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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 727 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (525)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (120)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 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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5.0

LOVE

By 

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about special cleansing gel:

The special cleansing gel left my skin feeling soft and clean after each use. A lot of other skin products tend to over dry my skin but this cleanser didn't. I recieved this product for free for review purposes.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
4.0

I love this cleansing gel!

By 

from Bisbee, AZ

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I use this product as part of a cleansing system. First, I use the PreCleanse Balm, and then the special cleaning gel. Using these two products together is a must at the end of the day! The PreCleanse balm penetrates and loosens all of the make-up and daily dirt, and the special cleaning gel washes it away. I especially love how my skin feels after I'm done with the cleansing gel, and the best part is that I wake up with glowing skin. It feels great to finally have a system that really does make my skin feel completely clean! Pro Tip: use the special scrubber that is included to do both the PreCleanse Balm and the Special Cleansing Gel or an even cleaner feel. I received this system for free for product testing, but I will absolutely buy it again!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Love it

By 

from Florida

Comments about special cleansing gel:

His product is amazing & washed my face so well. My skin felt so smooth afterwards

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
4.0

Wow. What a GREAT cleansing gel.

By 

from Lincoln, NE

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I'm absolutely obsessed with this gel. I use it with the cleansing balm. My skin is left feeling squeaky clean and hydrated. I highly recommend.

I received these products free for testing purposes.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
5.0

A little goes a long way

By 

from Saint Augustine

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I use precleanse as my first step; therefore, a small amount is all that is needed. I really love this clear, lightweight yet foamy cleanser. I am hooked on Dermalogica, even though a little pricey.

  • How old are you?:
  • Over 65
 
3.0

Three stars, or four??

By 

from Philadelphia PA

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I was given this product complentary by influenster to test. I loved the cleansing gel, it was gentle, and it cut through all the dirt, and makeup left on my face. However, it was a little drying. So I would recommend applying your moisturizer right after using.

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
5.0

Been using for years!

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from Pasadena, CA

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I have been using this product for years and love that it's soap free. I have a thing about smells and I like how this doesn't have that heavy perfumed scent that a lot of face products have now. Definitely recommend this if you're looking for a new face wash!

I received this product complimentary to try from Influenster.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Super clean skin

By 

from San Diego, CA

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I use this cleanser after the dermalogica cleansing balm. It doesn't dry my skin out but does an amazing job at cleaning my skin. On days where I don't wear any makeup I like to use this cleanser at the end of the day. It's gentle, doesn't have a strong scent, and leaves my skin feeling comfortable and not stripped. I received this product for free for testing.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
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

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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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      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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