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4.6 of 238 reviews

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Most Helpful Positive

Skin Transformation!

Charlette

Ive suffered from really bad skin for as long as I can remember. I use to use Proactive and it completely messed up my skin. On the surface it looked 'ok' but close up there was A LOT of bumps and pimples under my skin. It was gross :(

Anyway, I was recommended this cleansing gel from the Dermalogica store at my local shopping centre along with other products. After about 2 weeks of using it my skin completely transformed.

I 100% recommend this product. Every night I use the pre-cleanser, then the special cleansing gel and finish off with the skin smoothing cream. 2-3 times a week I will use the gentle cream exfoliant in my nightly routine (before applying the smoothing cream). Every morning I just use the special cleansing gel and smoothing cream (depending on how dry my skin is)

Most Helpful Criticism

A good cleanser but not amazing

Rachael

A great cleanser for almost any skin type, but didn’t feel as though it had the active ingredients to elevate my skin to another level. I didn’t get wowed over this. I don’t hate it at all, as it cleans the skin really great without stripping but I live my cleanser to have a bit more fun to it
  1. Skin Transformation!

    Charlette

    Ive suffered from really bad skin for as long as I can remember. I use to use Proactive and it completely messed up my skin. On the surface it looked 'ok' but close up there was A LOT of bumps and pimples under my skin. It was gross :(

    Anyway, I was recommended this cleansing gel from the Dermalogica store at my local shopping centre along with other products. After about 2 weeks of using it my skin completely transformed.

    I 100% recommend this product. Every night I use the pre-cleanser, then the special cleansing gel and finish off with the skin smoothing cream. 2-3 times a week I will use the gentle cream exfoliant in my nightly routine (before applying the smoothing cream). Every morning I just use the special cleansing gel and smoothing cream (depending on how dry my skin is)
  2. Great All Rounder Cleanser

    Omar

    Middle Eastern 20 y.o. male with normal skin. I have been using this cleanser since May 2018, so just over a year. It is a great cleanser that foams up, which means you use only a little product to wash your entire face and neck. A 500mL bottle lasted me a year so it is great value! It cleanses the face without drying it out entirely and my skin feels so clean using it in the morning and before bed. Not sure if this was hormonal, but I recently started breaking out, getting random painful pimples near my nose and cheek region which does not usually happen. This was during the time I was trying out Skinstitut's Glycolic Cleanser for about 3 weeks when my Dermalogica ran out. Once I got back on the Special Cleansing Gel my skin has returned to normal, keeping those painful pimples at bay - in a way I feel like this cleanser calmed my skin down. I highly recommend this, but as with any cleanser, would also suggest getting a sample to try out first before buying a bottle.
  3. The cleanser for everybody!

    Austen

    You really can't go wrong with this cleanser! It is gentle enough for sensitive skin and effective enough for those with congestion and acne prone skin. I've used this when I had acne, while using Retin-A, after skin-needling and laser and over sun-burnt skin and I NEVER find it irritating. This is wonderful and I really don't think you can find a better cleanser at this price.
  4. A good cleanser but not amazing

    Rachael

    A great cleanser for almost any skin type, but didn’t feel as though it had the active ingredients to elevate my skin to another level. I didn’t get wowed over this. I don’t hate it at all, as it cleans the skin really great without stripping but I live my cleanser to have a bit more fun to it
  5. The OG cleanser

    Nicole

    This cleanser is my OG cleanser. It was the first *expensive* skincare I bought in my early 20s and it was just awesome. This bottle felt like it lasted me forever! I deviated to a few other premium skincare brands (that were slightly cheaper) and also was seeing a skin therapist who prescribed me on another brand. BUT I came crawling back to Dermalogica and I am SO glad I did.... my skin has never looked clearer, brighter and more plump. I am also using with the Precleanse product which I think also makes a huge difference.
  6. Great for combination skin

    Bek

    Makes my combination skin feel super clean whilst not drying it out.
  7. Good cleanser

    Sarah

    This cleanser worked well for me. It removed oil and dirt without stripping my skin ir making it feel tight. It is a nice light gel texture. Would reccomend
  8. great cleanser

    Ka

    I use this to melt off my makeup in one go! No residue left, and my skin feels cleans and hydrated.
  9. Great

    Lil

    great for dry acne-prone skin to help clear congestion without stripping it dry
  10. Great

    Lilly

    great for reducing congestion from acne and oily skin, really helps prevent breakouts and doesn't irritate my skin
  11. Great cleanser

    Madeline

    I use this morning and night. It's great for clearing congestion and for reducing breakouts. Light on the skin as well. Lasts forever. Have re-purchased a few times!
  12. Love it

    AdBtQ

    Im a sherbert type make up remover girl, cos oil ones need more warming up and light lather with water for it to really work. But i can defs say this one is worth it for an oil remover.
  13. Superb

    Alex

    Since using this cleanser my skin has had very little breakouts, I love it. The bottle is huge and the pump dispenses quite bit, so I fill up a travel bottle with it to keep in the shower. A little goes a long way, this will last me forever.
  14. Safe around eyes

    Jessica

    Dermalogica is always the brand we fall back on when we may have reactions to others brands.

    You know your body is in safe hands when using this brand. So gentle yet effective. Doesn’t dry out, can use around eyes without irritation. I mix this gel with the daily exfoliant and it makes the best paste :)
  15. A fave

    Kylie

    This is one of my fave all time cleansers. Cleans well without ovetdrying even though I branch out to try other cleansers looking for my holy trail, I often come back to this. A good staple.
  16. Great every day cleanser

    Jessica

    This is a perfect every day product. I never feel like it dries out my skin and it leaves it feeling fresh and soft
  17. Squeaky clean

    Bernadette

    I love how this cleanser leaves a squeaky clean feeling after use, it’s non drying and works beautifully with other dermalogica products. A little bit goes a long way and like all dermalogica products it’s suitable for sensitive skin. Clean smelling natural fragrance and lush feeling skin after use!
  18. Great cleanser

    D

    Such a great overall cleanser that gives a lovely deep clean without drying the skin. My skin felt instantly fresh and glowy
  19. Lovely cleanser

    Jane

    Love the way this cleanser leaves my skin feeling clean but not dried out.
  20. The best simple cleanser

    Jouj

    This cleanser is my favourite.

    I first tried the 50mL version (which lasted me 2 months) of this product before I committed to the 500mL size.

    I have normal sensitive skin and I feel comfortable using this cleanser everyday. This cleanser does lather but it is still very gentle. After using this, my skin does not feel dry or stripped.

    Though this can remove makeup, I would not use it as my primary makeup remover.

    Overall, I love the simplicity of this product. The price for this product may seem extreme but a little really does go a long way... the 500mL bottle will probably last me 9-12 months... Would recommend to anyone who does not have any major skin concerns and just wants an everyday cleanser.

  21. Great product!

    Kat

    I have sensitive skin and have suffered for so long with cleansers that strip my skin and leave it feeling tight and dry. This cleanser is amazing!! Its not too harsh so you can use it happily twice a day, it leaves your skin feeling so soft and hydrated. I think its really helped keep my acne at bay and ive only broken out with one pimple, in 3 weeks of use. Im definitely re purchasing and would recommend to anyone with sensitive combo skin!
  22. Great product for my sensitive skin

    Camilla

    worked well on my skin that is quite sensitive and tends to be dry.
  23. great product for my sensitive skin

    Camilla

    works well with my sensitive and dry skin when used correctly with my skincare routine
  24. Good for Sensitive Skin

    Ruth

    I used this cleanser religiously for over a year. It really lasted the long haul especially with multiple uses a day. While good as a stand alone product it performs even better with the Dermalogica Pre Cleanse.

    I really loved the product but due to financial circumstances I could no longer justify the price tag. Especially when other cleansers of similar volume and lower price points, were just as, if not more effective.
  25. Lovely

    Joan

    Really nice and not too harsh. Doesn't strip my sensitive skin of its barrier but cleanses gently.
  26. Great cleanser for combination skin

    Lil Kym

    Love this gel cleanser, I have combination skin and I find that this cleaner not only does it remove all make up, it is gentle on skin and even around eye areas, does not dry out skin. Fantastic and highly recommended to add to your cleaning ritual
  27. Good

    Abbey

    I like this cleanser. Good for sensitive skin. A little bit goes a long way. only thing i don't like is the price tag
  28. My go to

    Nicole

    I don't use any other cleanser. I love this. Light and good value as you don't need to use much,
  29. love it!

    Izzy

    It's a bit pricey but it works like a dream at removing my makeup! worth every penny
  30. Notice the difference after first use

    kassee

    After using the same cleanser for a lengthy period, I felt as though my skin was getting worse, not better. I bought the 'Meet Dermalogica' pack to give the products a go, and after the first wash I saw a noticeable difference. Highly recommended.
  31. Helped clear my skin

    Maddy

    Absolutely love this product! I have been struggling with my break outs for almost 6 months within 1 week of using this and the intensive moisture balance my skin is glowing!
  32. Gentle

    Jenny

    Gentle and foamy, great for sensitive skin and no fuss! i use this for double cleansing at night or in the morning as part of my daily routine
  33. Great cleanser

    Fatima

    I find it gentle on the skin but still very cleansing, it’s doesnt deep cleanse your pores but it’s great as a daily cleanser, it removes makeup alright except for eye makeup.
  34. Very good cleanser

    Fleur

    I have slightly oily skin and I love this cleanser, it lathers up well and gives my skin a very good clean, feels very fresh when rinsed, good refreshing clean
  35. LOVE this!

    Clair

    Love this cleanser! my skin feels amazing after every wash & it’s gentle on my super sensitive skin.
  36. Great cleanser for oily skin

    Kayla

    I have been using dermalogicas products for years. I love this cleanser, it’s been a huge help for my oily acne prone skin without drying out my skin, which has often been a problem for me. For anyone with the same skin type as me, I recommend this product
  37. Great cleanser

    Conor

    I have been using this cleanser now for 3 months and I can see a great difference in my skin. The product is a gel like formula that lathers into a thick bubbly cleanser, my skin after feel so clean after and doesn’t leave skin tight and striped like many other cleaners have done in the past. Now a staple in my skin care
  38. Good for acne prone skin

    jess

    This has been a big help in my fight to clear adult acne - double cleanse with this product has help reduced the scaring on my face. would definitely recommend this product to anyone with acne.
  39. Love this cleanser

    K

    This cleansing gel is good for sensitive skin not too harsh and doesn’t leave it feeling dry
  40. Good Cleanser, Dry Skin

    Frances

    I got this as a free sample with an order. I found the cleanser part good. My skin felt clean afterwards and nice and soft. Though any scabs I had from pimples made my skin really dry around those areas. It's not one I would use on a daily basis. Maybe every few days. If I had perfect skin it may be great.
  41. Not too bad

    Abbey

    This product is alright. Good for cleaning the skin but I do feel that it is very drying
  42. Okay, but drying

    Chinda

    Had this in a sampler pack. Good for oily prone skin as it made my skin feel dry after first wash. I have dry skin condition. Smell is good. Not too foaming.
  43. Great go to cleanser

    Martine

    I have been using this cleanser on and off for years, I like to change up products now and again but I always come back to this. I bought this for my partner because it comes in a big bottle and knew it would be suitable as he likes a deep clean. He had normal skin and hasn’t experienced any drying. I have also not experienced any drying with this cleanser and I have combination skin.
  44. HOLY GRAIL

    Crystal

    Best cleanser on the market in my opinion. With combination skin this cleanser keeps my skin hydrated in the cooler months and keeps the oil at bay in summer. No tight feeling directly after use but rather beautifully smooth and hydrated. Worth the money.
  45. Really good

    Mizuki

    This cleansing gel is really gentle on your skin but at the same time it cleanses thoroughly. Happy I bought the big bottle:)
  46. excellent

    Laura

    this cleanser is amazing i love it so much it makes my skin feel so soft and nice
  47. Good. Not great

    Stephanie

    This cleanser is effective but does have a bit of a drying effect on the skin. But if you have combo oily skin would be nice.
  48. LOVE IT

    Laura

    This is such a good face wash!!! it makes my skin feel so clean and soft, it definitely gets all the dirt out and even helps clear my acne I love this so much
  49. Long lasting

    cindy

    This product lasts a very long time! well worth the price
  50. Great for sensitive skin

    Tamara

    I have struggled to find a universal cleanser that is both effective and gentle on the skin. I suffer from moderate acne and eczema on the face. The Special Cleansing Gel has been amazing in gently removing impurities without stripping the skin. Used in conjunction with the facial mist and skin smoothing cream.
  51. No thanks

    Isabella

    I did not like this at all. Gave me skin irritations. Disappointing :(
  52. Great for oily skin!

    Shirley

    I added this into my cleansing rotation and honestly I haven't looked back!
    The price is great for the size and quality of the product, I use it 2-3 times a week with roughly 1 squirt as it foams up a little when water is added but thats enough for me to use on my face generously and I've still got more than half of the bottle left (4 months in).

    This cleansing gel leaves my face so soft and takes away all the impurities left behind in my pores that clog up oil and it works as a light makeup remover too.
  53. Removes makeup and dirt

    Kristina

    This product removes absolutely all of my makeup after using it with the dermalogica pre cleansing gel. It is so gentle on the skin as well and you only need a small amount it lasts forever.
  54. Value for money!

    Marree

    I love this product as it gently cleanses your skin leaving it free from makeup etc without it feeling dry. Best thing is this size lasts at least 12 months - great value!
  55. Gentle on skin

    Katie

    Gentle cleanser- doesn’t strip of moisture.
    Cleans off make up pretty well.
    I do find it doesn’t do a deep clean so I do use skin prep scrub as well
  56. Nice & Gentle for a Gel Cleanser

    Sylvia

    This is a nice cleansing gel. It lathers nicely without being OTT or drying. The oils and extracts in the formula smell lovely and relaxing. As there are essential oils in the formula, they may not be great for sensitive skin. Would I call it a special cleanser though? Not really... It's also quite expensive for what it is. Nice, but not revolutionary.
  57. All time favourite cleanser.

    Eliza

    Being a dermalogica trained specialist I cannot recommend this product highly enough. Great cleanser for a combination skin and suitable for sensitive skin. I love to use this product after my precleanse oil and I sometimes mix with daily microfoliant when my skin needs that boost! Only downside is the product is expensive.
  58. I've been using this for about 16 years

    Rachel

    The Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel has been in my kit for a very long time. Since I first started using it, I haven't used anything else. I love how it foams up and the consistency of the gel. This is a great twice a day product and leaves my skin feeling clean, but not dry or oily. I highly recommend it.
  59. Amazing product

    Ellie

    I have combination oily skin with the odd break out every few weeks and this cleanser is the reason I honestly think my skin cleared up! And it lasts for ages! Great value for money
  60. My favourite cleanser for over 15 years!

    Amanda

    I have combination, acne prone skin which is easily congested. This cleanser definitely helps me keep my skin under control.I use this daily of a night time. I usually remove SPF and make up with an aqueous make up remover (my skin breaks out with any product with oil ingredients), and then cleanse my face with this. A small 10-20 cent coin size is all that I need. This takes off all remaining traces of SPF and make up without stripping my skin of moisture. I find it to be a calming cleanser that makes my skin feel clean and refreshed, but it has never caused me to break out. I actually decant the cleanser into a small (100 mL) travel bottle as I find I always squeeze out way too much product using the 500 mL bottle's pump directly. I get much more longevity out of not wasting product, and now the 500 mL lasts about 8 months. I've been loyal to this cleanser for so long because it does everything I need and I will continue to repurchase.
  61. Very good product!

    AmberD

    I have just recently changed to using this cleanser. It’s everything I wanted and more. It leaves me feeling fresh without overly drying out my skin.
  62. Eh!

    Georgia

    Neither here nor there for me, it's an effective cleanser however I feel i'm using a lot of product to ensure that i'm not tugging on my skin.. Wouldn't repurchase
  63. on the fence

    Raha

    I generally adore the dermalogica range! I was a little disappointed with this cleanser as I didn't find that it cleansed my oily skin too well!! I would recommend to those with more sensitive skin as it's soap free!
  64. One of the best

    Charlotte

    This is one of the best cleansers I have used! Skin feels clean fresh and glowy after using it x
  65. Does the job

    Maddison

    Refreshing and gentle on skin without the feeling of dryness or harshness. Not their best, but I used it for about a year and really enjoyed it.
  66. Good cleanser for all skin types

    Chinta

    This cleanser would be good for all skin types. It doesn’t leave the skin feeling dry and it is perfect for removing make up. It’s pricey but the consistency of the product allows you to use a very small amount at a time. I like the packaging too.
  67. Very gentle cleanser

    THI

    This cleanser is very gentle, does not make my sensitive skin feel dry after use.
  68. Perfect for all skin types

    Alana

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this cleanser, by far the best I’ve ever used, yes a bit pricey but I will forever love this, plus you can Afterpay which helps a lot! You don’t have to double cleanse it will seriously clean your face! Plus the smell is pleasant
  69. Fave cleanser!!!!!!

    Lateesha

    I love this cleanser so much, a little bit goes such a long way. I have combination type skin and this cleanser always leave my face feeling so fresh and clean. Definitely worth the money. This is all I'll be buying from now on.
  70. Great

    Yo

    I have oily/combination skin and am always conscious of reviews before I purchase a product. Look no further oily friends! This cleanser is so soft on my sensitive skin and doesn't strip away all the natural oils like other cleansers do. have used it day and night for the last few weeks and have seen a significant decrease in my 3pm oily-shine under my work makeup - amazing!!
  71. Great

    Charlotte

    Great cleanser! Gentle on sensitive skin but leaves skin clear and glowing
  72. Great Cleanser

    Cariza

    I have been using this cleanser on and off for a few years now and absolutely love it. I don't have particularly bad skin but can often get stress breakouts or period breakouts and this product has been so great. It is gentle on your skin and not to heavy or overpowering and it doesn't leave your skin feeling dry and rubbery after wards. I use this product and the ultra calming cleanser interchangeably and have loved the results. It is a bit expensive but you don't need a lot so it does last quite awhile. Would definitely recommend buying it.
  73. Great!!

    Charlotte

    Love this cleanser!! I have very dry sensitive skin and this has been a godsend!!!
  74. Beautiful skin!

    Bree

    I am extremely grateful to have picked up the urge to try dermalogica. I have been using it for over six months now and this product and the daily micro have changed my skin care routine! No more nasty breakouts and unusual pigmentation. Definitely recommend.
  75. Great cleanser!

    Michelle

    very refreshing and clean after use, gentle on skin without the feeling of dryness or harshness.
    (Posted on 9/08/2015)
  76. Gentle cleanser!

    Michelle

    Refreshing and gentle on skin without the feeling of dryness or harshness.
  77. Amazing product for dry skin

    claire

    I suffer from dry skin which becomes worse in the winter, I was recommended this product and after using just once it left with smooth skin without that tight feeling I get with some cleansers. Such an amazing product
  78. Didn't agree with my skin

    Abbie

    I have oily and acne prone skin. This cleanser for me just made my pimples worse and seemed to irritate them even more by making them redder and more infected almost. I think I might be allergic or my skin doesn't agree with an ingredient or a fragrance in it maybe. As I have heard others who swear by using this.
    When i used this in the shower, it stung my cheeks in particular and my skin looked burnt when I came out, very red and hot but would settle after a while. I would suggest if your unsure if this product is for you to try a sample of it?
  79. The Best Cleanser

    Rachael

    Love this cleanser. It removes makeup without stripping the skin. I love the convenient pump bottle too!
  80. Works wonders!

    Tori

    This is my favourite cleanser of all time. I have never had particularly bad skin but I did have the odd breakout and lots of little underskin bumps, this completely removed all of that. Even when I have a pimple, I put a bit of extra on and with some rubbing it is usually cleared by the next day. The price is steep but you only need the tiniest amount and a small bottle lasts me for months. Would recommend to anyone who is thinking about it!
  81. Favourite cleanser

    Melanie

    Started using this years ago and never looked back. It lasts forever so don’t be deterred by price. Great for all kinds of skin. I have acne prone skin but my skins been clear since I started using this cleanser. I can’t live without it
  82. Awesome product

    Tarran

    This cleanser is a great one. It's not drying on the skin.
  83. Amazing

    Rebecca

    This is my go to product everyday. It leaves your skin feeling fresh and clean. It’s light and doesn’t dry your skin out at all. Would highly recommend
  84. Never gets old

    Emma

    I just want to go back to this all the time. I've used it for years and love it! Never gets old.
  85. Great Cleanser

    Sharni

    Helped clear acne and so gentle on my sensitive skin !!
  86. Gentle & effective

    Ally

    I used this to product 6 times over 3 days (am/pm), after every use my skin is silky soft and I love it! This formula is not an irritant to the skin at all. I have combination skin with a dry patch between my eyebrows and is evening out very well so far. definitely will reorder!
  87. My go to facial cleanser for years!

    Shannon

    I've been using this cleanser since my beauty therapist recommended it to me a few years ago. I love the size of the bottle. One 500ml bottle can last myself and my partner over 9 months with daily use. Its perfect for my sensitive combination skin. If I'm wearing makeup i always remove that first using the Dermalogica pre-cleanse balm as the special cleansing gel isn't strong enough to remove my makeup and cleanse my skin. I also have the small sample sizes of this product which are handy when travelling. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this cleanser to anyone!
  88. Best cleanser

    Brianne

    I have tried so many different cleansers and this is the only one that works for my sensitive skin.
  89. Incredible

    dekudee

    This product is amazing, really good for sensitive skin and not drying. Also helped clear up my acne
  90. Amazing!

    Maddison

    I have been using this cleanser for the last 4 years, along with the rest of the dermatological range. My skin has never felt to fresh! I am so impressed and in love with dermalogica, I will never use anything else! 1 big bottle lasts me an entire year almost, half a pump and foam with water in your hand before applying to your face!
  91. Dermalogica Special cleansing gel

    Taylor

    This product has been amazing for my skin, I have suffered from bad acne and dermatitis for many years now, and this is the only product my skin has ever known.
    It last's me forever and keeps my skin well hydrated. I can have very dry skin at times, and I find this just helps my skin have a healthy balance of not to dry and not too oily.
  92. My whole family loves this product!

    misstash

    5 stars Dermalogica for an amazing product! I haven't had a breakout since using this cleansing gel every day. My twin teenage daughters are hooked. Thank you!
  93. Great gentle daily cleaner

    Melanie

    I’ve got forty plus dry combo skin and this works well as a daily cleanser. It’s no nonsense, non drying, scentless and removes makeup well. I find it to be similar in performance to Philosophy Purity gel.
    Works a treat combined with the daily microfoliant.
  94. a bit disappointed

    Nikki

    While this product is very gentle it didn't seem particular cleansing to me. Every time I used it I found myself getting another cleanser out to finish off the job. I'm not in a hurry to buy this again.
  95. Didn’t like it

    Cait

    I didn’t like the sample, didn't like the feel of the texture & felt as though it stripped my face of too much of my skins moisture! Won’t be using this.
  96. Great

    asami

    It is such a wonderful cleanser, it removes most of my makeup and makes my skin fresh after washing with it. Personally, it’s not drying and has reduced the amounts of spots I normally get but not completely gotten rid of them. It’s my go to cleanser, definitely try the sample size before you buy the larger containers.
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