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
Dani H.
Concord, NC
71 reviews
St. Ives really made a winner with this scrub. The smell is amazing, it's not as harsh and abrasive as others, and it leaves your face super soft.

I use this scrub about 4 times a week as a part of a morning routine and I get compliments all the time about my skin! Trust me, you do not want to miss out on this one.

If you'd rather try a cheaper one, the Target brand (as shown in picture) works almost as well and it's a bit cheaper!
Amber V.
24 reviews
Loved using this to exfoliate my face And my body. It smells so good and it did help control my acne a bit. it was honestly better than i thought. But i learned to not use it everyday, it dried out my skin when i used it everyday and i have really oily skin. But it worked great when i used it every other day or every other 2 days. And I definitely wouldn't recommend this to someone that has sensitive skin since it does have big, rough beads.
Summer S.
Tacoma, WA
36 reviews
I have medium-heavy acne. My biggest problem is blackheads. I have tried so many treatments (ProActiv, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, Clinique, etc) but NOTHING works. I read the reviews about this and bought it. I've used it every night for 2 weeks now, and see only a VERY slight difference. The first week my acne got worse, fast. I had 4 breakouts. but then they calmed down, and not my skin looks a little bit better, but not very noticeable.
Julia J.
155 reviews
I've been using this scrub for almost a year and it really helps my face so it isn't too oily. The product feels great on my skin and leaves my face feeling fresh. I use it in the shower and leave it on my face while I shampoo my hair. It has been working really good, no oil on my face, feels fresh, and leaves it feeling smooth.
Hollie M.
Columbus, OH
32 reviews
I've been using St. Ives Apricot scrub for many years and I love it! It always makes my skin smooth and I feel good about the fact that I'm exfoliating dead skin cells off my face. It's a refreshing scent and has natural apricot seed grounds in it. An important thing to keep in mind though is not to scrub too hard. Apricot grounds are already very hard, so scrubbing it in roughly can damage skin. Gently rub over the surface of your skin.
Madison S.
Oklahoma City, OK
65 reviews
I absolutely love this product. I have been using it nonstop since I have received it in my Campus VoxBox. Even though I had read that some of the ingredients are not the best for skincare, I continue to use it because I see the results. It does a great job of exfoliating my skin. My skin feels super clean afterwards and I have definitely seen a reduction of blackheads. It's very reasonably priced and can be found at just about any drugstore.
Ashley S.
288 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 2
This is by far the best exfoliating face wash I have ever used! I have oily skin and this wash really keeps it in check. My skin is a lot brighter and my breakouts are less often. I love that it's cheap and can be found at any drug store. It does smell kind of chemically but that does not take away from how well it works.
Taryn C.
178 reviews
I've been using this face scrub for many years and it never fails me. I have tough skin that needs a rough face scrub. I mostly use it during the winter when my skin gets really dry. It wipes away all the dead skin and leaves my skin extra soft. It's an amazing exfoliant and works much better than any face wash.
Rachel G.
Jackson, MI
6 reviews
My husband bought this scrub for me. I usually bought the pink lemonade variety for myself, which is a gentler scrub. At first I was hesitant to use this, but it actually works great! It's not too harsh on the skin, which was my fear, especially as I have sensitive skin. I actually prefer to use it on my body too!
Robin P.
Coalport, PA
10 reviews
I have used this scrub previously. I found this scrub dried out my skin after I used a repeatedly. It definitely left my face feeling soft and fresh but my skin would eventually dry out, leaving it feeling tight. I currently use St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub. It works just a little better for my skin than the blemish and blackhead scrub. Overall, I would recommend it but it may dry out your skin depending on how sensitive your skin is.
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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