St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub

BY ST. IVES #10 in Face Scrubs

4.3 out of 5 stars
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  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
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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
Alice J.
3 reviews
Whilst St Ives is a staple product for many and hailed as one of the best exfoliators on the market, I'm not overly in love with it. That may sound unfair, as it is incredibly good value for money, but my skin reddens very easily, so for me, I need a slightly less harsh exfoliator. There are other products on the market that do it better for me. I much prefer the Liz Earle hot cloth exfoliating system, its just that little bit less dragging on the skin and leaves it feeling totally clean.

That said, this is good if your face just needs a good scrubbing and refreshing! Smells nice, too.
Ailish R.
Uddingston, Glasgow
17 reviews
I have been using this product for longer than I can remember! It’s been a staple in my beauty regime for years now and I’ve even got other people using it through recommending it! I suffer quite badly from dry skin and this always helps to get rid of the majority of it and smooths out my skin. I don’t get a lot of blemishes and I do use this weekly so this may be why my blemishes are under control. I just think that everything about it is great. It says exactly what it means to do, the price is great, it smells great, the rough texture really helps your skin. It’s an all-round 10/10 product
Emily M.
25 reviews
love this product. makes your skin feel very soft howver would only recommend using 2-3 times a week as can be a little harsh , however overall it does exactly wht it says it does for a very little price
Sharna M.
9 reviews
To put it frankly, I think this product is perfect for all skin types. BUT if you do have sensitive skin, definitely do not use this daily - once a week will be fine. It does its job extremely well and I've been using it for about 4 years. I always repurchase it but hardly ever use it on my face anymore because my skin has improved so much I no longer need harsh facial scrubs. I use it mainly to exfoliate before tanning - its perfect for that! and the ultimate bonus - it's a lovely natural scrub and smells divine! It's a great all rounder so if you're on the fence just go for it!
Jade S.
61 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
This product works just as well as any high end brand! I have combination skin so, I exfoliate twice a week it's extremely gentle and leaves me skin feeling soft.
This is an awesome product! I usually get mine at Walmart. I would buy it any day. it's very gentle on the skin and makes it smooth. It depends on the person but soon I'm sure it gets effective.
Sutvinder K.
243 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
I loved this product in my yonger years., But now I found the grains too harsh on my skin.  Felt the texture too much.  It is excellent for the value of the product especially for the amount you are able to get.   I normally now use the lush exfoliate, but wasn't able to get to my nearest branch so opted for this one.  I think when your skin changes and you start to develop adult mild acne, you have to be extra careful what goes on your face.  Ended up using rest of the product on my body worked out ok... but I can never fault this product to me it is a cult.

Julia J.
62 reviews
I used this scrub for about three months and kept hoping I'd fall in love with it, since St. Ives is one of my favorite brands. However, that never happened.
The scrub has a great smell and, unlike other brands, my sensitive skin didn't have any adverse reaction. When it came to actually cleansing my skin, though, this scrub was harsh and left my face very dry and uncomfortable, while still not having the same effectiveness at acne-prevention/treatment as others.
I won't be buying it again.
Natalia L.
Brewster, NY
13 reviews
I've been using this product for over a year and all I have to say is that my skin never felt so clean,my pore are clean and my skin doesn't feel over dry,I won't be changing or replacing this product since it's been so good to me
I highly recommend this scrub to anyone from oily to dry skin
ps: I also noticed I don't get breakout at all,so is a win win
Meagan M.
64 reviews
Great for getting deep into the skin and leaving it smooth. Smells delicious. Helps leaving my skin feeling clean even if used once a week! But my skin got used to it after 2-3 months and started causing acne. maybe it was it mixing with a new product I was using but I'm still not 100% sure. Yet I still use it if I'm in need for a good deep facial scrub.
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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