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DermalogicaÂ® Special Cleansing Gel
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on 7/30/2017 9:46:00 AM
More reviews by theclarabelle
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
I was recommended this cleanser by a beauty therapist because I had some very mild acne. This cleanser made the problem so much worse, with my whole face breaking out. I used it for about 8 weeks (again, on the advice of a beauty therapist) who said that my skin was purging. In my ignorance, I didn't realise that the second ingredient (sodium lauryl sulphate) can be highly irritating. After seeking advice from my doctor and stopping with the cleanser, my skin is slowly healing. I contacted Dermalogica (as did the beauty therapist) about my reaction - they never replied to me and told the beauty therapist that I should buy another expensive Dermalogica product to heal the acne caused by the cleanser. Needless to say, this will be my last Dermalogica purchase.
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on 7/25/2017 9:34:00 AM
More reviews by Jennifered90
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
I would never recommend this to anyone. I purchased this after reading great reviews on it but unfortunately it has caused severe acne around my chin area. It's taking more than a month to clear up damage that was caused by using this product for only two weeks. Do not buy this if you already have clear skin. It has ingredients that can trigger acne. For more information visit http://www.cosdna.com/eng/b23911940.html
on 7/14/2017 7:54:00 AM
More reviews by NickiGarrett
Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
I've been using Special Cleansing Gel for well over seven years now, and it's the perfect cleanser for my very oily skin with eczema. It readies your skin for your next steps, including exfoliation and moisturisation. However, it's so good that you can sometimes skip all other treatments and just use it for days when you just couldn't be bothered (don't make a habit of it, though!) It lathers beautifully, and all you need is half a pump or often less. I used to pile it on and my Dermalogica therapist said there was no need, and she was absolutely right. A absolutely love the packaging, and it's truly value for money. A large pump bottle lasts around 5 to 6 months, and I've purchased the travel-sized bottle which I've been refilling for holidays. It's incredibly secure and leak-free, and I've actually got another 2 which I use for other products.
on 5/5/2017 10:04:00 AM
More reviews by priscillasdfghj
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
I used to abuse my face with St. Ives Apricot Scrub and alcohol based toners. Then I got a free facial and the lady suggested I try this and it was the best advice I've ever followed. Prior to this my face would be red and bumpy and my forehead was an oil slick. This cleanser feels like it cleans your face without stripping the natural moisture of your skin. It also does an alright job at removing waterproof makeup. Within weeks of using, I noticed fewer pimples, my face became less oily and returned to normal. Now, after months of using it, I get compliments about how my skin has cleared up. Wish it was cheaper though, but totally worth the investment as you only need a pea sized amount. The right base makes for a great foundation application! If I had to nitpick, I'm not a huge fan of the lid because sometimes the product bursts out because of air bubbles or what not - I like the larger bottle with the pump.
on 2/17/2017 1:11:00 PM
More reviews by hazelblackolive
Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm
I wanted to write this really quickly as a warning to those who have been recommended to use this. Now this post isn't anti-Dermalogica in general because I have used some of their products in the past and loved them. But! This post is completely and utterly anti the products targeting oily skin, including the special cleansing gel, multi active toner and active moist (oh God the active moist). I got my oily skin type professionally analysed and was told to use these products to correct. Luckily I chose to buy a pack of travel sized products to trial before buying full size. These products have completely drained the moisture from my skin as they are far too correcting. I've been using for two weeks to allow for an adjustment period and although it's great to not have a shiny t zone come midday, I now am flaky by that time instead. My skin is sore and feels as though it will crack. The whole system is all wrong and treats oily skin like a skin demon who needs to be excorcised. I expected gentle correction but instead it flipped me to the opposite problem. And can I just say that I've never experienced this with any skincare product before.If you still would like to purchase, please save yourself the potential and highly likely regret and buy the travel pack for oily skin. It's the same price or cheaper than one full size product and allows you to make your mistake and move on. I'm going to move onto a balm cleanser to care for my scared skin.
on 1/31/2017 12:05:00 PM
More reviews by StarD7474
Skin: Other, Deep Dark, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
This product is great for skin that is oily or acne prone. It can be a bit drying so not so great if your skin is more on the normal side. But if you do have skin that tends to get really oily in the tzone throughout the day, then this product will make you feel like you really cleansed your face of all the dirt and greasy feeling. It is more of a "professional" products used a lot in spas and salons so the price is indicative of that.
on 10/27/2016 9:17:00 PM
More reviews by cwissyla
Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse
I have been using this for 10 years and never looked back, I have no desire to ever change. You only need the tiniest bit, a bottle will last you a year. Smells lovely and fresh, and is non drying. Do yourself a favour and convert to this!
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on 8/12/2016 1:24:00 AM
More reviews by blairwaldorf17
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral
This cleanser is amazing! Let me give you some background on my skin struggle recently...I used my friend's makeup quickly when I stayed over at her house; now, I have sensitive skin and it did not agree with her maybeline bb cream. I broke out and had horrible red and itchy patches. This went on for a week until I talked to my esthetician and she recommended this product and gave me a bunch of samples. I used the samples for a week and really noticed a difference in the redness of my skin and it balanced my skin also. I did break out a little more due to the fact that I was getting a deep clean and my skin was getting rid of all the bad stuff. This cleanser makes your skin feel amazing, balanced, and brings back your natural glow. I would sample it first because it does have lavender oil and other oils in it that could irritate some people's though. All in all great product for me and definitely worth the splurge!
on 3/24/2016 7:18:00 PM
More reviews by Ladydanger1995
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
Worst experience with a cleanser ever. I always thought I had bad skin.. Now I'm just looking back at pictures before I used this product wishing that I could have that skin back. Anyways, some background information. I didn't break out very much, just a few occasional pimples on the side of my cheeks and my chin. After I started using this product, my skin started breaking out severely on my cheeks and my chin, especially the right side of my chin is a mess. Pimples kept coming up and as soon as one pimple was finally dried out (still leaving a horrific red mark) there were 4 more pimples popping up in that exact same spot. Result: I've got all kinds of red marks and spots on my cheek(s) that won't or just extremely slowly fade.When I started doing some research, I found out that there was Lavenderoil in this product, which is known for it's irritating effect on the skin.If anyone has any tips for reducing those horrible red marks zits leave after they dry out, be welcome to share them with me because I've gotten very desperate with my skin to say the least.Nope! Definitely a NO for me.
on 2/10/2016 8:16:00 PM
More reviews by nicholeous
Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral
Overall a good cleanser. It cleans really well and leaves no residue. It works well with my cleansing brush, but can be a bit too cleansing for the brush.I find that it leaves my skin somewhat sensitive after using it, as though my skin is almost too clean. I didn't really think that was possible until using this cleanser but it really strips all of your natural oils and you must tone and moisturise after using this cleanser. No compromises.All in all a good cleanser but I think there are other good cleansers out there for half the price. Would not repurchase because of the price.
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