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.

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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.

It is heavenly


Removed all the makeup and impurities and made my skin feel so smooth and clean ready for the cleansing Process



Would not recommend to anyone with highly sensitive skin!


I bought this after it was recommenced following a facial at Dermalogica in August. Absolutely loved it as it helped melt away my makeup and made cleansing so much easier and was so nice and soft. However my skin became very red and sensitised and inflamed and was very taut with dry patches. I assumed it was just some other factor so continued to use it however my skin was in pieces so i stopped using it after a month and a bit and my skin instantly improved and was clearer and softer, tried using it again and the next day my skin was red, patchy and taut again. It is not suitable for sensitive skin at all, waste of money and very disappointed



Melted in the tube


My precleanse balm was out of sunlight but still melted to oil in the tube which poured out when I opened it.



Magic balm


I did not know that a precleanse balm product is required to cleanse face skin, now I know IT IS!!!

Brooklyn, NY


Must have!


This product was recommended to me by my esthetician. I work long hours at a club which requires me to wear a lot of makeup. My skin was starting to look tired, dull, & dehydrated. Once I started using this pre cleanse everything changed. My skin does not break out, and it looks bright and fresh the next day. I highly recommend it. It's gentle on the skin as well and it comes with the little cleanser mitten which really helps me get every corner on my face.

Chicago, IL


I would buy this product again


Makes skin smooth

Cincinnati Ohio




Precleanse balm is awesome, it feels the same as the original Precleanse

Montville NJ


Balm is the bomb!


I love the way it leaves me skin feeling clean without drying it out. It's gentle.



Love this product!


I love that this product came in travel size! I use it to remove make up as the first step in pre cleansing. So since I only use make up once in a blue moon, so it was the perfect size for me to 'try it out' with a smaller amount before committing to the full size! Excellent product - complimented my skin routine nicely for days when I have a layer of make up on!!

Houston, Texas


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.



precleanse balm

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Hi, I've been told to use the precleanse balm in the morning, as well as in the evening. Should I follow that advice or stick with just evening usage? Thank you.


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica! Product usage recommendations are based on each clients needs. If you have extremely oily skin you may benefit from twice a day. It really depends on your skin condition. Thank you, The Dermalogica Team


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

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