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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

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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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Perfect Cleanser!

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I've used this product for years and would not use anything else! I have normal skin and this cleanser always strikes the perfect balance between cleansing without over drying!

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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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