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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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.

Love this product

5

Very light cleanser that leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. Make sure to wipe face down and take off all makeup before using or you won't get the full effect!!!

South Carolina

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Awesome Cleanser

5

I've been a faithful user of another well-known brand for years. I felt that my 46-year old, dry, sensitive skin wasn't looking its best and I had heard a lot of great things about Dermalogica products. I ordered this cleanser and am now so pleased with the results! This clear cleanser foams up even with just the little that you need. My skin feels so clean and not in the tight, dry way that my old cleanser left my skin feeling. I am thrilled with this product!

Irvine, CA

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The most beautiful cleansing face wash - a spa at home!

5

This product is fantastic! It leaves your skin feeling beautiful and deep cleansed - an easy and quick spa-like cleanse, that your face really deserves. I use this as part of my twice a week (sometimes three times) 'at home spa facial treat!' - alongside the PreCleanse! (My other favourite! ) One measure of the Special Cleansing Gel, applied to your face, add a little water to foam and your skin will feel amazing! Then simply rinse away! Highly recommended and Dermalogica's customer service is amazing too!

Norwich, UK

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Love this!

5

This is one of the best facial cleaners I have ever tried. It cleans my face, and it lathers well making my face feel clean and refreshed. It does not irritate my sensitive skin or dehydrate it. I will continue to use this product, I enjoy it very much!

Texas

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Horrible change to the formula

1

I have been using this for about 15 years and they changed the formula just recently it seems. It smells horrid and feels greasy in a way it didn't use to.

New York

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It bubbles!

5

Relaxing face cleanser that bubbles. Love the texture. I use it after precleanse. Double relaxation.

Winston Salem

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I think they changed the recipe 😳

1

It does not clean your face like it used too. It also smells different 😝

Pittsburgh Pa

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Very effective cleanser but contains SLS and parabens.

4

I have extremely sensitive, combination skin. I used literally EVERY product on the market and spent a lot of money. The products I used for sensitive skin didn't clean properly, the products I used to clean dirt and grease irritated my skin. This cleanser is very effective, it transformed my skin from DAY 1. It is fragrance free, cleaned my skin and minimized the pores. However, because it contains SLS and parabens and is daily use product, everytime I applied it on my skin I was thinking about the parabens my skin was absorbing in and felt anxious. Plus, SLS in it gave me a slight irritation on nose and cheeks. If Dermalogica replaces SLS and parabens with less harmful alternatives then this cleanser will be my holy grail! I will use it forever and recommend it to everyone.

Long Beach, California

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My new cleanser!

5

I just received a sample of this cleanser and I love it! I have mature skin but still like a foaming cleanser. This one works without making my skin feel dry.

Lake Havasu City, AZ

One of the Best facial cleansers around

5

I like the fact that it doesn't irritate my skin with continuous use.

Inglewood

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Hi there, I'm 24 and have normal skin not too oily or not too dry. However, recently I have been getting pimples on my chin, around my nose and between my eye brows. I also have been getting blind pimples, overall thought I have pretty good skin. I year ago my skin got bad so I now wash my face morning and night with a cleansing gel, the tone with a sweet clensing lotion and use an oil fee mosturiser from another brand but think it's time for a change. Would this product be suitable or am I better off going for something stronger with salicylic acid?

Georgia

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use Special Cleansing Gel morning and night. Use Sebum Clearing Mask 3 times a week. Use Daily Microfoliant once a day. Try Active Moist at night and Oil Free Matte SPF 30 in the morning. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

I have false eyelashes. Will this harm them? Is it oil free?

Lindsey

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, this can be used on the eye area even with extensions. Use the size of a pea with lots of water and make sure it goes from a clear gel to a white foam. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Hi, I have bought this product to use as part of my cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturise routine. I usually only do this routine at night and was wondering are you supposed to cleanse tone and moisturise twice a day or just at night ?

Chloe

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, you should cleanse, tone and moisturize morning and night. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Hello, I have been using the Dermalogica Ultra calming cleanser since the start of the year but i have found that when I have used it AM and PM, my skin is quite dry around my blemishes/spots, would you suggest that I switch to the special cleansing gel? I just use the cleanser at night now and a cream cleanser in the AM so my skin is better but the ultra is soon to run out so hoping for another product. Thanks Melissa

Mel

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. I personally like to use Ultra Calming Cleanser in the morning and Special Cleansing Gel at night. :) Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Hello, My daughter is turning 12, her skin looks normal, but I was wondering if she needs to use any product for a daily maintenance at this age? Thank you!

Marina

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. She can use Special Cleansing Gel and Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion to maintain her skin and keep it clean and moisturized. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

I am a teen, and I have really oily skin. I want to get rid of my shine and my oily skin, it gets extremely oily after a few hours. I also often get spots on my face and a lot of blackheads. Would you recommend this or a different routine?

Joe

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Try Dermal Clay Cleanser, Breakout Clearing All Over Toner and Oil Free Matte SPF 30 during the day. At night, try Precleanse, Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash, Breakout Clearing All Over Toner and Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

I am wanting to switch to Dermalogica products. I am trying to find the best face wash for me.i am mid 30's i have open pores on my checks from when i was a teen and get black/whiteheads still.any advise would br appreaciated!

ARb34

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

I have dry skin and I get random breakouts on my forehead and around my chin. Is this the product I should use?

Ruby

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. You can use this morning and night. Then use a spot treatment like Breakout Clearing Booster on the individual breakouts. Follow with a light weight moisturizer like Active Moist. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

what is the shelf life for the special cleansing gel

ary

Hello, Products containing SPF and Acne actives will have an expiration date on the bottle. Once the product reaches the date stamped on the packaging it should no longer be used, otherwise the shelf life for unopened products is about 2-3 years. All other products have an open jar symbol, which is the diagram drawing of a jar with lid and a number in the jar. Most commonly used is 24 M. This means that once opened, the product may be used up to 24 months. This does not mean however that the product may not have changed in smell, texture or even efficacy it only means that it is SAFE to use based on stability data which differs from product to product but in the majority of cases is 24-36 months. We hope this addresses your concerns. Thanks for your inquiry and interest in Dermalogica. Sincerely, Bernadette

Bernadette

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?

Lucy

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

 
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