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Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel is a soap-free botanical blend of Quillaja Saponaria and calming Lavender that foams away impurities without leaving the skin feeling tight or dry, while super-soothing Balm Mint helps calm sensitivity.
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4.5 of 110 reviews

90% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

so good


a gentle cleanser that is good to use if you use harsh aha, bha and serums etc

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Dermalogica Cleansing Gel

Dermalogica Cleansing Gel

I used the special cleansing gel as a part of the travel kit. As a whole the kit was excellent and I have bought more. However, I didn't find the cleansing gel to be particularly special. It felt no different to the normal cleanser I use (Redness Solution from Clinique which is about $15 cheaper). Its not a bad product but its not worth paying extra for.
  1. Decent cleanser


    This is a great, basic, no frills cleanser. It foams up nicely and leaves the skin nice and clean.
  2. A great cleanser to have in your bathroom cupboard at all times!

    Tanya S.

    I use this in the morning with a wash cloth and double cleanse at night. It throughly removes makeup and leaves the skin feeling clean without the drying, tight or itchiness afterwards. Has a soft pleasant smell. You only need a small amount so products last a long time (5 months for twice daily usage).
  3. Good all-round cleanser


    I got this as a sample and really liked it. It's a good all-round cleanser that is gentle on the skin. I feel like it cleansed my skin really well without stripping it.
  4. so good


    verified purchaser
    a gentle cleanser that is good to use if you use harsh aha, bha and serums etc
  5. Dermalogica Cleansing Gel

    Dermalogica Cleansing Gel

    I used the special cleansing gel as a part of the travel kit. As a whole the kit was excellent and I have bought more. However, I didn't find the cleansing gel to be particularly special. It felt no different to the normal cleanser I use (Redness Solution from Clinique which is about $15 cheaper). Its not a bad product but its not worth paying extra for.
  6. Good cleanser


    This is a nice a thorough cleansing gel, I use this as a treat when I want a deeper cleanse. It’s does a great job
  7. Love this


    Cleans well and my face feels fresh and soft afterwards
  8. Best skin ever


    I've tried so many different cleansers on my skin and have always come back to this one. Nothing makes my skin so clear and soft.
    I have mature dry skin and find this so gentle on my face and afterwards my face feels so clean.
  9. Light weight and no fragrance


    I really love this face wash. I initially received it as a sample but have been buying it ever since. The product is light weight and doesn't smell at all which I like.
  10. Best cleanser


    verified purchaser
    I have tried many cleansers but was hesitant to buy this one because it is quite expensive. The reviews everywhere were amazing. Now that I started to get hormonal acnes and currently having in-salon treatments, I needed to get a gentle cleanser that won’t dry my skin and clean effectively to prevent further breakouts. The ones I had before were either did not clean properly, or too drying, or had...
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  11. My current go-to cleanser


    This cleanser has helped reduce congestion and leaves my skin feeling super clean. I definitely prefer gel cleansers and this one does the job and does it well. I tend to lather and leave whilst showering to really let it soak into my skin. My complexion is overall looking better since I started using this product a few months ago.
  12. The right PH level for your skin


    The begining of my better skin care routine. I'm having trouble with my skin and finding products stinging my skin which adds to the trauma of having problem skin.
    This product gave me none of those sensations and felt calming because it was the right PH for your skin.. no more angry skin.
  13. Nice and Gentle

    Laura M

    I got this to try in the Dermalogica Meet Dermalogica Kit, I have since purchased the full size bottle.
    A little bit goes a long way, well worth the investment.
    My skin is feeling the best it has in a long time.
  14. Super clean feels!


    I love this product. My skin feels squeaky clean after using it. It literally squeaks when I rub it into my skin! Having said this, I don't really wear much makeup and some people have mentioned that it's not the best at removing heavy product build up.
  15. not for me


    I have been using the Ultracalming Cleanser for ages, and thought I'd try this gel for a change. It cleans skin and removes makeup beautifully, but leaves my skin feeling a bit tight the following morning. So, back to the gentler Ultracalming for me.
  16. good everyday cleanser


    i use this with my dermalogica micro-exfoliatant and it works super well, i find this good for an everyday cleanser! super gentle but does the job
  17. Good Cleanser


    It’s a good cleanser, doesn’t leave skin feeling tight and dry.
    Removes some makeup however you still need a wipe. Has controlled break outs. Reputable brand and the bottle lasts!
  18. My Go-To!


    I've been using this cleanser for 9 years and whenever I try something new I always come back to it. I like a cleanser that is gentle but effective and this is definitely it! It also doesn't strip my skin.
  19. Gets it done


    Non stripping, gentle, smells ok. Removed makeup fine and doesn’t result in that tight feeling most cleansers give to dry skin. It’s nothing glamorous, just a good quality workhorse.
  20. Effective cleaner not drying


    I like this cleaner as it really cleanses your skin, but it doesn't leave it dry of flaky like some other cleansers can do.
  21. Good


    Cleans skin well, I have oily skin and its not drying. Smells nice and fresh.
  22. Great cleanser - clear skin!


    I started using this cleansing gel nearly a year ago and love it! My skin is much clearer and less prone to breakouts. Skin feels fresh and clean after using and I will continue to use this for many years to come.
  23. Everyday cleanser


    The perfect travel size cleanser! This Dermalogica cleanser is fantastic and can be used 1-2 times per day! I have sensitive skin and do not react with this product. It leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean!
  24. A trusty cleanser


    I've been using special cleansing gel for about 4 years now and it has done wonders for my skin. I've tried so many cleansers in the past and occasionally try others just out of curiosity but always come back to this one. Always leaves my face feeling so clean and never breaks me out (like almost every other cleanser I've tried has!)
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  25. Pretty good


    I didn't notice anything amazing about this cleaner that would make me want to go and purchase it again but it foams up really easy and smells good and took all my makeup off. Cant fault it but it also didn't stand out. I prefer the lactic cleanser from skinstitut.
  26. Great


    Non stripping, gentle, smells ok. Removed makeup fine and doesn’t result in that tight feeling most cleansers give to dry skin. It’s nothing glamorous, just a good quality workhorse.
  27. Good


    This was a great cleanser and it took off my makeup well. Was not a fan of the smell though
  28. Works well


    Received this as a sample, a 50ml bottle and it’s great. It has lasted a long time and it’s not harsh.
  29. My travel buddy


    i love this cleanser for everyday use and this size is absolutely perfect for traveling. It's perfect for all climates and for whatever my skin is throwing at me. It's great for all skin types as it's a gentle foaming cleanser which doesn't strip the skin.
  30. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel


    This is my favourite cleanser ever, i have very sensitive skin and no reaction. It also helps with my enlarged pores and combination skin. 10/10 worth the price tag, the little bottle lasts me months as you only need a teeny tiny amount
  31. Pleasant, non-stripping cleanser


    I quite liked this cleanser for my combo/oily skin, but I wouldn't rave about it. It's one good positive is it lathers well and if water is added it doesn't strip the skin, and it can be used on a range of skin types except really dry skin. It did it's job but I didn't really have any results, it was just pleasant to use. It didn't last me for very long either, I would go the larger size. It's goo...
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  32. Great for sensitive skin


    My skin improved drastically with the cleansing gel! I feel a lot more confident with my skin, as I don't break out anymore. After a few months of uses I could say it's a great product and my skin is glowing. I have received compliments from friends & family on how great my skin looks. I honestly couldn't be any happier ! Thank you dermalogica
  33. Classic product


    This is the best gel cleanser I’ve ever used. It’s fairly gentle and cleanses well. My only gripe is that it’s a bit harsh on my forehead and leaves it a little dry (combination skin). That being said I’ll continue to buy this product. May it never change.
  34. Great product


    This cleanser doesn’t burn My sensitive skin or aggravate my red areas. I’m very happy with it and will purchase again.
  35. Excellent daily cleanse


    I was recommended to use this product twice daily for cleansing. Normally I get too dry if I wash too much, however, I then get blackheads. This is the perfect product for me because I get the best of both. No soap, no problems. Also, great value for money. Lasted me at least 6 months.
  36. Maybe not so special


    Decent? Yes. Special may be an over statement though. Clear gel that cleans skin nicely, works well with my FOREO Luna, but nothing real special to report. Pretty forgettable actually.
  37. Cleared my acne!!


    Have been using this for 4 months now and it’s the only thing that keeps my skin looking clear and clean! Leaves skin feeling soft and well washed yet not dry or stiff!
  38. Perfect cleanser


    can't recommend this cleanser enough. keeps my acne prone skin clear, removes all traces of makeup and just makes my skin super healthy looking. can't live without it
  39. Drying


    I received a sample with my last order, and I won’t be purchasing. Far too drying on my skin, which is sensitive. I am more used to oil based/ creamy cleansers, maybe that’s Why I find this tol stripping. Nice subtle smell though.
  40. Can’t go wrong!


    I have fallen in love with this cleanser! In the past I used to only enjoy using gel cleansers as foaming cleansers would irritate my sensitive skin. However, since I have combination skin this cleanser foams up just enough to thoroughly clean my skin whilst also nourishing it at the same time. You can’t go wrong with this cleanser no matter what skin type you have!


    I cannot recommend this enough. I have written many reviews because I want everyone to know how great this product is. I have currently run out and my skin has broken out, isn't looking as smooth and is just overall dull and I know as soon as I use this again it'll bounce back to normal, smooth, healthy looking skin. THE BEST THERE IS!
  42. ok but not worth the price


    Although this cleanser does clean your skin well, it is not beneficial for those with acne prone skin or oily skin as it does nothing to combat the breakout or prevent it from happening. My skin continued to go on with breakouts while using this cleanser.
  43. really good


    I love to use this before bed. I always take this with me when I’m travelling!
  44. Gentle


    This product is gentle yet feels like a deep clean! Love it
  45. Recommend


    Gentle product as face cleanser yet rich foam. Leaves skin with a clean feeling after using
  46. Clean and gentle


    I struggle with cleansers that dry my skin out! The dermalogica cleanser is amazing. You only need a small amount and it gently cleanses removes make up and doesn’t dry my skin out!
    I keep it in my shower for easy use every night.
  47. Very happy


    I love this cleanser! I have oily skin and it is perfect for my skin type.
  48. Clean, balanced cleanser


    I used the Essential Cleansing Solution for years until they discontinued it. This was my next go-to solution and it thoroughly cleanses the skin. However, I do feel like it's not moisturizing enough for my already dry skin. Overall, good cleanser for the warmer months. Might need something more hydrating for the colder months.
  49. Love it


    This is one of my fave all time cleansers. Cleans well without ovetdrying even though I branch out to try other cleansers looking for my holy trail, I often come back to this. A good staple.
  50. Amazing!


    I brought this facial cleanser for my mum, who has more mature and quite sensitive skin, and she absolutely loves it! It’s a little pricier than other brands, however I think it does wonders, as it’s improved my mum’s skin. I would say it’s perfect for those who have really sensitive skin, as it doesn’t irritate, but gently cleanses the skin
  51. Perfect face wash!


    Adore this clenser I use it morning and night and find that it has really helped with my overall complexion and really helps take my makeup off after a long day. I will continue to use this product!
  52. excellent face wash


    This is such a good face wash!!! it makes my skin feel so clean and soft, it definitely gets all the dirt out and even helps clear my acne I love this so much


    My holy grail cleanser!!!
    feels soft, ddidnt dry my skin, suitable for my sensitive, acne prone skin
    3rd time repurchasing.
  54. Not my favourite


    Skinstitut is way way better than this. I don’t like this much. It sits in my bathroom and I don’t use it very often! :(
  55. A simple cleanser


    This cleanser is by far the best cleanser i have ever used. I trialled the small bottle first to make sure that my sensitive skin can handle it and it did. So now i got the bigger bottle. Best for someone who needs a no fuss simple cleanser that actually clean really well without drying the skin.
  56. Great cleanser, very gentle


    I recently trialed a sample of this product and thought it was a great, gently daily cleanser, but probably didn’t love it enough to switch from my regular products.
  57. Love this - a great daily cleanser


    I love this cleanser and use it everyday. As the name suggests, this is a gel formula, which foams up slightly as you rub it into damp skin. No discernible scent and is clear (so no dyes).

    I'm particularly fussy with my cleansers because I have very sensitive eyes, and I can use this around my eye area with no irritation. It's also really nice to use with my foreo cleansing device, as...
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  58. Great daily cleanser


    I first tried this in the Meet Dermalogica Kit and fell in love with it. It leaves your skin feeling soft and clean but not stripped and tight. I use twice daily and it had=s helped keep any breakouts under control.
  59. Great cleanser


    This is a great cleanser for my combination skin. I am on my third bottle of this. I only to need to use a small amount and my skin feels great.
  60. Perfect all rounder cleanser!


    Perfect everyday cleanser. I have a normal/oily skin type and this cleanser does such a great job at cleansing without stripping my skin or causing breakouts and congestion! Only need a small amount so it last for ages too!
  61. so good but expensive


    I wouldn't say dermalogica is affordable but i am absolutely obsessed with this range!I have pretty oily skin that can be sensitive at times. Would definitely recommend to anyone with a similar skin type! Cleans my face super well!
  62. Love it!


    Doesn’t dry out the skin but still leaves your skin feeling clean without feeling tight and like you’ve just had all the water and oils stripped from your face
  63. FAV


    I have been using this cleanser for the past 2 months and love it. I was worried it might not be suitable being a gel foam cleanser and leave my skin feeling tight as I get breakouts and have combo skin but it doesn't at all. Couldn't recommend highly enough!! Skin feels soft and clean every time
  64. Cleans well


    i use this in the morning and it is great for oily skin. after using this my skin feels clean and soft and makeup application on it becomes so easy
  65. Great


    In only three washes my face has never felt so soft! this cleans deeply while not feeling abrasive or drying. Only the smallest amount is enough so it will last forever also! highly recommend!
  66. Go-to Cleanser!


    I love this cleanser because a little goes a long way and it leaves my skin so SOFT! Highly recommend!
  67. Drying


    Found this to be very drying on my skin. Would recommend if I have congested skin but not for everyday use. Does smell amazing though
  68. Great


    This is great to remove make-up. I find it a little drying when used all the time. I use in combination with essential cleanse
  69. Good Cleanser


    Good cleanser. Leaves my skin feeling smooth and removes all dirt and makeup.
  70. Holy grail status!


    I purchased the special cleansing gel after realising that the dermal clay cleanser was a lil too much for my combo skin. I've been using this for a few days now. It lathers up nicely (not a huge amount, which is good), cleans well and doesn't leave the skin feeling tight or dry. The only criticism I have is that it doesn't control my t-zone oils throughout the day, which it doesn't claim too anyw...
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  71. it's a nice cleansing gel


    This is a nice cleansing gel, it leaves my skin feeling clean and doesn't dry out my skin. However it is a little pricey and can find other products that do the same job but it costs half of what this does.
  72. My holy grail !! Thank you adore beauty !


    This is my holy grail product .. I got the 50 ml as a gift from adore beauty ..I was afraid to use it because my skin is very sensitive with acne prone ..but I tried and Since then I’m in love with this product .. my skin feels so smooth,soft and hydrating it doesn’t dry out skin like other cleanser. Now I don’t breakout like before this made my skin so clear I’m surprised . This is the best clean...
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  73. Great facial wash


    Keeps skin feeling fresh and clean, great if you have oily skin.
  74. Lovely cleanser


    This is a lovely cleanser that is probably best suited for those with normal skin. I have oily skin so prefer the Medibac range but I use this when my skin is feeling on the dryer side. A little goes a long way & there are no strong odours.
  75. Great cleanser


    Simple, Professional, Easy to use bottle, clear gel consistency you only need a pea sized amount as the product does foam up and spread quite easily once applied onto a pre wet face.

    Once rinsed off skin feels refreshed and alive, feels clean but hasn't stripped the skin of its natural oils and perfect for pairing with the daily microfoliant afterwards for an extra clean feel.
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  76. Overrated, unfortunately


    It’s rare for me to not love a Dermalogica product...but this one is disappointing. My skin felt so tight after using it, and I am prone to oil, so I hate to think how people with dry skin are affected. I just found it really “strips” the goodness from your skin and it leaves my face quite dull. Maybe my skin is just better suited to an oil-based or clay cleanser.
  77. A staple

    Kylie Q

    My skin has been so good since using dermalogica. The special cleansing gel is such a great product. It cleanses well, doesn’t sting the eyes and a little goes a very long way - you only need a tiny amount.
  78. does the job, but nothing to write home about


    Considering the rave reviews and the relatively steep price tag (for a cleanser) I was expecting pretty great things. Unfortunately, I really don't see much of a difference between this and your cheaper drugstore gel cleansers like Simple. I've used about half the bottle now after months of use, and can at least confirm that you only need a very small amount of product and it does go a long way. <...
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  79. Best Cleanser


    Really good for oily skin - skin instantly feels soft and clean. Highly recommend.
  80. My Favorite Cleanser


    I love this, and am onto my 5th bottle, which lasts an average of 9 months!
    Doesn't leave the skin dry, and is a gentle but effective cleanser. Dermalogica products are definitely worth the price!
  81. One of the best


    This product is great for my oily skin, it clears my pores and still leaves me feeling hydrated and moisturised. It's so smooth and definitely a new favourite.
  82. Great travel companion


    I couldn't do without this little bottle for my travel! I've been using this cleanser for a while and it feels benign, but the result is smoother, clean skin without the tightness. Awesome stuff.
  83. My favourite cleanser


    I have used a lot of different cleansers, but this is by far the best I have ever used. I have oily/combination skin and I have found this cleanser has been amazing at keeeping my skin clean and clear! Love it, and will purchase again!
  84. This is the best cleanser you will ever use


    I have strayed a few times, but I always come back to special cleansing gel.
    Nothing else makes my face feel really *clean*. I use this all year round and it's never drying.
    I've been using it since I was 19, I'm now 30, and it just really works for my skin!
  85. Really great!


    I do not like creamy cleansers because I never feel like I get them completely rinsed off. This Dermologica Cleansing Gel is the total opposite. My face feels clean, is clean and rinses with ease. I would highly recommend.
  86. Not drying and very cleansing


    every since i started using this and paired it with my favorite pre-cleansing oil and wash my face daily, ive never seem so many positive results! my breakouts have reduced and it leaves my face so soft and smooth and not drying compared to other foaming cleansers, its amazing for combination skin types like mine that get little breakouts here and there
  87. My favourite cleanser


    This is my favourite cleanser - I reorder every time I am close to running out. It doesn’t dry my skin out but my skin feels lovely and clean after use.
  88. It's okay but not my favourite


    Although Dermalogica makes your skin feel very clean it does not feel nourished and dried my skin out a little bit (I have sensitive skin). May be more beneficial for oily skin.
  89. For soft and clean skin


    Highly recommend this product to smooth the skins surface and cleanse the skin from oil and makeup. After using this cleanser my skin feels silky soft and visibly clean and balanced. Wouldn't recommend for breakout prone skin as it wont treat or prevent breakouts.
  90. Not for dry skin


    This is a good cleanser in terms of removing makeup and impurities. It lathers very well and makes your face feel squeaky clean. I however have dry skin and i found that this was too harsh and dried out my skin even more. I would recommend for oily skin.
  91. Great


    This product cleared my skin right up within two weeks amazing product
  92. Not so special


    Found this to be an average cleanser and not particularly better than a very basic one from the grocery store. Does a cleanse but skin feels dry after. Did use a whole 500 ml bottle but didn't end up repurchasing again
  93. Nothing special


    Good cleanser however doesnt make any amazing changes to my skin very average
  94. My favourite cleanser


    This is my favourite cleanser for oily skin! It soothes my skin and keeps breakouts away. It smells amazing and is really gentle on my skin.
  95. Deep cleanse


    This Dermalogica cleansing gel takes off heavier make up really well. I find that the gel consistency gives my face a nice deep clean. It lathers up perfectly on my face. I would recommend this cleanser for anyone who wears full coverage makeup as it takes it off with ease.
  96. Great for on the go


    I have this cleanser with me for when I travel. My skin always seems to need a bit more to clean it up when I'm traveling and this is a great size
  97. Beware of the lid


    I love this cleanser. Does the job and cleans pores out without the stripped feeling. Only problem is if you turn the bottle upside down (like when you store it closer to the end of the product) the lid slowly leaks. I decanted it into another bottle. I'll get the pump bottle version of this next time.
  98. It's a yes from me!


    I received a sample of this in my Adore Beauty order and fell in love. This cleanser foams up beautifully, leaving skin feeling clean but not tight and dry. I also like the lack of fragrance- perfect for dry or sensitive skin like mine. The mini is a staple in my travel skincare.
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