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precleanse

oil-busting emulsifyer

Deep-cleansing oil melts impurities and make-up from skin. As the first step in your Double Cleanse regimen, PreCleanse thoroughly melts away layers of excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof make-up, pollutants and products that build up on skin, allowing your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser to penetrate even further for professional cleansing results.Learn More

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

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precleanse

Deep-cleansing oil melts impurities and make-up from skin. Achieve ultra clean and healthy skin with the Double Cleanse regimen that begins with PreCleanse. Thoroughly melt away layers of excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual products that build-up on skin throughout the day with skin fortifying Kukui and Apricot oils. Add water to transform this hydrophilic (water-loving) formula into a milky emulsion that easily rinses debris from the skin's surface, allowing your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser to penetrate even further for professional cleansing results. Formulated with conditioning Rice Bran and Vitamin E oils, this gentle blend can be used around the eye area to even remove waterproof mascara. Offers a deep cleansing ideal for even the most oily skin conditions.
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
Formulated without Parabens
paraben-free
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA
cruelty-free

benefits

  • Removes oils without clogging pores.
  • Conditioning essential fatty acids nourish skin.
  • Enables your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser to work more efficiently.

how to use

Dispense into dry hands. Massage over dry face and eyes to dissolve surface oil and dirt. Concentrate on areas of congestion or stubborn debris. Wet hands and continue massaging to create a light, milky emulsion. Rinse with lukewarm water. Follow with prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser for professional cleansing results.

quick tip

For a professional level of clean, follow with your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser.

ingredients

Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, PEG-40 Sorbitan Peroleate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool.

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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how it works

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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precleanse
 
4.8

(based on 527 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Gentle (8)
  • Leaves clean feel (6)
  • Smells great (6)
  • Improves skin texture (5)
  • Balances skin (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • All skin types (7)
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5.0

Can't imagine not using this

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from Dallas, Tx

Verified Buyer

Comments about precleanse:

My skin gets so much cleaner when i use this before the cleanser. My complexion has cleared up

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
4.0

Best smelling product!

By 

from New York, NY

Comments about precleanse:

love the feel, the smell but wish it would do the job alone and not just the prep..
addicted anyway..

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54
 
5.0

I will buy again

By 

from Sacramento

Verified Buyer

Comments about precleanse:

I wear lots make up. It makes skin feel clean. Very happy about this one. I follow with the essential cleaning solution.

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54
 
5.0

This Product Has Changed My Skin

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from Cottage Grove

Comments about precleanse:

I'm almost 27 & still dealing with acne. I was recommended precleanse. I noticed a huge difference in my skin. I would use the product on a daily basis, then my acne would clear up. But if I didn't use the product for a few days, I would break out. I couldn't believe the change in my skin from using the product. I'm so amazed how well this product works!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
1.0

Don't use this if you have acne prone skin.

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from San Francisco

Verified Buyer

Comments about precleanse:

Shortly after (less than a week) introducing the precleanse into my routine, my skin started to breakout, all over my face. I stopped using it and it started to calm down. The hyperpigmentation will probably take a few months to disappear.

I should have probably checked the ingredients for irritants before purchasing this, I didn't feel the need because I trusted the brand.

I would like at least be able to return it but I guess I'll have to throw it out since they don't accept returns of opened items.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
2.0

A little unsure of this product.

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from Landstuhl, Germany

Verified Buyer

Comments about precleanse:

No matter the amount of product I use, I don't feel nor see any benefits (positive or negative).

I feel this product is not for me.

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
5.0

Oily Skin? Crazy this works

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from Dripping Springs, Tx

Comments about precleanse:

So I have extremely oily skin and was hesitant on using this stuff because it has an oily feel, BUT it works and after using it your face isn't oily like you would expect. Weird how it's like oil fighting oil. If you have oily skin DON'T be afraid to try this, you will be AMAZED!!!!

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
4.0

Great addition to the skin care routine

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from Florida

Comments about precleanse:

Fantastic product that partners well with the special cleansing gel. Removes dirt and makeup very easily. It is however very oily and can become messy when adding water to your face. It also has a strong citrus scent.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

The Holy Grail

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from Pittsburgh, PA

Comments about precleanse:

I wear a lot of makeup to work every day. I also exercise regularly and so these were huge concerns for me. I was looking for a product that would really actually clean my face. What is great about this product is that you first put it on just as the oil but then you add water and it makes a good scrub for your face. My face always feels so much better once I use this product.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
5.0

Glad I found this

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from Woodland Hills, CA

Comments about precleanse:

I had no idea using a "pre" cleanse before my regular cleanser would have the benefits this product has. Using this first allows the oil to bond with the oils on my skin, and removes any additional dirt or pollution before I use my targeted cleanser. You use it with a dry face/hands, apply on the face, and then get your hands damp and emulsify the product - You'll see it turn white. Then rinse and follow with your targeted cleanser. I was nervous to use it because it is an oil, but as I mentioned before the oil bonds to the oil on your face, and removes it.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24

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  • Q:

    I go to the gym after work, and of course, I take my makeup off (usually with a wipe) before working out. I then give my face the full cleansing regimen later that night before I go to bed. Should I use the Pre Cleanse to remove my makeup before my workout, or should I continue to use a wipe for pre-workout makeup removal and then use the Pre Cleanse during my final night time regimen to remove any sweat, residual makeup, etc.?
    Asked on 4/29/2018 by AttyLou from Chicago, IL

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use Ultra Calming Cleanser to tissue off makeup and follow a workout with Breakout Clearing All Over Toner.

      Kind Regards,

      Bernadette

      Answered on 5/7/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Is it safe to use on acne prone skin? Would you recommend this to me as I am facing some serious acne issues?
    Asked on 4/29/2018 by sarah from undisclosed

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Use Precleanse as you oil based cleanser. Oil attracts oil. Use it with dry hands on dry skin to work it in. Then, add water. It will turn white and foam up. Add water to rinse away any oil residue.

      Kind Regards,

      Bernadette

      Answered on 5/2/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Hello!
    I would like to ask that I am going to purchase precleanser dermalogica first time. I am from Pakistan and It's recommended me someone. I just want to clear that is it effective for large pores and acne prone? Because I have white bumps or something kind of sebum. Also it is useful for spots? I just want my skin clear and bump free. Please guide.
    And if I don't use any other things like your cleaners etc then it will be effective? Waiting for your answer impetiently.
    Asked on 4/9/2018 by farah from Pakistan

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Use Precleanse as the first step of your double cleanse for the cleanest skin.

      Kind Regards,

      Bernadette

      Answered on 4/18/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I love the way precleanse feels on my skin, I wish I didn't have to wash it off! My skin is very dry but also acne prone, do you have any moisturizers that feel like precleanse?
    Asked on 1/10/2018 by Mari from Fargo, ND

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You might like Barrier Defense Booster as a oil moisturizer.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/12/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Is your 'precleanse' safe to use if using another skincare line for cleansing?
    Asked on 10/27/2017 by Dawn from IN

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Dawn,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. It is for all skin types. It is the first step of a nightly double cleanse and can be followed by your favorite cleanser.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 10/31/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Is the precleanse non-comedogenic?
    Asked on 10/19/2017 by Megan from Rockville, MD

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Megan,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. We do not use terms like non comedogenic because a dry skin type can benefit from thicker, oil-rich products, while an acneic skin can benefit from light weight products with botanical oils (like lemon or tea tree). That being said, Precleanse is for all skin types.

      Use Precleanse as you oil based cleanser. Oil attracts oil. Use it with dry hands on dry skin to work it in. Then, add water. It will turn white and foam up. Add water to rinse away any oil residue. It is the first step in the Dermalogica Double Cleanse. Be sure to follow with your favorite cleanser.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 10/20/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    What is the pH level of this PreCleanse?
    Asked on 9/27/2017 by Cassandra from undisclosed

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      A:

      Hello Cassandra,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Most all Dermalogica products are pH balanced to the skin (with the exception of desincrustation products). Therefore, Precleanse would fall within a 4-6 level.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 9/29/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Is this an oil free pre cleanse? I'm using the trinity machine and I want to make sure that it doe not interfere with the micro current.
    Asked on 8/29/2017 by Lulu from Los Angeles

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Precleanse is an oil based cleanser.

      Answered on 9/20/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Is Precleanse recommended only if you wear makeup ? Or is it suggested to use this even if you don't wear makeup and then follow with suggest cleanser?
    Asked on 5/31/2017 by DT from Omaha

    2 answers

    • A:

      I dont often wear makeup and the lady in the shop recomended it for me.

      Answered on 1/11/2018 by Charlotte from London
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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Precleanse is recommended for everyone as the first step of the double cleanse. Even if you don't wear makeup, it can help remove oils, debris, dead skin cells, sweat, product build up, etc.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 6/1/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    With my sensitive skin, this PreCleanse is both gentle and thorough. The problem has been the packaging. My last three purchases have arrived with less than half as the rest spilled in transit and, once here, the pump is constantly leaking. Considering that this issue has been brought to your attention repeatedly since you changed the top, are there any plans to change the pump? Or even give us an option?
    Asked on 5/9/2017 by Susana from Miami, FL

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Susana,

      Thank you for being a Dermalogica customer and thank you for the feedback. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We have fixed the pump due to customer feedback more recently. Some stores still may have older inventory. I will reach out to you directly to send you a replacement pump.

      Kind Regards,

      Bernadette

      Answered on 5/10/2017 by Anonymous
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