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special cleansing gel

gentle foaming cleanser

Refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities, without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. This iconic cleanser, which contains naturally-foaming Quillaja Saponaria, gently rinses away toxins and debris to leave skin feeling smooth and clean.Learn More

Soap-free, foaming gel cleanses all skin conditions.Learn More

price $39.00
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Only $79 (valued at $109). Contains everything you need to resurface and protect your skin.

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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. This iconic cleanser, which contains naturally-foaming Quillaja Saponaria, gently rinses away toxins and debris to leave skin feeling smooth and clean. Lightweight and mild enough to use every day, it also features calming Balm Mint and Lavender extracts to soothe the skin.

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, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon Winterianus Herb Oil, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Betaine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Capryloyl Glycine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Methylpropanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA

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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My go-to cleanser for years. Gentle, must have for daily use.

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Hi, I used to use the special cleansing gel but in the massive pump. Do you still do this? Thanks!

Laura

Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, that is our 16.9 oz size. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Hi, I'm currently struggling to find the right cleanser for my skin. I find a lot of foaming cleansers make my skin too tight and lead to dryness / flaking, whereas creamy cleansers lead to clogged pores around my t-zone. Do you think this Special Cleansing Gel may be a happy medium for me, so not overdrying but still effective enough to actively work on my pores?

Charlie

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. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Does this produce contain parabens?

bluedolphin

Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. It does not. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

How often should this product be used? Twice a day, daily or weekly? Please let me know as I can;t seem to find it anywhere!

DWI

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use this morning and night. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Is this product vegan?

Sara

Yes

talie

Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes this product is Vegan. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

I have combination oily acne prone skin - will this dry out/irritate my skin?

mollie

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. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Is it okay to use on the body

Cfran

Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. This cleanser is made for the face. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

I started using The Special Cleansing Gel and have noticed my cheeks feel dry and are a little flakey. I am wondering if I should switch to The Ultra Calming Cleanser. I am using Active Moist as moisturizer.

Emily

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. It is very concentrated. If you feel dry and flaky, perhaps you are using too much. Try using less. If that does not help, then try Ultra Calming Cleanser. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

I have recently been using the special cleansing gel am/pm and have been happy, but now looking to alternate with other cleansers to help my oily and pimple-prone skin. I was thinking of using the Special cleansing gel in the morning, the clearing skin wash at night, and using the dermal clay cleanser a 2-3 times a week. Would this be ok or would it be best to switch and use a oil-targeting cleanser in the morning (as I am more concerned with reducing oil during the day)?

Ash

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Try Dermal Clay Cleanser or Clearing Skin Wash in the morning. Double cleanse at night with Precleanse and Special Cleansing Gel. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Hi, I'm 21 year old. My skin very oily around T zone, and normal around the cheek. I got a couple of pimples and I had big pores also blackheads. What's your recommendation products? Thank you

Nada

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Precleanse, Special Cleansing Gel, Daily Microfoliant, Multi Active toner, Active Moist. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

 
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