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Dermalogica

Special Cleansing Gel

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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.

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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
 
4.6

(based on 858 reviews)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Leaves clean feel (327)
  • Gentle (316)
  • Lightweight (305)
  • Smells great (287)
  • Non-greasy (254)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (24)
  • Dries out skin (19)
  • Not effective (13)
  • Pricey / poor value (12)
  • Bad smell (7)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (579)
  • Sensitive skin (326)
  • Combination skin (169)
  • All skin types (158)
  • Oily skin (74)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 10 minutes (15), 30 minutes (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (233), Beauty conscious (195), Budget shopper (164), Survivalist / minimalist (94), Beauty expert (73)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (236), Dry (59), Normal (51), Oily (33)

Reviewed by 858 customers

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5.0

Special Clensing Gel is the Perfect Name

By RachSki

from Waxahachie, TX

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 the most sensitive skin and this cleansing gel works wonders. I feel super clean and see a difference compared to Cervae.

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

    Wonderful Foaming Cleanser

    By Jeanne the Dancing Machine

    from Osprey, FL

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Non-Greasy
    • Softens Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use
      • Redness/ Blotchiness
      • Sensitive Skin

      Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

      I do not like creamy cleansers because I never feel like I get them completely rinsed off. This Dermologica Clemsing Gel is the total opposite. My face feels clean, is clean and rinses with ease. I would highly recommend.

      • Skin Type:
      • Normal
      • Age:
      • 60+

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      awesome!

      By Julia

      from Kansas

      Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

      I was using Clinique on my face and it wasn't doing anything . I started using dermologica and i can defently see a difference.

       
      5.0

      Great Cleanser

      By Laura B

      from San Diego

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Soothes Skin

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Sensitive Skin

        Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

        I have use this product for over 15 years. Love tt! I would recommend it for any skin type. Just a good all-around make up remover and facial cleanser. Doesn't leave your skin feeling dry.

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

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great product

        By Bloom

        from Midland mi

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

        Love this product

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Started using this cleanser 15 years ago and looked back!

        By Cami

        from NY

        About Me Minimalist

        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 have SUPER sensitive skin. Unlike other cleansers, this cleanser will never cause my cheeks to feel hot and turn red lol! I'm 40 and people frequently tell me I have great skin and ask what products I use - I say Dermalogica

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Parabens? Ah, no.

          By WegnerMom

          from Marin, CA

          Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

          it's a great cleanser but returning it because I don't by products that contain Parabens.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Too bad it has parabens

          By Love to Cook

          from Benton Harbor, Michigan

          About Me Minimalist

          Pros

          • Non-Greasy

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

              My girlfriend recommended this product line to me. So I ordered a sample set. Surprised to find such pricey product to contain parabens. I liked the product but would never buy again.

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

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Worst breakout ever!

              By Sara

              from Louisville, my

              Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

              I don't know what's going on with Dermalogica, but their products have broken me out. My skin is inflamed and covered with whitehead's. My skin is a wreck.

              I would return this product and the others I purchased, but don't have the receipt or the boxes they came in.

               
              5.0

              HOLY GRAIL.

              By MelTells

              from NorCal

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                I have no idea how I convinced myself to spend $60 on a face wash... but this one is worth it. I have used this product for years. I've tried the ultracalming cleanser and the clearing wash, but the Special Cleansing Gel is my favorite. I love the consistency of this gel and really appreciate the fact that it is unscented. I have extremely sensitive skin. This is one of the few face washes that does not break me out. I have repurchased this product several times and always buy the value size for the pump and price point. When I have time, I use this product as a mask while sitting in the bathtub. It seems to give a deep-clean feel when sitting on the skin for 10+ minutes. The product is super-expensive, but I'll keep buying it as long as it's compatible with my skin type.

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

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                • Q:

                  I was wondering if this product is good for combination skin leaning more on the oily side. I'm extremely oily with large pores and have a hard time finding a cleanser for oily skin without over drying it. Will this product help?
                  Asked on 6/12/2018 by cindreamy from Chicago, US

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Special Cleansing Gel is a good cleanser to balance combination skin and will be a good choice for your oily/combination skin.

                    Answered on 6/12/2018 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                • Q:

                  I am an African American women, 22, have very small acne bumps & get hormonal acne around the time of my cycle. I have combo/sensitive skin. Do you recommend this product for me or is there something better?
                  Asked on 5/14/2018 by Jo from FL

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Foaming Wash from our CleanStart line would be a good choice of cleanser for your combination/sensitive acne prone skin.

                    Answered on 5/15/2018 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                • Q:

                  does this cleanser get rid of acne . if not which would u recommend
                  Asked on 4/26/2018 by m from maryland

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    We recommend using Clearing Skin Wash for acne prone skin.

                    Answered on 4/30/2018 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                • Q:

                  Does the larger bottle with the pump lock for travel?
                  Asked on 3/30/2018 by HBS from PA

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    That is correct, the larger bottle with the pump will lock for travel.

                    Answered on 4/4/2018 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                • Q:

                  I'm 26 with oily skin and hormonal breakouts and cystic breakouts around my chin and jaw, only during those times of the month. Any other week, usually none. I'm wondering if this is the best cleanser for me or the medibag?
                  Asked on 3/29/2018 by Amy from undisclosed

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    Use the Clearing Skin Wash and starting the week before your cycle use Charcoal Rescue Masque and Breakout Control to prevent breakouts.

                    Answered on 4/4/2018 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                • Q:

                  Hi! I have rosacea and the acne that accompanies it (small bumps on my cheeks). Would you recommend this cleanser or something else?
                  Asked on 2/12/2018 by Carli from Chicago, IL

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    We recommend that you use Ultra Calming Cleanser, Daily Microfoliant and Calm Water Gel for your skin. Treat the sensitivity first and the breakouts should subside.

                    Answered on 2/16/2018 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                • Q:

                  Hi, I was looking for special cleansing gel, but i dont know if it is good for my skin. My skin is a little bit dry and sometimes I have some acne on my face. Can I use it, and my face will be cleaned from acne?
                  Asked on 2/6/2018 by Bora from Weymouth, MA

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    From what you have told us Special Cleansing Gel will be good for your skin type. Follow with Daily Superfoliant and Calm Water Gel. You can spot treat with Breakout Control.

                    Answered on 2/6/2018 by Brand Expert from Dermalogica
                • Q:

                  Hello my names sofia I recently brought the kit that came with the cleansing balm and the preclease, I have really dry textured flaky skin, will these products help with my skin ? Or will it only make it dryer
                  Asked on 1/10/2018 by Sofia from pocono pa

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    These products are for all skin types however for dry skin specifically we recommend using Essential Cleansing Solution.

                    Answered on 1/11/2018 by Anonymous
                • Q:

                  Out of nowhere I find myself, 28 years old and battling cystic acne. I don't have a lot, usually 1 cystic pimple at a time and generally by the time one is going away I have another one coming in and they all tend to stay on my chin. Will this product work for my issues? Or are there multiple products that I need to get? What would the routine look like?
                  Asked on 12/22/2017 by Ladyartemis32 from WA

                  1 answer

                  • Brand Expert

                    A:

                    We recommend that you stick with your normal skin care routine and add Charcoal Rescue Masque 2-3 times a week on problem areas and Breakout Control as a spot treatment on this area and to treat individual breakouts.

                    Answered on 1/3/2018 by Anonymous
                • 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:
                    Gentle Soothing Booster
                    Skin Prep Scrub
                    Body Microfoliant
                    Power Recovery Pack

                    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
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