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 687 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (506)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (105)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 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

Solid Skin care cleanser

By 

from New York

Comments about special cleansing gel:

Full disclosure, My skin tends to be relatively blemish free. I really love this product though. It feels super gentle on the skin and I love pairing it with the balming cleanser. It defintley is a bit of a process and slightly time consuming but it makes me feel like I am really investing and taking care of my skin. It removes oils and dirts super easily and is a super fun product to use. I think the price point is a bit high for the size of the bottle you are getting but if you want a dermatolagist tested solution it might be worth the investment! I received this product free for an honest review

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
3.0

decent cleanser

By 

from Ashburn, VA

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I've been using this cleanser for a week now, and I find it to be decent. It seems like it cleans my face, but it does dry my skin out a little. It doesn't do anything more than any other regular cleanser, so I don't find myself wanting to use it all the time.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

great product

By 

from Maryville, TN

Comments about special cleansing gel:

received this as a free test item, I love the gel and the cool scrub mitt that comes with it. The 2 step cleanser made my face feel so clean and smooth!

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
5.0

Love!

By 

from Chattanooga

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I got this product for free to try and I love it! Usually I'm not a huge fan of cleansers because they either leave my skin feeling dry or really greasy and this didn't at all! Using this along with the pre cleansing balm is the perfect combination. It actually gets all of my makeup off and it feels so smooth and my face has never felt so clean! I'm definitely going to keep using these products!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Easy, effective cleaning!

By 

from Seattle,WA

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I have been washing my face everyday with special cleansing gel and it's amazing! As an everyday makeup wearer I've struggled with getting everything off but this (coupled with precleanse balm) gets my skin squeaky clean! But without drying it out, which is the impressive part. I love this cleanser! And there's no fragrance so I've got my fiancé using it too.
When I feel lazy and need to exfoliate, I just mix daily microfoliant right in with special cleansing gel and knock it out in one step!
I received my dermalogica products complimentary for testing purposes but will definitely be repurchasing!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

I absolutely love this!

By 

from San Antonio, TX

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I was surprised how soft is made my skin feel! Normally after cleaning my face feels kind of tight and "squeaky" clean. I love that it felt like i just had my face professionally taken care of.

 
5.0

Love this gel!

By 

from New York, NY

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I love this gel, I used it with the pre-cleanse balm and together they are amazing at taking off makeup and really leaving your skin feeling refreshed. I received this product for free for testing from VoxBox/Influsenter.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Great product for sensitive skin

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from Kansas City, KS

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I have super sensitive skin and every product I try irritates it. This cleansing gel is gentle and does the trick!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

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4.0

It was pretty good!!

By 

from Miami, Fl

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I love the thick texture of this PreCleanse Balm. It just melted on my skin. I used it with the Cleansing Mitt and really felt like my skin was nice and clean after I followed with the Special Cleansing Gel. Pro-tip: Use with the Mitt and use small circular motions on your face.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Special Special

By 

from Austin, TX

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I used this after I used the precleanse balm. The balm I put a little bit on the mitt and applied it to my face and saw everything begin to melt, mascara, eyeliner, matte liquid lipstick and foundation; the works! Everything just melted and my skin didn't feel dry or oily after washing! To be sure to get all bits of makeup off I followed it with the special cleansing gel and my skin felt thoroughly clean and fresh. I have sensitive combination skin and it didn't feel any stinging or harshness on my skin. In fact just the opposite, a nice clean feeling, no heaviness or nothing! Pro tip: Follow it with the Moist lotion for a nice light moisturizer.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

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  • 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

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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

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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

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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

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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
  • Q:

    my skin is sensitive and oily with cystic acne along both jawlines and also is congesting, is this the perfect option for me?
    Asked on 7/24/2017 by Raven from Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hi Raven,

      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 suggest you try Special Cleansing Gel, Multi Active Toner, Breakout Control (spot treatment) and Active Moist.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 7/25/2017 by Anonymous
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