Rich, creamy cleanser conditions dry skin. Non-foaming formula gently lifts impurities while replenishing dry skin and maintaining moisture levels. Moisturizing Safflower Oil softens and conditions while invigorating extracts of Rosemary and Lemon refresh tired skin. Water-soluble, this soothing emulsion rinses off easily, leaving the skin clean, soft and supple.
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.
This product is vegetarian, but may contain milk, honey or other animal byproducts.
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA
Replenishes skin and maintains moisture levels.
Helps nourish and condition.
Rinses off easily.
how to use
Following the application of PreCleanse, apply to dampened face and throat, massaging with light, upward strokes. Concentrate on any areas of excessive dryness and impurities. Rinse with warm water. Follow with Multi-Active Toner or Antioxidant Hydramist and prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer.
Never use hot water when cleansing: this strips the skin of the natural oils critical to maintainin hydration levels.
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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I have been using this cleanser a long time. Besides clean, my face is soft and hydrated.
I use this part time & Derma Clay others
Never gone back
I don't normally write reviews but my skin used to have dry patches and I used to break out I've been using this cleanser for a year now, patches are gone and no spot since , a MUST HAVE
Used loads of cleansers. ..this is my favorite! Gentle but thorough cleansing, moisturing, doesn't strip skin. LOVE IT!
Love this cleanser.
Its creamy and gentle by effective cleansing is awesome. wont use anything else
I have been using Essential Cleansing Solution for about a year now and I love it! Many other cleansers leave my face feeling tight, but this one is so gentle it feels great!
East Bay, CA
I would buy this products again.
This is a great cleanser. Smooth and creamy. Cleans very well.
I love dermalogica. All of their products are phenomenal! This cleanser is gentle and effective.
I've been using the UltraCalming cleanser daily with tepid water and it's making my skin tight and dry. Would this be a better cleanser to use?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You may prefer Essential Cleansing Solution.
What are the key ingredient in this product?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Moisturizing Safflower Oil softens and conditions while invigorating extracts of Rosemary and Lemon refresh tired skin.
Can I use this cleanser with the overnight retinol repair?
Yes this cleanser is OK to use since it does not have exfoliants.
How much of this product should you use each time? Like a pea sized amount, or more?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use the size of a pea to dime with water.
Can you use this product in the eye area?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, Essential Cleansing Solution is safe to use over the eyes.
I have been purchasing the 16.9 fl. oz. in the past. Do you not carry that size since I would prefer it? Thank you
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. We do carry that size. Please adjust sizes on the product page on the icon that says size.
I generally use the ultracalming cleanser and I Mistakingly ordred the essential cleansing solution. how much will this effect my skin. I love the ultracalming. Just wondering
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Essential Cleansing Solution is creamy and nourishes the skin. I know people who are dry and sensitive like to switch off between the two. I think you'll like it.
For whatever reason if you do not, you can return it within 30 days as part of our satisfaction garauntee.
My skin is extremely dry, sometimes even have small fine flakes on cheekbone after a day outside, even though I use moistures. But I also have acnes break out now and then on my forehead. So I'm not sure if I should use this essential cleansing solution or the special cleansing gel. I want it to help with the dry situation, but I also want the acnes gone... Do you have any good suggestions? Thank you very much!
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Please try Special Cleansing Gel as a non drying cleanser. Essential Cleansing Solution is oil rich and not ideal for acne skin. Be sure to follow with a hydrating moisturizer like Active Moist.
If this product doesn't work well with my skin, can I get a full refund?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can return items within 30 days. For returns, you may call customer service at 800.345.2761 option 4.
The Dermalogica Team
I have break out prone skin, a bit oily but also flakey and dry so I'm not sure what product to use. I'm using the clearing skin wash, daily microfoliant, mult active toner and active moist. I'm considering using the essential cleansing lotion to help balance my combination skin.
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. It sounds like you are dehydrated. Essential Cleansing Solution is oil rich and will do nothing for dehydrated skin and might make you break out more. Instead, try Special Cleansing Gel. It will deep clean without over drying. use the size of a pea with lots of water.
You can also mix Skin Hydrating Booster into Active Moist. Skin Hydrating Booster is a hydrating, oil-free serum.
The Dermalogica team