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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 514 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Leaves clean feel (327)
  • Gentle (313)
  • Not greasy (244)
  • Balances skin (224)
  • Improves skin texture (201)

Cons

  • Dries out skin (18)
  • Pricey / poor value (11)
  • Doesn't remove makeup (7)
  • Doesn't work (7)
  • Irritates skin (7)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (286)
  • Combination skin (169)
  • All skin types (157)
  • Sensitive skin (153)
  • Oily skin (73)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (233), Budget shopper (164), Beauty conscious (26), Survivalist / minimalist (17), Skin care professional (4)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 10 minutes (15), 30 minutes (12)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (33), Dry (5), Normal (5), Oily (5)

Reviewed by 514 customers

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5.0

This is so great!

By Ivy

from Warner Robins, GA

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-drying
  • Smells Great

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

    I tried Dermalogica years ago (in one of those tester sets) but because I was in high school at the time it was a little pricey to go and buy full sizes, so I dropped it when I ran out. Still, it was probably the best my skin had been at the time.
    Fast forward to now, with a decent recurring paycheck, I returned back to Dermalogica.

    This really helped out my skin. It had been feeling dryer than usual and just not as clean, but this really helped--and these products are doubly helpful if you use Dermologica products together.

    Definitely pricey (especially if you're used to drug store prices) but works and really lasts a while--in fact, after 2-3 months I still have some product left over in my mini-tester bottle and I use it every day--and I, personally, think it's worth it to splurge a bit on skin care.

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 18-29
     
    3.0

    Alright, but overpriced

    By Elora

    from Colorado

    About Me Minimalist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Irritates Skin

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

    I went in to Ulta and asked one of the workers what they would recommend and they quickly led me to the Dermalogica brand. I have sensitive skin that is usually dry, with some oily areas in my T-zone. This cleanser worked well for making my face feel clean, especially after working out or wearing makeup, but it also dried my skin out quite a bit (which the lady at Ulta swore it wouldn't do). I find that I need extra moisturixer after using this and oftentimes even that doesn't help. I've also had a lot of ties when my face burns after using this. It's a fine cleanser, but I feel like it's overpriced for what it offers and it's frustrating that this brand claims to be so good for skin but my skin was still irritated by it.

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 18-29
     
    5.0

    I will never use any other cleanser again!

    By Bailey

    from Lino Lakes, MN

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy
    • Smells Great

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Enlarged Pores
      • Redness/ Blotchiness
      • Sensitive Skin

      Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

      I love the way this makes my face feel. I use it morning/night and I don't even question if I like it because I love it. Next time I'll be getting the supersize.

      • Skin Type:
      • Combination
      • Age:
      • 18-29
       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again.

      By Dilynch

      from CA

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Non-Greasy
      • Soothes Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

        I use this product everyday.

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination
        • Age:
        • 60+
         
        5.0

        Cleanses and makes skin silky smooth!

        By Abbie

        from Nashua, New Hampshire

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Moisturizes
        • Non-Greasy
        • Softens Skin
        • Soothes Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

          I was traveling and I needed to bring a cleanser and the the precleanse, so I bought a combo pack of the 2 for $10. I have tried other Dermalogica cleansers and thought they were alright. I tried this and it felt like I was putting silk onto my skin. I have dry sensitive skin. This glided over my skin easily and did not cause any irritation. I am so obsessed with it that even though I still have the travel bottle I went out and bought a bigger size yesterday. I haven't found a cleanser that I love this much in a very long time.It hasn't made me break out, it doesn't irritate or dry out my skin. I did use it the other night without using the precleanse first to take my makeup off. It didn't take everything off but it took off a lot more than I expected considering it is such a gentle cleanser.... And it does NOT irritate my eyes which the two other Dermalogica cleansers that I thought would be better for my skin type did. I am truly in love and want to give it as a gift for others to try.

          • Skin Type:
          • Dry
          • Age:
          • 30-44
           
          4.0

          Good, but looking for more

          By ValueShopper

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Minimalist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Non-Greasy

          Cons

          • Cost

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Enlarged Pores

          Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

          I tried it to help with breakouts and have been using it for years now. Only thing is I usually have to wash with it twice to clean my skin and in the process takes a toll by drying it out.

          • Skin Type:
          • Combination
          • Age:
          • 30-44
           
          5.0

          Love this cleanser

          By Roseknows

          from Fresno,Ca

          About Me Skin Care Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Smells Great
          • Soothes Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

            Great for daily cleansing and removing makeup

            • Skin Type:
            • Dry
            • Age:
            • 45-59
             
            5.0

            Love this cleanser.

            By Andrea

            from Santa Rosa, CA

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Moisturizes
            • Non-Greasy
            • Softens Skin
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Sensitive Skin
              • Uneven Skin Tone

              Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

              In combination with Dermalogica Daily Microfolliant

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination
              • Age:
              • 45-59
               
              5.0

              Go to product...

              By RetiredFA

              from Orange Co., California

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Moisturizes
              • Non-Greasy
              • Softens Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                My go to product for over thirty years. Absolutely the best cleanser you can buy. A little bit goes a long way!

                • Skin Type:
                • Combination
                • Age:
                • 60+
                 
                5.0

                I use this product every day.

                By None

                from Ohio

                About Me Minimalist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Moisturizes
                • Non-Greasy
                • Smells Great
                • Softens Skin

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Sensitive Skin

                  Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                  I use this product every day. I have sensitive skin it doesn't cause any irritation or dryness.

                  • Skin Type:
                  • Dry
                  • Age:
                  • 60+

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                  • Q:

                    I am currently on Clinique and love it but i still get shine and breakouts and feel oily, Clinique does maintain the breakouts but if there is something better to stop my cystic acne and take away the redness and blochiness of old acne and i still can't get rid of my blackheads on my nose, i would love to give it a try, my only concern is will i break out more with the change? my skin is very sensitive and does not do well with change. I understand you break out before you get better but if i'm okay right now not clear but okay will i have a bad break out? my skin is famous for 20 cystic pimples pop up over night if not cleansed right, mood swings, or stress. Im 31 i should have clear skin already!
                    Asked on 4/13/2017 by Carina from Las Vegas, Nevada

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Thank you for your inquiry. From our line we recommend starting with Special Cleansing Gel, Daily Microfoliant, Ultra Calming Mist, Skin Refining Masque, Active Moist, Oil Free Matte SPF30. These products will help to address your sensitive, acne prone skin without sensitivity.

                      Answered on 4/14/2017 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                  • Q:

                    Hi is this cleanser right for me I have acne a little bit mostly scars I think what's a good routine for me?
                    Asked on 4/5/2017 by Rachel

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Thank you for your inquiry. We suggest using Special Cleansing Gel, Daily Microfoliant C-12 Pure Bright Serum and Active Moist for your skin concerns.

                      Answered on 4/5/2017 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                  • Q:

                    I am currently dealing with a bout of peri facial dermatitis and on antibiotics for it. My doctor recommends that I use a gentle cleanser. I have used the special cleansing gel for years but was wondering if its still ok to use with my current condition.
                    Asked on 3/22/2017 by Cidleo from Toronto, Canada

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Thank you for your inquiry. We recommend that you switch to Ultra calming Cleanser. This cleanser is specially formulated for sensitized skin.

                      Answered on 3/23/2017 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                  • Q:

                    I recently purchased the dermalogica clearing skin wash, special cleansing gel, breakout control, multi active toner, and active moist. In what order should I use these products?
                    Asked on 3/14/2017 by CRS from Hagerstown, MD

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Thank you for your inquiry. You can alternate between your two cleansers, next spritz with MultiActive Toner, apply Breakout Control in areas of breakouts and follow with Active Moist. This should be done twice a day to maintain healthy skin.

                      Answered on 3/14/2017 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                  • Q:

                    Hi! I have dry, acne prone skin. I believe majority of it is hormonal. My skin is also starting to get a little sensitive meaning if it doesn't like something it reacts with a breakout. Which regimen would work best for me?
                    Asked on 3/12/2017 by D from Santa Rosa CA

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Thank you for your inquiry. We recommend that you use the following products to address your many skin concerns: Ultra Calming Cleanser, Ultra Calming Mist, Daily Superfoliant 3-4 times a week, Breakout Control and Skin Smoothing Cream. These product will help to balance and prevent breakouts without drying your skin out.

                      Answered on 3/14/2017 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                  • Q:

                    Is the special cleansing gel or clearing skin wash better for moderate acne? I have been using the clearing skin wash, but it has taken about a month to see improvement. How long should it take with the special cleansing gel until you can see improvements with acne?
                    Asked on 3/6/2017 by CRS from Hagerstown, MD

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Thank you for your inquiry. Clearing Skin Wash is better suited for breakouts. You will also need to follow with regular exfoliation and a masque. We recommend Daily Superfoliant and Sebum Clearing Masque.

                      Answered on 3/8/2017 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                  • Q:

                    does this brand help with acne scars?
                    Asked on 1/19/2017 by jazmine from los angeles

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Thank you for your inquiry. We recommend using Overnight Retinol Repair for acne scars. You will need to use a sunscreen everyday and keep skin hydrated and protected while using this product. We also recommend that you have a series of professional treatments done to address your concern.

                      Answered on 1/19/2017 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                  • Q:

                    I have dry/sensitive skin I tried using the ultracalming cleanser but it didn't seem to help the dryness of my skin. Would this help better?
                    Asked on 1/18/2017 by Lily from Chicago, Il

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Thank you for your inquiry. We recommend using Essential Cleansing Solution for your dry sensitive skin.

                      Answered on 1/18/2017 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                  • Q:

                    Can you provide the steps in which the products should be used? and how twice a day once a day? Everyday? Thanks.
                    Asked on 1/14/2017 by Gaby from Hollister,CA

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      Thank you for your inquiry. Special Cleansing Gel should be used morning and night everyday. We recommend using a pea size amount of cleanser with plenty of water to create lots of foam. Cleanser over entire face, eye area, neck and chest and remove with water. Follow with toner and moisturizer.

                      Answered on 1/16/2017 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                  • Q:

                    I've been using clearing skin wash and ultra calming cleanser and the ultracalming sebum concentrate. Also the microexfoliant twice a week. I still have breakouts and hasn't cleared skin. Oily t zone but dry patches in cheeks. Skin gets dry in winter. Would this work better for me?
                    Asked on 1/7/2017 by curious from nj

                    1 answer

                    • Brand Expert

                      A:

                      thank you for your inquiry. We recommend using Daily Microfoliant every day or every other day, using Skin Refining Masque 2 times a week and Skin Smoothing Cream moisturizer.

                      Answered on 1/9/2017 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
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