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
Jessica C.
Margate, FL
28 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
I’m a huge exfoliating / scrub fan! This product is effective and makes my skin feel clean. You can purchase it at Target, Walgreens, Walmart, CVS & Ulta. I’ve used this product for years & would recommend it.
Vennessa G.
El Paso, TX
171 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 3
I use this all the time. I have always had acne and never was able to control it but with this twice daily I have been acne free for years. I love the scent and that I can use it multiple times per day and week without hurting my skin.
The grains are tough enough to take off all the dead skin but not so much that they tear your skin apart like others. I love the fact that it is from St. Ives and that it is eco friendly because I don't want any chemicals on my skin. I truly do recommend this to anyone trying to get clean, beautiful skin. It is worth looking for and keeping up with.
Sondra S.
Mesa, Az
7 reviews
I LOVE this stuff!  I use it every single day in the shower.  I've used this since I was about fourteen so that means I've washed my face with this for 36 years.  That's right, I'm turning 50 in a few days.  I highly recomend this product because my face doesn't feel clean without it. AND, my teenage years were not spent popping zits all the time because I used this product.  Try it.  You will love it too.  In fact, I have 3 bottles in my shower right now!  Can't Live without it!  #LoveStIves
Mallory W.
Virginia Bch, VA
148 reviews
I like this scrub a lot since it always leaves my skin feeling super smooth afterwards. I have sensitive skin and this rarely bothers my skin unless I'm extra vigorous during the application. I always use it in the shower and have also used it on my legs which leaves them feeling super smooth. However, I've read that they use walnuts and this isn't good for your skin. So I use it minimally now because I just haven't found something that gives me as good of an exfoliation. I can't quite give it up. So just a word of warning to you guys.
Chelsea D.
Dayton, KY
6 reviews
This product does not deserve all of the great feedback it is getting, in my opinion. It's purpose is to prevent & control breakouts, right? BULL! This scrub gave me HORRIBLE breakouts resulting in scarring. Like I told a user who was curious on purchasing this, do not!, you're seriously better off making a homemade scrub. This doesn't have a tolerable abrasive feeling, it is way too abrasive; left my face chapped EVERY time I used it. Please, do not waste your money, ladies. I honestly don't know how people can speak so nicely about it, maybe they don't like being harsh?
Laura C.
13 reviews
It's a good face wash for exfoliating but it feels a little rough on my skin in my opinion. It kind of let me down. It dries up my skin a lot too. I bought it at CVS.
Taylor T.
Averill Park, NY
13 reviews
I LOVE this as an exfoliating scrub. It really clears the dry skin, it keeps acne away and it leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. It also has a lovely scent.
Rachel G.
Ontario, CA
4 reviews
I have used this product as well as the invigorating scrub for years and I love it just as much as when I first tried it. I have very sensitive skin, so many products irritate my skin, make it red or blotchy, and even dry. But St. Ives leaves my skin clean and free of any redness or sensitiveness. I do use a moisturizer, but I don't always need to with this product, as it usually moisturizes pretty well on its own.
Chenoa B.
Jacksonville, FL
322 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
I rated this product 5 stars because it is wonderful! You get a lot of product for the price. I love the subtle scent and the feeling of my skin after each use.
Kim R.
Staten Island , NY
62 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
I used to use pro active but then I got sick of all of the steps so a friend recommended me to St. Ives. St. Ives Apricot Blemish Control scrub feels so much more refreshing! It has also done a much better job of preventing blemishes. I use it every time in the shower followed by a little bit of the green tea scrub to minimize my pores. Put on a little moisturizer when you're done and you have a smooth clean face!
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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