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special cleansing gel

gentle foaming cleanser

Soap-free, foaming gel cleanses all skin conditions. Refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance.Learn More

Soap-free, foaming gel cleanses all skin conditions.Learn More

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special cleansing gel

Soap-free, foaming gel cleanses all skin conditions. Refreshing lather thoroughly removes 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 debris.
Although there is no standard for establishing a gluten-free designation for topical skin care products, independent laboratory testing confirms that this formula surpasses the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ingestible standards and can therefore be considered gluten-free.
gluten-free
Formulated without animal-derived ingredients
vegan
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA
cruelty-free

benefits

  • Washes away impurities without stripping or drying.
  • Calming agents help soothe and purify skin.

how to use

Following the application of PreCleanse, gently lather a small amount of gel in moistened hands and apply to dampened face and throat. Rinse with warm water. Follow with Multi-Active Toner and prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer.

quick tip

Use with Exfoliating Face Brush for a dual-action exfoliating cleanse.

ingredients

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.

Dermalogica is dedicated to maintaining the accuracy of the ingredient lists on this website. However, because ingredients are subject to change, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, up-to-date and/or error-free. For an accurate listing of ingredients in each product, please refer to your product packaging.

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special cleansing gel
 
4.5

(based on 711 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (516)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (117)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (37)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Gentle (10)
  • Leaves clean feel (9)
  • Balances skin (5)
  • Not greasy (5)
  • Improves skin texture (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Daily use (6)
  • Acne-prone skin (3)
  • All skin types (3)
  • Sensitive skin (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Brand buyer (5), Budget shopper (3)

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5.0

LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!

By 

from Kansas

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I used this product after the pre cleansing balm and I love it! I've notice such a big difference in my skin. I've already bought the full size bottle!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Works well

By 

from Orlando

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I received this product free to try and I really like it. The special cleansing gel leaves my skin feeling soft after each use. Other cleansers make my face feel dry and tight but this one doesn't do that. This cleanser is so gentle that I think it's best to use it after using the precleanse balm and not on its own. I really like the double cleanse system.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
4.0

Leaves Skin Feeling Refreshed

By 

from Cleveland, OH

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I was a little skeptical using this with the precleanse balm. The balm seemed to have a vaseline-like consistency, but it went on super smoothly and didn't feel sticky or anything. Once removing that, I used the special cleansing gel, and I was a little nervous, but it didn't sting and it just left my skin feeling clean and refreshed. I received this product for free for testing, and I would honestly buy it for myself after this runs out.

Pro Tip: I used the included mitt with the balm, and decided to use it with the special cleansing gel as well.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

I love this cleanser!

By 

from San Antonio, Tx

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I use this cleanser religiously! I have very sensitive skin + combination skin and this hasn't broken me out, dries me out, or made me oily! I love it and will use it forever

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
4.0

Cleans skin great, leaving it firm and moisturized

By 

from Scranton, pa

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I got this product to try through influenster and sampled it. It honestly left my skin firm and helped out my skin as far as dry skin. With the combination of the balm they sent me, these products gave me great results as far as clearing up my dry areas of my combination skin. I highly recommend using the mit they give you to scrub gently any dry flaky skin you have. It seriously takes it all away and leaves your skin looking great.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Great Product

By 

from Hayward, CA

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I've been loving this product so far! I liked that the smell is neither bad or harsh just neutral, for those of you that care about that kind of stuff. I've always had naturally oily and sensitive skin so I thought this was great in eliminating some of those related problems. The amount is a bit small but I've been using it for a month now and it's still there. Though I received this product for free to test out for an Instagram campaign, I recommend this to people. I think the money is worth it.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
5.0

IT WORKS

By 

from Los angeles

Comments about special cleansing gel:

This product is amazing! I have been using it for a month now and it's awsome! I totally recommend this for oily skin, it works wonders on blemishs and does the job perfectly! I did get this for free to try out, but I am being totally honest. I totally recommend!

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
4.0

Good cleanser, gets the job done

By 

from New York

Comments about special cleansing gel:

It's a great cleanser for taking off your makeup, for giving you that *clean* feeling, it's refreshing, but it's nothing particularly special. I really enjoyed the contrasting glove it came with, I think that provided some added benefits, but I can't say I've seen any significant changes in my skin, good or otherwise, since I've started using this. I received this product for free to review.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
4.0

Felt good

By 

from Auburn, CA

Comments about special cleansing gel:

This product definitely felt awesome! My skin is used to lighter cleansers but it worked well. I had a nice glow after. I received the product for Free to test.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
4.0

Leaves my skin soft

By 

from Saugus,Ma

Comments about special cleansing gel:

Love how the cleanser foams up after applying it. Prior to using I had an acne breakout but it didn't really help it. Overall I would still use it as I don't breakout often.

*I received this product for testing purposes.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

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  • Q:

    Which cleanser would you recommend for hormonal acne on chin, large pores, and combo/oily skin?
    Asked on 1/12/2018 by Jessica S from Arkansas

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Jessica,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Breakout Control is an acid-free spot treatment that is non-drying. However, it is very effective. Apply a thin, clear layer to breakouts. Use it under moisturizer, morning and night.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/15/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I have eczema, and in need of a good facial cleanser for acne. Is this good to combat acne while being soft on sensitive skin?
    Asked on 1/8/2018 by Carly from Central, SC

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hi Carly,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Special Cleansing Gel is a mild cleanser that will deep clean without stripping your skin. You only need the size of a pea, and its safe to use over the eyes. It is for oily, normal, or combination skin.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/9/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Is the special cleansing gel a clear green color? I previously bought a bottle and was filling my small travel size container. Threw away the original bottle. I am pretty sure it is the special cleansing gel, but want to make sure before I repurchase again.
    Asked on 1/5/2018 by Christy from undisclosed

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Christy,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Special Cleansing Gel is clear. Clearing Skin Wash is green.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/9/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Can I use this cleanser if I am pregnant?
    Asked on 12/30/2017 by Maria from undisclosed

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Maria,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, this is safe to use during pregnancy.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/3/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Can I use this to remove my make up? I went for a facial and she sold me the special cleansing gel and active moist. I wear foundation to work and am wondering if this is a good product to remove my make up or not. Thanks!
    Asked on 12/17/2017 by Patrice from Victoria, BC

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. For best results, double cleanse at night to thoroughly remove makeup and debris from the day. You can use Precleanse first and follow with Special Cleansing Gel.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 12/19/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I have some what sensitive skin and large clogged pores with pimples, I don't know if you'd consider it acne. I have red skin around my T zone (where the clogged pores are) acne products seem to really dry my skin and make it tight and gentle products I feel don't reach deep enough into my skin to get a good cleaning. Wondering if this would be the right product for me use... PLEASE HELP
    Asked on 11/28/2017 by Tyler Marisa Allen from Natick, Massachusetts

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hi Tyler,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Special Cleansing Gel is a mild cleanser that will deep clean without stripping your skin. You only need the size of a pea, and its safe to use over the eyes. It is for oily, normal, or combination skin. I think it would be a great option for you.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 11/29/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    can I use it to remove sunscreen?
    Asked on 11/24/2017 by Cas from undisclosed

    1 answer

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      Hello,

      Special Cleansing Gel is a mild cleanser that will deep clean without stripping your skin. You only need the size of a pea, and its safe to use over the eyes. It is for oily, normal, or combination skin. For best results, you should double cleanse at night and use Precleanse as your first step.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 11/28/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    What is the pH of this cleanser?
    Asked on 11/9/2017 by Stephanie from MN

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. All of our cleansers are pH balanced to the skin. So they will fall into 4-6 range.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 11/10/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Does the special cleansing gel remove makeup?
    Asked on 11/2/2017 by LT from San Antonio, Texas

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use Precleanse to remove makeup and Special Cleansing Gel to cleanse the skin. It can be your nightly double cleanse.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 11/3/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Is this product safe to use while pregnant?
    Asked on 10/3/2017 by YEKATERINA from Florida

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes. This product does not contain retinol or Salicylic Acid, therefore it is safe to use during pregnancy.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 10/3/2017 by Anonymous
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