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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All Dermalogica products are made in the USA and are free of artificial fragrances, artificial colors, drying S.D. alcohol, and ingredients like Mineral Oil – all of which are known to exacerbate common skin concerns. With cutting-edge formulas and powerful ingredients, you can be assured you’re giving your skin what it needs to be healthy, and stay healthy, for a lifetime. Maximize your product results! Use Dermalogica products as prescribed by your Face Mapping® skin analysis, available only from a Dermalogica Professional Skin Therapist.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.5

(based on 963 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (682)

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    (175)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (19)

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    (40)

92%

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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1.0

No I wouldn't be buy anymore

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from Stockton, Ca

Very bad never buying again!!! I have dry skin and some oily areas and acne prone skin . It was clearing up a lot with the clearing face wash by The same brand but I have got the wrong one and got this one instead. My face is breaking out waaaayy to much and redness on cheeks and forehead. It is by all the worst and hope to get my money back because of it.

  • How old are you?:
  • Under 18
 
5.0

My go to for basic cleansing needs

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from Sacramento

I use this daily for my basic cleansing needs. The perfect go-to daily cleanser. Also a great base before exfoliating, or using a masque. It keeps my skin clean and clear.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Love it!

By 

from Philadelphia, PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

This cleansing gel works great on my sensitive combination (on the oily side) skin! I use it morning and night. It makes my skin feel clean without irritating it. A little goes a long way! It took me a few days, but I realized the tiniest amount is plenty for my face and neck.

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
5.0

The BEST!!!!

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from Houston, TX

Love this stuff, this is the only product that works for my acne break outs. I have developed a case of adult acne and this saved my life!!!!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
4.0

Cleanest fresh feeling

By 

from Boca

Easiest and simple way to clean your face.

  • How old are you?:
  • 45-54
 
5.0

Great wash for all skin types

By 

from Az

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I really like this wash. It is gentle enough for all skin types. I have normal to dry skin with some breakouts

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Perfect skin cleanser

By 

from New Jersey

Verified Buyer

Well balanced and gentle top ny skin. Only product I use!

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
5.0

Love this product!

By 

from California

This is such an amazing product and a little goes a long way! I have a large size and a travel size but its been 2 weeks and I still am not done using my sample size! I still have about half the sample left! It makes my skin feel amazing too! I have been using Dermalogica products for 12 years, but this product is new to me as far as I just started using it.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Amazing!

By 

from Texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about special cleansing gel:

I can't imagine my life without this facial wash,it's so gentle and effective,I've been using this for several years,First I use Pre-cleanse oil and then special cleansing gel it's wonderful,my skin is very sensitive but these products leave it feeling soft and clean.
I absolutely love dermalogica,highly recommended this product!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

will continue to buy!

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from orlando, fl

I have combo skin and this makes my skin feel and look fresh and clear! I will continue to buy and refer to others!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

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  • Q:

    Does this have salicylic acid?
    Asked on 4/7/2018 by Hannah from Louisiana

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello ,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. This does not contain Salicylic Acid.

      Kind Regards,

      Bernadette

      Answered on 4/17/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Hi

    My daughter is 11 she is just beginning to get the odd spot and i am looking to find a very gentle skin care routine for her. She is allergic to tea-tree and as I say her skin is very reactionary.

    I am thinking she needs a gentle cleansing wash and a light moisturiser but am open to advice.

    Any product suggestions will be appreciated.

    Regards

    Nina Hodgson
    Asked on 3/14/2018 by Mrs M from West Yorkshire

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Please check with her pediatrician.

      Thank you.

      Answered on 3/28/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Can Special Cleansing Gel be used to remove eye makeup?
    Asked on 1/27/2018 by Linda from PA

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Linda,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, it can. However, I personally prefer to remove with Soothing Eye Makeup or Precleanse and then I follow with Special Cleansing Gel.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/29/2018 by Anonymous
  • 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

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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

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      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
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