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Fri Dec 01, 2006 11:02 pm      Reply with quote
23 y/o Oily skin.
PROS:
- Great cleanser for almost any skintype except for dry/very dry IMO.
- I have very sensitive skin and this is completely benign and nonreactive. This is a big thing for me.
- No film forming agents. (As someone with acne prone skin, I worry about things leaving a film.) This also washes off very easily.
- Takes off makeup easily. I only wear very light foundation (rarely) so I'm unsure if it will remove more heavily applied makeup.
- Does not burn if I get it in my eyes. (Not 100% pleasant though.)

CONS:
- Smells faintly like fruit loops cereal. (Not necessarily a bad thing, it's a very light floral scent. I just can't help but think of the cereal whenever I use it.)
- Prefer a pump, since I usually use this in the shower with the daily microfoliant. It gets a little awkward.

I would highly recommend this cleanser to anyone with normal/combo/oily skin that expects their cleanser to just cleanse. For those who expect their cleanser to turn back time and god knows what else, look elsewhere.

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Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (250 ml / 8.4 oz)
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (250 ml / 8.4 oz)

A soap-free foaming lather of Quillaja Saponaria and Lavender thoroughly removes impurities without stripping essential moisture. Balm Mint extract softens and soothes even the most sensitive skin. All skin conditions.

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Sun Dec 03, 2006 12:32 am      Reply with quote
This one also good for oily and sensitive skin.
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Sun Dec 03, 2006 6:39 am      Reply with quote
lotus003 wrote:
This one also good for oily and sensitive skin.


yes, i quite like this product myself. =)
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Sun Dec 03, 2006 9:40 am      Reply with quote
I always thought the fruitloops thing was odd, since I don't think dermalogica scents their products...must just be the natural smell???
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Mon Dec 04, 2006 8:44 pm      Reply with quote
I really wanted to love this product but it is too drying for winter, even though I have combination skin. I have never felt my face being so dry before. Although I can apply moisturizer after, but it is still unpleasant to use a much heavier moisturizer than before. Alas, I give up on this cleansing gel but I am keeping my pre-cleanse Smile

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Tue Dec 05, 2006 11:01 am      Reply with quote
I wouldnt reccommend it for dry skin. I found this product to really dry out my skin Sad I love the dermalogica calming cleanser though
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Tue Dec 05, 2006 1:44 pm      Reply with quote
BCgirl wrote:
I wouldnt reccommend it for dry skin. I found this product to really dry out my skin Sad I love the dermalogica calming cleanser though


I've been alternating between the Special Cleansing Gel and the Calming Cleanser in an attempt to create a balance between the drying effects of winter and my naturally oily t-zone, but do you think the Calming Cleanser is eerily similar to Cetaphil? They look and feel so much alike that I'm wondering whether to use Cetaphil as a cheaper option in my alternating-cleansers scheme.

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Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:37 pm      Reply with quote
I have very oily skin and used this cleanser off and on for over a year. I found that it cleaned my skin very well and I actually liked the smell but I found that when I did use it my skin seemed to get oilier faster. So alas I had to quit using it.
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Sun May 13, 2007 9:15 am      Reply with quote
I'll buy it for my oily and sensitive.
Because its soap-free ingredient makes me relief.
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Sun May 13, 2007 11:19 am      Reply with quote
I find it really interesting that others found this product could be drying as well. I have combination skin but after just one use of this product my skin felt too small for my face! Really unpleasant, and got worse over time.

Very disappointed, I had real hopes for Dermalogica but it seems very few things work for me (I also find Microfoliant a bit drying).

On the plus side, Philosophy's Purity Made Simple is similar in texture and smell, but not half as drying (and can be used over your eyes as well).
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Sun May 13, 2007 11:55 am      Reply with quote
I find it really interesting that others found this product could be drying as well. I have combination skin but after just one use of this product my skin felt too small for my face! Really unpleasant, and got worse over time.

Very disappointed, I had real hopes for Dermalogica but it seems very few things work for me (I also find Microfoliant a bit drying).

On the plus side, Philosophy's Purity Made Simple is similar in texture and smell, but not half as drying (and can be used over your eyes as well).
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fidget-jones
are you dry skin? if is, i think cleaning milk will be more suitable for you!
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Mon May 14, 2007 8:02 am      Reply with quote
fidget-jones wrote:
I find it really interesting that others found this product could be drying as well. I have combination skin but after just one use of this product my skin felt too small for my face! Really unpleasant, and got worse over time.

Very disappointed, I had real hopes for Dermalogica but it seems very few things work for me (I also find Microfoliant a bit drying).

On the plus side, Philosophy's Purity Made Simple is similar in texture and smell, but not half as drying (and can be used over your eyes as well).


Same here.... this cleanser dried out my skin completely... I was using it unsuspectingly for ~ 5 weeks, and my skin was getting worse and really red and sensitive... I started eliminating products, and eventually switched to another cleanser... that's when i realized it must have been causing, or at least worsening my skin problems... (I DO use tazorac though... but this made my skin intolerable)
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