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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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  • Paraben Free
  • Cosmeceuticals

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Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel 500ml Reviews

4.6 of 433 reviews

92% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Clean skin


I love using this facial cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling amazing after using it. It gets rid of all the dirt and makeup that has been on my skin all day. Its a very larger bottle. mine has been over 5 months and I still have a lot

Most Helpful Criticism

Best Cleanser!


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


    I love using this facial cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling amazing after using it. It gets rid of all the dirt and makeup that has been on my skin all day. Its a very larger bottle. mine has been over 5 months and I still have a lot
  2. Gentle and kind cleanser

    Rebecca P

    Easy to apply, cleanser leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed and detoxified. Gentle on the skin and smells great
  3. Gentle but very effective


    I love this cleanser! It's so gentle, doesn't strip the skin but is very effective. A little goes a long way & the product lasts forever! The 500ml is definitely value for money & is worth the extra spend if you plan to use this cleanser for a long time. The pump on the bottle gives too much product if doing a full pump, I only do about a quarter of a pump & that gives enough product to cleanse ...
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  4. Good


    I love this stuff. I have a pump bottle in the shower as well as near the sink. I have aging skin which can be sensitive. This doesn't flare up my skin. It doesn't have a noticeable smell either. This paired with the intense moisture face moisturiser is great! The only reason I gave it a 4.5 rating is because my skin does get a little dry in winter where I need a little bit of something 'extra'.
  5. LOVE


    Great for irritated, acne prone skin. I’ve been loving the affects and think it gives my skin a really good clean. I love it.
  6. Super soothing!!


    Love a gel cleanser that foams and this is super calming on my sensitive skin. Definitely will be using this again.
  7. Love this stuff!


    I love the pump bottle and having 500ml size makes it value for money. I have sensitive combination skin and it is perfect for me. I normally use this but thought I'd try another brand my daughter uses. Chalk and cheese. Will be sticking with this as I love it!
  8. My Daily Cleanser

    Morgan B

    I love the massive pump bottle of this special gel cleanser. I use this AM and PM and my skin loves it. It goes on smooth, bubbles just enough for great coverage and doesn’t leave my skin feeling completely dry.
  9. Nice cleanser


    Does what it says it does! Only swapped as found it drying after a while. Takes all makeup off including waterproof mascara
  10. Nothing beats it


    Can’t recommend this enough. Nothing gimicky, just does the job it claims. It’s non irritating, takes make up off well and your skin feels clean and soft after using. For heavy makeup/sunscreen I would recommend using their oil cleanser before hand. The pump bottle is super handy and it lasts a long time!
  11. Staple


    This is a staple item in my routine. I use it in the shower with my Foreo Luna2 and then double cleanse with the Dermalogica Active Clay Cleanser afterwards. The bottle is huge and lasts me a lifetime, so the value for money is worth the purchase alone!
  12. Best cleanser for Oily skin!


    If your skin is oily/ combo this cleanser is the bomb. Helps control the oils on your face without stripping it like some other cleanser do.
  13. deep cleanser


    this gets right into my skin and gives a nice deep clean
  14. THE BEST!


    So soft on the skin; can tell it is a great quality product. Removes make up well and the 500ml lasts ages! A great cleanser. I use this with Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant.
  15. I love this gel cleanser


    I love this gel cleanser. It doesn’t dry out my skin at all
  16. I love this cleanser, it’s got great value and cleanse my face very gently


    I love this cleanser, it’s got great value and cleanse my face very gently
  17. Can’t go wrong with Dermalogica products


    One of the best cleanser I’ve used! Does it job. Would recommend to normal skin!
  18. Been using since I was 17


    I've used this cleanser for years. While I have also tried quite a few other cleansers in that time, I always have this on hand. I especially love this cleanser during summer, I find in winter I need something more hydrating. It can be a little stripping though if you have sensitive skin, which is why I tend to not use this everyday and instead I alternate with a more gentle cleanser.
  19. So great


    This cleanser is very nice. It smells clean and leaves my skin feeling as it should. Not overly drying like you can find using other cleansers. I use this as my second cleanser after the Dermalogica Oil cleanser.
  20. Cannot recommend enough


    Really great makeup remover! Gentle cleanser that feels amazing on the skin.
  21. Highly recommend


    This cleanser is great it doesn't dry out my skin. Lots of product in the bottle has lasted me months of use
  22. Gentle


    This cleanser is gentle on my skin and it doesn't feel dry after use like some cleansers. The bottle is very large so the product has lasted me for months!. Overall great cleanser
  23. Great cleanser


    A cleanser that doesnt dry out my skin
  24. great cleanser


    This cleanser takes off my makeup gently
  25. best cleanser


    my favourite cleanser, helped so much with acne
  26. Everyday cleanser


    Really like this cleanser. Skin feels really clean afterwards and it takes my makeup off in shower so easily. A bit pricey but I think the money is worth it.
  27. Old favorite


    This has been my cleanser of choice for 13 years and my sensitive skin loves it. Quick and easy, I use it every night in the shower.


    The best cleanser hands down. The 500ml bottle lasts for months and months so great value!
  29. not amazing


    this is an average cleanser, not that great and expected more for the price
  30. Have been using for years...


    I have been using Dermalogica cleansers for years and I love it.
  31. Great big bottle


    Fantastic cleanser and this bottle lasts for so many months it makes it worth the price
  32. Light and not drying


    This is great, lightweight gel cleanser that doesn’t dry out your skin. No scent.
  33. Gentle face wash


    I’m on my second bottle now and truly loving it. Great for dry skin type, good value too. A 500ml could last at least 4 months. I’ll keep repurchasing it.
  34. Love the 500ml size!


    Originally I purchased the product due to the size (on a mission to reduce waste)! My husband and I both use the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel, morning and night and one bottle lasts around 5 months! Reliable cleanser, face feels clean but not stripped or left feeling dry.
  35. A great cleanser


    As it is a gel I am left with a very clean feeling.
  36. So Convenient


    I love the pump pack. I have one in the shower and one near the basin. It doesn't flare up my sensitive skin. The initial outlay seems expensive but when you consider the size of the bottle, it does last a long time. I continue to repurchase.
  37. Clean as anything


    This cleanser is so good. It thoroughly cleans the skin and great for problematic skin types, especially acne prone.
  38. good choice


    I repurchased 2 bottles. After washing, the skin is smooth and clean after removing simple makeup. The foam is not very thick and dense, but it is very light and thin, but it feels good after washing and the cleansing power does not collapse. , When washing, it will not be greasy and the grease on the face will be washed clean. After washing, the face will feel very smooth and not tight.
  39. My Goto Cleanser


    I've using this cleanser for over 12 months & I love everything about it. It's an excellent everyday cleanser & last for ages. Very good value for the size and price.
  40. My go to


    My go to cleanser. I've been using this for years now and I love it! Leaves the skin feel refreshed and hydrated without stripping away your natural oils. Good value for money the bottle last a long time. I would highly recommend!l to anyone!!
  41. good deal


    such a good cleanser, always will repurchase in this size as its great value
  42. Good value gel


    The gel smells slightly citrusy and cleanses well without stripping oils
  43. Feels clean and not drying


    I've been using exfoliating acids and this cleanser helps to clean my face without drying out my face more.
  44. Lovely


    A great cleanser, gentle but effective and doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped or dry.
  45. Love this


    My favourite cleanser. The tub lasts ages, makes my skin feel so clean and has definitely improved my skin. Love it.
  46. Best cleanser!


    I have used Special Cleansing Gel for almost twenty years and I absolutely love it.
    I haven't been able to find another cleanser that feels as lovely as this. It lathers nicely, leaving my skin feeling fresh and clean without any residue. It doesn't leave my skin feeling stripped or tight like other cleansers I have tried. I am sure it is designed for a younger skin (in my forties), but I ha...
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  47. Great for a deep cleanse


    A nice gel cleanser that gives you a good clean.
  48. Gel like


    I find this very gentle which is key. Leaves my skin cleansed without irritating it
  49. Gentle cleansing


    I love this cleanser for deep cleansing my face without makeup on as it tends to struggle with removing waterproof eye makeup. That being said, I love this gel cleanser for cleansing my face without removing all the oils from my skin and leaving it feeling tight and dry. Although this is slightly more pricey than drugstore cleansers, it's affordable for the amount of product received and the effec...
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  50. The most gentle cleanser


    I am on my 3rd bottle of this cleanser. Absolutely loving it! It is gentle at the same time does it job. Suit for normal to dry skin.
  51. Love it!


    Such a great cleanser! Cleans my skin without overly striping my skin!
  52. Very good


    I have oily/acne prone skin and this cleanser makes my skin feel super clean without drying it out and completely stripping it.
  53. Amazing


    This cleanser is amazing. My skin feels super clean but not dry after using it.
  54. Light everyday cleanser


    its a light cleanser you can use everyday but it wont remove makeup on it own. It so soothing for my sensitive skin though, and doesnt strip off the oils!
  55. Great cleanser


    This cleanser cleans my skin without drying it out and has such a lovely scent. You only need a tiny amount to wash your face so this 500ml bottle will last quite a while so good value for money!
  56. New Favourite!

    Amelia L

    I usually don't like foaming cleansers as they make my skin feel dry and almost sticky afterwards, but this one doesn't do that at all! My skin feels super soft and hydrated, especially after I use the pre-cleanse. I think I have found my new favourite duo and I am glad the reviews lived up to my expectations.
  57. Best cleanser


    I have been using it for years and still love it.
    Dont leave the dry and itchy feeling after all.
  58. great!


    Really happy with this, gives my skin a lovely cleanse and my skin doesn’t feel stripped or anything.
  59. Worth the price tag


    This cleanser is brilliant. Cleanses thoroughly but doesn't strip the skin or leave it feeling tight.
    My whole family love using it.
    A small amount goes a long way so a bottle lasts a long time. Will always repurchase!
  60. Great product


    I’ve used this product for years. It leaves your skin so clean. It is an essential and my go too. Would re purchase this as it leaves your skin feeling fresh and soft
  61. Best Cleanser


    This cleanser was great for my acne, I noticed big results after the first few days using this product. My acne diapered and my skin felt so clean and fresh. It lasts a really long time so it is worth the price. The only negative is that this product stripped all my natural oils.
  62. All time fave!


    I love this cleansing gel. I have combination skin which is prone to breakouts and I have not had one issue using this cleanser. Works best with the pre-cleanser but l will definitely order again and again.


    I've used other cleansers before and thought they were pretty good...until I tried this! I love how I actually feel like I've had a deep clean with this but also that it leaves my skin SO hydrated!
  64. Such an amazing product


    One of the best cleansing gels I've come across, I love the way it feels on my skin and how clean you feel after! I also use it with my Foreo for a deeper cleanse when needed, too scared to even try other products after this one
  65. Not my friend


    I used this product with a couple other dermalogica products and was pretty disappointed. My combination/acne ridden skin was very confused and didn’t seem to agree with it. Hopefully others have had better luck.
  66. Love it


    My sensitive, dry skin hates almost everything but this cleanser is perfect. I've been using it for years now & it cleans well without striping my skin & leaving it dry. Use it morning & night with a micro-fibre cleansing pad & only need a tiny amount so it's really good value in this size.
  67. Nice but not ideal for sensitive skin


    I liked this cleanser but found it slightly harsh for sensitive skin. I prefer the gentle one Dermalogica makes. If you have normal skin this should work well for you.
  68. Beautiful gentle cleanser


    This cleanser doesn't dehydrate your skin which is amazing. It's super gentle but works really effectively. The only downfall is the price I just wish it wasn't so expensive.
  69. Super clean

    Elle Maze

    I alternate using this cleanser, I do find that is a little too drying for my skin and I would consider my skin to be normal with the occasional excessive oil flow. I would probably use this more in the summer or when I want to remove makeup with the first cleanse. Great cleanser for oily skin that like the tightening feeling without really stripping the oil back completely.
  70. A great cleanser for senstive skin


    My skin can handle a fair but so this one was a little too gentle for me. I still have a 500ml in the shower from about a year ago and I use it in the days leading up to a skin needling session.
  71. Favourite cleanser


    I love this cleanser. I have been using it for the past 10 years and despite my skin changing over that time it still seems to work so well for me. I have sensitive skin and this does not irritate it at all. Does not leave my skin feeling tight but removes any makeup and always leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. I cant imagine ever changing to any other cleanser.
  72. Love


    Best cleanser I’ve ever used doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry, it feels hydrating and foams up really nicely especially when used in conjunction with the vanity planet spa system
  73. Don't do it!


    I bought this after hearing that this brand make incredible products, and although it was expensive the reviews justified it.

    I have to say, this is the WORST cleanser for the price that it is. I saw absolutely zero benefit for my skin and blemishes, if anything it just make it worse.

    I've instead started using Cosmedix which although is similar in pricing, has done won...
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  74. Love it


    The best cleanser I have tried. I use of an evening and not to drying on my already dry/acne prone skin. Well worth the money and the bottle last forever!
  75. Always Come Back To This!


    This has been the best cleanser I have ever used! I get my facials at dermalogica as well so I am a bit biased, but when i do stray away and test other products I always come back to this because it leaves skin feeling so cleaned but not that striped or squeaky clean feeling, just super soft and well looked after.
  76. look no further


    literally the best cleanser i have ever used. Its such a thorough clean yet its so gentle i can use it on my eyes too.
  77. Perfect for sensitive skin


    I have quite sensitive, fussy skin so I’m always tentative about trying certain products. But this is the best cleanser I’ve ever used. It is so gentle, yet effective. And you only need a tiny amount (I use in conjunction with a silicone cleansing brush). I have had this for nearly a year, I wash my face twice a day and I’ve only gone through about a third of the bottle. Great value for money!
  78. Cannot live without


    Have been using this product for many years and just keep going back for more. It's so fantastic at giving my sensitive skin a deep cleanse. I wear makeup and suncream everyday and it removes all traces and leaves my skin fresh but not dry. Cannot recommend this product highly enough. I also cannot go a day without using it and have small travel sizes to take away with me.
  79. Best Cleanser


    This cleanser is gentle enough for every day use. I use it twice a day without issues.
    My skin is improving and is currently looking the best it ever has!
  80. My Holy Grail!

    Ally J

    I was recommended this product from my Beauty Therapist... and she was not wrong! I suffer from cystic acne and very oily skin and I use the product night and day. It does not strip your face and doesn't leave it feeling dried out like other harsh cleaners. It is very gentle and does the trick! I decided to buy the 500ml and its worth every penny!
  81. Great for sensitive skin!


    I tried the small version of this product in a Dermalogica pack and loved it. My super sensitive skin doesn't show any signs of redness when using this, but still feels super clean.
  82. My #1 Product


    It's taken years and numerous products to finally find the right cleanser for me. I found so many cleansers left my skin feeling tight and dry where as Dermalogica's special cleaning gel felt amazing. It goes on easily with it being in gel form and foams up just enough to get great coverage with just a small amount of product.
  83. Cleans well


    This product cleans well and leaves skin quite nice
    Doesn’t dry out
    I have purchased this many times the big bottle lasts so long
  84. Super clean!


    Leaves your skin feeling super clean without your skin feeling tight or dehydrated. All time favourite!
  85. Love this


    Cleans well and my face feels fresh and soft afterwards.
  86. Good


    This takes my makeup off and cleanses my skin gently
  87. Holy grail


    I will repurchase this over and over. I have very sensitive, acne-prone skin and this cleanser is amazing. Leaves my skin feeling clean but not dried out. Unsure if it helps clear my acne but it definitely helps maintain clearer skin.
  88. Didn’t suit my skin


    I wanted to love this product. The first couple of uses felt amazing but then my skin started to feel stripped and overly sensitive.
  89. Great cleanser for the lazy husband


    This is perfect for my husband's oily, combination skin. It doesn't dry his skin out, and is gentle enough that he can go without moisturiser as he is too lazy to remember it. The pump pack is brilliant as heavens forbid he has to open a lid. I love the size as it lasts him ages. Thanks Dermalogica and Adore Beauty for making my life easier.
  90. Love the gel just wish it was cheaper


    I love this face wash and both my husband and I use it daily, I just wish it was cheaper. Buying a bigger size is definitely more value for money but you have to be careful with the pump not to pump too much.
  91. good cleanser-good value


    Seriously good value! lovely everyday cleanser
  92. definitely special!


    amazing! works great, definitely a staple item. doesn’t leave my face dehydrated but still cleanses very nicely
  93. Best cleanser


    I use this cleanser daily and it works amazingly on my skins
  94. Great cleanser


    This is a great gel cleanser for my oily skin, it not only deep cleanse your skin it leaves it soft and not at all dry.
    Really foams up well which is what I also like.
  95. Easy and goes the distance


    I was recommended this product by a Dermalogica beauty therapist, and immediately loved it for several reasons: no scent, large quantity, and texture / lather. It's gentle enough to use twice a day, or even twice in one wash (which gives you a really good clean). This is my second purchase, and it won't be my last.
  96. feels nice


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


    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.
  98. great


    I love this it has helped my skin improve greatly
  99. Perfect everyday cleanser


    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.
  100. very soothing to skin


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