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special cleansing gel

gentle foaming cleanser

Refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities, without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. This iconic cleanser, which contains naturally-foaming Quillaja Saponaria, gently rinses away toxins and debris to leave skin feeling smooth and clean.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. This iconic cleanser, which contains naturally-foaming Quillaja Saponaria, gently rinses away toxins and debris to leave skin feeling smooth and clean. Lightweight and mild enough to use every day, it also features calming Balm Mint and Lavender extracts to soothe the skin.

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.
Formulated without animal-derived ingredients
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 Moisturiser.

quick tip

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

ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon Winterianus Herb Oil, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Betaine, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Capryloyl Glycine, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Methylpropanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA

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.

No better cleaner!

5

The first Dermalogica product I met together with Daily Microfoliant. They're still my favorite and simply irreplaceable!

Henderson NV

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Love the way my face feels after each use

5

Just love using this product. My face feels silky clean after each use.

Jersey Shore

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Love this Product

5

Lightweight and gentle cleanser leaving my face feeling clean, refreshed and glowing

San Diego, CA

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A wonderful and powerful cleanser!

5

After suffering with acne for 8 years, you can bet I've tried many cleansers... This is honestly right at the top of my list! The cleanser itself is very gentle on the skin, and even though you get a very clean feeling after using it, your skin doesn't feel unnecessarily tight. This product over time has definitely helped clear my skin up, and from this I have replaced EVERY skincare product with Dermalogica. I will NEVER use any other products again!

Belfast, Northern Ireland

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This is now my go-to face wash

5

I love the way this product smells and how clean feeling my skin is after using it! I feel good knowing I'm using something gentle on my skin.

Chicago, IL

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Made My Skin Breakout

1

I have combination, sensitive and acne prone skin. I started using this cleanser after I saw my face aesthetician use it in her routine. I read the reviews and was very hopeful. After only a handful of uses, my skin started breaking out like never before. (I am plagued with blackheads btw) I have new blackheads and huge pores, plus some red, stubborn and inflamed acne on my cheeks (I don't normally break out there.) I am really disappointed. I stopped using the precleanse since I thought it was the original culprit. Stopped using it, only used the cleanser. Still have the old acne marks; they are currently not going away and I'm still getting breakouts. My skin is also really dry and I have fine lines where I didn't have them before. Fair warning, everyone.

Lexington Park, MD

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Ingredients have changed for the worst

1

Zero stars! This was my go to cleanser for years but the ingredients have changed and the product smells like household cleaner instead of the soothing lavender it used to smell like. Left my face feeling dry and slightly burning. Why did Dermalogica change this product??? I will be looking for a new cleanser ASAP.

CA

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Best Gentle Cleanser

5

I love how fresh this face wash smells! I use this when my skin isn't freaking out with hormones/weather. It's gentle, makes my skin feel clean, but doesn't make it feel tight/stripped of oils. I've used this off and on over the last few years and I'm never disappointed.

MO

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Won't buy anything else!

5

Since I started using Dermalogica, my skin has never looked clearer and more even. I love this cleanser- I use it twice a day- when I wake up and before bed. When used with the moisturizer, my skin does not get dry at all! I have to use the moisturizer immediately or it will get dry.

Chicago

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Love it!

5

I've been using this product for couple months and i love it! I love its smell and it makes my skin feel clean and fresh.

CA

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Hi, I used to use the special cleansing gel but in the massive pump. Do you still do this? Thanks!

Laura

Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, that is our 16.9 oz size. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Hi, I'm currently struggling to find the right cleanser for my skin. I find a lot of foaming cleansers make my skin too tight and lead to dryness / flaking, whereas creamy cleansers lead to clogged pores around my t-zone. Do you think this Special Cleansing Gel may be a happy medium for me, so not overdrying but still effective enough to actively work on my pores?

Charlie

Hello , 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

Bernadette

Does this produce contain parabens?

bluedolphin

Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. It does not. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

How often should this product be used? Twice a day, daily or weekly? Please let me know as I can;t seem to find it anywhere!

DWI

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use this morning and night. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Is this product vegan?

Sara

Yes

talie

Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes this product is Vegan. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

I have combination oily acne prone skin - will this dry out/irritate my skin?

mollie

Hello , 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

Bernadette

Is it okay to use on the body

Cfran

Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. This cleanser is made for the face. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

I started using The Special Cleansing Gel and have noticed my cheeks feel dry and are a little flakey. I am wondering if I should switch to The Ultra Calming Cleanser. I am using Active Moist as moisturizer.

Emily

Hello, 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. It is very concentrated. If you feel dry and flaky, perhaps you are using too much. Try using less. If that does not help, then try Ultra Calming Cleanser. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

I have recently been using the special cleansing gel am/pm and have been happy, but now looking to alternate with other cleansers to help my oily and pimple-prone skin. I was thinking of using the Special cleansing gel in the morning, the clearing skin wash at night, and using the dermal clay cleanser a 2-3 times a week. Would this be ok or would it be best to switch and use a oil-targeting cleanser in the morning (as I am more concerned with reducing oil during the day)?

Ash

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Try Dermal Clay Cleanser or Clearing Skin Wash in the morning. Double cleanse at night with Precleanse and Special Cleansing Gel. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

Hi, I'm 21 year old. My skin very oily around T zone, and normal around the cheek. I got a couple of pimples and I had big pores also blackheads. What's your recommendation products? Thank you

Nada

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Precleanse, Special Cleansing Gel, Daily Microfoliant, Multi Active toner, Active Moist. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Bernadette

 
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