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
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
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.
Use with Exfoliating Face Brush for a dual-action exfoliating cleanse.
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.
makes my face feel very clean and seems to have a protection layer left on my skin.
Love this face wash!
Best product I've ever used to cleanse my face. Doesn't leave your skin dry or irritated.
Staten Island, NY
totally worth the price. works great with oily skin.
I have been using this for many years. One of the best with no drying.
this is such a great product. it doesnt dry out my skin and makes my skin feel so clean after use.
This is my favorite product in this line.
I love using this
San Marcos, Texas
This is the best every day cleanser I have ever used
I use this product several times a day and love it.
Love this product
Very light cleanser that leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. Make sure to wipe face down and take off all makeup before using or you won't get the full effect!!!
I've been a faithful user of another well-known brand for years. I felt that my 46-year old, dry, sensitive skin wasn't looking its best and I had heard a lot of great things about Dermalogica products. I ordered this cleanser and am now so pleased with the results! This clear cleanser foams up even with just the little that you need. My skin feels so clean and not in the tight, dry way that my old cleanser left my skin feeling. I am thrilled with this product!
I'm 24 and have normal skin not too oily or not too dry. However, recently I have been getting pimples on my chin, around my nose and between my eye brows. I also have been getting blind pimples, overall thought I have pretty good skin.
I year ago my skin got bad so I now wash my face morning and night with a cleansing gel, the tone with a sweet clensing lotion and use an oil fee mosturiser from another brand but think it's time for a change.
Would this product be suitable or am I better off going for something stronger with salicylic acid?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use Special Cleansing Gel morning and night. Use Sebum Clearing Mask 3 times a week. Use Daily Microfoliant once a day. Try Active Moist at night and Oil Free Matte SPF 30 in the morning.
I have false eyelashes. Will this harm them? Is it oil free?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, this can be used on the eye area even with extensions. Use the size of a pea with lots of water and make sure it goes from a clear gel to a white foam.
I have bought this product to use as part of my cleanse, exfoliate, tone and moisturise routine.
I usually only do this routine at night and was wondering are you supposed to cleanse tone and moisturise twice a day or just at night ?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, you should cleanse, tone and moisturize morning and night.
Hello, I have been using the Dermalogica Ultra calming cleanser since the start of the year but i have found that when I have used it AM and PM, my skin is quite dry around my blemishes/spots, would you suggest that I switch to the special cleansing gel? I just use the cleanser at night now and a cream cleanser in the AM so my skin is better but the ultra is soon to run out so hoping for another product.
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. I personally like to use Ultra Calming Cleanser in the morning and Special Cleansing Gel at night. :)
My daughter is turning 12, her skin looks normal, but I was wondering if she needs to use any product for a daily maintenance at this age?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. She can use Special Cleansing Gel and Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion to maintain her skin and keep it clean and moisturized.
I am a teen, and I have really oily skin. I want to get rid of my shine and my oily skin, it gets extremely oily after a few hours. I also often get spots on my face and a lot of blackheads. Would you recommend this or a different routine?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Try Dermal Clay Cleanser, Breakout Clearing All Over Toner and Oil Free Matte SPF 30 during the day. At night, try Precleanse, Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash, Breakout Clearing All Over Toner and Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion.
I am wanting to switch to Dermalogica products. I am trying to find the best face wash for me.i am mid 30's i have open pores on my checks from when i was a teen and get black/whiteheads still.any advise would br appreaciated!
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 have dry skin and I get random breakouts on my forehead and around my chin. Is this the product I should use?
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. You can use this morning and night. Then use a spot treatment like Breakout Clearing Booster on the individual breakouts. Follow with a light weight moisturizer like Active Moist.
what is the shelf life for the special cleansing gel
Products containing SPF and Acne actives will have an expiration date on the bottle. Once the product reaches the date stamped on the packaging it should no longer be used, otherwise the shelf life for unopened products is about 2-3 years.
All other products have an open jar symbol, which is the diagram drawing of a jar with lid and a number in the jar. Most commonly used is 24 M. This means that once opened, the product may be used up to 24 months. This does not mean however that the product may not have changed in smell, texture or even efficacy it only means that it is SAFE to use based on stability data which differs from product to product but in the majority of cases is 24-36 months.
We hope this addresses your concerns.
Thanks for your inquiry and interest in Dermalogica.
I have mildly oily skin but after a shower ect my face feels dry. I have been using special cleansing gel or dermal clay cleaner and Active moist but I suffer from breakouts that are deep under the skin spots that appear more like lumps with no head.
what product would you recommend to prevent the breakouts?
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.