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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  • "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
Karyn S.
Reno, NV
54 reviews
This has become my favorite face wash of all time! I started using it late 2011 and since then I don't think about any other brand face wash! I love apricot, but I love this face wash more! I noticed that I rarely break out, unless I approach the time of the month... but overall it leaves me feeling clean and not oily.
Crystal L.
San Antonio, TX
41 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
I own this product and while the product works very well in providing smooth skin there are cons that people should worry about. It has tiny hard fragments that can damage the skin when you exfoliate, it does feel kind of harsh even when light pressure is applied. I use this product just rarely when I really need it.
Jeanette R.
Orlando, FL
128 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 2
I don't have blackheads and I rarely get blemishes. I actually started getting blemishes after using this scrub. I usually get the fresh skin one, but they were out and this was had an extra 50% more bonus, so I got it. I still use it but I use less than a dime sized amount to clean my whole face just because of my reaction to it. St. Ives products are good and the fresh skin or sensitive skin ones are the ones I like best in the apricot scrubs.
Kimberly F.
Bakersfield , CA
28 reviews
My aesthetics professor shook her head at me last year when I said that I used this product. Apparently it is horrible for your face. Because the apricot shells that are used are not milled to a finer consistency they tear your skin. This allows bacteria to infect the area and wears down the top layer of your skin. Since I have dry skin it seems to add to it by tearing certain areas and leaving them flaky. I prefer to use this on my feet now.
Stephanie M.
Sacramento , CA
25 reviews
This is a great inexpensive product. You can get this product at any drug store and is less than $10 (depending on the store). You have to get this product use to your skin, but I can defiantly say this product is not for everyone. It can be rough on the skin the first couple of days, but I love that it’s moisturizing. Even though it is advertise to help with breakout and blackhead, that not the case. I usually just use this product when my skin is very dry and needs to be moisturized. Overall, it’s a great exfoliant.
Christina C.
San Antonio, TX
17 reviews
A friend of mine in my Spanish class shared her secret to blemish-free skin. Granted I was in 9th grade at the time and had no idea my skin was so different from hers.

But I love how clear and smooth my skin feels after using it. I use it twice a week in the shower and scrub my face, neck, shoulders and chest. I learned that using it more than 2-3 times a week can make oily skin MORE oily if used everyday, so try and stick to only 2 times a week.
Lindsay G.
Oshkosh , WI
32 reviews
Love this product. I have been using it for years. I don't know if it does anything for the blemishes but it does buff away any dry skin or left over scans from acne. The exfoliant isn't too rough but it is aggressive. It leaves your skin feeling super soft and smooth. Will continue to repurchase for many years to come.
Lindsey B.
Tampa, FL
76 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
This is a reasonably priced scrub that smells amazing and is very gritty in texture. This may be too harsh to use on sensitive skin but I like to use it on my back or shoulders in addition to my face. I have repurchased this at least 3 times and will continue to do so. Easy squeeze packaging.
Kim L.
Sugar Land, TX
173 reviews
I haven't used this scrub for a long time yet, but the scrub has these large leads inside of it that you use to exfoliate your face with. I feel like it's working. My face feels all clean and smooth after scrub. However, if your blackheads are too deep, I don't think it will get rid of them.
Karen M.
Bayonne, NJ
53 reviews
This is such a great exfoliate, so safe to use every day. I use this product every other day since my face is oily/combination. But I use this almost every day in the warmer months. Thus stuff is the best and I have tried my handful of high end exfoliators and this by far is the most affordable product on the market with a high end effect. I would cry if they would discontinue this product. I usually get the one in the jar, the tube works just fine.
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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