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Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

Dermalogica

Special Cleansing Gel

8.4 oz

Item #: 2152628

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A soap-free, foaming gel designed to thoroughly remove 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 deep-cleanses debris. Contains no artificial fragrance or color. Professional recommendation advised.

How it works:

  • Naturally-foaming Quillaja Saponaria removes impurities and excess oils.
  • Skin-smoothing Balm Mint cools and calms the skin.
  • Purifying Lavander Extract assists in cleansing.


We recommend that first-time Dermalogica users visit an authorized skin treatment professional for a client consultation in an ULTA store.

Dermalogica Skin Treatments available at all ULTA locations. Click here for more information.

Gently lather a small amount of gel on moistened hands. Apply to dampened face and throat. Rinse with warm water and repeat for professional cleaning results.
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.

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DermalogicaSpecial Cleansing Gel
 
4.7

(based on 410 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Leaves clean feel (278)
  • Gentle (267)
  • Not greasy (208)
  • Balances skin (187)
  • Improves skin texture (170)

Cons

  • Dries out skin (17)
  • Pricey / poor value (10)
  • Doesn't remove makeup (7)
  • Doesn't work (7)
  • Irritates skin (6)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (205)
  • Combination skin (142)
  • All skin types (138)
  • Sensitive skin (112)
  • Oily skin (64)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (207), Budget shopper (143)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 10 minutes (15), 30 minutes (12)

Reviewed by 410 customers

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5.0

My goto facial cleanser

By Melishap20

from Denver Colorado

About Me Budget Buyer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Gentle
  • Leaves Clean Feel
  • Not Greasy
  • Smells Great

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

    This is my go to facial cleanser ever since I've started using this with the pre-cleanse my breakouts have decreased by 75%. I absolutely love this cleanser.

     
    5.0

    I will buy this product again

    By Sammi

    from CT

    About Me Brand Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Gentle
    • Improves Skin Texture
    • Leaves Clean Feel
    • Moisturizing
    • Not Greasy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • All Skin Types

      Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

      This product has saved my face.

       
      5.0

      Amazing cleanser!

      By Krenehan

      from Cranberry Township

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Gentle
      • Leaves Clean Feel
      • Not Greasy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Acne-Prone Skin
        • Daily Use
        • Dry Skin
        • Oily Skin
        • Sensitive Skin

        Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

        Use it everyday and doesn't dry out my skin

         
        5.0

        Always part of my routine

        By Andig

        from Apex, NC

        About Me Budget Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Balances Skin
        • Gentle
        • Leaves Clean Feel
        • Not Greasy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • All Skin Types
          • Combination Skin
          • Daily Use
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

          I love this cleanser because it keeps my skin balanced year round. It is so gentle, I don't have to change cleansers during the cooler months when my skin is more dry. It cleans my skin (the only exception is some mascara) and I rarely have breakouts.

           
          5.0

          My All Time Favorite Face Cleansing Product

          By Patd

          from New York, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Balances Skin
          • Gentle
          • Improves Skin Texture
          • Leaves Clean Feel
          • Moisturizing
          • Not Greasy
          • Smells Great

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Acne-Prone Skin
            • All Skin Types
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

            I've been using it for about 2 years and I wouldn't change it for any other. This one has worked perfect for my face! I have a super sensitive ezcema-prone skin and this is the only face cleanser that has proven to be mild on my face.

             
            4.0

            I like th feel of my skin after I use it

            By Nurse

            from Petaluma

            About Me Budget Buyer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Gentle
            • Leaves Clean Feel
            • Not Greasy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

              Used it with my exfoliating product,felt more effective than just exfoliate product

               
              5.0

              Would buy again

              By Jilly

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Budget Buyer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Balances Skin
              • Gentle
              • Leaves Clean Feel
              • Moisturizing

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Combination Skin

                Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                It's awesome very gentle but gets the job done.

                 
                2.0

                I found this cleanser to be drying

                By tweetnick_twit

                from San Francisco

                About Me Budget Buyer

                Pros

                • Gentle
                • Leaves Clean Feel

                Cons

                • Dries Out Skin
                • overpriced

                Best Uses

                • Combination Skin
                • Oily Skin

                Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                I felt obliged to try this line after having a facial where I left with some product reccomendations from the esthetician. Maybe my skin had become sensitive and dry since then because of pregnancy and I no longer am combination. This cleanser left my skin feeling dry in any case and I had to return this to my local store where they graciously looked up the receipt for me and issued an exchange. However I was not happy with the other product from this line that I chose either and so in the future will be looking elsewhere in the store for my skin food.

                 
                1.0

                Got an allergic reaction

                By Max

                from North haven, ct

                About Me Brand Buyer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Leaves Clean Feel
                • Smells Great

                Cons

                • Dries Out Skin
                • Irritates Skin

                Best Uses

                • Combination Skin

                Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                I returned to ultra calming cleanser. The gel is too harsh for my face.

                 
                1.0

                sensitive skin rashes

                By brynn

                from orange county California

                Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                Not suitable for oily acne prone sensitive skin. I recommend their acne face wash

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                • Q:

                  I have extremely dry skin, will this work well with my skin type?
                  Asked on 9/8/2016 by Kat from San Jose, CA

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Thank you for your inquiry. Essential Cleansing Solution would be a better choice and is ideal for dry skin.

                    Dermalogica Brand Expert

                    Answered on 9/8/2016 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                • Q:

                  I am wanting to use this as a pre-cleanser before using the dermal clay cleanser. Is this a good pair?
                  Asked on 2/9/2016 by Lisa from Pasadena, CA

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Thank you for your inquiry. Special Cleansing Gel is a foaming gel cleanser good for all skin types. It would work very well as a pre cleanser before using Dermal Clay Cleanser. Special Cleansing Gel is very concentrated, only use a pea size amount and should be mixed with plenty of water.

                    Dermalogica Brand Expert

                    Answered on 2/9/2016 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                • Q:

                  is this good for combination skin? i have a oily t zone and dry cheeks.
                  Asked on 1/1/2016 by M from no where.

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Thank you for your inquiry. Special Cleansing Gel will help to balance combination skin and address dehydration. Follow with MultiActive Toner and Skin Smoothing Cream for best results. Exfoliating regularly with Daily Microfoliant will allow your products to work better and will help to balance oil production.

                    Dermalogica Brand Expert

                    Answered on 1/6/2016 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                • Q:

                  Is it safe to use on my eyes?? To remove eye makeup?
                  Asked on 9/3/2015 by Rose

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Hello Rose,

                    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, Special Cleansing Gel can be used on the eye area to remove eye make up. When cleansing skin you can lather Special Cleansing Gel and bring it right over the ye area for one easy make up removing cleanse.

                    -Dermalogica Brand Expert

                    Answered on 9/3/2015 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                • Q:

                  is this cleanser to be used day and night?
                  Asked on 8/27/2015 by Lola from US

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Thank you for your inquiry. We do recommend that you do a double cleanse morning and night. Special Cleansing Gel can be used for all four cleanses or you can use Per Cleanse as your first cleanse to help remove stubborn dirt and make up.

                    -Dermalogica Brand Expert

                    Answered on 8/27/2015 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                • Q:

                  hello, my skin is combination type and sometimes has some blackhead, what products can work with my skin type?

                  thanks a lot
                  Asked on 5/25/2015 by Tina from Co

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Hello Tina,
                    We have great products to balance combination skin and help keep follicles clear. Please see below for product recommendations:
                    Special Cleansing Gel
                    Multi Active Toner
                    Daily Microfoliant
                    Skin Refining Masque
                    Skin Smoothing Cream
                    Solar Defense Booster
                    MultiVitamin Power Firm

                    -Dermalogica Brand Expert

                    Answered on 5/28/2015 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                • Q:

                  is this product the recommended cleanser to use as a follow up to the pre cleanser of the same product line?
                  Asked on 4/21/2015 by Jackey from US

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    Yes, any of Dermalogica's facial cleansers are suitable for use after PreCleanse. Special Cleansing Gel is formulated for all skin types.

                    Answered on 4/21/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                • Q:

                  Does this product help with dark spots?
                  Asked on 4/17/2015 by Toya

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Hello Toya,

                    Special Cleansing Gel is a foaming gel cleanser for all skin types. It will not help with hyper pigmentation. We do however, have a brightening system called Power Bright that will target uneven skin tone. This is a 3 product system that is used twice a day for 8 weeks for full results. You can enhance your results by using these other brightening products;
                    Daily Microfolaint
                    Skin Resurfacing Cleanser
                    MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque.

                    Kindest Regards,
                    Dermalogica Brand Expert

                    Answered on 4/22/2015 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                • Q:

                  Can this product be used with a Clarisonic?
                  Asked on 1/4/2015 by anna from texas

                  1 answer

                  • Staff Expert

                    A:

                    Yes, Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel performs wonderfully with Clarisonic facial cleansing devices!

                    Answered on 1/8/2015 by Staff Expert from ULTA.com
                • Q:

                  Will this product help with rosacea? Also, do you have a sample kit that can be purchased to try the products?
                  Asked on 4/22/2014 by Pam from New Port Richey, Florida

                  1 answer

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