Rated 4.55 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 2593 customers Ingredient change
MP from California, USA
I've used this cleanser for several years and had loved it. It used to be a nice, mild, get
-the-job-done cleanser. I noticed with my last purchase earlier this year that it smells different. I checked the ingredients and sure enough they have changed. I kept trying to use it but I could not get past the annoying smell, it was too much. I discontinued it.
Ang from IL
Love this. Will always buy.
This cleanser is amazing for me and my skin needs. I have sensitive, red skin and this really helps with both. I've noticed that If I'm breaking out really bad this will definitely calm down your skin in one use.
My 5th bottle
Victoria from Austin TX
I bought it during 21 days sales and I am hooked, currently on my 5th bottle already(I got the large one with the pump this time).
It is a great non soap facial cleanser, cleans perfectly and do not feel dry afterwards.
I recommend using is with the pre-cleanse.
Overpriced and underperformed
It's a no for me from SA TX
I typically have oily skin and thought to try this product. It's just glorified soap, it had my skin breaking out. Lesson learned I'll stick to the reliable neutrogenas and cerave products
Makes my skin soft
Ari from Cali
This is one of the few cleansers I really like! I cleanse my face with two cleanser, one being this one. I use it second after my first bar soap cleanser from Mary Kay. It makes my skin soft and smooth and for a girl who constantly has open pimple scabs because of my bad habits it actually relieves my skin from the pain at times. I didn't really notice a huge difference in the beginning but over time I feel like it helps to soothe my skin and makes it feel squeaky clean! I can't say it makes my pimples go away because I use other skin care products that could factor in but I feel that on days when I don't use the cleanser my skin feels different so I will be purchasing again once I'm out! It doesn't have any particular smell for those with sensitive skin and I use like a nickel amount everyday morning and night and it lasted me a long time for the price I'm paying so IM HAPPY ABOUt THAT! A little goes a long way and it lathers perfectly well with water!
Great for Extremely Oily Skin- Not So Great for Mine.
Angie from New York
I've been a huge fat of Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant, Intensive Moisture Balance and sound sleep cocoon and still have had minor breakouts throughout the month. I work out moderately throughout the week, drink at least 8 cups of water a day, have a decent diet and consulted with the employees at Ulta who recommended this product to me. I tried using this only a few times only to have my skin completely dry out and become overwhelmed with large and painful pimples. I spoke with an aesthetician who said this product works better for people who have extremely oily skin and that it wasn't the best solution for me. I will be returning this product and will still use my other Dermalogica products as normal.
Saved my skin
Asebree from Dallas, Texas
This face wash has saved my overly sensitive skin! I was using such harsh cleansers in the past and had to constantly deal with dry painful skin. This plus a consistent moisturizing schedule has literally saved my skin. HIGHLY recommend
Dry skin and breakouts
SkincareGal from Los Angeles
This had really good reviews so I thought I would try it since you get twice the amount of product compared to other brands. But a couple days after starting to use this I got really dry skin around my mouth that burned and a lot of acne around my chin area. It is going back to the store and I repurchase my tried and true Kate Somerville cleanser.
Skincarethatworksplease from Los Angeles
I always come back to this one… I think I need to STOP trying other brands. "Why fix what isn't broken??" Nice lather. Cleanses but doesn't dry or strip skin. Yay.
Help me so much
Sam from Florida
I have very oily skin for the longest I always break out which sucks I been using this for about 2 years and let me tell you it change my life I have mild acne I use the pre cleaner and this every other day with my face routine
Always come back to it…
SoCalSkincareLover from Los Angeles
I've bought this many times; it is effective and pleasant to use. Whenever I try a different cleaner, I'm disappointed about 70% of the time because my skin doesn't like - literally only changing the cleanser in my routine! So I wind up coming back to this one — for my single cleaner or the 2nd step in a double cleanse. It is fantastic.
Great face cleanser
cmr05pink from South Carolina
This is such a gentle but a great foaming face wash. My face doesn't feel dry after I use this, it hasn't broken me out and it doesn't have fragrance. I will continue to buy this even with the high pricetag.
CatKat from Lake Jackson, TX
So, I'm an older gal with hormonal breakouts from thyroid issues. Most stuff I even think about putting on my face will aggravate it. Not this stuff though. You don't need very much, a little goes a long way. Which is great, cause the price is high....I caught it during a beauty steal day. I'll be keeping an eye out for it again.
Great gluten free cleanser
Joy Farm girl from Liberty, MO
Purchased this because it's gluten free and had good reviews. Only downfall is that removing eye makeup doesn't go so well.
MeanNana from Badtrop, La
Works great on my dry mature skin
Raquel from Fairfield
I use this cleanser every night. It's part of my night skin care routine. I have shared this product with my family members and both my sisters, mom, aunts and cousins uses it. They are in love with it.
JezzKaR from NJ
Love the special cleansing gel! I've been using it for years and it cleans my face without drying out my skin. I've had no skin irritation and there is no heavy perfume smell.
Best Cleansing Gel I've Used in a long time
Michelle W from Portland, OR
I love the PreCleanse Balm that starts to remove the make up, then I use this special cleansing gel to finish the cleansing process. Follow up with their moisteristure.
Amy from Houma
My skin felt very clean after using this product.
I've used this face wash for years & will always!
Jljd from Spokane, Wa
Great face wash. Gentle and effective.
Love the Texture
AshK from Naperville, IL
I love all their products. The cleanser is gentle and very effective. My skin has never been this clear.
I would buy this product again
fun626 from Norfolk, VA
This product works great but then again anything by this company works great! I love how it makes my skin feel!
Ceebee from Florida
I love this cleansing gel. I use it in the shower every evening after I exfoliate (with the daily exfoliate by Dermalogica). You only need a tiny bit. Like a pea size. Foams up so well and leaves my skin feeling very clean.
Dermatologica cleansing Gel
CaroleMe from Charlotte
This product makes my face feel rich and hydrated. A great start to the day. I love it!
best one is ever
Caroline from NYC
I usually use origin face cleaner. I would like to try this one. It is absolutely a good quality cleanser for sensitive skin.