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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 851 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Leaves clean feel (327)
  • Gentle (316)
  • Lightweight (303)
  • Smells great (286)
  • Non-greasy (251)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Daily use (575)
  • Sensitive skin (322)
  • Combination skin (169)
  • All skin types (158)
  • Oily skin (74)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (233), Beauty conscious (192), Budget shopper (164), Survivalist / minimalist (93), Beauty expert (73)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 10 minutes (15), 30 minutes (12)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (236), Dry (58), Normal (48), Oily (33)

Reviewed by 851 customers

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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
       
      1.0

      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

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Disappointed

        By cheerleader1424

        from Dubuque

        Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

        I am a teenager with normal skin i have to say that i'm blessed and only have a breakout here and there but when my face was breaking out I splurged in this product hoping it would make my skin better. After reading all of the great reviews i was thinking this product would be great but i'm really disappointed i've been using the cleanser for about a month or 2 and i haven't seen any improvement in my skin. if anything it has made it worse. and i know it's not my eating or sleeping habits because i go to sleep very early and i get lots of exercise during the day. Overall, sad this didn't work out for me

         
        5.0

        An old favorite

        By Don't have one

        from Salinas California

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Moisturizes
        • Smells Great

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

          Daily cleansing

          • Age:
          • 45-59
           
          4.0

          I don't know yet only been using it for three days

          By Me

          from Colorado

          About Me Minimalist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Non-Greasy

          Cons

          • Not Effective

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

          The bottle is easy to work with

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Favorite for Combo/Breakout Prone Skin

          By hdealz

          from Rochester, NY

          About Me Beauty Conscious

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Sensitive Skin

              Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

              This face wash has saved me! I have suffered break outs since adulthood and I was trying what I thought was helping (face wash for acne, etc.)... only to find out that what I was using was way too harsh for my skin. This face wash has cleared my skin. It's gentle, non-drying, and you get so much product for the price. I'll keep re-purchasing because my skin hasn't looked this good in years.

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

              Best ever

              By Soft kitty

              from Bellingham

              Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

              #precleansebalm #dermalogica #contest #cleansinggel #complimentary @Influenster @dermalogica @influenster @influenster.vox

              I am currently enrolled in beauty school right now going for my masters aesthetics, we use the line Murad at my school and I love that line, but I currently was introduced to the line Dermalogica and I will say that tends to my skins needs 110% in every way. I am so glad that I got sent this in my vox box, I will now and forever be a long time buyer of their products!

               
              5.0

              Excellent product!!

              By Court

              from OKC, OK

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Moisturizes
              • Non-Greasy
              • Soothes Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                I bought this after having the microdermabrasion at Ulta right after Christmas (by the way the Microdermabrasion is awesome)! I have been using this everyday, as recommended by the Microdermabrasion individual. I have to say this stuff really honestly works! I have suffered from acne for years, I even took Accutane several years ago. I have tried every drugstore cleanser out there, with no success. I never thought the more expensive cleanser like this one were worth it, but I was so WRONG! I wish I would have bought this years ago! I even get comments/questions from people at work about how my skin is just glowing now, asking what I'm doing...etc. I still get acne, usually just once a month hormonal acne. The acne is no longer cystic, just small blemishes.

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

                Sold!

                By JDean

                from McGaheysville, VA

                About Me Minimalist

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use

                  Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                  I am normally not a fan of cleansing facial products, as they have all broken me out or left me feeling greasy in the past. This one is actually re-hydrating and seems to work well with my skin! I am loving the fact that I actually feel cleansed and refreshed instead of greased up and nasty. Although I am not in love with the price of this item once mine runs out, it is definitely worth the money! I got this product - free - for testing purposes.

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

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                  • 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
                  • 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
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