I'm loving it though. It effectively cleanses my skin and feels really smooth and calming while applying. Rinses very easily too. I've been using it in combination with the Dermalogica Precleanse Balm and it's a pretty stellar combo. Highly Recommend. I was given this product for no cost to give my honest feedback.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Gentle cleanse

By 

from New York

Comments about special cleansing gel:

Loved this product! The Special Cleansing Gel foamed up very nice to cleanse away all the makeup and dirt on my skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and moisturized afterwards. The mint and lavender extracts also really helped to soothe my skin. This gel isn't harsh and would be great on all skin types. Overall, I would definitely recommend to others to use. I received this product free to use for testing and I'm so glad that I got the opportunity to try it out!

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
3.0

Not my favorite

By 

from long beach, ca

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I was hoping to love this cleanser as it is simple and not "fouffy". I didn't hate the cleanser but I do not find myself grabbing for it in the shower. I feel like it may dry out my skin a bit too.
Pros: gel consistency feels clean and simple, lathers nicely
Cons: drying on my skin

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
4.0

Great Clean Feeling

By 

from Charleston, WV

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I used this gel right after using the pre cleansing balm. It smells very nice and it's gentle enough for my sensitive skin. Typically I have combination skin but in the winter it becomes dry and more sensitive. My face was pretty clean after using the balm, but this made my skin feel great and ready for my moisturizer and fresh makeup. I received this product free for testing.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
3.0

Great for sensitive skin

By 

from Dousman, WI

Comments about special cleansing gel:

Now I'm sure you're wondering how I think it's great but only gave it a 3 out of 5 stars, right??? I really enjoy gel cleansers, they are my favorite by far. And I really wanted to LOVE this product. But after I washed it off, my skin felt tight and dry. There were a couple days where my nose area was dry and I had to up my moisturizing game. I have been using this for about two weeks and maybe there are things to factor in, like our frigid temps and how dry the air is in our home. But I'm no expert. I did however, stopped using the precleansing balm in the AM and just using the Special Cleansing gel alone in the morning and that seemed to be better for me. I believe it's great for sensitive skin types because my skin is pretty sensitive and although it dried me out, I didn't break out. I was sent this to try and review and just because it didn't work for me now, doesn't mean I wouldn't try it again in the summer.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Super gentle, but effective

By 

from Raleigh, NC

Comments about special cleansing gel:

A really nice follow-up cleanser to the pre-cleansing balm. I have sensitive, dry skin and this cleanser leaves my skin feeling moisturized and clean. I received this product free for testing purposes, but will definitely be purchasing!

 
4.0

Great cleanser-- not for sensitive eyes

By 

from Orange County, CA

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I received this product free as part of the Dermalogica Double Cleanse system to review. I loved the cleanser as part of the ritual of the double cleanse, the whole process (mitt included) gave a great deep-clean feel and left me squeaky clean each night. The only thing I didn't love, and I don't know for sure if this came from the balm or the special cleansing gel-- it stung the heck out of my eyes. It would always set in a minute or two after I finished, and burn pretty badly. I started to separately remove my eye makeup with a different remover, which was fine, and solved the problem, but as part of a double cleanse system, it was a bit annoying to have to add in yet another step. Other than the added step (perhaps a non-issue for you if you're not using the cleanser as part of the double cleanse) I really do love the system, and the cleanser removed every last trace of makeup and left my skin feeling soft and smooth.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

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  • 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
  • Q:

    Hi! I was wondering if this cleanser is oil-free?

    Thank you kindly!
    Asked on 8/3/2017 by Emmjay from Madison, WI

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. This product contains essential oils that do not clog the pores. Please see below:

      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.

      Answered on 8/4/2017 by Anonymous
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