St. Ives Acne Control Apricot Scrub

BY ST. IVES #10 in Face Scrubs

4.3 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
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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
adriana a.
Cypress, TX
12 reviews
This is my absolute favorite facial exfoliator!!!! After trying sooo many products, I always return to this one! The grainy/gritty texture is exactly what I look for when purchasing an exfoliator. It leaves my skin looking fresh and radiant after each use. Takes care of all my problem zits and acne and doesn't break me out even more like other products. Most importantly, DOESN'T MAKE ME OILY AT ALL!!
Myrtill C.
14 reviews
It's a really good face scrub! It helped a lot with my blemishes and blackheads. The price is great for the quality. For my skin it's perfect. Not to harsh but not too gentle so it would not do the work. I would buy it again but first I want to try St. Ives Pink Lemonade+Mandarine Scrub too.
Taylor T.
Columbia, SC
19 reviews
Love this face scrub! It exfoliates really well without irritating my sensitive skin too much. I often will try other products but I always find myself coming back to this one. My skin feels great after use and continues to feel great unlike other scrubs that irritate my skin with more use.
Denise M.
7 reviews
This srubs leaves my skin clear of make up and oils accumulated throughout the day pretty easily. In the mean time, it does not leave my skin irritated and completely dry.
I love that the beads are naturals (from apricots) and so small compared to other products I have used. 
The price is also perfect for small budgets. 
I am still using it at the moment. The only thing that might make me stop buying it is maybe replacing scrubs by facial cleansing brush.
Maribel V.
1 review
It is so hard for me to find a great product like this. I swear I started off with the travel size and switched to actual size within a heart beat. I love this scrub and its amazing on my face without irritating me or causing more damage overall. Must have product.
Kelsey W.
Bel Air, MD
50 reviews
I'm not really sure what I would do without my St. Ives Blemish Control scrub. I discovered this skincare miracle in high school and it has been a staple in my bathroom since. It exfoliates my skin well and smells like pumpkin. It clears up my skin and doesn't irritate it or dry it out.
Verlinda S.
Millcreek, UT
55 reviews
This cleanser really keeps my face feeling clean and soft. It exfoliates very well and I love the smell. It's been around for a LONG time and I think it also lasts a good amount of time before you need another tube of it. A good product at a good value. Also keeps pimples away as well!!!
Kasey L.
Havelock, NC
26 reviews
Let me just start off with something simple. This stuff is great!! I use this every other day along with an oil free foaming face wash and my skin is totally clear (aside from the occasional pimple....GRR.) But it smells great and makes your skin super soft and really does its job. I've noticed the itsy bitsy blackheads that NOTHING can take away on my nose have started to disappear. I highly recommend.
Gianna B.
Upland, CA
48 reviews
This scrub can do your skin wonders if you use it as directed. Very good at exfoliating and keeping breakouts at bay. Do not scrub too hard or use too often as it may dry your skin out or cause more damage than good. I have been using this for more than 10 years and it has never failed me.
Kirbee N.
Sioux Center, IA
38 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 3
I just read a bunch of information about how damaging those plastic beads in so many facial scrubs are. Those beads don't biodegrade, and there is now a big movement to get them out of products, because it's really becoming an issue in lakes and waterways. So nice to know that my St. Ives isn't causing this problem. Those walnut shells not only feel great on my skin (love my morning shower scrub!), but I can feel good that I'm making a positive choice for the environment too.
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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