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DermalogicaSpecial 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 729 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Leaves clean feel (327)
  • Gentle (316)
  • Smells great (247)
  • Not greasy (244)
  • Balances skin (224)

Cons

  • Irritates skin (22)
  • Dries out skin (19)
  • Pricey / poor value (12)
  • Not effective (9)
  • Bad smell (7)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (472)
  • Sensitive skin (260)
  • Combination skin (169)
  • All skin types (157)
  • Oily skin (74)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (233), Budget shopper (164), Beauty conscious (136), Survivalist / minimalist (72), Beauty expert (39)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 10 minutes (15), 30 minutes (12)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (162), Dry (40), Normal (33), Oily (26)

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3.0

Three stars, or four??

By Maquillagew.lola

from Philadelphia PA

About Me Beauty Expert

Pros

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

Cons

  • Drying

Best Uses

  • Daily Use

Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

I do like this product because it left my skin feeling super clean, and fresh. The only con I have about it is that it left my skin feeling a little dry. So if you're gonna use this I would recommend that you apply your moisturizer immediately. Other than that, it's great! I was given this complimentary.

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

A Quality Product!

By Stardust Roberts Matherne

from Prairieville, LA

About Me Beauty Conscious

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

    I received this complimentary product in the mail recently. This continues to work amazingly on my skin. I even use it on my chest, as I often get heat rash. It has substantially made the best difference in my skin. I highly recommend Dermalogica to everyone I know! In addition, I would like to try an Dermalogica oil free lotion.

    • Skin Type:
    • Combination
    • Age:
    • 30-44
     
    4.0

    Love it so far!

    By Kim Rowe

    from Chicago, Il

    About Me Minimalist

    Verified Reviewer

    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 used this product after the precleanse balm. I really really enjoy the products together. I have sensitive skin and I can't use certain products because they make my skin feel very dry and striped.

      I had no issues with the special cleansing gel. It was moisturizing. A little went a long way. I received the product complimentary.

      The only thing I don't like is the fact that it is a double cleanse system. Adding more products to my regimen and adding more cost to my budget.

      I also loveeee the cleaning pad. It feels really nice on the skin & not hard or harsh. Also a plus is that you can use that with other products.

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

      Loved this product for years.

      By Cali Lady

      from Caligornia

      About Me Minimalist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Smells Great

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use

        Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

        My go to product for years. Nothing compares.

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

        Super clean skin

        By Ruth

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Beauty Conscious

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Softens Skin
        • Soothes Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Sensitive Skin

          Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

          I use this cleanser after the dermalogica cleansing balm. It doesn't dry my skin out but does an amazing job at cleaning my skin. On days where I don't wear any makeup I like to use this cleanser at the end of the day. It's gentle, doesn't have a strong scent, and leaves my skin feeling comfortable and not stripped. I received this product for free for testing.

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

          I will continue to buy

          By Renee

          from Fontana

          About Me Minimalist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Moisturizes
          • Non-Greasy
          • Softens Skin

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use

            Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

            I have used for years.

            • Skin Type:
            • Oily
            • Age:
            • 45-59
             
            3.0

            Better Together

            By NamasteMermaid

            from Logan, Utah

            About Me Beauty Expert

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Non-Greasy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sensitive Skin

              Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

              I didn't notice a difference in my skin when using the face wash alone. I didn't break out, but the texture of my skin wasn't especially smooth. It wasn't bad, but it didn't blow my mind. When using it with the precleanse balm, it was an entirely different experience. The balm made my skin feel so great! I received this product free for review purposes.

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

              Using it since years

              By S F

              from Houston Tx

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                I have been using this since 15 years and have no regrets as such
                Can't use any other face wash on my face

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

                Great facial wash

                By Lkat

                from Crown point, in

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Non-Greasy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use
                  • Sensitive Skin

                  Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                  I have used this product for over two years and i still love the way it works. Perfect lather to cream my face.

                  • Skin Type:
                  • Combination
                  • Age:
                  • 45-59
                   
                  4.0

                  I will try this product again!

                  By Mariana

                  from Manhattan, Ks

                  About Me Beauty Conscious

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Enlarged Pores
                    • Redness/ Blotchiness
                    • Sensitive Skin

                    Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                    My skin is really sensitive and I have struggled to find a face cleaner that works well but doesn't dry my skin too much. I really love this product though. It is gentle on the skin, leaves it clean and glowing without drying it too much. It's a little bit time consuming but it makes me feel like I am really investing and taking care of my skin. It removes dirt and makeup even mascara! I think the price is a bit high compared to what's available but if you want a grade A product it might be worth the investment! I received this product free for an honest review

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

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                    • 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
                    • Q:

                      When will you start seeing improvement while using twice a day? and does this take away acne scars?
                      Asked on 10/23/2017 by Em from undisclosed

                      1 answer

                      • Brand Expert

                        A:

                        Special Cleaning Gel will help to balance your hydration levels in your skin. If you are looking to reduce hyperpigmentation from acne scars we recommend that you use Skin Resurfacing Cleanser and the Power Bright system twice a day.,Special Cleansing Gel will help to balance and hydrate your skin. It will not take away scars. If you are looking for your pigmentation to fade you will want to switch to Skin Resurfacing Cleanser and the Power Bright system.

                        Answered on 10/24/2017 by Anonymous
                    • 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
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