Rated 4.56 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 2540 customers Best cleaner EVER!!
Tracey-Ann from Atlanta Ga.
My skin LOVE Special Cleansing Gel.
It's lightweight and smells amazingly fresh. Does NOT leve your skin dry. At all.
Your skin will THANK YOU!!
NayNay from Des Moines, Iowa
I love this product! I am a long time user of Clinique. I am almost 40 so I thought I would start to make sure my skin looks even younger. This product makes my face feel clean and not dried out. My skin feels so soft after! I think her name was Brenda at Ulta and she was EXACT when describing and how my skin would feel!
It does clean your face.
JABarker from LoveYourSkin, OH
So, I bought this in the 16.9 size bottle after reading reviews and looking into the ingredients. At first, I was really impressed. I changed nothing in my routine, I use a oil or balm to clean my skin before I use an actual wash; depending on what I've put in my face, I might use an oil then a balm (for the record, Elemis Pro Collagen is the best, but a cheaper option that really does work is Clinique's Take Off The Day). After 4 days of using this, I had dry flaky skin on my forehead, on my temples, and around my eyes – that's never a good look. It almost a week to hydrate my skin enough to undo what had been done. It doesn't leave your skin feeling stripped, yet it strips it. For reference, I have combination oily/dry skin. I use 3 serums, two oils, a moisturizing face lotion and eye cream morning and night – in the morning, I use a moisturizing sunscreen as well. The products I use balance my oily T-Zone and moisturize the rest of my face; I've found a good balance. This just doesn't belong in my skincare routine. I'm sure it's great for some, just not for all.
Unhappy with the changes
Shannon from Dallas, TX
I've been using Dermalogica's Special Cleansing Gel for years and have loved it until now. The most recent bottle I purchased has an obvious change to the formula, and it isn't good. I feel like the quality of the product has decreased, yet the price has stayed the same.
I would highly recommend this product for any skin type.
mack from murfreesboro, Tn
rinse my face with a warm rag to open up my pours and wet the skin, rub on in circular motion then rinse with a wet cloth.
Love, Love, Love!!!
Christina Marie from Palm Desert, CA
I can't say enough about this diamond in the rough cleanser. After doing the Dermalogica treatments for a few years at the Ulta store and learning more and more about my skin and the recommended treatments, this has become my all time favorite cleanser. It feels like it was made for my skin. I use it daily and follow up with the calm water gel at night. I just love what it has done not only in treatment but prevention of redness, oils, and breakouts for my skin.
My favorite cleanser!
Sara from Indianapolis, IN
I have been using this cleanser for years. It is my favorite cleanser, and I love it. I have oily to normal skin, so it's perfect for my combination skin.
Cleared my acne
Worked for me from Sacramento
I struggled with terrible acne going into my 20s. I used Peter Thomas Roth for awhile which helped somewhat. But one day I realized how my skin didn't feel really clean when I'd wash it, especially after makeup use. I bought this with the daily micro. and pre cleanser from reading some first time user reviews.
I honestly don't think I've ever felt so clean and my face look so clear! It took a few weeks but now I feel so confident in my skin, and I don't think I'll ever use another brand. If you're like me and have tried literally everything, try this one. It worked for me at least.
My go=to cleanser for years.
Anastasia from Florida
My everyday cleanser.
Best Face Wash
Nicole from Miami, Florida
I've been using Dermalogica for years and this face wash is the very best. I buy the large bottle and it's lasts for a while (I use twice a day). It's gentle, and my face feels clean and refreshed. I use after the Precleanse Oil morning and night.
He might buy it again after he's tried it.
adam33 from Katy, TX
He hasn't used it yet.
My new favorite cleanser
T from Dallas
The perfect light weight cleanser.
Jasmine from Midwest
I have been using this face wash for several years now. Occasionally I'll try something different, but I always go back to this. I have dry skin and I sometimes get some hormonal acne. This cleanser works great.
I will buy this product agIn
Cat from Easton,PA
Leaves skin Clem without drying it!
Must have! :)
Janet from San Antonio Texas
This is the only cleanser you will ever need. I use all Dermalogica products! 😚😚😚
Love, love this product
Archie from Stone Mountain, GA
This is the best facial cleansing solution. It leaves your face squeaky clean. Love this product!
Mariah from Decatur
I'm not one to write reviews, but this stuff makes my face feel incredibly clean. Best face wash I have ever used.
Emily from PA
The cleanser itself is alright. I like it but it's not worth the price. The problem is that it smells so strongly like toilet bowl cleaner or clorox wipes or something. I wish they wouldn't include that.
This product changed the way I shave forever
Frank The Tank from San Pedro CA
Since the dawn of time man has searched for a soothing gel to not only shave, but clean ones face as well. With this product you solve both problems
LOVE THIS STUFF
Jen from New Jersey
I've been using this cleanser since the summer. My face feels really soft and smooth and my skin looks amazing! Definitely recommend!!!
Shelia from texas
I am really liking this product. i have combination skin. The cleanser i was using caused my nose and chin to be dry and peeling all the time. Now, i am not having the dry skin problem and it seems to be controlling the oil. My face feels and looks better.
Ghanati from Jersey
Face feels squeaky clean 🌈
Best facial cleanser in the universe
Missthomas from Searcy AR
I began using this facial cleanser when I was 17 years old, and I am now 38! I always receive compliments on my skin. This cleanser is incredibly gentle, yet mysteriously removed every trace of make up and is not over trying. There is no strong fragrance to it and it rinses well. I only buy two bottles a year, because it seems to last quite a while, using it twice daily. The whole Dermalogica line is pretty fantastic. They know what they are doing.
First time using, good so far
Darlene from Texas
This is the first time I have used this cleanser, but so far it's a nice product.
Yes, I would buy again
No nickname from Urbandale, IA
I use this daily