St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub

BY ST. IVES #10 in Face Scrubs

4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars63%
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  • 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
Audrey B.
Old Saybrook
8 reviews
LOVE this face wash. Use it 3 times a week - MWF and it does its job well! The smell is amazing, and the exfoliating power is awesome. The scrub really deep cleans and leaves my face feeling fresh and clean. Love it. It is a bit harsh though if you have sensitive skin - I would recommend something with a different exfoliating piece. 
Kerri M.
49 reviews
After learning that this scrub is actually bad for your facial skin, I stopped using it. It can actually create micro tears, which will make your pores look even bigger. I now have huge pores, and I’m sure using this for many years has helped that. I do, however, still like to use it for my legs right before I shave. It helps get rid of ingrown hairs, and will make my shave a lot smoother.
Alanna S.
Bryan, TX
184 reviews
This is one of my favorite drugstore scrubs! It’s super creamy, smells fresh, and is the perfect level of exfoliation - not overly abrasive but great for giving your skin that extra level of clean. I’ve used it for years and always found myself repurchasing it even after trying new things. If you’re looking to put a no-fuss scrub into your skincare routine and have acne-prone or sensitive skin, give this one a try.
Amanda K.
Clifton, NJ
12 reviews
This product is good if you're on a budget. It tends to be on the cheaper side at my local grocery store, and it does it's job. It made my face feel clean and refreshed the first few times I used it, but after awhile it stopped making me feel clean. It is not the worst face wash, like I said it does clean your face, there are just better ones that I personally prefer out there. I will by this if I need to save a little money rather than going to Lush.
Laryssa K.
Mesa, AZ
51 reviews
I had dealt with acne growing up and this was the first product to show results. My skin cleared up after about 2 weeks and it has been my holy grail ever since. It is great at exfoliating and making your skin feel fresh and isn't too rough on my skin. If you don't have sensitive skin and are looking for something that works, I recommend this for you!
Brianna M.
Sacramento, CA
73 reviews
This scrub contributed greatly to my acne when I was younger. I would use it about two or three times a week. It was great for exfoliating all the dead skin off the face. After using it for about 5 months I had to switch to something a little smoother for my face. Just make sure to moisturize after using this product too. 
Becky L.
13 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
This scrub (or even store brand equivalents) is the only scrub that has kept my acne SOMEWHAT under control since I was a teenager. I have tried different kinds and I keep coming back to the Apricot scrubs, simply because I know they work!I just wish the company would return to the scrub being in jars instead of the squeeze tubes. It was SO much easier to just scoop some of the scrub out.
Molly E.
Philadelphia, PA
121 reviews
This face scrub is a classic. Ive been using it on a weekly basis for over 5 years! I even feel that they have improved their formula in recent months. It removes all of the dry or dead skin on my face without irritating my skin in the process. It smells great too!! I will probably continue to use this for a long time. Love St Ives!!
Michelle H.
25 reviews
I started using this for my skin when I had really bad acne back when I was in middle school and let me tell you it helped so much it made my skin feel super soft and smooth I was amazed highly recommend if your on a budget or simple a middle school/ high school student and your looking for a good gentle scrub this is the one I recommend it for anyone adults can use it too it’s so good
Sherlock C.
40 reviews
At first, this scrub seemed to work well in exfoliating my skin and keeping the acne away, but eventually it became too much for my sensitive skin. The harsh texturizing beads in the scrub rubbed against my sensitive skin and left it looking uneven, blotchy, and red. It smells great, but would not recommend for sensitive dry skin.
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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