Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel 500ml

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Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel 500ml by Dermalogica


Getting skin squeaky-clean has never been so gentle! Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel is a soap-free, nourishing cleansing gel that removes excess oil, dead skin cells, and pollutants without stripping the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

It’s easy to keep skin happy, healthy, and hydrated whilst cleansing. This bestselling cleanser is the top seller in Dermalogica’s line. Special Cleansing Gel works for a variety of skin types, making it the perfect choice to help keep your skin cleansed and youthful.

Key benefits


  • Removes makeup effortlessly
  • Soap-free formula is non-drying, protecting the skin’s natural moisture barrier and moisture reserves
  • Leave skin feeling soft and clean rather than tight and dry
  • Includes soothing ingredients to better suit sensitive skin
  • PETA-accredited, cruelty-free

Key ingredients


  • Melissa Extract and Lavender Oil keep skin calm and nourished during cleansing to prevent dryness.
  • Balm Mint soothes irritation and visibly reduces inflammation.

How to use


  • Remove makeup before use if applicable.
  • Apply a grape-sized amount to the palm of your hands.
  • Massage gently onto a damp face.
  • Rinse with lukewarm water.
  • Continue with skincare routine as usual.

Who is Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel for?

This product is suitable for all ages and genders. The gel formula benefits those with normal or combination skin the most. Those with severely dry or oily skin will want to seek out another option better suited to their skin type.

Why is it important that this cleanser is soap-free?

Soap can work well in the shower or bath. But facial skin is very different than the skin on the body. For one, body skin is much thicker than the skin on the face.

Soap-free cleansers let you bypass the harmful effects of soap on the skin of the face. The face demands a product that treats skin gently. Because soap can strip skin of its natural oils and cause imbalances in oil production and pH, you want to avoid soap in your facial cleanser.


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Love it, makes my skin clean without drying it out - 18-10-2018 by

Love this cleanser, the pump bottle makes it easy to use in the shower, it foams the perfect amount and works great with my clarisonic. My skin looks and feels great after using, does a great job of sorting out my oily/combo skin without drying it out.

A staple - 16-10-2018 by

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.

Gentle but Effective - 11-10-2018 by

I purchased this product and have really loved it. I have been using it morning and night and have noticed that it doesn't dry my skin out or leave it feeling very tight or uncomfortable. It smells great and a little goes a long way.

Love it! - 11-10-2018 by

I brought this cleanser to help reduce my break outs and calm down the redness all over my face. Its done exactly what i wanted it to do. I started off with the smallest bottle and love it so much i brought the 500ml. I will continue to use this product

Good basic to have - 09-10-2018 by

This cleaners works well to remove the days dirt away. I find doing a double wash with the cleanser helps wipe away residual make up. Unfortunately i find this product to be quite drying so matching with a moisturiser is a 100% must! Good value for money however

Great cleanser - 05-10-2018 by

My favourite facial cleanser. Mild but does a very good job of removing makeup, dirt and grime. Highly recommend!

Staple Cleanser - 04-10-2018 by

This is one of my staple cleansers that I will always go back to and know I can depend on. I have sensitive oily combination skin, this cleanser is effective yet very gentle and does not cause any irritations to my skin. Also works great with my Clarisonic Mia Fit.

One of my top picks - 01-10-2018 by

I love this product and I use it daily, it leaves skin soft and silky smooth. Perfect part of my daily ritual

Great for sensitive skin - 27-09-2018 by

I really like this product. My skin is very sensitive. I have used other dermalogica products and my cleanser had run out, so I decided to try this. I am impressed and I love the pump pack. Great for the shower. I would recommend.

Favourite cleanser! - 26-09-2018 by

I have combination skin but I’m more on dry side so special cleansing gel helps to balance my skin and it doesn’t dry nor tighten my skin after using it. Also, add a pea size of cleansing gel with a bit of water on your palm and rub with your other hand to create a foam in order to activate the ingredients otherwise if it doesn’t foam well then it won’t be effective. I use this twice a day - morning and night and I would always clean my makeup with wet wipes before washing my face with cleansing gel.

Balanced Cleanser - 25-09-2018 by

I have found the perfect cleanser for my combination skin. It removes makeup effectively, yet does not dry out my skin. Love the convenient pump bottle too!

Undecided - 20-09-2018 by

A friend recommended this - but I'm undecided if I like it... and I have a HUGE bottle now :) It does leave my skin feeling clean, however I don't really like the consistency. It is better if you lather it up before applying to your face. My skin overall is looking great, but I think it's due to the overall skincare routine I have in place, not this particular product.

One of my faves - 19-09-2018 by

This is one of my favourite dermalogica products. I use this as part of my 2 step cleanse routine after the cleansing oil. I love that this cleanser is deeply cleaning without stripping but it’s also great for sensitive skin. I wash over my eyes directly with this product to clean off mascara etc with zero irritation. A little goes a long way so this giant bottle will last you for ever!

The best! - 18-09-2018 by

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.

Very impressed! - 11-09-2018 by

I was looking for a new face cleanser that was a bit more intense then what I was using, because I was still breaking out. However, almost any "acne cleanser" I got dried out my skin. I picked up the travel size of this on a whim and I'm so so glad I did. At first my skin was a bit dry, but with about a week of use my skin has cleared up significantly and the cleanser no longer dries out my skin. I am a chronic skin picker and this stuff has saved my skin— there's no longer any pimples/bumps to pick! Any existing pimples I had when I started using this dried up after a couple days.

Great for acne! - 08-09-2018 by

I was looking for a new face cleanser that was a bit more intense then what I was using, because I was still breaking out. However, almost any "acne cleanser" I got dried out my skin. I picked up the travel size of this on a whim and I'm so so glad I did. At first my skin was a bit dry, but with about a week of use my skin has cleared up significantly and the cleanser no longer dries out my skin. I am a chronic skin picker and this stuff has saved my skin— there's no longer any pimples/bumps to pick! Any existing pimples I had when I started using this dried up after a couple days.

Squeaky Clean - 07-09-2018 by

ever since i started using this and paired it with my favorite pre-cleansing oil and wash my face daily, i've 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

Its good but there are cheaper options - 06-09-2018 by

I have used this cleanser for a while. It is very good. However, I have since changed to a cheaper brand which is just as good. I would not repurchase this one now.

Only cleanser for me - 05-09-2018 by

I have combination skin that is very easily dried out by cleansers. However, this is the perfect cleanser for me as it gets rid of all my makeup and leaves my skin feeling so clean it also nourished and hydrated. I have repurchased this 3 times now and i will continue to do so. In my opinion, this is well worth the price tag as other cheaper cleanser that may seem similar have lots of 'fillers' in them, so they are nowhere near as effective. Overall i would highly highly recommend this cleanser

Good cleanser but not worth the price tag - 30-08-2018 by

This is a good cleanser. It does it’s job and leaves my skin feeling clean. However it’s nothing special and I’ve tried other cleansers at a quarter of the cost that produce the same results. Wouldn’t rebuy

Too drying for my skin! - 30-08-2018 by

I tried this cleanser out along with the daily microfoliant and I did like the gel texture and how clean it made my skin feel, however it dried out my oily skin and made it very tight. Definitely try before you buy.

Excellent everyday cleanser! - 27-08-2018 by

This is a great everyday cleanser for my dry acne-prone skin :)

Was amazing for my skin! - 27-08-2018 by

I have very blemish prone skin and have tried so many different cleansers. This one is one of my favorites as it actually works! After using it it did leave my skin feeling slightly tight, but it wasnt dry and flakey. The morning after my skin felt a lot smoother and fresher and i had no new breakouts. Im super glad i got a free sample of this, i will be purchasing in my next order

Nope - 16-08-2018 by

I hesitate to leave a review for this, because so many people love it - and Demalogica is sooo not my brand. But I hated this. Full of sulphates and irritating essential oils. Ugh. Not for me, sorry.

Daily Cleanser - 15-08-2018 by

I have been using Dermalogica products for the last 15 years, since I was 18. This is one of the first products I started using and immediately fell in love with how soft and clean my skin felt from using it. I have been using this continuously for years and i find it the best for sensitive skin. I have tried other cleansers which have cause breakouts and very dry skin.

Highly recommend - 14-08-2018 by

I have been using this product for 2 years now and it has dramatically improved my skin's texture and glow. It is gentle on the skin while still providing the level of cleansing I need. I use it after the pre-cleanse balm.

Best face wash - 14-08-2018 by

Such a lovely face wash that doesn’t over dry. Leaves me face feeling so smooth ! LOVE IT

Best cleanser - 14-08-2018 by

This is a great cleanser and you don’t need to use much. I strayed to try something else but came back to this. My skin has never been better using these dermalogica products.

BEST CLEANSER! - 14-08-2018 by

I have used this product for years now and still haven't found anything that compares. Great for removing heavy makeup at the end of the day and keeps skin super clean. Love it!

LOVE THIS! - 13-08-2018 by

I am in my early 20s with terrible skin. This product has been a life saver!

Great cleanser - 13-08-2018 by

I have been using this cleanser twice a day for the last 2 years. It is a fantastic cleanser that leaves my face feeling clean and fresh, but not too dry.
I find it really good for my combination skin and a little goes a long way!

Awesome - 08-08-2018 by

Love almost all dermalogica products. Received this as sample and it works beautifully with my skin. I'm in mid 40s and have combination oily skin.

2018 - 08-08-2018 by

Absolutely love this product! Doesn’t dry out the skin and feels very hydrating !

Not the best for dry skin - 31-07-2018 by

I found the first couple of days it was really nice and didn't make my face dry but as I kept using the cleanser it did dry my skin out. Might work well for normal to oil skin types.

great for acne - 26-07-2018 by

i have oily and acne prone skin and this has been amazing for reducing acne and preventing breakouts

LOVE - 25-07-2018 by

Absolutely AMAZING product!! Has made my skin glow, reduce acne and just feels amazing afterward! Adorebeauty also has some of the best prices on dermalogica! Love this product & this website!!

Very special - 24-07-2018 by

I have oily sensitive skin which is prone to breakouts. I found this cleanser doesn't dry out my skin, removes oil/dirt and reduces breakouts. It is on the pricey side but does a good job.


Special cleansing gel, is the best cleanser I have ever used and I have used so many. It cleans so well, and doesn’t leave your skin stripped where you feel like your skin is 2 sizes too small for your face. You only need a small amount, yet in lathers beautifully.

Great all-rounder cleanser - 23-07-2018 by

I have combination/oily skin which can be quite sensitive and I love this cleanser. It never leaves my face feeling dry or tight but thoroughly cleasnes and removes makeup.
A little goes a long way and it lathers up beautifully with water. I also like to mix some of my microfoliant with it for an exfoliating face wash.

Love this product! - 20-07-2018 by

I bought the 500ml bottle of this product and loved it! My skin looked and felt great while using it. After I finished the bottle (which lasted a long time) I started using other products which seemed to break me out. I bought another special cleansing gel and my skin cleared up and is feeling great again! The only thing I would say is I have had to use a thicker moisturiser as my skin has dried out a little during the winter. I have normal skin so this gel cleanser might be better for those with more oily skin types.

Amazing product - 18-07-2018 by

Used this product for over a year now and still would rather this over any other product. Highly recommend this product!

Go to cleanser. - 13-07-2018 by

I love this cleanser. It removes my makeup better then the pre - cleanse balm does. The smell is amazing and this cleanser does not dry my skin out. This is definitely a keeper for anyones skin care routine.

The Best Cleanser - 12-07-2018 by

I have an oily skin type and get hormonal acne. I find this helps keep my skin oil free and holds my acne away also! The second I stop using the product (if i run out and forget to order more), i notice oil come back into my skin and also acne.

One of the best - 10-07-2018 by

This is one of the best I have tried. I've come back to this again and again. Does a good job cleaning my skin.

Holy grail cleanser - 10-07-2018 by

This is my absoloute favourite cleanser! I've tried other brands over the past few years but I keep going back to this one. I have very sensitive skin and this product has never caused any irritation which is rare for me. Leaves your face feeling so nice and clean without feeling dry, you don't need to use much and it also removes makeup amazingly too. The 500ml bottle will last me around 6 months.

Great cleanser for combination skin - 10-07-2018 by

I live in a hot humid climate and have combination skin. This cleanser cleans well without drying out my skin. My face feels refreshed. If I have make-up on, I'll use a make-up remover before using this cleanser. Love it. This is a keeper!

My favourite face wash! - 09-07-2018 by

I have really sensitive skin and found that most cleansers never really got rid of my make-up. I bought this product because I heard that it was really good for getting all your make-up off so I gave it a go and I have used it ever since! I love this product so much, would definitely recommend it.

Effective - 07-07-2018 by

Gentle on skin. I usually remove any makeup with pre-cleanse prior to using this cleansing gel. It doesn’t dry up my skin at all which is great.

A gentle cleanser - 06-07-2018 by

This cleanser feels amazing as soon as you use it. It leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed. I love the bottle size, it lasts up to 6 months.

Skin feels really clean without drying it out - 02-07-2018 by

I have true combination skin - dehydration/slight dryness on the cheeks and an oily nose, and I also have pretty sensitive skin. I love this cleanser because it foams up and gives you that really clean feel which is important to me because of my oily nose, but it doesn't give me any redness or upset the dry/dehydrated parts of my face. It also smells really nice and lasts a long time!

Love it! - 02-07-2018 by

Been using this stuff for years and absolutely love it.

I wouldn't give this to my worst enemy. - 02-07-2018 by

I am stunned people still buy this over stripping, over-hyped cleanser. It has the PH to strip a car engine and will do the same to your face. Dermalogica themselves tried to change the formulation years ago because they knew it wasn't a great product but they changed it back because the unit sales went down. Thats what happens after years of lying to customers that your skin should be "squeaky clean' - the WORST thing you could do to your skin is aim for that feeling. As an esthetician I literally see 30-40 faces a week, most of which are destroyed by over stripping cleansers like this and cheap groupon micro-dermabrasions. This cleanser is one of the top culprits. Unless you have SUPER oily, tolerant skin with minimal issues, NO dryness, dehydration (tightness) and don't care about how much products strip and age your skin, buy it - the rest of you.., Get something gentle and PH balanced. I wouldn't go near this with a 10 ft pole.

Not very effective for my combination skin - 30-06-2018 by

I wanted to love this product but sadly it just isn't for me. I have combination skin, I purchased this product mainly to help with any breakouts and to prevent any dry patches. Whilst it never caused me to get any dry patches, it wasn't effective enough on breakouts and I discontinued using it. It would be a good choice for anyone with normal skin who isn't worried about breakouts.

Good for Oily Skin - 28-06-2018 by

I imagine this to be a wonderful cleanser for oily skin however for my very dry skin type, this tired out my skin even further. It is amazing at removing makeup and lathers amazingly. Highly recommend for oily skin but to those of us with dry skin it's best to use a calming and gentle cleanser that is soap free. :)

Top of the range cleanser - 20-06-2018 by

I have tried many types of cleansers and having quite sensitive skin I am cautious of what I use. The Special Cleanser is so good I noticed my skin become clearer within days of use. I use it every day, sometimes twice a day and my skin feels fresh and clean- and no reactions! Amazing product.

Best skin care brand I have used - 19-06-2018 by

For so long I have been trying to find a skin care brand that works for me and Dermalogica is by far the best. It leaves my skin feeling amazing and refreshed, it clears blemishes and relives redness. Would 100% recommend for everyone to try out their range.

My holy grail cleanser! - 18-06-2018 by

I have tried all sorts of cleansers but this is by far the one I always come back to. This pump bottle will last you ages (I'm a double cleanser, morning and night) and you need the smallest amount. I have combo/oily skin and it helps balance out the oiliness in my T-Zone but doesn't dry out my normal areas on my face.

Great cleanser - 15-06-2018 by

I have combination oil skin and use this cleanser twice a day, and in combination with the precleanser at night. I find it very gentle and it doesn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight. I have noticed my skin has improved with regular use. It is a big bottle and you don't need to use much so it's pretty good value.

Pump is great value - 15-06-2018 by

I love this product. From time to time, I like to change to a new cleanser for something different, but always end up coming back to this cleanser.

Easy cleanser - 12-06-2018 by

This cleanser is great. It cleans the skin nicely and gets remaining make up off. I also use it in the morning and my skin always feels so nice and clean after a good nights sleep. It gets all the residue off. Would recommend!

Holy grail - 01-06-2018 by

I love this cleanser! Perfect for any skin type that wants a nice clean feel without being too drying on the skin. It foams up really nicely to get that clean feel. It’s pH balancing so it doesn’t leave your skin dehydrated.
I always double cleanse and it gets my makeup off nicely

Great product, does not dry out my skin - 28-05-2018 by

Bought this specifically to help with the acne around my chin and jawline. You only need a small amount and it foams nicely and leaves my skin feeling very clean but not dried out (I use it twice a day). Helps reduce pimples quicker and works well with the toner and overnight clearing gel.

Awesome! - 27-05-2018 by

I have dry skin, break-outs and suffer from redness. I decided to give Dermalogica a try and was pleasantly surprised.

Since using the special cleanser, my face is clearer, shinier and there is less redness. I use it daily and follow with moisturiser.

Freshly clean - 25-05-2018 by

This is my favourite dermalogica cleanser. I really only need one small pump which is sufficient for my whole face.

The gel cleanses my skin and removes all traces of make up. I generally use this when my skin needs a good thorough clean.

I find this is also gentle enough to use twice a day. My skin always feels fresh and light after using this.

Feels really refreshing - 23-05-2018 by

Loved this product, really nice on the skin except I love the other cleansers dermalogica has to offer

It's okay - 18-05-2018 by

It's okay but I find it very hard to wash it all off and I feel like I need to cleanse again. This may be a good cleanser for me to keep in the shower for a pre cleanse.

Best makeup remover - 18-05-2018 by

I use this to remove my makeup and heavy sunscreens, and it does the job perfectly. The fragrance is light, but nice, and the quality of the product is awesome! The price is high, but the bottle lasts me a very long time, so it's worth it!!

Best cleanser ever! - 12-05-2018 by

This cleaner is my holy grail. It turns into a foam and removes all makeup and pollutants for a deep clean without dehydrating the skin. As someone with combination skin, this is an amazing product! It has also lasted me more than 6 months now and is not even close to running out!

Quality product - 08-05-2018 by

Lovely cleanser; I use it twice a day and always leaves a fresh, clean feeling. No fragrance or smell, and is gentle but also helps tackle impurities and oil. Works best with a small portion of product in hand and then lather up with some water to apply to face. I wish they were a bit cheaper, however it does last ages as only a small portion is needed each use.

Great product - 18-04-2018 by

I love this product as I suffer from very sensitive dry skin but also from acne so this cleanser is great as it provides the balance I need and very gentle. The pump is also very convenient.

Helped get my dehydration under wraps - 17-04-2018 by

I’ve suffered for so long with horrible skin due to dehydration and the special cleansing gel has by far been the best cleanser I’ve tried, so worth the price. I either use it on its own or every few days mix it with my daily microfoliant and it just works wonders, my skin feels 100x better now.

Favourite cleanser - 21-02-2018 by

Absolutely love this cleanser! I always seem to go back to it. I’m on my third huge bottle. It feels like it really cleans my skin without drying it out and it helps keep my hormonal acne to a minimum.

Brilliant - 19-02-2018 by

Can't recommend this product more highly! I was previously using a another gel cleanser, and thought I would never find another that I loved as much as I did that one...well apparently, my affections have gone to another! You only need the tiniest amount and it goes so far! I have sensitive skin and need a cleanser I can use twice a day. The lavender smell is subtle and lovely and it is able to take my makeup off with out stripping my skin. Considering it's 500ml, I think it's definately worth the price will last me ages! Get it!

Great for dry and tired skin - 14-02-2018 by

I was having real trouble with my skin as I was using cheap products. At 41 I don’t want breakouts, this is a great all round cleanser that worked miracles for me. Highly recommend

10/10 - 27-09-2017 by

I have normal/combo skin and just needed a simple cleanser for the shower. I love how this cleanser foams into a really soft fluffy foam and you can feel it doing a gentle cleanse. Works perfectly with my Clarisonic as well. Great value for money, my bottle has lasted a whole year. Pleasant smell.

Great value for money - 07-09-2017 by

I have sensitive skin and I think this may be a bit drying for me. I will try the Dermalogica Ultra calm cleanser next time as I am hoping this is the perfect fit for my skin type. If sensitive skin isn't a factor, then I would recommend you give this a try. Great value for money and no panda eyes!

Best ever - 25-08-2017 by

I've been using this cleanser for years now and I wouldn't be without it! Removes makeup with no trouble (I double cleanse with it at night) and refreshes in the morning with a single cleanse. Not drying at all for my skin. Amazing value - you only need a pea sized amount and it lathers up beautifully, so the pump bottle lasts literally months! Love it.

Great product, great Value. - 14-06-2017 by

I used Dermalogica years ago & have only just started using the range again. This cleanser ticks all the boxes for me: great value - you only need one pump, it's not at all drying or irritating on my winter-dry, sensitive skin & my skin feels clean afterwards. Will keep using.

Great value - 13-10-2016 by

I liked this cleanser and the price is great for a big pump bottle which will last me for ages! It doesn't strip my face of natural oils, doesn't leave my skin dry and it cleanses well as I prefer a lathering cleanser as opposed to a cream cleanser. My young teenage daughter uses it as well and she loves it too.

Worth every penny - 15-06-2015 by

I have acne prone skin. And even in my mid-20's the spots persist. So I've tried so many cleansing products but always return to Dermalogica's Special Cleansing Gel. Although expensive, you don't require much for a good cleanse. It's non drying and leaves your skin soft and properly clean. PLUS they don't test on animals. Makes you feel clean outside and in

My go to cleanser - 25-05-2015 by

I have been using this cleanser for quite a few years now. It always leaves my skin feeling nice and clean. Never any tightness afterwards. I buy the 500ml size and it lasts for ages. I have tried other cleansers but always come back to special cleansing gel!

Always #1 - 07-09-2014 by

I love this product. From time to time, I like to change to a new cleanser for something different, but always end up coming back to this cleanser. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean, never dries it out.

Great cleanser - 06-08-2014 by

I have combination skin and find Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel perfect for me. It's light yet still leaves you with a clean feel. I am a longtime fan of Dermalogica & their Special Cleansing Gel has become another fave.

Life Saver - 03-07-2014 by

I've been using this cleanser for about 5 years now and is deff my holy grail product for my skin. At one stage I did try something else and nothing did compare to it, some may find it a bit expensive but I just buy the big pump bottle and I seem to get my monies worth. Plus my skin loves it !

Value for money - 17-12-2013 by

I've used this cleanser for about 5 years now, and I'm completely satisfied. It cleanses my skin without leaving it feeling dry and taut. I know you’re meant to double cleanse but i never need to with this cleanser. Works a dream and best of all is the price tag!

An excellent all purpose cleaner - 01-09-2013 by

I use Special Cleansing Gel every day. It's good enough to remove makeup but gentle enough on my sensitive skin. It's expensive, but finally Dermalogica have reduced prices somewhat after gouging the Australian market for years.

excellent every day product - 24-03-2013 by

I have been using this product for years. I have sensitive skin. I can use this product in the shower, and my skin feels thoroughly cleansed without any redness or irritation.
Whilst it appears expensive, you only need the tiniest amount so it lasts forever and turns out to be quite good value.

Always good - 10-01-2013 by

I bought this for my sister, who has sensitive skin that is prone to dryness. She has been using this product for years and rates it highly. I have used it on occasion and am always impressed with the way my skin feels after use.

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