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DermalogicaSpecial Cleansing Gel

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 821 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Leaves clean feel (327)
  • Gentle (316)
  • Lightweight (283)
  • Smells great (277)
  • Not greasy (244)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Daily use (552)
  • Sensitive skin (305)
  • Combination skin (169)
  • All skin types (158)
  • Oily skin (74)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (233), Beauty conscious (178), Budget shopper (164), Survivalist / minimalist (86), Beauty expert (69)
    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 10 minutes (15), 30 minutes (12)
    • Skin Type:
    • Combination (216), Dry (57), Normal (46), Oily (31)

Reviewed by 821 customers

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5.0

Perfect for any skin type

By Sierra

from York, PA

About Me Minimalist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Non-Greasy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

    I've been using this product for years. Light weight and still cleanses skin perfectly.

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

    Dermalogica cleanser.

    By Mimi

    from Vacaville, Ca

    About Me Beauty Conscious

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Smells Great
    • Softens Skin

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Use

      Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

      I've used this cleanser fir years. It is pricey but lasts for a long time. I will continue to use forever.

      • Skin Type:
      • Normal
      • Age:
      • 60+
       
      5.0

      Have used for years

      By MommyGirl

      from Williamsburg, VA

      About Me Beauty Conscious

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Sensitive Skin

        Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

        Everyone in my family uses this facial cleanser. Most use it once a day and others use it twice. Lightweight, little foamy, fragrance free. Great for sensitive skin.

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

        Good cleanse?

        By Daisinton

        from Reno, NV

        Pros

        • Softens Skin

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

            I received this complimentary to test and review. Used this right after the precleanse balm and wasn't too hyped with how it preformed, kind of hoping it would do more for my skin. It does soften up the skin which is nice.

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

            Absolutely worth the cost!

            By Courtney

            from Lexington, KY

            About Me Beauty Conscious

            Pros

            • Smells Great
            • Softens Skin
            • Soothes Skin

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Daily Use
              • Redness/ Blotchiness
              • Uneven Skin Tone

              Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

              I use this following the pre-cleanse balm. The balm removes the majority of my makeup first, leaving this cleansing gel to go to work on the junk in my pores. It leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped.

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

              Love!!

              By C

              from Chicago

              About Me Beauty Conscious

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Non-Greasy
              • Softens Skin

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Sensitive Skin

                Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                Used as a two step process with precleanse balm. I love the gel feel of this product. It's unlike any other I have tried. Great for removing makeup. Smells good. A little goes a long way, only need a pea size drop. I received this products free for testing purposes.

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

                A Great Cleanser

                By cjdao

                from Sacramento, CA

                About Me Beauty Conscious

                Pros

                • Non-Greasy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Daily Use

                  Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                  My biggest issue with facial cleansers are that they don't take everything off, not this one! It really gets in there and gets it all out. Doesn't over-sud, which makes it really to wash off your face. After drying, your face feels, what I like to call, "squeaky" as in squeaky clean. It's great! Though I received this product free for testing purposes, I would definitely go buy it in a heartbeat!

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

                  Love my cleansing gel

                  By Donnah

                  from Las vegas

                  About Me Beauty Conscious

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use

                    Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                    This product is part of a 2 step process, used this with the pre cleanse Balm. Loved how even a little bit of this product makes your face feel smooth and fresh, I'm pretty sure my product will last me a long time, lol. Been using this for weeks now and I did notice my face is more smooth and feels moisturized. Received this complimentary and I would definitely buy this product when I run out of it.

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

                    Love.It.

                    By Kris

                    from New York, NY

                    About Me Minimalist

                    Pros

                    • Softens Skin
                    • Soothes Skin

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Daily Use
                      • Sensitive Skin

                      Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                      I've used this product for a while now! I got it as tester/trial. It's really great. After using it, my skin feel so nice, clean, and soft! No complaints whatsoever.
                      I'm pretty lazy when it comes to washing my face, but this does so well for my skin.
                      It also doesn't sting if you happen to get it in your eye, which has definitely happened to me a few times. I would definitely recommend this!

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

                      Love! Definitely Recommend!

                      By LO13

                      from Indianapolis, IN

                      About Me Beauty Expert

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Daily Use

                        Comments about Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel:

                        Disclaimer: this product was sent to me for testing purposes , but this is no way impacts my review. I use this product every time I wear a full face of makeup, and I sometimes use it even when I just wore mascara for the day. I swear, it takes off EVERYTHING and it leaves the skin feeling great too! It doesn't make your skin feel tight or over dry! I would definitely recommend to anyone buying this!

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

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                        • 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
                        • 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
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