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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. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.

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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special cleansing gel
 
4.5

(based on 476 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (367)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (37)

88%

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

Great Daily Face Wash

By 

from Houston, Tx

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I have been using this product for years, it doesn't strip your skin and is perfect for daily use without over drying your skin. I have sensitive skin and when I use the medibac face wash, often times its too strong. I haven't figured out a great acne solution for that time of the month, but this is still my daily face wash. It also works great with pre cleanse prior.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
4.0

Combination/Dry Skin

By 

from London

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I have combination/dry skin, my skin is also sensitive and I use this product about 3 times a week, I use the ultra calming cleanser in between. The special cleansing gel is an excellent cleanser followed by a toner and moisturiser. If you have combination/dry sensitive skin like me then I would say to use this a few times a week and use the ultra calming one in between because it could dry your skin out/become too harsh for every day use.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Love this cleanser

By 

from Los Angeles

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I've been using this product everyday after finding out that my previous salicylic acid face wash was drying out my skin and actually making my clogged pores worse - and my skin has mainly cleared up since I've started using it. My face also never feels overstretched after using this - a definite plus!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

The perfect cleanser!

By 

from Madisonville, LA

Comments about special cleansing gel:

So many things come to mind - it is gentle yet effective, a little goes a long way and my face feels amazing when used with my other dermalogica products!

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
5.0

I would buy this product again and again.

By 

from Washington, DC

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I use this product twice a day and it works well. It is easy on skin and not harsh. It takes off my make-up really well, too.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

I love my skin after Dermalogica. Best product line!!

By 

from Rodeo

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I have very sensitive skin. This is the only product line that makes my skin feel youthful, gives me that pregnant glow, and is sensitive friendly. I look forward to trying this line one by one!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

I will always buy this product

By 

from New jersey

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I usually damp my face. Put few drops on my palms and rub on the face. Little goes a long way. Got introduced to this at the spa in Lagos, Nigeria. The consultant gave me samples to try out and since then I started buying

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
5.0

Works well

By 

from Boston, MA

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I ordered the travel size because I wanted to make sure it worked well with my skin and the full size is also a bit pricey. I am happy with this face wash! It really has no odor and it lathers on very well. I know my skin is very clean after using it and it does not feel stripped and dry after use.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
4.0

All positive, just one negative thing!

By 

from Province of Quebec

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I love this product. Smell so good! It's not a synthetic fragrance, but lavender is just...! A very small amount is necessary for all over the face. After the cleanse, my sensitive (and reactive) skin is fresh, (not dry). The only negative thing about this product is... parabens.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

i would buy this product again and again

By 

from israel

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

i use it every day after using the precleanser

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

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  • Q:

    I'm looking for a product for my daughter, she is in her mid 20's and has occasional acne breakouts but quite a bit of acne scaring. Can you suggest a skin care system.
    Asked on 12/7/2016 by Sue from Bethlehem pa

    1 answer

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      A:

      Dear Sue,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. She can try the following:

      AM
      Special Cleansing Gel
      Antioxidant Hydramist
      C 12 Pure Bright Serum
      Pure Light SPF 50

      PM
      Precleanse
      Special Cleansing Gel
      Daily Microfoliant
      Antioxidant Hydramist
      C 12 Pure Bright Serum
      Pure Night

      She can also use Breakout Control (spot treatment) as needed; and Charcoal Rescue Masque once a week.

      Please note that this regimen will help acne and dark marks left behind from acne. Nothing topical can improve textured acne scars.

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 12/7/2016 by Bernadette from Los Angeles
  • Q:

    What are the
    Ingredients of this wash?
    Asked on 10/11/2016 by Ashton

    1 answer

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      A:

      Dear Ashton,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Please see below for the 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.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 10/12/2016 by Bernadette from Los Angeles
  • Q:

    Can I use this, toner and moisturizer in the AM and PM everyday?
    Asked on 10/8/2016 by Anna from Ingleside, IL

    1 answer

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      A:

      Dear Anna,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes. That is the ideal way to use Special Cleansing Gel.

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 10/10/2016 by Bernadette from Los Angeles
  • Q:

    How do I order the 32 oz pump?
    Asked on 9/17/2016 by Hizzle from San Jose

    1 answer

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      A:

      Dear Hizzle,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Special Cleansing Gel is available in 1.7, 8.4, and 16.9 ounces. The 32 ounce size is only for professionals.

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 9/19/2016 by Bernadette from Los Angeles
  • Q:

    Will this cleanser help fade facial redness?: Hi everyone,

    I consulated a consultant at a dermalogica clinic and based on her advice on my skin, I ended up buying the "normal skin kit". This kit contained the special cleansing gel, daily microfoliant and the skin smoothing cream. However, I'm not sure whether I should have gotten the ultra calming kit instead? I have some facial redness and am looking for a cleanser that will clean my skin but also help with my redness over time. Which one will help me achieve this, the special cleansing gel or the ultra calming cleaner? I also from time to time have some dry patches.

    Thank you

    Kind regards,

    Amanda
    Asked on 8/26/2016 by amandalovexo from Melbourne VIC, Australia

    2 answers

    • A:

      I am fair and freckled and have red undertones in my skin. I found the scent of the ultra calming to be too strong. I think to try the cleansing gel and move on to something else if that does not work. Best wishes.

      Answered on 10/6/2016 by Jessica from Tennessee
    • A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. If you are red and sensitive, you may prefer the Ultra Calming Cleanser and the Ultra Calming Mist over the Special Cleansing Gel and Multi Active Toner. You can continue to use Skin Smoothing Cream as it is excellent for dry skin.

      Kind Regards,

      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 8/30/2016 by DermalogicaSkinTherapist from Los Angeles
  • Q:

    Which would work best for me? Cleansing or clearing facial wash?: I want a new product to use for washing my face as im sick of my breakouts. They seem sometimes odd whiteheads, and then monthly huge breakouts. obviously my face is red on the affected areas, also my nose and chin are always oily. my face isnt dry as such. But im worried if i get the clearing gel it will take to much out my skin. which should i buy? Does the cleansing one actually work against spots?
    Asked on 6/30/2016 by Chloejowoolio from Hull

    3 answers

    • A:

      The clearing wash I find too harsh for daily use. When I start a breakout I'll use it once and that will help. You have, from your description, combination skin. I got a sample size and rarely use it, so based on that I think sticking with the cleansing is a good idea.

      Answered on 10/6/2016 by Jessica from Tennessee
    • A:

      Hello,

      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. Cleansing Daily can prevent future breakouts.

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 6/30/2016 by DermalogicaSkinTherapist from Los Angeles
    • A:

      I've been using the cleansing gel for years and never experienced any issues with drying out or ineffective cleaning. After doing a similar comparison between cleansing and clearing facial washes, I found the cleansing gel far superior and have not considered switching once.

      Answered on 7/26/2016 by mikem from colorado
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