special cleansing gel

gentle foaming cleanser

Soap-free, foaming gel cleanses all skin conditions. Refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities, without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance.
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    - 50ml
    special cleansing gel
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    - 250ml
    special cleansing gel 250ml
  • $105.00
    - 500ml
    special cleansing gel
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special cleansing gel

Soap-free, foaming gel cleanses all skin conditions. Refreshing lather thoroughly removes impurities, without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. This iconic cleanser, which contains naturally-foaming Quillaja Saponaria, gently rinses away toxins and debris to leave skin feeling smooth and clean. Lightweight and mild enough to use every day, it also features calming Balm Mint and Lavender extracts to soothe the skin.

  • gluten
  • cruelty
  • Vegan
  • no artificial fragrances
    and colours


  • Washes away impurities 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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5 out of 5
401 out of 405 - This product has a 99 % approval rating.
  • So glad I tried this!
    I love the texture of this cleanser - feels luxurious!
    I use each morning in the shower and it leaves my skin feeling fresh without drying out. I’m a fan!
  • Love this
    I love this cleanser, it had been hard to come by in some of the places I travel so I thought I’d try something different but my forehead continued to break out! . Back to dermalogica it was! This cleanser is gentle enough on my dry skin but still has that foaming texture I prefer and keeps the breakouts at bay. Plus it lasts and lasts, a little goes a long way.
  • Best cleanser I've ever used
    Hands down this is the best cleanser I've ever used. It feels really gentle but it really cleans the skin. You only need the tiniest amount so the bottle lasts for ages.
  • Gives my skin a nice clean feel
    Used for over 12 months now and is a must have in my routine.
  • Everyday winner
    Have been using this product for years and it’s an amazing staple. Gentle yet effective the consistency is perfect, smells great and paired with the 3 step process has saved my skin. Have recommended it to friends and family who have also never looked back.
  • Soo good
    I suffer from terrible hormonal cystic like acne on my chin and have been using this for a week- holy heck this is the best my skin has looked in months, my skin isn’t flared up or painful like usual- amazed at how fast it works, how clean my skin feels and it doesn’t dry out my skin either-bonus!! Can’t wait to see if it continues to work further down the track.
  • Amazing!
    Such a great product! Makes my skin feel so smooth and clean every time I use it!
  • Awesome Product!
    I have used this cleanser for years and it does such a great job and its so simple and easy. I get compliments on my skin all the time!
  • Super gentle
    I love this! It has a gentle scent and does an amazing job. Paired with the exfoliating brush my skin is squeaky clean
  • Perfect cleanser for all skin type
    Super gentle and ph-balanced. I have lash extensions and this non-oily cleanser gets rid of my make up thoroughly and doesn’t effect my extensions. Highly recommended!
  • Love it!
    Great product, I've been using it for years now and I still love it. I've tried a couple of different things once in a while but keep coming back to this cleanser.
  • Can’t live without it
    Used twice daily for the last 2 years and it has made a huge difference to my skin. Best Cleanser I have ever used and makes a great deep cleanser every week when I leave it on for 10mins.
  • Love it
    I first tried the sample size but ended up getting the big size as it was just so good for me. Cleans the skin beautifully without being too hash and doesn't dry my skin out. Best cleanser I have ever used.
  • Nice and gentle
    Lovely face wash. I have used every morning for a couple of years now and it is a great way to start the day. Nice and gentle but cleans the skin thoroughly. Not drying at all and you only need to use a tiny amount.
  • Won't use anything else now
    My chin was always prone to breakouts, but since stumbling across this Special Cleansing Gel, the issue has sorted itself out. I won't use anything else now! A little also goes a really long way so it lasts for ages.
  • Great product!
    Amazing, my new go to!
  • Best cleanser ever
    Have been using this cleanser for years and absolutely love it. Wouldn't use anything else :)
  • Amazing product
    I've been using this cleanser for 10 years and as a result, my skin went from pretty average with breakouts to nearly flawless all the time. It's lightweight and doesn't feel as if it's stripping your skin like some other cleansers can. Would absolutely recommend.
  • Best cleanser ever
    It makes my skin feel cleaner than it ever has without drying it out and my skin tone is looker more even!
  • A little goes a long way!
    Leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean, gently foaming and a little goes a long way, doesn't dry out my skin either which is a bonus!
  • Feels great!
    Love that you only need to use a little bit each time and it makes my skin feel soft
  • Special Cleansing Gel
    Love this special cleansing gel! A little goes a long way and it leaves your face feeling clean and fresh. No tightness or dryness after using. Highly recommend it.
  • Special Indeed
    Love how it lathers - it feels smooth, silky and bubbly. Skin feels amazing after rinsing without over drying. Highly recommend.
  • Special cleansing gel.
    I have tried many of Dermalogica's beautiful products, but this cleanser is by far my favourite. It leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh and it doesn't dry my skin out. I highly recommend.
  • the best
    I love this cleanser, works amazing and gives me a chance to wear my own skin not a make up . thank you
  • Gentle & leaves skin fresh
    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
    This product cleans skin without over-drying.
  • Best cleanser
    love this cleanser, leaves skin feeling fresh without feeling dry.
  • Great feeling on your skin
    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
    Amazing cleanser - love it! Definitely give it a go!
  • The ultimate cleanser
    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
    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!
    Skin feels smoother without even exfoliating, skin looks clearer. Love this cleanser!!!
  • Special Gel
    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!
    Amazing cleanser, not drying at all and removes makeup / mascara easily! Definitely recommend
  • Best cleanser ever!
    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
    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
    This is the best cleanser for sensitive skin! It just makes your face feel soft and fresh all day and night!
  • Great
    This cleanser is amazing for taking my make up off without the drying effects of some other cleansers. Definitely recommend
  • Clean and fresh
    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
    The best cleanser I have ever used, keeps my skin clear but is really gentle.
  • Best Cleanser!!
    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
    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
    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
    Leaves my skin feeling so clean, I also have sensitive skin and this doesn't irritate my skin at all.
  • Great product
    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!
    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!
    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
    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
    I have a combination skin type and this doesn't dry my skin out like some cleaners do.
  • Best cleanser ever
    Amazing product - I've been using this for years now! So so good
  • Luxury cleanser
    Such a treat to use on my skin after using the pre cleanse. I look forward to my routine every day.
  • Awesome
    This cleanser is fantastic. Your skin feels so clean and soft after using. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
  • Great product
    Leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean but not dry. Great product.
  • SCG, Quality&Quantity, all-in-one...
    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
    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
    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!
    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!
    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!
    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!
    Leaves my skin so soft. I noticed the difference in how clear my skin was after only a few days!
  • Leaves skin feeling amazing
    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
    An amazing cleanser that the whole family use.
  • Gentle but does the job well
    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!!
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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!
    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!
    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!
    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
    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!
    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
    The special cleansing gel makes my face feel smooth and clean. You won't regret trying and buying this product.

  • Amazing!!
    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
    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!
    A wonderful cleanser that leaves you feeling squeaky clean - without the squeak!
    Wendy Johnson
  • Love at first use :)
    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
    The first time I used this it helped clear up my skin....you have to get it!
    Candice Howe

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