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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 496 reviews)

97%

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 (6)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (268)
  • Combination skin (169)
  • All skin types (157)
  • Sensitive skin (146)
  • Oily skin (73)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (233), Budget shopper (164), Beauty conscious (17), Survivalist / minimalist (10), Skin care professional (3)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 10 minutes (15), 30 minutes (12)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (22), Normal (4)

Reviewed by 496 customers

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5.0

Best daily cleanser for sensitive skin

By JBrown8592

from Levittown, PA

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

    I have very sensitive skin. This is one of the best daily cleansers I've used that leaves my face feeling clean.

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

    Best Facial Scrub Ever

    By Kathie

    from Wilminggon, NC

    About Me Minimalist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Non-Greasy
    • Soothes Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Sensitive Skin

      Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

      Have used this product since introduced. My skin belies my 65 years. I have sensitive skin and thisis gentle enoughto use every day.

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

      I LOVE IT!

      By ANDY

      from WEATHERFORD, TEXAS

      About Me Minimalist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Softens Skin
      • Soothes Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

        i LOVE HOW LIGHT WEIGHT IT IS AND HOW A LITTLE BIT GOES A LONG WAY. THE SCENT IS NOT MEMORABLE, SO IT'S PROBABLY NOT STRONG (WHICH IS GREAT).

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

        Dermological gel cleanser

        By artydi

        from Pheonix, AZ

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Make up does not come off quickly. Massage well

        Best Uses

        • Does a good job removing makeup

        Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

        Be sure to massage well into skin to remove makeup. Bottle lasts a long time and will buy again.

        • Skin Type:
        • Combination
        • Age:
        • 60+
         
        4.0

        Gentle and effective

        By Annaboblaughs

        from Grand Rapids mi

        About Me Beauty Expert

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Not Effective

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Sensitive Skin

        Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

        I use it twice a day and it cleans my skin well. It's not super effective as far as getting rid of my acne but it does clean and brighten my skin!

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

        Cleanse without drying drying out skin

        By Roxine

        from Florida

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Softens Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

          I use this product twice daily with my Clarisonic, skin always soft and not dry.

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

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best cleanser I have used!

          By Jessica-esthetician

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Skin Care Professional

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Non-Greasy
          • Soothes Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Sensitive Skin

            Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

            I can't say enough good things about this product! I have struggled with acne most of my life, not severe but I've always have a least one deep break out going on all the time! I have been using this product for 2 weeks now and it is amazing! Instantly my face was clear and I have had anything erupt since I started using it! I highly reccomend this product to anyone who has a sodium lauryl sulfate allergy especially. It can be a little drying so hydration is important. I will definitely be reccomending this line to all my clients from now on!

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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The best

            By RetiredFA

            from Anaheim Hills, CA

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use

              Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

              Used this for many years, tried other things, and alway come back. It's the best face wash, hands down!

              • Skin Type:
              • Combination

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Sodium Laureth Sulfate

              By Kriss

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Non-Greasy
              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                I really liked this face wash until I noticed one of the first ingredients is Sodium Laureth Sulfate :( Proven to not only strip your skin of all it's natural oils, and cause many health implications! (google it!) I don't know about you, but I don't want to wash my face with an ingredient also found in car and garage floor cleaners :( I have oily/combo skin so it's really important for me to not strip all the natural oils from my face, since that only results in even more oily skin for me. However, I will continue to use all my other Dermalogica products as they have done wonders thus far!

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

                Love this product

                By Debby

                from Gilbert,AZ

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Enlarged Pores
                  • Sensitive Skin

                  Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                  This product is great alone!! When wearing makeup I use the pre cleanse first then special cleansing gel and my face is baby smooth. In the morning shower I use the cleansing gel followed by daily microfoliant. The special cleansing gel is mild non abrasive and I have sensitive skin so no irritation at all. Best product of ever used and trust me I've used all the high end products!!!

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

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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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