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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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
Rebecca B.
Hollis, NY
43 reviews
I used to use this face wash for YEARS. I will admit, I love how much it scrubs your face but as I grew older I realized that it was way too rough for my face. I was told my makeup artists as well as a cosmetologist to NOT use it because it was too strong. 
kayla h.
Greeneville, TN
59 reviews
I feel like this is everyone's OG. It's great for treating acne but not being too harsh on your skin. It is a gentle exfoliant as well, but it doesn't irritate my skin like most exfoliating cleansers do. I always find myself going back to this cleanser.
Joelle G.
Brooklyn, NY
6 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
This apricot scrub smells incredible and always leaves my skin feeling soft and conditioned. However, I find that it is too harsh on my skin and I usually end up with more acne when I use this product. Super frustrating because I really want to love it!!
Sydney E.
Woodmere, NY
33 reviews
After educating myself on the do's and don'ts of skincare I know you're not supposed to use gritty physical exfoliants because they can cause micro tears in the skin. However, before learning this this was my absolute favorite exfoliator. I've always suffered from minor breakouts and this scrub really helped keep them at bay and unclog my pores. The salicylic acid in it is an added benefit. I have to say I stopped using this scrub for a while after learning more but have recently gone back to it this past summer. My face gets very oily with the heat and humidity, plus I wear a full face of makeup everyday. This scrub really helps my skin feel clean and unclogs my pores. I do it less often as I used to, switching off between it and chemical exfoliators. I will continue to buy this forever though. I absolutely love it.
Katy B.
4 reviews
LOVE! The price point and cute clean packaging originally drew me to this product, and I've been hooked on the quality of the scrub ever since. I love the fresh smell and creamy texture. It is the perfect weekly scrub for my skin type and always leaves my skin feeling perfectly polished and clean. 
Keely S.
13 reviews
This is one of the best things that have ever happened to me I LOVE THIS. It cleared my skin up so fast like a couple days super good for acne makes your skin super soft feels good on skin definitely am getting again I recommend this very very highly q
Julianne S.
7 reviews
This is my tried and true facial scrub that I can feel good about using because the exfoliants are natural ❤ I know that this scrub helps significantly with my blemishes and oiliness, and is gentle on sensitive skin.
Linh T.
Port Arthur , TX
25 reviews
I used this one for a good exfoliating scrub day. Especially a night from cooking/bbq/outdoor activities this cleanser is the way to go to rub off any residue that made my face feeling dirty. I felt like everything was scrub off and got a brand new face!
Kenadee C.
17 reviews
This scrub was my go to face wash for quite some time. I repurchased plenty of times. It did a great job of controlling breakouts and keeping my skin fresh and clean. Not only this, but it smells amazing, is reasonably priced, AND can be found at target
Brielle M.
Saint Louis, MO
78 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
Wow, where do I begin? This could get long...

I started using this stuff as a sophomore in high school (5 years ago) and purchased the tub of it and the tub lasted a lonnnng time. Once the tub was empty, I just randomly stopped using it. I think I didn't have the extra funds at the time to repurchase and then just kind of forgot about it. Now, flash forward four years and I have had a really bad stint with acne. I have tried all types of topical gels. I have purchased the Clarisonic, the Foreo Luna, and many, many different cleansers. Nothing has worked. Then, about two weeks ago, I was in Walgreens and saw this product on sale and picked it up, reminisced for a moment and then put it in my cart. For the first few days, I used it twice a day. Now, I am using it once a day and on days when I shower, I use it twice. My face looks phenomenal. I still get zits, obviously, but this scrub has brought me to a comfortable level where I feel pretty again. I will repurchase this product till I die. 10 stars!
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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