St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub

BY ST. IVES #2 in Face Scrubs

4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars63%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star3%


Bye-bye, blemishes! We added salicylic acid to our signature apricot face scrub to help reduce breakouts and prevent acne. Crushed walnut shell powder leaves pores fresher than fresh for beautifully glowing skin.

Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (2.0%)
Other Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Glycol Stearate SE, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Meal, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Cetyl Acetate, Ceteareth-20, Carbomer, Polysorbate 60, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Fragrance (Parfum), PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Phenethyl Alcohol, Methylisothiazolinone, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).


1. Squeeze a dime sized amount of Acne Control Apricot Face Scrub onto your fingertips and massage onto damp skin.

2. Spread in small circular motions, applying gentle pressure to wake your skin’s natural circulation.

3. Work all over, right up to your hairline and onto the sides of your nose.

4. When you’re done, rinse and pat dry with a clean towel.

5. Use 3 to 4 times a week (depending on skin) for best results.

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  • "My skin is kind of sensitive and I've been using St.Ives for a while. I have never had any breakouts from this scrub. My skin is always sooth after using the scrub." in 2021 reviews
  • "I know this scrub is the real deal because I got my fiancee, who has never used a face wash other than a bar of soap before, to use this stuff religiously everyday in the shower." in 561 reviews
  • "I love this scrub,I use it for my face and sometimes my legs too.the microbeads help removing old dead skin and give you a fresh feeling" in 533 reviews
  • "works great smells great and the texture its self is amazing works well to control my break outs use this in my daily routine " in 370 reviews
  • "I don't use it every day because it tends to dry out my skin if I do, but I can definitely tell it helps to clear up my skin when I do use it!" in 265 reviews
Lilly H.
73 reviews
Purchased at: Target
I really like this when my face is feeling gross and oily and needs a good scrub. It’s a good exfoliator but definitely not something you should use everyday because it’s so abrasive. Definitely leaves my face feeling fresher and cleaner after, but it can sometimes leave my face red and irritated if it I use it too often or when my skin is kind of dry. It also doesn’t feel very good to use when my acne is bad because it actually kind of hurts those spots. But for the times I do need to exfoliate, this is a great product.
Carmen D.
8 reviews
Purchased at: Walmart
I love St.Ives because it's the super affordable! I love this exfoliator. It exfoliates my skin well and leaves my skin feeling soft after everyuse use (only use 1-3 x week!) I get a lot of clogged pores and texture on my skin and this definitely helps my problem. I usually exfoliate after I notice that the clogged pores on my nose start feeling rough or when I need to wear a full face of makeup. Definitely helps the flawless look!
I have sensitive, oily, acne-prone skin for reference
Sahana N.
13 reviews
Tried this scrub mostly since it claims to have skin tone correcting properties in addition to acne control, but did not much like how the product made my since feel - very dry and flaky. The beads in the scrub are large (and apart from it being not environment friendly), very rough on the skin. I usually don't mind even strong smelling products, but the smell of this product though I did not quite like.
mary-catherine J.
Danville, VA
5 reviews
So far I like this product okay. Ive been using it for a week and it smells really nice and i feel good after using it. The tube it comes in is very bright and pleasing to the eye. My face is slightly irritated and red but i think it’s just because i’m switching up my face wash. That’s why I gave it a lower score. However, everyone’s skin is different! I would recommend this product. 
Desiree P.
Jefferson City
3 reviews
This was my go-to product in my teens. It was cheap and as my Mom's skin care routine was a bar of soap in the shower, it seemed exotic! It came
in a plastic container and sat proudly on my counter.  I remember feeling like I was making a change, and my face always felt "fresh" after I used this product.  That's because it essentially was a fresh face.  As the
Altar boy who reveres the Priest, believing and trusting all he says at its face value, my opinion of this product and analysis of my skin was proved based on what I was told by others, and what the package claimed.  I was led astray and not only were the good layers of skin on my face scoured into nothing, so was my innocence  I still live with this blame. I do not know how I was unable to feel the jagged
rocks ripping and scraping my face open, allegedly searching for my pores.  I guess love, especially our first, not only blinds you but numbs the nerves in your face.  Even now, it's hard to admit this Apricot
Scrub, one of the top selling skin care products, was abusing my face!  

I admit to being a skin care addict.  I do not agree it is a problem, it is a solution.  Exfoliation is a key to a good skin care regimen, and even after what  I went through, I
remain a fan of physical exfoliates, though I will always be a chemically produced sloughing girl at
heart. Sometimes at night when I close my eyes, surrounded by quiet, I still 
feel this scrub on my face.  One day at a time. Right? I think at time that I miss it, and I wonder if I believe that I deserve the pain. A decade later and
I feel the scars (No, not actual scars on my face, in my mind).   

Some of my pimples have shown strength and decided to pop back out again, this gives
me hope. Though lately I great their strength with a hydrocolloid bandage, and laugh as they too are swallowed the scene of the crime.  I guess the decade between my sandpaper nightmare was  enough time for these pimples to
gain strength,  or maybe they just forget. I never thought something like this could happen to me, but I tell you, be careful! Unless you dig the self-mutilation look. 


P.S. I scored this a three because my feet need
a rough touch and this is the product for the job!   
Allison L.
Huntington Beach
75 reviews
This is a major exfoliant and I only use this a few times a week not every day. It’s very abrasive so don’t rub too hard. It keeps me acne free, I’ve been using this stuff for as long as i remember. My mom used this stuff when I was young even. It smells great and is thick. A bottle should last you a good while. Worth the price. Best (semi) everyday scrub I’ve found.
Emily N.
Millville, NJ
290 reviews
So I heard about this mist awhile back when a lot of youtubers where raving about it. I was a bit shocked because it was my first time hearing about this brand. So I decided to go to ulta an ask one of the ladies (such a nice person btw) and I asked her for good setting sprays she told me a bunch a very expensive setting sprays that I’ve already heard about. So then I told her I wanted something that was some what inexpensive but still worked great. She brought me around all the way to the skincare side of the store and showed me the Mario Badescu SkinCare Mist. And she told that she used this every single day and she could not go without it. She said it was ahhh a great setting spray but as well skincare mist. I super shocked but I decided to buy it and I used it over and over and became seriously in love. It gave my face such a natural and refreshed looked throughout the hours of makeup I had it on for. And it also because part of my skincare routine for that glowy and poreless look.
Leslie N.
New Orleans
61 reviews
I use this maybe 3 times a week at most and their avocado scrub on other days! This is obviously to help prevent me from breaking out. But it does its job of making your skin smooth for sure. I can’t quit speak on the acne control so much because i am afraid to exfoliate when i have a blemish so i tend to avoid those areas...
Brittney C.
Vestavia Hls, AL
396 reviews
I have used this product on and off for about 5 years. It is a great quality exfoliator for the price you pay, it also comes with plenty of product. It smells great, but I'm not quite convinced it smells like apricots. The scent is there but is not overpowering as many other facial products are. It is very grainy and feels as you would expect an exfoliator to feel. The appearance of the product out of the tube is that it looks very natural. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin and it has never led to a breakout or harsh feeling on my face. Sometimes it will start to clear up my face, but sometimes it does not. Everything depends on how bad my breakout is, but it will definitely tame it.  I have combination skin, and it has never left, a dry or oily feeling to my face. I have an oily T-zone, and dry skin around my eyes which is weird, but this product controls the oily while keeping my face soft where it needs to do so. Which is so great because products like this are hard to find. I can definitely tell the difference between this, and the off-brand as much as I did not want to because of the price difference. It leaves your skin smelling great, and feeling soft, and clean. I would recommend this product to people who had medium to light breakout prone skin. 
brittany s.
Ferrum, VA
71 reviews
I Love this stuff it helps my face out a'lot i have a oily face and i just scrub this on my face it works wonderful ts the best product i have used to help my face, i leaves my face soft,I'm a repeat consumer, i have less  breakouts on my face which is amazing, suggest you to try this amazing stuff!!
Tiffany C.
Palmdale, CA
61 reviews
Do people use this on areas other than their faces?
Adrienna V.
Tulsa, OK
4 reviews
How good does this product work? and does it stink ?
Misato S.
38 reviews
Can it be used on sensitive skin?
Tamanna H.
Ashburn, VA
117 reviews
Is this ok for sensitive skin/acne prone skin?
lizeth c.
San jose, CA
106 reviews
I know it's a scrub and it smells good but does the little particles hurt your skin?

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