St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub

BY ST. IVES #10 in Face Scrubs

4.3 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
Casey M.
Dundalk, ON
147 reviews
My boyfriend and I swear by this product. We both have acne and sensitive skin and this is the only product that has been able to accommodate both. It really gets deep into the pores and clear out all the junk while minimizing my pores. Depending on where you buy it, you can usually pick it up for about $5 and it is a fantastic buy. Smells amazing and does the trick!
Leslye M.
7 reviews
I love the smell for this one. I liked it a lot but my skin is really sensitive and the micro beads were refreshing but I feel like maybe how much I used it hurt my skin and I ended up breaking out a lot more on my forehead. It’s a great product and it’s smells wonderful, only advice is to use it every now and then like the directions say and not mess up like I did!
Sarah A.
Logan, WV
48 reviews
This is one of my favorite face scrubs, because it smells great and isn't too harsh on my skin. But I've used other products (Like Clean & Clear Trio) that work much better.

If you're prone to break outs this will help, but if they're bad breakouts I'd recommend looking for a different product.
Kayley M.
13 reviews
I love the St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub because it gently exfoliates my skin and leaves it feeling refreshed and radiant. It keeps my monthly breakouts to a minimum and heals blemishes quickly. The price point is so affordable and I will be repurchasing like I have been for years! Definitely recommend.
Christina E.
Gladstone, IL
200 reviews
I've used this stuff since I hit puberty. I have a long history of greasy skin and this scrub makes it feel so clean! It doesn't really work to prevent breakouts but it definitely speeds up the healing time.
Sometimes I'll use a glob of this and a glob of a benzoyl peroxide wash together and that helps even more!
Chelsea G.
Glenville, NY
10 reviews
This scrub smells great and leaves my face feeling tight and refreshed. The only complaint I have is that the grit that makes the scrub is a bit sharp. If there was a way that it wasn't so painful when I used it, I would use this product more regularly. As it stands it is my go to when I need a deep exfoliation.
BriAnna 💀.
Resaca, GA
418 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
I love this face scrub! I have sensitive, dry skin and this is somewhat drying so if you have skin like me, be sure to moisturize afterwards. It does have a good scent, and I love the beads in the scrub because they really do dig deep to get rid of that excess dead skin & leave your face feeling smooth & looking great!  For the price & quality, this face scrub is definitely worth it.
Laura M.
Indiana, PA
67 reviews
So many people say it is too harsh for your skin, but i find that if you use a smaller amount and mix it in with a gentler face wash, it works awesome! The walnut shell and other scrubbing bits do a great job in really exfoliating my skin and clearing out my pores. Great for all us oily-skinned people out there!
Abby M.
Katy, TX
26 reviews
Amazing! This product was a lifesaver for me in my younger teen years. I had pretty bad acne and when I washed my face with this product it reduced my acne tremendously. I even got my brother hooked on this product. I recommend it for anyone who is looking to clear up their skin and by the way, it smells amazing!
Meghan R.
Lorain, OH
73 reviews
For almost 15 years I have sworn by this product. I use it on my face and my arms when my skin gets too dry, too bumpy, or anything else. Depending on how you scrub, it can be gentle or it can really clean off that dead skin. My face feels so smooth and clean after using it! It's gentle enough to use every day. 
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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