St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub

BY ST. IVES #10 in Face Scrubs

4.3 out of 5 stars
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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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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
Meridian G.
Denton, TX
41 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
Oh my gosh. This stuff. THIS STUFF. Let me tell you, no good friend lets another girl use this stuff. It's very easy to fall trap to it, because it's everywhere and SUPER CHEAP, but DO NOT BUY IT. Whatever exfoliating agent they chose causes micro tears in your skin--it doesn't gently remove the dead skin to make you super smooth--so it leaves your skin crazy irritated and damaged. With this stuff, you're doing more harm than good.
Charlene C.
San Bernardino, Ca
28 reviews
I have purchased this product a few times with a few months gap in between purchases (after I used up the product). The consistency is nice and thick and smells rather nice. I am not too big a fan of beads in my facial cleansers because I feel they do not do anything. However, it is pretty fun and the feeling is nice. I found that it was not too drying but it really did not do much for my acne nor the prevention of new ones. Overall, I would still recommend this product because it does leave the face feeling clean.
Kelly S.
Ottawa, IL
36 reviews
This was my holy grail face wash for many years. I washed with this twice a day and it usually kept pimples at bay. It wasn't too drying at the time but my skin changed and it became an issue using it twice. Then I thought maybe it was too harsh on my skin twice a day with those hard scrub particles in it. So I eventually switched to something else. But I always went back
Candice C.
Bronx , NY
83 reviews
I love this product!! I use this to exfoliate because its a scrub and i love it. Its ebrasive enough to really scrub the skin. It feels like sand on the face which is something i look for in a scrub. When i wash my face it lathers up a little bit and i feel like it moisterizes at the same time. When i wash my face its super smooth and feels soo clean. I feel like this product really gets down and cleans the skin. You get a cool sensation after your done washing your face and thats how i know i cleaned it good.
Janelle M.
Brooklyn, NY
33 reviews
Exfoliating your skin while you have acne gets a lot of bad rap because it's accused to being the cause of additional breakouts. It's a different story for me though. Since i started using St. Ives Apricot Scrub 3-4 times a week, I've noticed a significant difference in my skin. I'm a strong believer in exfoliating and my go-to exfoliator that I tend to only repurchase is St. Ives. The fragrance is also a bonus because it smells fruity (well duh, it's a APRICOT scrub but I just wanted to state that I like it)
Rachel J.
7 reviews
No words for how much I love this! It smells amazing and helps with my acne! Highly recommend it for everyone! I have 2 bottles and I will continue to but every time I run out!
Courtney S.
Alpena, MI
57 reviews
I love this face wash! It leaves my skin feeling so fresh and soft and I've noticed a reduction in my acne. My biggest problem was my face getting really oily as the day went on, but after using this product my face feels less oily all day. Plus it doesn't have a very strong scent, and the exfoliation isn't harsh on your skin either. Super good product for the price!
Shelby W.
53 reviews
I would not recommend this product at all! As a student who is attending school for skin care, this product will only cause irritation to your skin. The apricot and walnut are so abrasive to the skin that they cause microtears that can cause burning, redness and irritation. On the label it says you can use it daily, which is never recommended with abrasive Ingredients.
Clarinda C.
13 reviews
I have been using this for many years even when I was still younger. It helps in controlling my breakouts and clears blackheads.

I like that is has a faint smell of apricot/peachy kind and it is now overpowering. I also like the fact that it does not leave my skin dry unlike other cleansers I have used.

There are only few facial wash that I use and this is one of them.
Bernadette H.
Cuyahoga Fls, OH
35 reviews
I used to think that this was a good product, yes it does exfoliate, however, it doesn't do it in the right way. You are actually scrubbing and cutting your face with crushed up pieces of walnut shell. In turn, the tiny cuts leave your skin more susceptible to infections because the spots are open. I would never recommend this to anyone, unless you use it on your feet.
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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