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special cleansing gel

gentle foaming cleanser

Refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities, without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. This iconic cleanser, which contains naturally-foaming Quillaja Saponaria, gently rinses away toxins and debris to leave skin feeling smooth and clean.Learn More

Soap-free, foaming gel cleanses all skin conditions.Learn More

price $39.00
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Only $81 (valued at $111). Contains everything you need to resurface and protect your skin.

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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. This iconic cleanser, which contains naturally-foaming Quillaja Saponaria, gently rinses away toxins and debris to leave skin feeling smooth and clean. Lightweight and mild enough to use every day, it also features calming Balm Mint and Lavender extracts to soothe the skin.
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
Certified vegan by PETA
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, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon Winterianus Herb Oil, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Betaine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Capryloyl Glycine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Methylpropanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA

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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Skin health maintenance is as important to your daily care regimen as brushing your teeth! Start with Dermalogica’s skin health essentials, designed to deliver your best skin daily.

Redefine your skin’s health with real products, real innovation, and real results! Dermalogica products for skin health are still amongst the most loved and most awarded products amongst skin care professionals and beauty editors worldwide.

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.

Great cleanser!

4

I use this cleanser daily in the shower. It's very light-weight and does not irritate sensitive skin. Works very well for keeping the occasional acne breakout under control. Allowed me to discontinue my other OTC acne products when used regularly.

Pennsburg, PA

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Would buy again

5

I love this product. I have been on a seemingly never-ending hunt to find the right skin care routine for me. With annoying breakouts all the time, I decided to spend the money and go big for demalogica products and I am so grateful I did. This product makes my skin feel and look amazing.

Hamden, CT

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Perfect for problematic skin

5

I've used this cleanser for one year, and I'm fully satisfied with it

Rocklin,Ca

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LOVE it

5

Really love this cleansing gel in combination with the oil pre cleanse. Very easy to use, and not heavy. It leaves your skin soft and not dry, like other cleansing products. It is a must have. Use it for every good skin care.

New Jersey

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Perfect for my skin

5

I really love this cleanser, I have combination acne prone skin and most acne cleansers I have used dries out my face but this still leaves my face moisturized.

Ontario, Canada

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I will never use anything else!

5

I've been using this product for 4 years now! Bar none the best cleanser on the planet! It's gentle but removes all my makeup! And a little bit goes a long way with this cleanser...you get a lot of bang for your buck here! Highly recommend!

Boston

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Wow

5

I've been using this product for only 3 weeks and u can already tell a difference in my skin color and texture. Def will reorder.

Keller, TX

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Whoever tries this product will love it.

4

I discovered Dermalogica 4 months ago and I totally love all the products I have used so far. I wish I knew about it earlier! No wonder some people in the reviews have been using Dermalogica products for more than 20 years. About the special cleansing gel, I use it twice a day, in the evening after my Precleanse. It's incredible how smooth and clean my face feels right away. It's true, it's a little bit pricey but a little bit goes a long way, like all their products. But next time I will go for the clearing skin wash.

Vancouver, Canada

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Lots of bumps on skin

1

This has made my face itchy with lots of little red bumps, i mean lots. I only used it two times with the active moist moisturizer. Had me pretty disappointed. It smells not that nice as well. Although, it does feel nice on skin.

Los Angeles

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I love this cleanser!

5

This is the only cleanser that works on my skin! It gets rid of any excess oil on my face without making it dry and flaky. I would definitely buy this product again and again. Although it seems expensive a little bit of it really goes a long way and a bottle of this typically lasts me about 6 months using it 2x a day.

San Diego, California

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I have combination skin that is prone to breakouts. Oily T-Zone and dry cheeks. I have been using the Special Cleansing Gel for a while. I really enjoy the cleanser but still seem to have breakouts on my forehead and chin. I have tried to avoid acne facial cleansers because they tend to dry out the rest of my face. Should I stick with this cleanser and add in an acne spot treatment or try a different cleanser? Or a combination of both? Thank you.

Brittany

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Keep using this morning and night and use Daily Microfoliant once a day after cleansing. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Must you precleanse every time use use the special cleansing gel / day and night; or Can you use the special cleansing gel by itself.

Ladybug

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. We recommend a Double Cleanse for the cleanest skin. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Hi, I have been using this cleanser for years. This was the best cleanser. The formula has changed and the cleanser is outrageously drying. I don't use a lot of cleanser to wash my face and this cleanser was so drying. Worse then soap. Why was the formula changed? I am pretty sure you have a lot of unhappy customer's now.

Nichole

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. We removed the parabens. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

I've been using for about 1 month and notice my skin is purging. Is that normal with this product and how long would it last before starting to clear up?

Nicky

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. It is normal in the beginning. Be sure to only use the size of a pea with lots of water. Using too much cleanser and too little water can exacerbate the purging process. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Hi, I used to use the special cleansing gel but in the massive pump. Do you still do this? Thanks!

Laura

Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, that is our 16.9 oz size. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Hi, I'm currently struggling to find the right cleanser for my skin. I find a lot of foaming cleansers make my skin too tight and lead to dryness / flaking, whereas creamy cleansers lead to clogged pores around my t-zone. Do you think this Special Cleansing Gel may be a happy medium for me, so not overdrying but still effective enough to actively work on my pores?

Charlie

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 combination skin that is very prone to break outs. I have some good days where my skin is clear and others when I get cystic/clustered acne on my cheek area. I have been using this product for about 6 months and have not seen any significant changes with regard to my acne. The rest of my skin looks clear aside from some red irritation on my nose area. I'm thinking about changing products, what do you recommend?

J

Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can add Daily Microfoliant, Breakout Clearing Booster and Active Moist. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Does this produce contain parabens?

bluedolphin

Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. It does not. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

How often should this product be used? Twice a day, daily or weekly? Please let me know as I can;t seem to find it anywhere!

DWI

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use this morning and night. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Is this product vegan?

Sara

Yes

talie

Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes this product is Vegan. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

 
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