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.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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special cleansing gel
 
4.5

(based on 796 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (560)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (146)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 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

Nice basic cleanser

By 

from NC

Comments about special cleansing gel:

Nice simple basic cleanser for daily use.
Good ingredients.
No irritation to my sensitive skin!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
4.0

A nice cleanser but a bit pricey!

By 

from Cranford, NJ

Comments about special cleansing gel:

This is an excellent standard gel cleanser. Effectively cleans, doesn't strip the skin, and leaves my face feeling fresh and ready for skincare application. I received this product free for testing, but that hasn't in any way influenced my review.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Love this gel!

By 

from Cleveland

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I love how this cleaned the dirt and makeup at the end of the day. I have already purchased this product twice. I also received it for free the first time for testing but I will continue to purchase!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
4.0

Sensitive skin

By 

from Columbus, oh

Comments about special cleansing gel:

This gel was great for my super sensitive skin! Not only did it make my skin feel refreshed and smooth, but I noticed a dramatic difference in the completion too. My skin was brighter and healthier in a few short weeks.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
4.0

Great cleanser

By 

from Hoboken, NJ

Comments about special cleansing gel:

Love that gets every last bit of makeup off and smells great. Think it's a little too drying for use in the winter, but think it will be perfect for summer when my skin is a little oilier. I received this product complimentary for review purposes.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

A must have!

By 

from North Carolina

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I've been using this cleanser for a few weeks now and my overal complexion is more even and clear. It's the best face wash I've used in a while and it is not over drying- I would highly recommend anyone to purchase this! I received it as a complimentary gift from Influenster and I will be buying it once I'm done!

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
5.0

Better than what I imagined

By 

from Lousiana

Comments about special cleansing gel:

First time using this cleanser and I am impressed with how a little really goes a long way. Does not over dry my skin and leaves no residue. This is actually the first cleanser that I don't have to reapply to remove my makeup which is very minimal.

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
4.0

10/10 Would Recommend!

By 

from San Diego, California

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I really like this product. It cleans your skin thoroughly without any harsh chemicals. It made my skin more smooth and shiny. I would defientaly recommend this product to anyone with dull skin!

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
5.0

I will buy this item again

By 

from New Jersey

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

It's gentle on my face.

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54
 
5.0

Love it!

By 

from Huntingdon Valley, PA

Comments about special cleansing gel:

My skin is very sensitive and it usually reacts on new cleansers. This cleanser is fabulous! It is so gentle, and it makes my skin so firm. I didn't have any pimples since I've been using it (1,5 month). It doesn't overdry my skin. I love it! Thanks to Influenster for sending me this gel for testing!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

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  • Q:

    Can Special Cleansing Gel be used to remove eye makeup?
    Asked on 1/27/2018 by Linda from PA

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Linda,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, it can. However, I personally prefer to remove with Soothing Eye Makeup or Precleanse and then I follow with Special Cleansing Gel.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/29/2018 by Anonymous
  • 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

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      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
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