Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution

Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution


61 reviews

65% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

Not tested on animals


Water, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (safflower) Seed Oil, PEG-8, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Extracts Of: Citrus Aurantium Amara (bitter Orange) Flower, Humulus Lupulus (hops), Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Leaf, Equisetum Arvense, Pinus Sylvestris Cone, Citrus Medica Limonum (lemon) Fruit; Sorbitan Stearate, Ricinoleth-40, Beeswax (cera Alba), Ceresin, Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Benzethonium Chloride, Dehydroacetic Acid, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Benzophenone-4

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on 11/10/2016 10:44:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

HAHA! To the last poster Melissa I thought you wrote that they were discontinuing this product. My heart actually skipped a beat and my jaw opened. haha. This product absolutely is essential in my skin routine, especially when it needs some TLC. I don't wear foundation so I only need a cleanser to get rid of the dirt and grime. I have dry dehydrated skin and this does not irritate my skin at all. I even used it last year when I had super sensitive skin to another product and this save and calmed my skin down completely. At the same time I used the intensive moisture balance moisturizer and my skin loved this stuff. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cleanser!!!

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm

Hair: Brown, Curly, Other

Eyes: Brown

If they discontinued this product, I'd have a meltdown! Love it. 😴

I'm surprised at some of the disparaging reviews here. So here are tips on how I use the product. I suspect that people are taking a different approach and thus getting worse results.

I have combo skin with an oily t-zone and dry cheeks. I only use this hydrating cleanser on my dry cheeks. I have different products for my oily forehead and nose. And all of my skin is sensitive, so I'm happy when products don't break me out.

TIP 1: This creamy cleanser is simply not a make-up remover. It's too hydrating to achieve that purpose. Instead, I use an oil-based make-up remover that is made for dry skin on my cheeks. Garnier makes a good one that's inexpensive. Then I use a small amount of this Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution as a 2nd cleanser to get rid of any oily residue from the make-up remover and to complete the cleansing process.

TIP 2: This cleanser is deceptive in its creamy appearance. You still need to use just a small amount even though it looks like lotion. So I probably use a pea-size amount, at most, on my cheeks. I might be using as little as 3/4 of a pea against my slightly damp skin. The slight dampness in my skin helps to quickly spread the little bit of product. I suspect that some people might be getting dryness from the product because they're simply using too much of a cleanser. And in the mornings, I just need this small amount of product to quickly remove my overnight moisturizer.

Your naturally dry skin will thank you if you treat it with this product!

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on 8/27/2015 9:31:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

My skin seems to love this creamy cleanser the most. Whenever I try a different cleanser, whether gel or foamy, I break out. I bought the 500ml bottle and I've just finished it after 12 months.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I love this cleanser so much. After 3 years of combatting with acne, this is the only cleanser that works for my skin. It cleans without stripping of my skin. My perfect cleanser🙌

on 11/17/2014 4:57:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Quite possibly THE WORST CLEANSER I've ever used in my life. Seriously if I could give this no lippies I would. I'm beginning to hate Dermalogica and think their whole philosophy on skin care is a total sham. I was sceptical from the start, after using Ultra Calming cleanser and hating it.
The texture of this cleanser is nice, a rich non-foaming cream. It takes of my minimal makeup, although I'm not sure how it would perform for those that wear foundation etc. That's where the goodness stops.
At first I thought this cleanser was making me started with little red bumps along my jawline, where I typically would get acne. But then after a couple of days of using this I had a full blown itchy, red, bumpy rash ALL OVER MY FACE! It was particularly bad along the perimeter, scalp and jawline. Now, I'm left with irritated itchy skin that looks terrible :( I'm so pissed off, and thoroughly unimpressed.
I note other reviewers have said this broke them out. I'm not surprised, this just seems to sit on the skin and not rinse clear off...thus resulting in acne or as I experienced, a rash. I must be allergic to something in the ingredients? But overall, this is horrible and I'm crossing my fingers that after paying almost $50 for the 500ml bottle I can return this crap.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

I am a fan of Dermalogica products so I decided to purchase a travel size (30ml) bottle of Essential Cleansing solution. My skin is dry/combination, I tend to get breakouts on my chin & have very dry cheeks, forehead & nose.

I used this once a couple of months ago and my skin has still not recovered from it :( It left my chin & cheeks with horrible breakouts. I cannot get rid of them. I do not have sensitive skin so I rarely have a reaction like this to a product.

Please be aware that this product could end up giving you worse skin than what you started off with. I am still on the hunt for my HG cleanser needless to say!

on 8/16/2014 11:58:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

It's a simple cleanser. It leaves your face feeling clean, bright and hydrated. A notch up from dermatologist approved wash products. I use this daily when washing my face. Has no smell and feels good on my face. Sometimes when I press my fingers into my skin with this product I can subsequently "dig" out pimples with my fingernails. So I recommend using this product after steaming your face as well.

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on 6/14/2014 8:39:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

This no form cleanser is my first cleanser to try it was very good clean up my skin and doesn't dry up my skin.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Tan, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I always thought my skin was more oily/combo rather than dry, so I would always buy oil controling products along with combo skin products. Boy was I wrong! This winter my face did a drastic change, I became super dry and flaky, hardly ever oily. Now add on the harsh negative temps and my face was crying out for help! I had been using the normal/dry dermalogica kit from Ulta but I was still getting dry. So I decided to try the dry kit. This cleanser is absolutely amazing for girls with dry and even combo skin! I don't really know how to describe how it soft, smooth, hydrated, not one bit oily. It's perfect! I use this along with the dermalogica

My reason for taking one lippy off is because I think this cleanser is terrible for gals who wear makeup every day. It doesn't foam up and I don't feel 100% clean after cleansing with this. So I think I'm going to grab the special cleansing gel and use that at night for my makeup along with a heavy moisturizer to get more dry relief. I use this cleaner with the multi-active toner, and intensive moisture balance and my face is left super hydrated but never oily! My makeup goes on smoother and I never have flakiness. I saw results with this in one use that's how fab it is! For all you dry/combo girls this is your HG if you want a little more moisture in your routine!

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

If you skin is dehydrated/sensitive this is the cleanser for you! In the winter my skin becomes so dehydrated no matter how much water I drink the cold weather, central heating ect. dehydrates my skin. It feels tight and gives that cling film look to the skin. I started using essential cleansing solution last winter and noticed a huge improvement compared to previous winters. I could see a difference after about 1week. It gave my skin the moisture that it needed, my skin looked and felt healthy. In the summer I switch to dermalogica's special cleansing gel as the essential cleansing solution can be a bit rich for me. As I said if your dehydrated give this product a go. Dermalogica is pricey but you get what you pay for, the results are amazing & a little goes a long way.

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