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precleanse balm

balm-to-oil emulsifyer

Deep-cleansing balm-to-oil melts away impurities and make-up from skin. Achieve cleaner, healthier-looking skin with the Double Cleanse regimen that begins with PreCleanse Balm.Learn More

Deep-cleansing balm-to-oil melts away impurities and make-up from skin.Learn More

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precleanse balm

Deep-cleansing balm-to-oil melts away impurities and make-up from skin. Achieve cleaner, healthier-looking skin with the Double Cleanse regimen that begins with PreCleanse Balm. This water-activated, balm-to-oil version of our top-selling oil cleanser deconstructs layers of excess sebum (oil), waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual product buildup on skin. Use the included Cleansing Mitt to thoroughly cleanse debris from the skin’s surface, allowing your recommended Dermalogica Cleanser to deliver more effective cleansing results. The Natural Biolipid Complex locks in hydration and reinforces the skin barrier while Apricot Kernel Oil helps nourish skin. Ideal for normal to dry skin. Safe for use around the eye area.
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.
Formulated without animal-derived ingredients
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA


  • Removes excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, make-up and pollutants.
  • Dissolves buildup without compromising the skin barrier or clogging pores.
  • Smoothes, calms and nourishes the skin.

how to use

Squeeze tube to dispense product onto cleansing mitt or directly to dry palm of hand. Massage product into dry skin using circular motions. Add water to emulsify. Rinse and follow with recommended Dermalogica Cleanser to complete the Dermalogica Double Cleanse. Store at room temperature.

quick tip

Use included double-sided Cleansing Mitt for mild exfoliation.


Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Laureth-4, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Ozokerite, Bis-Stearyl Dimethicone, Glyceryl Behenate, Tribehenin, Stearyl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Phospholipids, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Glycol Distearate, Sorbitol/Sebacic Acid Copolymer Behenate, Tocopherol, Glycolipids, Eucalyptus Staigeriana Branch/Leaf Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Linalool, Citral, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol.

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.

I would buy this product again and again


I love this product it leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth! I use it won't the little pad and that helps so much I feel like it really gets into my skin and cleans areas deeply.





I started using this with my other favorite Dermalogica products. It makes a difference to softer, brighter, younger skin. The gentle exfoliation from the glove and the extra cleansing stage is worth adding to your routine.



I love this!


This is an amazing product, it removes everything you want removed!





Love the way my skin feels after using the precleanse balm! It will be a perfect addition to my skin care plan! Especially this winter!



Pretty good with eye makeup


I have the precleanse oil and I think I like this balm better. Got the balm as a sample and since I really only use this on my eye makeup (waterproof mascara) it takes it off cleaner than the oil. It comes out thick if you were using it for your face but since I don't wear foundation I don't need it for the face. The oil would be better for the face but this stuff is awesome for dark waterproof eye makeup!

Detroit MI


Great even for oily skin


I was worried this would be too much for my oily, acne prone skin but it pre cleanses amazingly and doesn't make me break out

Boston, ma


Thick, very different from Oil Precleanse Formula


I was excited to try this as a sample, and have really enjoyed the mitt, but I would not purchase. Although it seems to take off makeup I never feel like the balm is fully off. In comparison to the oil-based precleanse, there is really no comparison - I'll be going back to the original.

Dallas, TX


Good product, bad packaging


I love the product and have been using the oil from the pumped bottle for years. I got the tube on the basis it is less messy but struggle to get it out of the tube. As a consequence I have got through it in half the time I would the bottle and pump version.



Helps remove my makeup


I like to use this product when I am preparing to wash my makeup off. It definitely helps having the precleanse and using a cotton ball to remove and makeup before I go in with the cleansing gel.



Great Product. I will purchase again.


I really like how this product melts into the skin and cleanses the skin as well. My face feels so clean and soft when finished using.




4.6 585


Hi, I was just wondering, how many times a day do I use the precleanse balm?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use it at night as part of your nightly double cleanse. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Hi, Is it possible to use the precleanse as my only cleanser in my skincare routine? Or is it necessary to follow with a normal cleanser?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. For best results, please follow with a cleanser like Special Cleansing Gel. Kind Regards, Bernadette


I have just started using the pre cleanse balm every evening and I love it. I am currently using the mitt every day. Is that ok or should I be using it less often?


Hello, The mitt is gentle enough for daily use. Thanks


Hi there, on days that I don't wear makeup, would you still recommend using the precleanse balm before my regular cleanser?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can benefit from using Precleanse every night for the cleanest skin. Kind Regards, Bernadette

When I bought this product, I was looking for an exfoliant... Can the precleanse balm be used as such?


Hello Caroline, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Precleanse Balm is the first step in the Dermalogica Double Cleanse. You can use this to remove debris from the day- oils, pollution, makeup, etc. Follow with your preferred cleanser. Once you have double cleansed, you can use an exfoliant like Daily Micrfoliant to remove dead skin cells, polish and brighten the skin. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Does the PreCleanse Balm in 0.5 oz come with the same size mitt as the 3.0 oz?


Hello Nicole, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. The travel size Precleanse Balm comes with a finger mitt. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Is the precleanse oil or balm better suited for combination skin?


Hi there, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Precleanse Balm is for dry/sensitive to normal skin. Precleanse is for all skin types. It would really be a matter of personal preference in your case. Precleanse classic formula is more light weight so people with oily skin tend to prefer the texture. Precleanse Balm is richer and more luxurious. Precleanse Balm also comes with a mitt for deeper clean. You can't go wrong with either choice. You can also try both in travel size before deciding on the full size. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Hi! I really like this product but I want more than one mitt. Are they for sale by itself?


Hi Andrew, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. The mitt is not sold separately, I do apologize.

Is this good for sensitive skin? I've used the original precleanse before.


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Precleanse Balm is fantastic for sensitive skin. It is particularly soothing. It locks in hydration and reinforces the skin barrier, which helps sensitive skin. Additionally, it does not contain artificial fragrances or colors. Finally, it is very nourishing. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Can you use this to remove eye makeup?


Hi Karina, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, Precleanse Balm is amazing to remove eye makeup. I use it to remove waterproof mascara, eye lash glue, long wear lipstick, etc. Kind Regards, Bernadette

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