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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 528 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 (8)
  • Doesn't remove makeup (7)
  • Doesn't work (7)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (299)
  • Combination skin (169)
  • Sensitive skin (158)
  • All skin types (157)
  • Oily skin (73)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (233), Budget shopper (164), Beauty conscious (34), Survivalist / minimalist (23), Skin care professional (4)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 10 minutes (15), 30 minutes (12)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (42), Dry (8), Oily (7), Normal (5)

Reviewed by 528 customers

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5.0

Perfect for my oily face

By Makafo

from Newington, NH

About Me Minimalist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Keeps my face from getting oily all day
  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy
  • Softens Skin

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

    I know nothing about skin care but when I arrived at the Newington, NH location their esthetician was there and ready to help! Half way through the day my face had looked like I plopped it in a basket of French fries, she recommended this product and I know use it every morning and have no more greasy face!

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

    Definitely a Positive Addition to Your Cleansing Routine

    By LD

    from Upland, CA

    About Me Minimalist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Softens Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Redness/ Blotchiness
      • Uneven Skin Tone

      Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

      Used daily, helps brighten and tone skin. In combination with Daily Microfoliant it's an excellent deep cleanser.

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

      I will definitely buy this cleanser again

      By Margie

      from Riverside, CA

      About Me Minimalist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Cleans skin without drying
      • Smells Great
      • Softens Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Enlarged Pores

        Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

        I use the cleansing gel with my Clarisonic both morning and night. My skin feels softer, smoother and I have noticed the pores on my forehead are getting smaller. It doesn't leave my skin feeling dry after washing either.

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

        I would and have purchased this product again and again

        By Neicy

        from Florida

        About Me Minimalist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

          I use this product twice a day. Roughly 12 hours apart. I have very oily skin and breakouts randomly. The product is water based so it hydrates and cleanses my skin without the excessive foaming. I purchased this a my local Ulta and having been using this product for the past 2 years and my skin looks great. I ONLY use this special cleansing gel daily.

          • Skin Type:
          • Oily
          • Age:
          • 18-29
           
          4.0

          Love this cleanser

          By Meems

          from Nashville,tn

          About Me Minimalist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Softens Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

            One day got it in my FAB FIT FUN box and have never looked back!!

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

            Perfect!

            By Becky

            from RI

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Non-Greasy
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

              This has been my go to cleanser for the last year. It doesn't aggravate my sensitive skin, but also doesn't clog my pores or add my shine to my face. I have also noticed the red patches on my cheeks getting better.

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

              have bought twice and really like

              By GiGi

              from Blytheville,AR

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Smells Great
              • Softens Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use

                Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                Like

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

                I've used this product for almost a year and love it!

                By Delucagrl

                from Greenwood, Mo

                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 daily and love it! My skin has never looked better.

                  • Skin Type:
                  • Combination
                  • Age:
                  • 45-59
                   
                  1.0

                  I wouldn't buy this again.

                  By Ari

                  from San antonio

                  About Me Minimalist

                  Pros

                  • Softens Skin

                  Cons

                  • Breakout
                  • Irritates Skin
                  • Not Effective

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                    I started using this item cause the lady at ulta recommended. As soon as I got home this & the makeup remover sucked! After a whole week of using it made me breakout way more & I would wake up with my face oily. The makeup remover didn't take off all my makeup. This sucked! Wouldn't recommend especially for the price .

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

                    Favorite cleanser

                    By Attorney Mom

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Beauty Conscious

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Non-Greasy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use
                      • Sensitive Skin

                      Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                      I use this daily in the shower. Gets off all my make-up. Lightweight and non-drying. I get tons of compliments on my skin and have used this for years.

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

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                      • 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
                      • 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
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