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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.
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, 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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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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special cleansing gel
 
4.5

(based on 981 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (696)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (176)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (43)

92%

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

love

By 

from texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

The cleansing gel cleans all the make-up off my face. After I use the gel, I spray the toner on a gauze pad and then wipe my face. The gauze pad shows no signs of make-up. This didn't happen with a different brand of face wash and toner I used. There would be make-up on the gauze pad.

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
4.0

Perfectly Gentle. Kind to my skin.

By 

from The Space Coast, FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

Purchased the PUMP SIZE of Special Cleansing Gel because I was tired of fighting with the snap top lid which is strangely too tight for my wimpy fingers. Rest assured the click top won't leak. Not clear on why Cleanser is named 'Special' when I find it to be merely Gentle. PERFECTLY GENTLE. Removes most everything leaves behind only a shadow of regular mascara and eye cover which easily wipes of with one swipe of a micellar cleanser for those misses. I follow up with a Dermalogica toner and a Dermalogica moisturizer and achieve HAPPY SKIN.

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54
 
5.0

Perfect cleanser

By 

from Dallas, Tx

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

This is my favorite foaming cleanser. It leaves my face refreshed

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Works on all skin!

By 

from Houston, TX

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I am new to the industry, but in my 6 months I have yet to have a disappointing experience with this product! It cleans so well..esp when combined with the precleanse

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I've used this for over 10 years

By 

from Worcester, MA

Comments about special cleansing gel:

While I have tried many other cleansers (Kiehls, Malin+Goetz, philosophy), I always end up going back to Special Cleansing Gel. My facialist recommended it to me about ten years ago, and I have yet to find a product that is better for my skin. It removes the limited amount of makeup I wear and doesn't over-dry my skin. It's amazing!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
1.0

Did not work for me

By 

from Warrington, UK

Comments about special cleansing gel:

So i now have bottles of this (i bought 1 along with other things, so i got 2 complimentary). It caused me breakouts, skin darkening and burning. I have no idea what it contains but just did not work me.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
1.0

inconsistency

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from windsor, on

Comments about special cleansing gel:

used this product for years. Now when I buy. Some are fine. Others under cleanse and my skin becomes super oily. Very frustrating as I just finished a bottle which was fine. Opened my new one and all of a sudden i have severely oily skin. Really???????

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54
 
5.0

I love this cleanser!!!

By 

from Dubois, PA

Comments about special cleansing gel:

This cleanser has saved my skin. Has totally balanced out the oils in my face and has really smoothed it out.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
5.0

Amazing cleanser

By 

from Wilmington de

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I love how smooth my skin feels and it leaves no residue

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Love

By 

from Glen Gardner, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

Love. Clean and refreshing. Not too drying

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54

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  • Q:

    I recently have been dealing with adult acne. Mostly around mouth and low cheeks. I started using Retin A and the speacial cleansing gel morning and night and started to notice more little pimples around jaw line and cheeks. I also use the daily superexfoiant. But it tends to burn.. help?!
    Asked on 5/11/2018 by Nicole from Placerville ca

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Please do not use any exfoliants while using retin-a. It will over process your skin.

      Kind Regards,

      Bernadette

      Answered on 5/16/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I have mildly oily skin but after a shower ect my face feels dry. I have been using special cleansing gel or dermal clay cleaner and Active moist but I suffer from breakouts that are deep under the skin spots that appear more like lumps with no head.
    what product would you recommend to prevent the breakouts?
    Asked on 4/27/2018 by Lucy from Kent

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Breakout Control is an acid-free spot treatment that is non-drying. However, it is very effective. Apply a thin, clear layer to breakouts. Use it under moisturizer, morning and night.

      Kind Regards,

      Bernadette

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

    Does this have salicylic acid?
    Asked on 4/7/2018 by Hannah from Louisiana

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello ,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. This does not contain Salicylic Acid.

      Kind Regards,

      Bernadette

      Answered on 4/17/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Hi

    My daughter is 11 she is just beginning to get the odd spot and i am looking to find a very gentle skin care routine for her. She is allergic to tea-tree and as I say her skin is very reactionary.

    I am thinking she needs a gentle cleansing wash and a light moisturiser but am open to advice.

    Any product suggestions will be appreciated.

    Regards

    Nina Hodgson
    Asked on 3/14/2018 by Mrs M from West Yorkshire

    2 answers

    • A:

      At eleven her skin I think would be too sensitive for cleansers, I agree with the other person that it would be wise to speak to her pediatrician.

      Answered on 4/29/2018 by Mid-west girl from St. Louis
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      A:

      Hello,

      Please check with her pediatrician.

      Thank you.

      Answered on 3/28/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Can Special Cleansing Gel be used to remove eye makeup?
    Asked on 1/27/2018 by Linda from PA

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Linda,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, it can. However, I personally prefer to remove with Soothing Eye Makeup or Precleanse and then I follow with Special Cleansing Gel.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/29/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Which cleanser would you recommend for hormonal acne on chin, large pores, and combo/oily skin?
    Asked on 1/12/2018 by Jessica S from Arkansas

    1 answer

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      Hello Jessica,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Breakout Control is an acid-free spot treatment that is non-drying. However, it is very effective. Apply a thin, clear layer to breakouts. Use it under moisturizer, morning and night.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/15/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I have eczema, and in need of a good facial cleanser for acne. Is this good to combat acne while being soft on sensitive skin?
    Asked on 1/8/2018 by Carly from Central, SC

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hi Carly,

      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

      Answered on 1/9/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Is the special cleansing gel a clear green color? I previously bought a bottle and was filling my small travel size container. Threw away the original bottle. I am pretty sure it is the special cleansing gel, but want to make sure before I repurchase again.
    Asked on 1/5/2018 by Christy from undisclosed

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Christy,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Special Cleansing Gel is clear. Clearing Skin Wash is green.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/9/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Can I use this cleanser if I am pregnant?
    Asked on 12/30/2017 by Maria from undisclosed

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Maria,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, this is safe to use during pregnancy.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/3/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Can I use this to remove my make up? I went for a facial and she sold me the special cleansing gel and active moist. I wear foundation to work and am wondering if this is a good product to remove my make up or not. Thanks!
    Asked on 12/17/2017 by Patrice from Victoria, BC

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. For best results, double cleanse at night to thoroughly remove makeup and debris from the day. You can use Precleanse first and follow with Special Cleansing Gel.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 12/19/2017 by Anonymous
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