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Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

Dermalogica

Special Cleansing Gel

Item 2152628

Size:8.4 oz

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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 538 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)
  • Irritates skin (9)
  • Doesn't remove makeup (7)
  • Doesn't work (7)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (308)
  • Combination skin (169)
  • Sensitive skin (164)
  • All skin types (157)
  • Oily skin (73)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (233), Budget shopper (164), Beauty conscious (41), Survivalist / minimalist (25), Skin care professional (4)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 10 minutes (15), 30 minutes (12)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (49), Dry (8), Oily (8), Normal (7)

Reviewed by 538 customers

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5.0

A little goes a long way

By Starstar85

from Okc, ok

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

    I really like this cleanser. It foams well and only a little is needed. I use it following the precleanse. My skin is soft. It doesn't over dry it.

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

    My Everyday Cleanser - Forever & Ever

    By Makeup Maggie

    from Raleigh, NC

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy
    • Smells Great
    • Soothes Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Sensitive Skin

      Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

      This cleanser is super gentle! My skin is super sensitive and this cleanser doesn't have any adverse effect on my skin. Actually it's the opposite, it helps to clear my blemishes. About 3 days a week I mix this with the Dermalogica prep scrub to create a gentle exfoliate. I think it's worth the price tag if you struggle with sensitive skin.

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

      This is my new daily cleanser.

      By Katherine Bagood

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Softens Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Enlarged Pores
        • Sensitive Skin

        Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

        I like that this product is light weight. I use it every morning and every night. It gets rid of my makeup and the residue. It's helped clear my face and soothe it.

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

        Great Cleanser

        By MommaMia

        from Collegeville, PA

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Fine Lines/Wrinkles
          • Uneven Skin Tone

          Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

          A friend recommended this cleanser to me and I was not disappointed. It does a great job while leaving your skin feeling great!

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

          I love it

          By Sue

          from San Jose, ca

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

            I used it once and automatically my face cleared at least by 10% in one day. My acne was not as bad! I love it!

            • Skin Type:
            • Oily
            • Age:
            • 18-29
             
            2.0

            Does not remove makeup

            By NessaSD

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Beauty Expert

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Non-Greasy
            • Smells Great

            Cons

            • Not Effective

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

            I loved the way this wash felt and it smells great. I'm a fan of dermalogica products, but this one - is a no for me. I'm surprised more people aren't reviewing what I'm about to say - but perhaps like me, they aren't realizing it's not really working. After using it for a few months, I started a new routine of following up a wash with a toner on a cotton pad. Well, the cotton pad, after a wash with this gel, was covered in makeup still. You have to wash your face at least 2 times with this gel, in order for it to remove makeup. I'm not talking heavy eye makeup either. I wear a light foundation and concealer, and it takes 2+ washes to remove. Dermalogica also sells a "pre cleanse" which is recommended to remove makeup before this wash as a two step system, but, I'm not about to buy two separate $50+ products, and have to wash my face twice every time. I'll try and find something that works the first time now.

            • Skin Type:
            • Normal
            • Age:
            • 30-44
             
            3.0

            Possibly

            By Lauryn

            from Decatur, Alabama

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Pros

            • Pulls acne to a head

            Cons

            • Drying
            • Irritates Skin

            Best Uses

            • Acne

            Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

            There were things about this product I liked. It really did a good job of pulling blackheads and acne to the surface of the skin but left my face sooo dry and irritated, it also burned my skin badly. I'm going to try the cream cleanser since I evidently have dryer skin. I have dry skin during majority of the cycle month but close to my cycle my face gets really oily. I would only recommend this product to people with really oily skin! This product is not bad just not right for me.

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

            First timer

            By Cristie

            from Colorado Springs, Co

            About Me Minimalist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Non-Greasy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Sensitive Skin

              Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

              First time trying dermalogica and I honestly love how it cleared my skin.

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

              I love this cleanser.

              By Mich

              from Nj

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Non-Greasy
              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                Use it every day. I love it.

                • Skin Type:
                • Normal
                • Age:
                • 45-59

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Cleanser

                By Many

                from NJ

                About Me Minimalist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                    Great cleanser, I've been using this for many years. I also alternate with Resurfacing cleanser, twice a week. In the winter I use the Ultracalm cleanser. I have combo skin; oily t-zone. Highly recommend.

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

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                    • Q:

                      I know the brand is cruelty-free, but is this product vegan?
                      Asked on 11/12/2017 by gotshakespeare from US

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Thank you for your inquiry. Please see below for the information you have requested.

                        Animal derived ingredients and the products that contain them:

                        NON-VEGAN

                        Cera Alba (Beeswax) Bee-by-product:
                        Essential Cleansing Solution
                        MV Power Serum

                        Honey (Mel) Bee-by-product:
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                        Skin Prep Scrub
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                        Hydrolyzed Pearl Fresh Water Pearl (farmed)
                        Mussel:
                        Sheer Tint SPF20 – Light
                        Medium
                        Dark
                        Skin Perfect Primer SPF30

                        Silkworm Cocoon:
                        Soothing Eye Make-Up Remover
                        Skin Smoothing Cream

                        Sodium DNA Salmon Sperm:
                        Daily Defense SPF15
                        Solar Defense Booster SPF50
                        Super Sensitive Shield SPF30
                        Oil Free Matte SPF30

                        Lactose Milk – cow:
                        Enzymatic Base – Part A

                        Enzymatic Sea Mud

                        Please let us know if there is anything else we can assist you with.

                        Kindest Regards,
                        The Education Team

                        Answered on 11/15/2017 by Anonymous
                    • Q:

                      When will you start seeing improvement while using twice a day? and does this take away acne scars?
                      Asked on 10/23/2017 by Em from undisclosed

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Special Cleaning Gel will help to balance your hydration levels in your skin. If you are looking to reduce hyperpigmentation from acne scars we recommend that you use Skin Resurfacing Cleanser and the Power Bright system twice a day.,Special Cleansing Gel will help to balance and hydrate your skin. It will not take away scars. If you are looking for your pigmentation to fade you will want to switch to Skin Resurfacing Cleanser and the Power Bright system.

                        Answered on 10/24/2017 by Anonymous
                    • Q:

                      Hi,

                      Can this be used with .05% tretinoin or is the ultra calming wash better? I need something that will not react negatively with the medicine.
                      Asked on 8/15/2017 by New2this from undisclosed

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hello Lindsay:

                        Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. If your skin is feeling sensitive and irritated from the use of your prescription of .05% Tretinoin we recommend that you use Ultracalming Cleanser to help soothe and calm your skin. If you do not experience any irritation or discomfort from using the Tretinoin you may use the Special Cleansing Gel.

                        http://www.ulta.com/ultracalming-cleanser?productId=xlsImpprod2410031

                        Best Regards,

                        The Dermalogica Team

                        Answered on 8/16/2017 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                    • Q:

                      Does this remove makeup?
                      Asked on 7/23/2017 by Nannie from undisclosed

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hello Nannie:

                        Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. The Special Cleansing Gel will help to remove makeup from the face. If you are looking to remove eye makeup please use soothing eye makeup remover or precleanse. Precleanse is great for makeup removal and will make your prescribed cleanser such as special cleansing gel work more efficiently by dissolving oil based makeup oil from face.

                        Please let us know if you have any further questions.

                        Best Regards,

                        The Dermalogica Team

                        Answered on 7/24/2017 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                    • Q:

                      Will this help with skin texture and clogged pores?
                      Asked on 7/23/2017 by Nikki from Chula Vista, ca

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hello Nikki:

                        Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Special Cleansing Gel will help to remove impurities and excess oils. For skin texture we recommend using an exfoliant. We can help you select an exfoliant after we know more about your current skin condition.

                        Best Regards,

                        The Dermalogica Team

                        Answered on 7/24/2017 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                    • Q:

                      I just bought the travel size of this to try but now I see there is sulfate in the ingredients. Doesn't sulfate cause breakouts?
                      Asked on 7/14/2017 by Lakearb from undisclosed

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Hello There:

                        Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. The ingredients in Special Cleansing Gel are gentle and effective in cleaning skin and do not cause breakouts. Special Cleansing Gel is a soap free cleanser that cleans skin by purifying with out striping or drying out skin and is also calming and soothing.

                        Please let us know if you have any further questions.

                        Best Regards,

                        The Dermalogica Team

                        Answered on 7/17/2017 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                    • 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
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