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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  • Do people use this on areas other than their faces?160 Answers
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St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub
St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub
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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
Ana R.
7 reviews
When I want to do a professional make-up look I use this on my nose area to remove the blackheads and reduce the size of my pores and it really works. Highly recommended
Shannon T.
Sudbury, ON
120 reviews
I love this product and I use it 9 times out of ten in the shower once I've washed and the temperature of the water opens up the pores and the I have at er gently scribing in circular motions as my conditioner is doing its thing and the soap is rinsing off my body and I rinse it off same time as my conditioner :)
Narimene C.
1,353 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
This is an incredible exfoliator. I have tried many high end exfoliators however none have surpassed the standard that this one has set. After using it my skin feels incredibly smooth and looks very polished. This has been perfect whilst using Retin A to remove flaky and peeling skin. I also find that after exfoliating with this, other products penetrate my skin more effectively and I've seen this happen with Retin A and my face masks. I have been religiously using this for years and will never buy another!
Tara S.
Port Alberni, BC
56 reviews
This scrub was tested by my friends dermatology program. When the condition of the skin after using it was examined, it appeared as though glass was raked across the face. The deep scrub may feel good, but the harsh exfoliators will actually ruin your skins delicate layers. Try the Body Shops seaweed exfoliator for comparable price. Way gentler on your skin and less chemicals and harsh abrasives. I immediately threw mine out and have noticed my skin becoming less blotchy.
Macey M.
Lindsay, ON
42 reviews
I have used this product for over 10 years and it has not failed me. Through my pregnancies and different changes my face has had its ups and downs and this product has helped me through them all! I really feels like clans deep and helps control breakouts. I have always had really bad blackheads in my chin area and the St Ives Apricot Scrub kept it under control
Rihem l.
51 reviews

in nature has its own unique appearance, texture and character—just like you
and your skin. We think that marks and freckles are what makes us all unique
this product make the girls  look and
feel of real, natural skin. That’s why every girl  using St. Ives  should not 
wear any makeup and is truly celebrating her natural beauty. St. Ives
wants us to celebrate what makes our beauty unique and be the best version of
our selves! So, embrace your natural beauty, let your skin glow, and look and
feel your best.
Chancee W.
4 reviews
I grew up using St Ives but as I've gotten older and more educated about facial cleansers and exfoliating scrubs I realized how awful this was for my skin. Yes, it would get all of the dead skin off of my face but in the end my face would be beet red and raw because no matter how light i would scrub it would over exfoliate my skin. Maybe my skin is too sensitive for this product but I gave it a C because it did eliminate the dead flaky skin I was aiming to get rid of
Curly K.
8 reviews
I use this every other day and I love it. I have been using this for years. Leaves my face feeling soft and clean. A very good scrub and reasonably priced. I usually get mines at Walmart for around 5-6$. If you have acne prone skin and are looking for a scrub; this is a good one. Just don't over do it as it can also irritate the skin.
Rebecca N.
bardstown, ky
8 reviews
I have oily yet flaky skin. My pores get clogged very easily.
So, I find that I need to exfoliate more than the average girl. This product does the trick, and more. It isn't a harsh exfoliate, but it isn't so weak that it doesn't get the job done. The smell is amazing and isn't chemical at all. Paired with a good moisturizer it keeps my skin entirely soft. It also serves to fight off blemishes that pop up from time to time, and that's always handy.
Sometimes my skin calls for something gentler on certain days, but I ALWAYS have this around.
Ann L.
9 reviews
There are so many beauty products out there that I find it hard to re-purchase something I've already tried. I'm always looking for something new. One of the few exceptions to this rule is St. Ives Naturally Clear Blemish & Blackhead Control Scrub, which has been part of my beauty arsenal for years. I keep this in my gym bag and use it religiously in the gym showers after working out. It keeps my chest and shoulders from breakout out due to all that sweat! Nothing else keeps that part of my body breakout-free like this 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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