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essential cleansing solution

creamy, nourishing cleanser

Rich, creamy cleanser conditions dry skin. Non-foaming formula gently lifts impurities while replenishing dry skin and maintaining moisture levels.Learn More

Rich, creamy, non-foaming cleanser conditions dry skin.Learn More

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essential cleansing solution

Rich, creamy cleanser conditions dry skin. Non-foaming formula gently lifts impurities while replenishing dry skin and maintaining moisture levels. Moisturizing Safflower Oil softens and conditions while invigorating extracts of Rosemary and Lemon refresh tired skin. Water-soluble, this soothing emulsion rinses off easily, leaving the skin clean, soft and supple.
Although there is no standard for establishing a gluten-free designation for topical skin care products, independent laboratory testing confirms that this formula surpasses the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ingestible standards and can therefore be considered gluten-free.
This product is vegetarian, but may contain milk, honey or other animal byproducts.
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA


  • Replenishes skin and maintains moisture levels.
  • Helps nourish and condition.
  • Rinses off easily.

how to use

Following the application of PreCleanse, apply to dampened face and throat, massaging with light, upward strokes. Concentrate on any areas of excessive dryness and impurities. Rinse with warm water. Follow with Multi-Active Toner or Antioxidant Hydramist and prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer.

quick tip

Never use hot water when cleansing: this strips the skin of the natural oils critical to maintainin hydration levels.


Water/Aqua/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, PEG-8, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Equisetum Arvensa Extract, Pinus Sylvestris Cone Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Ricinoleth-40, Beeswax, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ceresin, Disodium EDTA, Carbomer.

Dermalogica is 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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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.

This product saved my skin


I've suffered from pimples through the majority of my teenage years, I came across a tester of this and my skin has cleared and looks the best it's ever been. I can't live without this!



This is my go-to cleanser


This cleanser is so easy to use and doesn't leave my skin feeling drained and dry like many othersa I have tried but is still strong enough to remove makeup and excess oils. My skin hasn't looked healthier since making the switch.



Still early


I just started using this about a week ago. I got it after the Resurfacing cleanser was drying my skin. I switch off between the 2 and it seems to be sorting out the drying issue.



Best cleanser for sensitive skin being DISCONTINUED


I have been using this cleanser for years but just heard it is being discontinued. The new replacement was used during a Dermo facial and my face started to burn. The facialist said the new cleanser had Vitamin C...great, I'm really unable to use products that have a high concentration of Vit C. So disappointed in all the changes Dermologica is making to their products.

Troy, MI


The best cleanser!


I love this product!



Love this.


I use this every day on my dry skin. It's a lot more gentle and moisturizing than other face washes that foam up. My skin feels more hydrated, rather than stiff and tight after. I use this alongside the daily microfoliant and my dry patches are no more!



I will always use this product


I used Mary Kay basic skin care for 30 years. I was frantic when it was discontinued. After spending way too much money on numerous products this was recommended and I love it!



Love This Cleanser


I have used this wonderful cleanser for decades but unfortunately it has been discontinued. So sad! Buy it while you can.



Great for dry winter skin


I love this cleanser. I use it all winter to help defend against dry skin. It removes makeup pretty well too. It works great! In the summer I use special cleansing gel but in the winter it is too drying. I use this with intensive moisture balance and it is a perfect combo for glowy skin.



I have been using this product for years. Love it


The cleansing solution makes your skin feel clean and fresh. Very little dry feeling

Ft Myers FL



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So I went to Ulta to purchase this and they told em it is being this true? Please don't change it, it's the only thing that works for me!


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. It has been discontinued. You may prefer Intensive Moisture Cleanser. Kind Regards, Bernadette


I've been using the UltraCalming cleanser daily with tepid water and it's making my skin tight and dry. Would this be a better cleanser to use?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You may prefer Essential Cleansing Solution. Kind Regards, Bernadette

What are the key ingredient in this product?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Moisturizing Safflower Oil softens and conditions while invigorating extracts of Rosemary and Lemon refresh tired skin. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Can I use this cleanser with the overnight retinol repair?


Hello Danielle, Yes this cleanser is OK to use since it does not have exfoliants. Kind Regards, Bernadette

How much of this product should you use each time? Like a pea sized amount, or more?


Hello Shelby, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use the size of a pea to dime with water. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Can you use this product in the eye area?


Dear Robin, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, Essential Cleansing Solution is safe to use over the eyes. Kind Regards, Robin

I have been purchasing the 16.9 fl. oz. in the past. Do you not carry that size since I would prefer it? Thank you


Hi Sandi, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. We do carry that size. Please adjust sizes on the product page on the icon that says size. Kind Regards, Bernadette

I generally use the ultracalming cleanser and I Mistakingly ordred the essential cleansing solution. how much will this effect my skin. I love the ultracalming. Just wondering


Hi Kim, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Essential Cleansing Solution is creamy and nourishes the skin. I know people who are dry and sensitive like to switch off between the two. I think you'll like it. For whatever reason if you do not, you can return it within 30 days as part of our satisfaction garauntee. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Hi, My skin is extremely dry, sometimes even have small fine flakes on cheekbone after a day outside, even though I use moistures. But I also have acnes break out now and then on my forehead. So I'm not sure if I should use this essential cleansing solution or the special cleansing gel. I want it to help with the dry situation, but I also want the acnes gone... Do you have any good suggestions? Thank you very much!


Hi Zona, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Please try Special Cleansing Gel as a non drying cleanser. Essential Cleansing Solution is oil rich and not ideal for acne skin. Be sure to follow with a hydrating moisturizer like Active Moist. Kind Regards, Bernadette

If this product doesn't work well with my skin, can I get a full refund?


Dear Fiona, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can return items within 30 days. For returns, you may call customer service at 800.345.2761 option 4. Kind Regards, The Dermalogica Team


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