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oil-busting emulsifyer

Deep-cleansing oil melts impurities and make-up from skin. As the first step in your Double Cleanse regimen, PreCleanse thoroughly melts away layers of excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof make-up, pollutants and products that build up on skin, allowing your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser to penetrate even further for professional cleansing results.Learn More

Deep-cleansing oil melts impurities and make-up from skin.Learn More

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Deep-cleansing oil melts impurities and make-up from skin. Achieve ultra clean and healthy skin with the Double Cleanse regimen that begins with PreCleanse. Thoroughly melt away layers of excess sebum (oil), sunscreen, waterproof make-up, environmental pollutants and residual products that build-up on skin throughout the day with skin fortifying Kukui and Apricot oils. Add water to transform this hydrophilic (water-loving) formula into a milky emulsion that easily rinses debris from the skin's surface, allowing your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser to penetrate even further for professional cleansing results. Formulated with conditioning Rice Bran and Vitamin E oils, this gentle blend can be used around the eye area to even remove waterproof mascara. Offers a deep cleansing ideal for even the most oily skin conditions.
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
Formulated without Parabens
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA


  • Removes oils without clogging pores.
  • Conditioning essential fatty acids nourish skin.
  • Enables your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser to work more efficiently.

how to use

Dispense into dry hands. Massage over dry face and eyes to dissolve surface oil and dirt. Concentrate on areas of congestion or stubborn debris. Wet hands and continue massaging to create a light, milky emulsion. Rinse with lukewarm water. Follow with prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser for professional cleansing results.

quick tip

For a professional level of clean, follow with your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser.


Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, PEG-40 Sorbitan Peroleate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Extract, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool.

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.

So glad I found this product


I found Dermalogica Precleanse through the suggestion of Faces By Design in Marietta, OH. I am learning how to 'properly' take care of my face & this product is amazing. I love the way my face feels after using it. When the owner of Faces By Design tells me that she uses it, that is good enough for me!

Middlebourne, WV


Love this product!


I am so pleased with this product. I love the smell of it, very light and clean. It makes my skin feel so smooth, and takes my makeup off better than any remover I've tried. Well worth the cost. I would buy this again and recommend to anyone!

Vancouver, BC, CA


Dynamic product!


I use this on my face mornings and nights to cleanse any dirt or impurities. I love this product. It leaves my face feeling super soft and glowing. A true miracle in a bottle.

Houston, TX


Good Product


I don't wear makeup often but this product takes it off nicely when I do wear makeup. I also use it after working outside to clean dirt and oil before cleansing my skin.


Fantastic Makeup Removal


I use this to remove my makeup in the evenings. It easily removes even stubborn waterproof mascara with little rubbing. And it smells good too! The small size is perfect for travel too.

Atlanta, GA




I can hardly wait until it's time to remove my makeup at the end of the day, and the reason is your PRECLEANSE. I had no idea...first of all, it smells amazing, kind of like soothing and it immediately dislodges all the makeup and grime on my face, including stubborn mascara. When you add water, it becomes a creamy cleanser and my oily skin loves it. I follow up with my prescribed cleanser, but I'm telling you, this stuff takes the day off perfectly. It's a pleasure to use! Love it and it will always be a part of my regime. Thank you, Dermalogica!

Newport Beach, CA


Will never go back to single cleanse


This works better than any makeup cleansing wipe I've used and as part of double cleanse my skin is so clean. I also love that it's hydrating.

Boston, ma


Made Me Break Out


My hormonal acne on my chin was pretty much cleared in two days after using the clear start travel size kit. I wear makeup and have combo skin so I purchased the pre-cleanse. Boy that was a bad mistake! The pimples that were almost gone on my chin came back with a vengeance! They came back this time along with cystic acne. Not a good combo at all! I'm 32 and looked like I was about 14 going through puberty! Love the clear start line but will never buy the pre-cleanse again! I'm scared to purchase any more Dermalogica products due to this although I'm loving the fresh start! I have combo acne prone skin.

Augusta, GA


Didn't know I needed it till I tried it.


At the end of the day, after I would wash my face, my skin still felt unclean. The oily product seemed to absorb dirt and make up and rinsed off easily leaving my skin feeling soft and clean. Very happy with this product.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA


Love, but too spendy for me.


I ended up at Ulta awhile back and they gave me a sample bottle of this Cleanser Oil. This bottle lasted me a good while. I have to say I absolutely love it and highly recommend it!!! It felt like a nice, lightweight oil, and it took off stubborn mascara. It didn't leave any residue behind at all. And there is zero scent to it which is a big plus for me. The instructions call this a precleanse, and that you are to wash with a cleanser after. But I didn't find that necessary which was FABulous for me!!!!! But the cost for it is hard for me to wrap around. My brain tells me that is a ton of $ which is literally going down the drain! I just couldn't wrap my brain around that.




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Can the PreCleanse be used alone as a daily cleanser?!


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Please use Precleanse first and follow with a cleanser like Special Cleansing Gel. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Is this product eye safe? I use this product and I love it but I feel that it can get in my eyes when I take off my eye makeup. And then my eyes are a bit oily....anyway It doesn't bother me that much but is it eye safe? ps; are you ever going to bring back the treatment foundation? it was good < 3


Additionally, I do apologize. Treatment Foundation has been cancelled. You may like Skin Perfect Primer SPF 30.


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, Precleanse is safe for the eyes but you should follow with another cleanser like Special Cleansing Gel or Ultra Calming Cleanser. Kind Regards, Bernadette


I'm planning to order the 5oz bottle. I'm thinking to order the 1oz bottle as well for traveling. Can you tell me if the 1oz bottle is refillable?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. I apologize. The bottle is not refillable. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Do I use this twice a day once in the morning and once at Night?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use it as part of your nightly double cleanse. Kind Regards, Bernadette


How is this different to using the precleanse balm


Hello, Precleanse is for oily to normal skin. Precleanse Balm is for dry or sensitive to normal skin. They are both used in the same way: apply with dry hands onto dry skin. Melt away makeup. Add water to foam up and rinse away with no oily residue. Kind Regards, Bernadette


I go to the gym after work, and of course, I take my makeup off (usually with a wipe) before working out. I then give my face the full cleansing regimen later that night before I go to bed. Should I use the Pre Cleanse to remove my makeup before my workout, or should I continue to use a wipe for pre-workout makeup removal and then use the Pre Cleanse during my final night time regimen to remove any sweat, residual makeup, etc.?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use Ultra Calming Cleanser to tissue off makeup and follow a workout with Breakout Clearing All Over Toner. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Is it safe to use on acne prone skin? Would you recommend this to me as I am facing some serious acne issues?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Use Precleanse as you oil based cleanser. Oil attracts oil. Use it with dry hands on dry skin to work it in. Then, add water. It will turn white and foam up. Add water to rinse away any oil residue. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Hello! I would like to ask that I am going to purchase precleanser dermalogica first time. I am from Pakistan and It's recommended me someone. I just want to clear that is it effective for large pores and acne prone? Because I have white bumps or something kind of sebum. Also it is useful for spots? I just want my skin clear and bump free. Please guide. And if I don't use any other things like your cleaners etc then it will be effective? Waiting for your answer impetiently.


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Use Precleanse as the first step of your double cleanse for the cleanest skin. Kind Regards, Bernadette

I love the way precleanse feels on my skin, I wish I didn't have to wash it off! My skin is very dry but also acne prone, do you have any moisturizers that feel like precleanse?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You might like Barrier Defense Booster as a oil moisturizer. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Is your 'precleanse' safe to use if using another skincare line for cleansing?


Hello Dawn, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. It is for all skin types. It is the first step of a nightly double cleanse and can be followed by your favorite cleanser. Kind Regards, Bernadette

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