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special cleansing gel

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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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
 
4.4

(based on 465 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (358)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 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

Works wonders

By 

from New York

Comments about special cleansing gel:

Bought a full bottle after getting the smaller version in the dry skin kit. It works great! My skin is ultra smooth after cleansing, and combining it with a toner every morning keeps my skin from moisturized throughout the day. Love it!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Love love love

By 

from Leicester

Comments about special cleansing gel:

Always struggled with cleansers in the past being too drying .......this however is the best cleanser I have ever used and have converted to all Dermalogica skin products since.

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54
 
5.0

Best Buy

By 

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

"The Best Skin Care Product I've Every Bought" in 2017

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
5.0

LOVE THIS!

By 

from Dallas, Tx

Comments about special cleansing gel:

After experiencing an allergic reaction to another face wash a few weeks ago, I broke out in a red rash and small blemishes all over my skin. I was so embarrassed and covered my face with makeup to hide everything. I did a lot of research and decided to give Dermalogica a try from all the positive reviews.

I went to our local Ulta and bought the medibac acne kit to try it out. Let me just tell you that all of these products helped my face and everything COMPLETELY cleared up in days! No more redness or blemishes. The products were easy to use and they all felt so soothing on my face.

I loved this line so much that I went back and purchased the Special Cleansing Gel and the Skin Smoothing Cream. I have normal to oily skin (oily in my TZone in the summertime) and some redness due to occasional breakouts. Even this cleanser and moisturizer that I bought is amazing. My skin always feels so soft, the moisturizer isn't heavy at all. Makes me not event want to put makeup on during the day.

Needless to say, I will never stray away from Dermologica.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
1.0

Have you changed the formula

By 

from Leeds, UK

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I have used special clensing gel for over 10 years and suddenly my face is covered in a rash. This only happened after I started my new bottle. What have you done?

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54
 
5.0

Loyalist to this Cleanser!

By 

from New York

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I've been using this cleanser for years. It keeps my skin clean, calm, fresh and balanced. It saw me through my 20's, and now in my early thirties, I'm still in love with this Dermalogica product. I have sensitive skin and it's gentle enough for me whilst still powerful enough to wash the day away. I use this twice a day and it still lasts me months and months. I even decant it into a travel size so I'm not without it when I'm away from home. If you're concerned about price, keep in mind that a little goes a long way with this cleanser! Great value for money!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Gentle and soothing.

By 

from Connecticut

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

Love this cleanser! So sensitive skin friendly! Washes makeup away with ease. Doesn't burn eyes. Smells great. I've been using it for a few years now.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Cleanser!!

By 

from Maryland

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I had a facial at a spa while on vacation, and the product used for me was the Ultracalming Cleanser. I didn't like it; it didn't clean my skin. So I opted to receive a sample of the Special Cleansing Gel when purchasing a product I did like in order to see if it was a better cleanser. I love it! It doesn't aggravate my rosacea at all. It also doesn't dry out my skin, yet it thoroughly cleans it, something the Ultracalming Cleanser did not do. I loved it so much, I bought a bottle two days after receiving my sample.

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cant live without

By 

from NY

Comments about special cleansing gel:

This is my nth bottle and it goes with me everywhere. I have it in all sizes and this is my regular cleanser. I have tried all cleansers but this is the one that cleans my face perfectly without being too harsh. It lathers up well. A staple in my collection. Thank you dermalogica!

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
3.0

Works okay

By 

from OC

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

Mild soap work okay
Wish it'd take some of eye makeup off cuz some other products I've tried before can do that

  • How old are you?:
  • 55-65

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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

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      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

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      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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