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
Beatriz G.
Lafayette, IN
106 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
St Ive’s facial cleanser smells pretty good. I have combination skin and it did not work too well for me. I think this product could work for those with different skin types. I would not purchase, however, because of my skin type. 
Dream R.
Raleigh , NC
88 reviews
Best scrub for blemishes in my opinion. Don’t use too often or you’ll get more breakouts but I would say this product is for most skin types. If you have oily skin like me this helps balance things out.
Chrissy H.
14 reviews
I got this product to help with blackheads and it did. The price is very affordable for its value. The product worked very well and did what it said. The smell was nice too. I would purchase this again.
Diana R.
Akron, OH
610 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 2
I love this stuff. It makes me skin dude soft. It is a little ruff because it has dried apricot in it but it’s a scrub, it’s supposed to be. I use this twice a week. Clears my pores. This is very inexpensive, so everyone should have it.
Sarah K.
8 reviews
I used to use this all the time because I had problem skin.. like bad acne and dryness. Little did I know this product was causing a lot of my acne and dryness. I quit using for a week because I ran out and my skin started to get better just using ghb a milk based cleanser. I looked into it and found out that cleansers like this actually cause tiny cuts in the skin and therefore can contribute to acne by letting all kinds of bacteria in. I would not reccomend.
Karen O.
14 reviews
This is a REAL scrub. It gives a clear difference in texture of the skin before and after use everytime as it truly exfoliates the deadskin after one use. To maximize the affect i place my face over steaming hot water with droplets of tea tree essential oil or place a hot towel infused with tea tree essential oil on my face for about 2 mins then exfoliate with this! It has dramatically reduced my acne scars and acne while revealing new clear skin. 
Prizzilla G.
Wahiawa, HI
20 reviews
The worst product for your face! I found this to be extremely harsh on my skin and it would flare up my breakouts even more. I’ve spoken to multiple estheticians who advise against the use of this scrub on your face because the “beads” are from walnut shells and since they are not perfectly even in size and shape, they create tiny tears in your skin that can damage and even cause an infection in your skin. If you have this, just use it as a foot scrub.
Divya S.
Edison, NJ
1 review
Using St. Ives scrubs was the worst thing I ever did to my skin. I have mild rosacea and eczema, so my skin is already acne and dryness prone. This and any other St Ives scrub I've tried has just made my skin worse, so I've been annoyed by the fact that St Ives scrubs are promoted so much to help with acne. I know people though who have used St Ives scrubs and said they don't have any issues with it, so I guess it depends on skin type/condition. 
Dayshia T.
18 reviews
I started using this product and absolutely loved the results it gave my acne started clearing up immediately. I had never tried something that worked so fast. I did find that it dried my skin out quite a bit so i started using it once a week instead of every day and use a Clearasil face wash for every day use and both products on my skin has done me tremendous favors. For once my face doesn't look like a pepperoni pizza. This is a must have for me.
Paola L.
El Paso , TX
125 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
I don’t love the scent of this, but aside from that it’s a good scrub. The consistency is not gel like but more like a mix of lotion and gel? That I don’t like either. But it does exfoliate nicely enough and leaves a clean feeling.
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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