Rated 4.52 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review No More Ashamed Pores
Let me tell you about my love life. Over the past decade or so, I haven't found been able to find love anywhere within the cleansing department. The cleansers on the shelves at my nearest department store routinely broke my heart. Didn't live up to my expectations. Contained fragrances, colors, beads and more. None of them were my type. What can I say? I'm picky like that.
But don't get me wrong: there were times when I thought that things could work out. Cleanser after cleanser made promise after promise. One time, I thought for sure that I found a cleanser that could give me everything I needed, but it turns out that by the end of the day, my skin felt oily and my pores felt ashamed.
It wasn't until my lovely mother took it upon herself to find me the best of the best. Top of the line. You can call it an arranged marriage, if you want (I won't be offended). I'm proud to report that I did fall in love--I fell in love with Dermalogica's Special Cleansing Gel and no longer do I peruse department store shelves. This is it, friends. This is it.
This gel is so polite. Easy on my skin, you know? It also does not have bad odor. In fact, it's fragrance-free. We get along well; people have been complimenting me a lot lately! I express my happiness by simply saying that Special Cleansing Gel treats me well. That's my motto: "S.C. Gel treats me well!" I've even yelled it out of my bathroom window once.
Here's what I have to say to all of you frustrated, perfect-cleansing-product seekers: the good news is, you could fall in love with S.C. Gel, too. Whether your mother arranges it or you make the first move, this gel will be waiting for you.
Most Helpful Critical Review Sad about the change.
I have been using this cleanser for over 13 years. It's the one skincare product I have never had to consider changing - no matter what was going on with my complexion, Special Cleansing Gel worked. Until now. The change in my latest shipment was immediately noticeable - fragrance! Not a good sign for sensitive skin. Within three uses, my skin was red and irritated. After comparing the ingredient list to my kids' (older) container, there were indeed changes. I'm so disappointed! Dermalogica has lost a customer and I (and my entire family) must find a new cleanser.
Reviewed by 4141 customers Love Love Love this!
Kris from New York
Love how it feels on my skin, how healthy it makes my skin look and the scent is amazing. The name is very fitting.
Jam from Chicago, IL
I was using a cleanser that was drying out my skin and after a couple weeks of using it I started to notice very small bumps/pimples, once I started using this I instantly felt a change. After using it for almost a month it's made my skin so much healthier. No more bumps, no more acne (which I didn't deal with too much before, I would get small breakouts here and there) & most of all, helped with my dry skin. Especially right now that it's cold out.
I have bought this product for the past 40+ years I love it.
Rosie from San Marcos Ca
I was my face with this twice a day and it gets it really clean, I have used it for 40 years.
Dried out my skin
Skincare advocacy from Lake Elsinore Ca
I thought I'd try a new product and unfortunately this did not work out for me. After first use my skin was very tight and dry. I will be returning this product.
Best Choice I've Ever Made
JustJanet from North Carolina
I had heard the hype over this product for a while now. We probably all have! When mask wearing started and I notice more sweat tiny bumps I decided it was time for a change. I switched and I'm glad I did and so is my skin! It's the best choice I've ever made for my skin! 10/10
best cleanser ever
Ry from Indiana
worth the money. i'm confident it'll always be my cleanser. i love the gel formula. i've used it for about 4 years. 10/10
Totally recommend this product
Dionisia from Boca Ratón FL
Truly recommend this product been using for years
Kim from north carolina
i started using this after learning about skin care in cosmetology school so that i wasn't using cheap drugstore facial cleansers. i love this cleanser so much! it doesn't have a strong scent, it is super gentle on the skin, and my face is always clear and never dried out from using this.
Great for all skin types
4theluvofitall from NJ
This cleanser is great for normal and sensitive skin. Really cleans your skin and it's an amazing product line! Light to no scent. A little goes a long way & you can get a good lather with this cleanser!
Product great/but expensive.
Lee from 18951
Product great. Only wish product less expensive. Very seldom on sale - use 20% off.
Jen from Texas
This is my first try at dermalogica and I hate this product it sits on my face leaving my skin oily in the morning. I thought it would smooth my blemishes out and lessen my black heads in my pores but, it suck's.
Skin is irritated
Diana from Texas
I had a really bad break out on my chin so I decided to buy this product to see if it would help. It worked wonderfully in the first 2 days, the big bumps on my chin went down on the first day. Today is my 5th day using it and my face has developed almost like hives around my mouth and cheeks and my skin has started to peel no matter how much lotion I've put on. Once I'm done rinsing off the cleanser my face burns when I put lotion on. I'm not sure if that's supposed to happen?
D from PA
Product complimentary from Dermalogica (ULTA Team) to review. It foams up and feels like it is cleaning my face. I think with a lot more time and a lot more use my acne will be cleared, and future breakouts would be prevented. I do like the way this cleanser works and I have high hopes for it.
It's expensive but worth it
Dearbelovedaughter from Los Angeles
My esthetician encouraged me to use this product after I exfoliate, it does wonders for my skin. Helped my dry area near my nose!
Nisha from Kansas
I love this product. It is soothing but not super rich.
milan from ulta
it lathers well and makes skin feel clean but not stripped. smells nice but not perfume-y.
Awesome but horrible packaging
Kit Kat from Ca
When it doesn't pump anymore open it up
And there is a ton of product leftover. Made my skin moisturized and smooth. A bit expensive but last a long time
Something is off.
Klunger from North Carolina
I've used this cleanser for two years and loved it. As soon as I opened my most recent bottle I noticed a strong smell that reminds me of fuel, or chemicals. As others stated the formula has changed. Looking for a new cleanser.
KaylaTheShopaholic from Milwaukee
I do not understand the hype around dermalogica, I do like the products I buy, I have used a handful overtime you help with my skin and I never find one I must rebuy. I'm not what was so special about it
Cause break out
Mine from FL
If you read ingredients you know oil and alcohol cause acne break out. I buy it cuz it help my family acne skin. It used 3 day and I'm already breaking out two big acne. I'm going back to vanicream
I would by this product again and again
Cristal from Cumming, GA
Two words to describe this facial cleanser: THE BEST. Every time I attempt a substitute, they disappoint. There are no downsides to this product.
I liked it!
Bee from Florida
I only have 4 stars because LAWDDDD that price! It does make my skin feel very moisturized and plump after my skincare routine. I suggest trying out the sample size first before purchasing the large one!
Loved the smell
Mary ❤️ from OK
Super relaxing — especially after a shower. My face feels clean & refreshed. I don't wake up to an oily face, wish is great.
Would buy again if it's on sale — even the travel size is pricey 😬
Love, Love, Love this Cleanser!
Mitzy from Spokane WA
This is great cleanser. Received a sample and was impressed with it. Bought a bottle, then went back for more and bought the super size and was very happy! Has a pump..Yay!!!
Worth the spend!!
Laur from Utah
I thought about getting this for 2 months but thought I couldn't justify the price… one day I decided to just get it already and I'm so glad I did. Acne? Gone. Rosacea? Gone (well it comes back but looks so much better with this). This is now going to forever be a staple of my daily routine and is less expensive then going to a dr. And getting a peel and let's be honest this stuff is more effective