Rated 4.62 out of 5 stars
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.
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.
Kat from Virginia
There's a notable change to the formula and the comments I'm reading confirms I'm not the only one who has noticed. The fragrance is strong, my skin burns and I've noticed breakouts. None of which occurred prior to the formula change.
Marie from Long Island, NY
I've used dermalogical facial cleansing cream for over 10 years and very satisfied with it then it went to gel, that was not bad, I prefer the cream now the gel has lavender mint and it lathers up when applied. I'm very dissatisfied and unhappy with the product.
Diana from Springfield MO
Have used this for years. Takes off makeup including mascara with ease. About 3 yrs ago my husband started using. He had mild rosacea and it has helped him a lot.
Courtnay from Lakewood WA
I grew up with soap and water to wash my face, and it worked for me for seven decades. My esthetician gave me a little sample of this cleanser, and I'll never go back to soap and water. It's a gel that foams when it is massaged into wet skin. A tiny dab is all you need. My skin has never been happier. I didn't know a cleanser could make that much difference in how my skin feels. I like Dermalogica products, and recommend them highly. I would be happy if it came in a pump dispenser, though this one would travel better than a pump. I hope I can find a travel size to take on my next trip.
NessaSD from San Diego CA
Why do companies insist on messing with perfedtion. This has been a best seller for years and youre going to change the formula? WHY. New formula is way too harsh. Smells bad and irritates skin especially eyelids. Scaly itchy patches. Didnt even disclose a new formulation so people could be aware of potential reactions? Bring back the original formula!
T from Detroit, mi
Ive been using for about a couple years now and no complaints at all. Tried others for less but they couldn't match what this gives back. Well worth the money.
KW from Sugarland,TX
I get compliments on how well my skin looks all of the time
Lynne from Idyllwild, CA
Special Cleansing Gel is my go-to when it comes to facial cleansers. It keeps my skin soft, and I think that Dermalogica products are PH balanced, so it always keeps my skin soft.
Mariann from Billings MT
Best cleanser I've ever used.
Maya from Westport
They changed the formula and the new one is causing red flaky skin. I couldnt figure it out until i stopped using it and went back to fresh cleaner and eveytime id go back to this imstarted having a reaction. People are saying the formula changed. Idk why companies change formulas when the old one was working fine. Smh
Came back to the Special Cleaning Gel after I stopped using it for a while. Quickly realized why I stopped in the first place. This left my skin with some red bumps and redness after use. Thought it might've been an adjustment and gave it the benefit of the doubt. But this was definitely leaving me with breakouts. Left the skin dry after washing...very close to feeling stripped. Made the skin feel 5x more oily, with an oily slick that reoccurred throughout the day.
Jac from St Louis Mo
I've been using this product for 10+ years. My recent purchase was watered down. The consistency is no longer a gel but complete liquid. I know companies are doing everything to cut corners on costs lately but watering down a product isn't the answer. Your customers will notice and quit buying your product. I have lost faith in dermalogica company and will be returning the product.
wrlugo from Hacienda Heights, CA
A little goes a long way, but it feels like I am using dish soap on my face. It also leaves my face super dry after washing.
I am still using it since I purchased the full bottle at full price, but I won't be repurchasing.
Mom of 4 from New Jersey
A Ulta manager recommended this product. I bought the travel size because I thought it was a bit pricey so I wanted to try it out first before buying a big bottle. ￼ I have combination oily skin, big pores, sensitive and occasional breakouts. This is by far the best cleanser that I have tried, I'm not as oily my pores don't show as much my skin feels soft and I have gotten so many compliments on my skin and it doesn't irritate or cause me to break out. Please never stop making it and don't change the ingredients. It's a must try. ￼
Angie from San Antonio Texas
I have oily skin it was very hard for me to find a product that would work with my skin & acne . Thank goodness I found this , I bought the whole set I use it two times a day and I see a difference . It doesn't dry up my skin or irritate me , it feels Fresh and my skin feels smooth . I love it and will be purchasing again .
Chels from Texas
I bought a tik tok recommended face wash and well it burned my face. This saved my skin after using this to wash my face the inflammation calmed,my skin was less red and no more itching. The price kept me from buying a new one but the fact that it saved my skin. I went out and bought another bottle the next day. Great face wash.
Pat from Midland, Mi
Special Cleansing Gel cleans my face without leaving it too dry. I use Pre-cleans before, and the combo works great. I am 65 and still get compliments on my skin.
Jay from Arlington, VA
I got recommended this product back in 2019 by a Ulta sales person. My skin was flaring up, and I couldn't find the right cleanser. All the ones I tried either left my skin feeling way too dry (so my skin oiled up even more) or way too dirty still.
Since I have very oily skin, I use this cleanser twice a day, morning and night. Each time my face feels so fresh and clean. It is so gentle when my face has a breakout, and it's so powerful my face feels brand new each time.
My only con about this product is that it is a bit pricey. However, this is a staple in my daily routine, so I don't mind paying for it. I buy the one with the pump on it, and that usually lasts me about 2-3 months.
from Rainsville, AL
I love this cleanser. It makes my face feel nice and clean afterwards. It is not harsh on the face and dies not cause any irritation. I would always suggest trying any product at least once. You can always return it if you have issues or just do not like it.
Hope from Lawrenceville GA
Best gentle cleanser for my oily skin, I use it in my AM and PM routine. I use in conjunction with Dermalogica Pre Cleanse and Double Cleansing has changed the game for me.
Terri from Canandaigua, NY
I recently had a reaction to a moisturize and this cleanser calmed down the red and helped in my skins recovery. I paired it with a different Dermo moisturizer and my skin recovered in 48 hours.
Meredith from Virginia
I'm amazed at how little of this cleanser you need. In the shower I can use a small, nickel-sized amount and it easily spreads to cover my face, neck, and décolletage. That helps justify the price for me. I was half expecting this to have a scent based on the essential oils in the formula, but to me it's fragrance-free which is totally fine in my book. I use this either in the AM as a one-step cleanser or as the second step of a double cleanse with my Elemis cleansing balm in the PM. It is so gentle and never leaves my face feeling dried out or irritated which always happened when I'd use drugstore brands or even some similar higher end brands like DE. I would not expect this to remove all my makeup on its own, but I love it when I use it as described!
Weezie from CA
My face isn't dry or tight after busing this product.
Sarah from Whittier
I work at ulta and use a lot of dermalogica! I have tried this cleanser, the ultra calming which doesn't foam up at all which I hated, I also tried their acne one with a teal stripe which smelled amazing like tea tree. However this out of the 3 I have tried is my favorite. And do yourself a favor get the big bottle it will last you about 12 months and use half a pump or less because it's foamy
Kim from Charlotte, NC
My dermatologist recommended this and thank goodness! No dry skin, tightness, itching but total cleaning and clearing skin issues. It goes on silky smooth and water washes off! And it last forever!