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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 392 reviews

91% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Best cleanser

Jolie

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

Most Helpful Criticism

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. Best cleanser

    Jolie

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

    daisy

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

    KelliM

    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!
  4. Great product

    Sam

    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
  5. Best Cleanser

    Michelle

    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.
  6. All time fave!

    Alysha

    verified purchaser
    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.
  7. I LOVE THIS CLEANSER SO MUCH

    Christina

    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!
  8. Such an amazing product

    aboutmi

    verified purchaser
    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
  9. Not my friend

    Em

    verified purchaser
    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.
  10. Love it

    Skye

    verified purchaser
    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.
  11. Nice but not ideal for sensitive skin

    Jen

    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.
  12. Beautiful gentle cleanser

    Alana

    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.
  13. 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.
  14. A great cleanser for senstive skin

    Ash

    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.
  15. Favourite cleanser

    Anna

    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.
  16. Love

    Courty

    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
  17. Don't do it!

    Gigi

    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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  18. Love it

    Jemima

    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!
  19. Always Come Back To This!

    Lala

    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.
  20. look no further

    kirstyr

    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.
  21. Perfect for sensitive skin

    LB

    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!
  22. Cannot live without

    Meg

    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.
  23. Best Cleanser

    Mel

    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!
  24. 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!
  25. Great for sensitive skin!

    Marn

    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.
  26. My #1 Product

    MorganB

    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.
  27. Cleans well

    Ozi23

    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
  28. Super clean!

    Maya

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

    Lily

    Cleans well and my face feels fresh and soft afterwards.
  30. Holy grail

    Rach

    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.
  31. Didn’t suit my skin

    Hannah

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

    Kris

    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.
  33. Love the gel just wish it was cheaper

    Kerri

    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.
  34. good cleanser-good value

    Sam

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

    t

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

    Demi

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

    Michelle

    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.
  38. Easy and goes the distance

    Rachel

    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.
  39. feels nice

    leigh

    lathers up and feels good on the skin, it is just a bit expensive.
  40. 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.
  41. Perfect everyday cleanser

    Louise

    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.
  42. very soothing to skin

    Mani

    very light and soothing to the skin. removes off dirt very easily and quickly. great for oily skin too
  43. 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!
  44. 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!
  45. Recommend

    EmJaneC

    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.
  46. Skin saviour

    Sundamaged

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

    Alan

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

    tanya

    This is a good cleanser and it leaves my skin clean but it is not my favourite cleanser
  49. 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.
  50. 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!
  51. 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.
  52. 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
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. Great

    Sara

    This cleans my skin really thoroughly and worked great for my sensitive skin but is a bit expensive
  56. 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.
  57. Great for sensitive skin

    Mia

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

    Sarah

    This cleanser leaves my skin feeling so clean and doesn't dry my skin out. My favourite cleanser I've used.
  59. 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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  60. 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.
  61. 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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  62. 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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  63. 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!!
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. Fantasy product

    Stace

    Love it, leaves skin fresh and rejuvenated, would recommend
  67. 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!
  68. Amazing.

    Fatu

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

    Char

    Cleans skin well, I have oily skin and its not drying. Smells nice and fresh.
  70. 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!
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. 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.
  74. 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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  75. Great

    Ali

    This takes off all my makeup really well. It is not drying as well
  76. 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.
  77. 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.
  78. 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!
  79. 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.
  80. 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!
  81. go to cleanser

    sabrina

    i love this cleanser, keeps my skin clean without drying it out
  82. 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.
  83. 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!
  84. Good

    Alice

    This cleansed my skin well but I was not a fan of the fragrance. Won't buy this again
  85. 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.
  86. 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.
  87. 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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  88. 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.
  89. 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.
  90. 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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  91. 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.
  92. 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!
  93. 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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