special cleansing gel

Double click on above image to view full picture

Zoom Out
Zoom In

special cleansing gel

gentle foaming cleanser

Soap-free, foaming gel cleanses all skin conditions. Refreshing lather thoroughly removes debris without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance.
learn more

Availability: In stock

qty: 0
  • qty: 0
  • qty: 0
  • qty: 1
  • qty: 2
  • qty: 3
  • qty: 4
  • qty: 5
qty: 0
  • qty: 0
  • qty: 0
  • qty: 1
  • qty: 2
  • qty: 3
  • qty: 4
  • qty: 5
qty: 0
  • qty: 0
  • qty: 0
  • qty: 1
  • qty: 2
  • qty: 3
  • qty: 4
  • qty: 5

special cleansing gel

Soap-free, foaming gel cleanses all skin conditions. Refreshing lather thoroughly removes debris without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance. Calming Balm Mint and Lavender extracts soothe the skin, while natural Quillaja Saponaria gently foams away toxins and debris. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours.


  • Washes away debris without stripping or drying.
  • Calming agents help soothe and purify skin.

how to use

Following the application of PreCleanse, gently lather a small amount of gel in moistened hands and apply to dampened face and throat. Rinse with warm water. Follow with Multi-Active Toner and prescribed Dermalogica Moisturiser.

quick tip

Use with Exfoliating Face Brush for a dual-action exfoliating cleanse.


Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Disodium Lauroamphodiacetate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Hexylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Quillaja Saponaria Bark Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

We are dedicated to maintaining the accuracy of the ingredient lists on this website. However, because ingredients are subject to change, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, up-to-date and/or error-free. For an accurate listing of ingredients in each product, please refer to your product packaging.

show full ingredients list

part of skin health product system

Start with Dermalogica’s skin health essentials, designed to deliver your best skin daily.

learn more

skin health

Skin health maintenance is as important to your daily care regimen as brushing your teeth! Start with Dermalogica’s skin health essentials, designed to deliver your best skin daily.

Redefine your skin’s health with real products, real innovation, and real results! Dermalogica products for skin health are still amongst the most loved and most awarded products amongst skin care professionals and beauty editors worldwide.

how it works

All Dermalogica products are made in the USA and are free of artificial fragrances, artificial colors, drying S.D. alcohol, and ingredients like Mineral Oil – all of which are known to exacerbate common skin concerns. With cutting-edge formulas and powerful ingredients, you can be assured you’re giving your skin what it needs to be healthy, and stay healthy, for a lifetime. Maximize your product results! Use Dermalogica products as prescribed by your Face Mapping® skin analysis, available only from a Dermalogica Professional Skin Therapist.

overall rating write a review
5 out of 5
277 out of 280 - This product has a 99% approval rating.
  • Gentle & leaves skin fresh
    5 out of 5
    Gentle yet leaves skin feeling clean and fresh.
    With the special cleaning gel, there's no dry feel post clean (that dry soap feel) Effective at removing make-up too, I tend to wash my face twice and it leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean.
    Love this product, highly recommend it
    Thanks @derm xx
  • Amazing
    5 out of 5
    This product cleans skin without over-drying.
  • Best cleanser
    5 out of 5
    love this cleanser, leaves skin feeling fresh without feeling dry.
  • Great feeling on your skin
    5 out of 5
    I love this cleanser as it makes my skin feel fresh and clean without any tightness or artificial smells. It's has a very natural feel to it.
  • Fresh and clean, without that tight feeling on your cheeks and forehead
    5 out of 5
    Amazing cleanser - love it! Definitely give it a go!
  • The ultimate cleanser
    5 out of 5
    I've been using this cleanser for close to 10 years. I tried dermalogica when I was struggling with skin issues and break outs and it is the only thing that has ever worked for me, hence never gong back to any other products! Would highly recommend (and do!!) to anyone wanted to refresh their face :)
  • Great for oily skin
    5 out of 5
    This cleanser is great for oily skin. After cleansing it feels clean but not too drying. The smell is refreshing too, you only need a little product each time.
  • Amazing!
    5 out of 5
    Skin feels smoother without even exfoliating, skin looks clearer. Love this cleanser!!!
  • Special Gel
    5 out of 5
    Love, love this product as part of my routine, a little goes a long way and the large container lasts a while. 100% worth every penny :-)
  • Great product!
    5 out of 5
    Amazing cleanser, not drying at all and removes makeup / mascara easily! Definitely recommend
  • Best cleanser ever!
    5 out of 5
    Before using the Dermalogica range, I went from brand to brand, product to product, wanting to find something that works for me. All that stopped as soon as I was introduced to Dermalogica. This cleanser is awesome, cleans really well without drying out. Love love love it!
  • Perfect everyday cleaser
    5 out of 5
    I love this cleanser. It is light and gentle and you only need to use a little bit for it to foam up nicely. It smells divine too. Highly recommend.
  • Great for sensitive skin
    5 out of 5
    This is the best cleanser for sensitive skin! It just makes your face feel soft and fresh all day and night!
  • Great
    5 out of 5
    This cleanser is amazing for taking my make up off without the drying effects of some other cleansers. Definitely recommend
  • Clean and fresh
    5 out of 5
    I love this cleanser. It removes make up and grime wonderfully while leaving skin soft and fresh. Love the big pump bottle too which lasts for ages.
  • Love this cleanser
    5 out of 5
    The best cleanser I have ever used, keeps my skin clear but is really gentle.
  • Best Cleanser!!
    5 out of 5
    I have finally found the perfect cleansing product! This product is the only cleanser I have used that literally removes all make up and melts away all mascaras -not leaving me 'panda eyed' or feeling tight in the face after my shower! All this plus it isn't drying and you only need a tiny bit! Totally recommended
  • A little goes a long way
    5 out of 5
    I had my doubts when this was prescribed for me, having had terrible skin from my teens to my thirties, and thinking I needed Medibac EVERYTHING to deal with it...but a wee squeeze of this on my konjac sponge morning and night, and my skin has never been happier! Feels balanced, light, moisturising and gentle - I love it!
  • Love love love it
    5 out of 5
    I have been using this product since 1997 that's right 1997!!!
    Absolutely love it, cleanses my skin beautifully and so easy to use, really economical as only a small amount needed to do the job
    Love love love it thanks Dermalogica
    Teeny weeny
  • Great cleanser
    5 out of 5
    Leaves my skin feeling so clean, I also have sensitive skin and this doesn't irritate my skin at all.
  • Great product
    5 out of 5
    Leaves skin clean without stripping out moisture great for combination skin like mine. I also have sensitive skin and no redness or tightness with this cleanser will buy again.
  • Favorite Dermalogica product!
    5 out of 5
    There is no other cleanser that will make your skin as clean and clear as this one – try it, and I bet you never go back to whatever you were using before.
  • Love it!
    5 out of 5
    This cleanser is great for oily skin it leaves it looking fresh and clean removing all excess oil with out drying. Even my husband uses it everyday.
  • Great everyday cleanser
    5 out of 5
    Awesome - cleansers well without any drying and leaves skin feeling clean and looking fresh without any tightness. good for the family to all use in the easy pump bottle in the shower.
  • Great Cleanser
    5 out of 5
    I have a combination skin type and this doesn't dry my skin out like some cleaners do.
  • Best cleanser ever
    5 out of 5
    Amazing product - I've been using this for years now! So so good
  • Luxury cleanser
    5 out of 5
    Such a treat to use on my skin after using the pre cleanse. I look forward to my routine every day.
  • Awesome
    5 out of 5
    This cleanser is fantastic. Your skin feels so clean and soft after using. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
  • Great product
    5 out of 5
    Leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean but not dry. Great product.
  • SCG, Quality&Quantity, all-in-one...
    5 out of 5
    This product never seizes to surprise me, with or without precleanse this cleanser works amazingly, very gentle on the skin and keeps it clean... Recommend to everybody... Thanks Dermalogica, keep it up...
  • Special cleansing gel
    5 out of 5
    Best cleanser ever. Last a long time as you only need a small amount. Skin feels great after use Great for sensitive skin.
  • Good value for sensitive skin
    5 out of 5
    I find the pump bottle good value as you need such a small amount to cleanse with, & suits my sensitive skin for everyday use
  • Best cleanser out there!
    5 out of 5
    I have used special cleansing gel for years and years now, it's the best!!!! It makes my skin feel clean without stripping away the natural oils.
    Thanks Dermalogica!
  • Great for combo skin!
    5 out of 5
    I have a mixture of dry,to oily and a terrible t-zone. The special cleansing gel seems to keep it all at bay, and i love the feel when you're applying. Very refreshing!
  • Never Looking Back!
    5 out of 5
    I received a sample of this through a MOOCHI Dress Week Giveaway - enjoyed it so much I have continued to purchase it for the last 18months. I get comments all the time at how clear my skin is - I am definitely never looking back... This is my Number One each day.
  • Great!
    5 out of 5
    Leaves my skin so soft. I noticed the difference in how clear my skin was after only a few days!
  • Leaves skin feeling amazing
    5 out of 5
    I have tried different products for years, and have finally found something that works. It removes make-up and leaves my sin feeling fresh and oil free.
  • an amazing cleanser
    5 out of 5
    An amazing cleanser that the whole family use.
  • Gentle but does the job well
    5 out of 5
    Only a small amount of product is needed to effectively remove make-up and oiliness. The cleanser foams well and does not strip the skin of moisture. I'm very happy!
  • My sensitive skin can finally be washed with a real cleanser!!
    5 out of 5
    For years i used products too heavy for my skin as i found creamier products caused less irritation. I always felt like my skin was never clean and i always had breakouts that i couldn't control as breakout based products stripped my skin and left it raw. ..... until i went to a beauty salon and they recommended this. It actually changed my life. I could use a real cleanser and finally target my skin issues without creating more or leaving my skin a aggravated mess. Plus it lasts for ages!! Thank you Dermalogica!!
  • Glad I stuck with it
    5 out of 5
    I used this cleanser for a good 6 months and probably would have considered changing to something more clearing but I am glad I waited. I love the gel, it is very foaming and kind to my skin. I am very reluctant to try other products now - it's great.
  • favourite product
    5 out of 5
    This is the best cleanser ever- it suits the whole family's skin, it's easy to use [just add water], and removes make up. And it's so economical!
  • It makes a difference
    5 out of 5
    I've been using this for several years now and I think it's made a difference in how my skin looks and feels. The pump version is perfect for the shower.
  • Love this cleanser
    5 out of 5
    I started using the Dermalogica range about 8months ago after a very bad experience with a trial range of skin care (from a very well known/well respected brand I might add!) that stripped my skin of moisture, turned the PH upside down and gave me my first ever taste of acne... a form of adult acne diagnosed by my doctor. The worst skin of my life (I'm 32) and not fun! I didn't want to go down the drugs or dermatologist track so after consulting a beautician for help I started using Dermalogica alongside some health supplements. After a month using their range, including this cleanser, my skin was almost back to normal. And happy to say shortly after I had my clear skin back, managed to avoid any scarring from the experience (beyond the psychological kind...) and it's never looked better. Thanks for the great products, I only wish I'd tried them first and saved myself weeks of terrible skin! (p.s. if you're allowed to name other brands in here it was the Clinique 3 step programe that did the damage, will never touch another one of their products ever again!)
    Lynley Roberts
    5 out of 5
    I Love Special Cleansing Gel so much I have brought extra supplies to travel overseas with! I keeps my skin clear and fresh and I cant live without it. Thanks Dermalogica!!!!
    Bex Hielkema
  • Does just what it's supposed to do... It IS Special!
    5 out of 5
    This was the product my beautician recommended that I could absolutely never live without. It cleanses without drying, is perfect for use in the shower. Prior to my Dermalogica addiction, I had sensitive skin skin that differed between being spot-prone & dehydrated. An annoying mix! I now use a system of Dermalogica products (including this one) that works bliss on my skin. Wish I'd discovered it all years before I did!
  • Finally something works!
    5 out of 5
    I have lived with a predicament with my skin for years - namely that I have very sensitive skin (to the point where a dermalogica consultant asked if there is rosacea in the family!! eep as there is!!) but I also have heavy congestion and gigantic, moon crateresque pores with an oil slick for a t zone. So I have struggled to find something that is sensitive to my redness but mops up the nose messiness. All supermarket products have been tried and generally failed - with reactions, break outs and even a wonderful case of dermatitis. Hence I ventured into Dermalogica to explore my options - and was told that the special cleansing gel was for me. And it was! It is soothing yet cleans my skin beautifully leaving my skin fresh without being dry or irritated! Heavenly relief for my face - and a great investment as it has lasted me much longer than anything the supermarket has provided before.
    Tania Anderson
  • Love this cleanser!
    5 out of 5
    I saw a review for Dermalogica's Special Cleansing Gel in a magazine years ago, which recommended this product for anyone who was suffering from blemishes and dull skin tone. I thought I'd give a try - I had nothing to lose as my skin was constantly breaking out and leaving me in a state of despair (as I was well out of my teenage years). It's been almost 8 years since I first starting using this cleanser and I will never go back to anything else! My skin looks fresh and clear, this cleanser is safe enough to use on sensitive/spot-prone skin and is wonderful for taking off makeup at night.

    I cannot recommend this cleanser highly enough, and if you are like me and nervous about trying new products as you tend to react to them - don't fear, this is worth a try. Since having such a good experience with this cleanser I'm now addicted to it, along with Dermalogica's Active Moist, Clearing Gel and Daily Microfoliant too.

    Don't waste your money buying yet another cheap and nasty cleanser that makes false promises. This cleanser WILL improve your skin condition and help you face the world!
  • Beautiful
    5 out of 5
    This is a beautiful cleanser that leaves your skin smooth, and clean without feeling like you have just stripped your face.
    Greta Pearce
  • Gentle Dirt and Oil Obliterator!
    5 out of 5
    If you've read any of my other reviews you'll know you're dealing with a serious junkie!

    As well as using my essential cleansing solution and ultra calming cleansers I love to swap to this one every once in a while, especially over summer when my skin's oil production hits it's all time high! It removes dirt and oil without irritation and keeps my breakouts to a minimum. I always have a bottle of this in my trusty cupboard for whenever my skin needs extra clearing!

    I highly recommend these products to anyone especially friends and family!
    Alexis Fletcher
  • Fantastic
    5 out of 5
    The special cleansing gel makes my face feel smooth and clean. You won't regret trying and buying this product.

  • Amazing!!
    5 out of 5
    I have combination skin and this is just perfect! It makes my skin less oily without drying it out. I know i will not be using anything else again :)
  • Special Cleansing Gel - Truly The Best
    5 out of 5
    I first used the sample product offered to me by my beautician in Auckland city. I loved it so much I decided to buy the 250ml bottle. This is truly the best cleanser I have ever used. It cleans out the dirt and all of my heavy makeup each night. It's so light and so smoothing on the skin. I used to have breakouts on my forehead and I have seen since I started using the Special cleansing Gel my skin is clear with no acne or blemishes.
    I simply recommend this product as the best cleanser!
  • Gorgeous!
    4 out of 5
    A wonderful cleanser that leaves you feeling squeaky clean - without the squeak!
    Wendy Johnson
  • Love at first use :)
    5 out of 5
    As soon as I started using Special Cleansing gel, I knew there would be no turning back - A year later I couldn't be happier. It's gentle but at the same time, tames the most problem acne.
    Try it! You won't be sorry :)
    Melanie Bevan
  • Special Cleansing Gel is the best
    4 out of 5
    The first time I used this it helped clear up my skin....you have to get it!
    Candice Howe

write your review

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register

product q&a ask a question
0 answered questions

Be the first to ask about this product...

Ask Your Own Question

closes in
View cart & checkout
closes in
View cart & checkout