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Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel 500ml 500ml

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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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4.6 of 353 reviews

91% recommend this product

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everyday cleanser

sal

lathers easily, leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed. lifts off last bits of makeup without drying the skin. works great with active moist or skin smoothing cream. perfect for everyday use.

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Best Cleanser!

Sarah

This cleanser leaves my skin feeling so clean and doesn't dry my skin out. My favourite cleanser I've used.
  1. feels nice

    leigh

    lathers up and feels good on the skin, it is just a bit expensive.
  2. everyday cleanser

    sal

    lathers easily, leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed. lifts off last bits of makeup without drying the skin. works great with active moist or skin smoothing cream. perfect for everyday use.
  3. Perfect everyday cleanser

    Louise

    verified purchaser
    I love Dermalogica, and the special cleansing gel is one of my favourite products they make. It does a thorough job cleaning my skin without leaving it feeling stripped and dry. I love to mix in a bit of Demalogica Daily Superfoliant after wearing makeup for a deeper clean.
  4. very soothing to skin

    Mani

    very light and soothing to the skin. removes off dirt very easily and quickly. great for oily skin too
  5. Special cleanser

    Leen

    I love this cleanser! its gentle on the skin and helps remove excess dirt and makeup! i have really sensitive skin to and it works wonders!
  6. Clesner that doesnt dry you out!

    Ana

    Have been using this product for about 3 weeks now and am really happy with the results.
    My skin tends to dry out quite easily with most cleansers but this give me a deep clean without being too harsh on my skin, will purchase again!
  7. Recommend

    EmJaneC

    verified purchaser
    Love this cleanser, I have been using this cleanser for a while. Its easy on your skin but really does leave your skin feeling and looking clean.
  8. Skin saviour

    Sundamaged

    This has changed my skin completely. No more breakouts, no more dry patches, no more congestion; this is fantastic
  9. A good product

    Alan

    I originally got given this cleanser as a sample, and was glad to buy the full product.
  10. Amazing

    tanya

    This is a good cleanser and it leaves my skin clean but it is not my favourite cleanser
  11. pretty good

    Av

    I received this as a sample and I was surprised to see how well it lathers and it gets rid of oils on my face and leaves the skin soft and glowy.
  12. Saved my skin!

    Haleigh

    I started to break out a lot and decided to try a new cleanser. This cleanser definitely fixed that! Even my boyfriend loves this cleanser!
  13. Gets skin squeaky clean

    Cleanser

    I brought this product because of the price and value for money. I am not disappointed with the product. I do a double cleanse because I wear a full face makeup and it leaves my skin squeaky clean.
  14. great clenser

    jay

    this is by far a must for all. its a gentle cleanser and suitable for most skins types. Only need to use a small pea size amount as little goes along way. My skin feels great
  15. Amazing cleanser

    Tpeg

    Great cleanser, it makes my face feel super clean and it is very gentle. I have problem skin and it definitely helps.
  16. Welcome to clear skin

    Nat

    After using many different products to clear my skin and cleanse properly, I came across dermalogica. This product has worked wonders for my skin. It doesn’t dry my skin out and my skin is clear, is clean and feels amazing. I’ve now been using this product for going on 3 years and have no desire to change products any time soon.
  17. Great

    Sara

    This cleans my skin really thoroughly and worked great for my sensitive skin but is a bit expensive
  18. I'll never use another cleanser again!

    Belinda

    I have sensitive skin and have tried many cleansers with no luck before my mum recommended this one to me. I wish she told me about it years ago! I love it, it's the right consistency and goes a long way. I take it down my neck and onto my chest and shoulders. While it's not the most desirable fragrance, its not an over powering smell so all round, you're left feeling lovely and clean.
  19. Great for sensitive skin

    Mia

    This has been really great for my acne prone sensitive skin. It leaves my skin smooth and fresh
  20. Best Cleanser!

    Sarah

    This cleanser leaves my skin feeling so clean and doesn't dry my skin out. My favourite cleanser I've used.
  21. Sqeaky clean

    Carla

    This is a great, gentle cleanser that leaves your skin feeling free from make-up, the day's dirt, and toxins. It foams up with water so a little goes a long way / you don't need much!.
    I do agree that it is expensive, however it leaves your skin feeling really clear with long term usage.
    I bought the biggest bottle to get the best value for money, my only concern is that the pump som...
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  22. One of the best cleansers

    Birdy

    Love this cleanser. Does everything it says it will. Cleans amazingly it doesn’t dry this skin. Very slight smell but not bad. Foams into a lather easily and readily. Only thing I don’t really like is the pump action is so strong it always dispenses out too much and I can’t get it to just do a half pump.
  23. Wish I tried sooner!!

    Jenn

    I have always heard good things about dermalogica and don’t know why I didn’t give them a go sooner!!
    I’ve had problem skin all my life ( now 31 ), I don’t have severe acne but I do breakout enough that you can see it under my makeup and it’s always around my mouth, chin and jawline. I have tried a lot of different products with nothing working!!
    I finally decided to try this cleanse...
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  24. Nice, but not great

    Sarah W

    I usually use ASAP gentle cleansing gel but when it ran out I decided purchase Dermologica Special Cleaning Gel as it was on special and was excellent value. It’s a lovely cleanser, but for me it feels a little heavy on my skin and doesn’t leave it with the fresh and clean feel that ASAP gentle cleanser does (without feeling dry). I think if I had some skin sensitivities this would feel calming an...
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  25. Really like this cleanser!

    Moni.B

    I really enjoyed using this cleanser! I give the skin a deep cleanse but doesn't strip it completely or make me feel dry. I will definitely be repurchasing!!
  26. Staple for years

    NatW

    I've been using this as my foam cleanser for years despite always changing up my skincare routine. A little goes a long way so this bottle easily lasts me 8 months. Always leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean.
  27. Awesome face wash and makeup remover

    Whitney

    This cleanser is light in scent and gives the perfect foaming lather without stripping skin. Leaves you feeling clean and not tight and dry. Perfect for my combination and sensitive skin. Love this line.
  28. Fantasy product

    Stace

    Love it, leaves skin fresh and rejuvenated, would recommend
  29. The only cleanser you need

    Clara

    This cleanser does not strip your skin of oils but gives it a deep clean. The bottle with the flat top is perfect for am so getting the last blobs of product out when you sit the bottle upside down. The smell and consistency is great. You also don't need to use too much which means the product last a long time!
  30. Amazing.

    Fatu

    So good loved it during the days I used it a moisturiser after this is a must though
  31. Love

    Char

    Cleans skin well, I have oily skin and its not drying. Smells nice and fresh.
  32. Holy Grail Cleanser

    Elly

    I have tried so many cleansers that have not agreed with my skin whatsoever, ona whim i bought the special cleansing gel. MY skin is quite oily but sensitive and prone to breakouts from new products. This is the best cleanser i ahve used, gentle enough for my skin. I have now been buying this for over a year an a half, love it!
  33. Fresh and calming

    Bonstar

    I absolutely love this cleanser. It seems to calm my skin down and I've noticed a lot less redness since I've been using this gel.
  34. Spot on cleanser

    Charlie

    Love that it is and easily spreads on wet skin. Gives a thorough cleanse and when used after imicellar water it removes all my makeup.
  35. Excellent cleansing

    ariane

    A lovely way to start your cleansing routine in the evening. I find it gentle yet very effective.
    Follow up with a cleanser to refresh or purify and your skin will be clean, clear and makeup free.
  36. My go to daily cleanser

    KL

    This is my go to in the shower and I use it either to take of makeup, freshen up or before exfoliating. I've been using the product for about six months now and its a really good light, no fuss product. No major breakouts since but I wouldn't say it has transformed my skin. The larger pump pack can be a little hard to pump just so you don't accidentally pump out more than you want and then have pr...
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  37. Great

    Ali

    This takes off all my makeup really well. It is not drying as well
  38. Perfect for sensitive skin

    Chele Pagno

    This cleanser is one that lives up to its claims. It is a clear fragrance free gel, which easily spreads on wet skin. Only a tiny bit of product is needed for a thorough cleanse and when used after initially removing my makeup with wipes, it removes all traces of makeup.
    After cleansing with this gel, my skin feels refreshed. It isn’t drying in any way.
  39. Gentle Cleanser

    Jo

    I bought a trial dermalogica kit and this cleanser was in it, I found it to be extremely gentle, lovely and soft on my skin and fantastic for a first cleanse to remove sunscreen and dirt and grime. It makes my skin feel clean and soft but doesn't dry out my skin. Have continued to use it everyday since followed by an exfoliating cleanser.
  40. Love it

    PJ

    I use this first and then follow with the Superfoliant. I use a really heavy duty zinc sunscreen (I work outside all day) so need a solid cleanse at the end of the day. This combo nails it for me!

    I tried the small size first to make sure it worked (which I can refill and use for travel), and then bought this big version. Great value!
  41. Love it

    Sabellah

    I love this cleanser - I have sensitive skin and use this twice a day without any issues. Lathers up great and doesn't dry my skin out. I use in the shower morning and night, highly recommend.
  42. Everyday cleanser

    Willow

    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!
  43. go to cleanser

    sabrina

    i love this cleanser, keeps my skin clean without drying it out
  44. Love the size

    Bec

    I love the fact that it is a large bottle and a pump. I have sensitive skin and am in my 40s - my husband has 'normal' skin - I have a tween - All of us can use this cleanser and it works for all of us. It's a win/win/win for us.
  45. A life saver!

    Emily

    I started using this when I experience acne after coming off the pill. With the help of a prescription dapsone cream, it helped me to get my acne under control. Luckily now I only experience hormonal breakouts, this cleanser keeps on top of things!
  46. Good

    Alice

    This cleansed my skin well but I was not a fan of the fragrance. Won't buy this again
  47. Best Cleanser I've Purchased!

    Em

    I've been on the search for the perfect cleanser for what feels like forever, and I have finally found it! This product lathers really well and keeps my oily prone skin feeling extremely cleansed without that drying feeling. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a basic but great cleanser.
  48. A little goes a long way...

    Jessica

    I love this cleanser! It leaves your skin feeling so fresh and clean. Best part is you only need a tiny amount so the bottle will last you a really long time. I have dry sensitive skin and this doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or dehydrated at all. Great product.
  49. Solid Gel Cleanser - Maybe overpriced

    Charlotte

    This is a really solid gel cleanser. Works exactly as you would expect, cleans well, gently foams and does not strip the skin. I enjoy this product, however I don't know if I will repurchase due to the price point.
    I use 3 pumps a day and have used about 2/3 of the bottle in 2 and a half months. Super solid gel cleanser, but doesn't do anything amazing for my skin that I can't get in a much...
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  50. Love this!

    Michelle

    I love this gel cleanser! It foams up quickly and gets every trace of makeup and dirt off your skin. Its also non drying so good for dry skin.
  51. Effortless.

    Phoebe

    Love this as a second step of my double cleanse. Effortlessly washes away the oil and makeup residue and leaves my skin feeling perfectly clean. The pump is a nice touch as it's very convenient to dispense.
  52. Our go-to cleanser in the shower

    Julia

    My husband and I both use this cleanser in the shower to wash our faces. He has a normal skin type and I have dry, sensitive skin. It works for both of us, and doesn't leave my skin irritated. This large size is great and for both of us lasts ages. Tip though, you really don't need as much cleanser as the pump gives you in one pump. Gently push the pump down to distribute about a pea size and...
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  53. Beautiful skin

    Doodoo

    I brought because my favored beauty guru keeps talking about it and got to say it really nice. After using it my skin feels so nice and soft. But it kinda expensive.
  54. Perfect every day cleanser

    Josephine

    My husband and I share this one and it is sensational. Fragrance free, mildly foaming and does a thorough job without drying out my skin (I have normal to dry skin). My absolute favourite cleanser, and this size is so economical!
  55. Good but not the best

    Petra

    I first tried this cleanser as a pack of sampler Dermalogica products as my aunt (with great skin) swears by the brand. I have sensitive skin and this didn't irritate it in any way, nor did it leave it feeling as clean as other cleansers might- I know they recommend double cleansing if you are wearing much makeup. I'm not sure it's worth the price, Dermalogica have a lot of smaller sample packs so...
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  56. Effective yet gentle

    Katie86

    A little goes a long way so I avoid pressing the pump the whole way down.
    It has a nice lather and subtle scent. Doesn’t sting the eyes and leaves the skin feeling clean but not dried out like some cleansers.
    Have used this for some time.
  57. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

    Zhaowei

    Product is good, good size, easy to travel with and doesnt make my skin break out!
  58. a good all rounder

    elisefrwrd

    I love this cleanser for just an everyday use, it's foaming but doesn't strip my skin at all, no scent and I have never had irritation from it. Works for when my skin is oily or dry, a good all rounder
  59. Cleansing without drying.

    Gen

    Cleanser lathers nicely and leaves my skin clean but not dry or too shiny. My skin is quite sensitive too and this is very gentle. Love it!
  60. Nothing cleans quite like this cleanser

    Tash

    I've been using this for a while now and have found it's the best cleanser for my skin. I'm really happy that they sell it in the 500ml!
  61. Not suited for my skin

    Jen

    This product did what it said it would, left my skin feeling clean and the scent was pleasant, however over time it left my skin feeling very dry. Having said this I have sensitive skin with rosacea, and while it didn’t irritate it, it also didn’t leave it feeling very soft.
  62. Cleanse without drying the skin

    Kate

    This a good cleanser. After cleaning, it leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and your fingers can glide on it. It won’t cause the pulling feeling on your face of most cleanser do. Is super cleanse pore and you will note that lesser white head build up on your nose.
  63. Holy grail

    Anne

    I love this product it's the best face wash I've ever purchased! I have been using this product now for the last 3 years and wouldn't switch to any thing else. It's such a big bottle it last ages you definitely get your money's worth!. It does what it claims and doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped and dry like other foaming face washes. Would highly recommend!
  64. amazing daily face wash

    agota2

    I use this as a daily wash and I love it. It kinda on the expensive side but after all this is for your skin. Makes my skin feel amazing after using it.
  65. Gentle and thorough cleanse that works well with my Foreo!

    tess

    I have oily/combination skin and really wanted a gentle cleanser that would lightly foam and work well with my Foreo. I use active ingredients in the rest of my skincare routine so wanted something that would complement that. I'm really enjoying this cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling super clean yet hydrated. I'd recommend this product.
  66. Nice and gentle

    Libbie

    Such a good daily wash. Leaves skin clean and fresh.
  67. Amazing!

    Lara

    Goes a long way and sits in my shower for months! Gives my skin a thorough clean without drying it out
  68. Best Cleanser EVER!

    Claire

    This cleanser is simply amazing. I love the consistency and the way my skin feels after using this product. It thoroughly cleanses but doesn't strip my skin. Plus, the packaging is so convenient and the amount of product in here will last a lifetime. Pricey but worth every cent!!!
  69. Best cleanser for normal skin

    Sasha

    I’ve been using this product for 15 years and go back to it every time after trying something new. I wear makeup every day and it removes makeup and deep cleans your pores like nothing else. My skin also doesn’t get dry after double cleansing at the end of the day. Couldn’t recommend it more!
  70. A fantastic cleanser

    Steph

    This is a top quality cleanser. It has a lovely mild scent and feels very slippery, almost slimy, so you only need to use a little bit. It lathers easily and will wash off light make up, but their pre-cleanse might be needed for heavy applications.

    I have dry, sensitive skin that gets oily throughout the day, and I found this made my skin feel slightly tight after using it. Moisturiz...
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  71. Great cleanser

    Jackie

    It is a great cleanser, but there are certainly cheaper alternatives that are just as good.
  72. Love this

    Char

    Cleans my face thoroughly and i have very ouly skin
  73. Love it

    Kelly

    This is such a nice gentle cleanser, but so effective. Really helped my skin.
  74. amazing

    judy

    great and taking off making and help to clear my acne prone oily skin type. This size lasts me a long time and leaves my skin feeling refreshed
  75. Great Cleanser worth the price

    Madeline

    The cleanser is great, i had some hormonal breakout acne and after years of using my previous cleanser i started having a reaction to it. I have very sensitive skin and especially through winter it gets dry. This cleanser doesn't dry out my skin and leaves it feeling moist. Great for sensitive skin and clearing up hormonal acne
  76. One of the best cleansers out there

    Abe

    One of the best cleansers out there, I like buying the 500ml as it lasts for ages and you don't have to think about replacing it multiple times a year.
  77. Cleans well

    Ozzie

    The gel cleans well however I do sometimes still get makeup on my towel after cleansing
  78. Worth the money

    Zoe

    Works wonders, takes the day off, I use morning and night and makes my skin feel amazing, I even use to help get makeup off, it’s absolutely worth the money if I don’t use this product for a day or Two I get breakouts
  79. 3 years of use

    Mik

    I have been using this product for the last 3 years. I find it helpful in terms of cleansing my skin daily.
    I love the 500mL bottle as it doesn't need replacing all the often.
  80. Great Cleanser

    Kyra

    This cleanser is great and a little goes a long way. Although I do love this product there are better cleansers out there for a fraction of the price.
  81. Nice Cleanser

    LA

    Just purchased this and live it so far. It’s a nice gentle cleanser that leaves skin feeling really clean!
  82. Can’t live without!

    Elbell

    I have been using this cleansing for over 10 years now:) it’s my absolute go to. It is super hydrating non drying and a little goes a long way! Money well invested!
  83. A great oily skin cleaner

    Karen

    I have oily skin and was recomended this product and have been using it twice a day over a year now. It is a real value for money. The clenser is clear (no colour) and foams up as you rub it on your face. I use it with my Foreo clenser and I feel like I am at a spa every day. The cleanser feels like it takes out all the dirt and oil with its foaming action.
  84. Drying not satisfying

    Lisa

    Since it's a gel consistency and doesn't lather easily, it gave me the impression it would be quite gentle on my skin. It was perfect for a refresh in the morning, but left me wanting more when I had the full day to clean away. I also found it surprisingly drying with continual use, but I do have naturally dry skin, so it may be perfect for those with an oiler complexion.
  85. Excellent product

    Jade

    Love this cleanser, a little goes a long way. I notice my skin feeling cleansed and fresh!
  86. Amazing cleanser!

    Bella

    I've used this heaps of times and it does such a great job of removing makeup!
  87. Drying

    Emma

    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.
  88. Great

    Yun

    This cleanser is very gentle. It cleans my skin without over drying it. It also last forever. Definitely recommend.
  89. Too thick to feel clean

    Mic

    Being a gel, it feels like it doesn’t get through to my skin and actually cleans.
    Mind you I love Dermalogica products and love their precleansing solution but this cleanser is just too much of a thick gel to satisfy my ocd cleanliness.
  90. Value for money - great quality

    Ryan

    Amazing value for money, lovely feel. Dermalogica works best in a team - this cleanser is fantastic paired with the toner and add in the oomph of the precleanse on days when you've worn a full face of make up.
  91. I've been using this cleanser for a very long time and love it

    Laurel

    I've been using this cleanser for a very long time and love it. I like buying it in this size so that I don't have to think about replacing it for a while.
  92. My favourite cleanser

    Imogen

    This is a cleanser I have continually revisited for well over 10 years. I agitate the gel in my hand with a bit of water to get the texture a bit bubbly and frothy, and then it works a treat. Anytime I get a few breakouts I return to this cleanser and my skin clams down and behaves. My hands down holy grail cleanser!
  93. Can’t go wrong!

    Sophie

    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!
  94. Gentle and soothing

    caity

    Really nice a gentle wash that doesn't leave skin too dried out
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