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
Brittany G.
Sparks, NV
6 reviews
I liked this product at the beginning. I love the "natural" type of peach scent but, it didn't do anything for blackheads and minimal ( if anything ) for blemishes. Although, it did leave my skin feeling nice and and clean which i liked & the reason i graded it a 'B.' I think part of the reason it didn't do a great job is because it is just a cheap drugstore product.
Sarah C.
145 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 3
The product itself is nice. It smells good but its definitely not for individuals with sensitive skin like myself. I broke out from using this and I tried it many to make sure it wasn't from the food I was eating. This is a nono for sensitive skin because the beads are too harsh. But it does serve as a good hand scrub.
Fahima N.
Hollywood, FL
3 reviews
This St. Ives product is wonderful. Every other exfoliating scrub I have ever tried have dried out my skin. I will use them and immediately my skin feels too small and usually will start to flake right away. I have been using this wash for almost a month now and I can honestly say I have never once had that problem.
Ashley G.
27 reviews
Got this to try out in my campus voxbox. I like it compared to the clean and clear I was using before and it didn't dry out my skin like the label warned. I like the coarseness of the product because I feel like I'm actually giving my pores a good scrubbing. I wish the apricot scent was a little more present though.
Tiffany H.
Shrewsbury, MA
62 reviews
I'm 35. I've been using St Ives Apricot scrub since I was in middle school. 20-25 years of using a product and it is STILL as amazing as it was when I first tried it. Gentle exfoliation, awesome scent, blackhead buster, doesn't leave my sensitive skin on fire or dried out. Never run out of this stuff. It's perfect!
Renata L.
Bloomfield, NJ
112 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 2
Like everyone else, I used this product back in HS. I loved it at the time. Now that I have experience with more high-end products, I can see that this isn't as great as I thought. It's way too chunky and abrasive. When you have acne, you don't want to irritate the skin any further, or else it can create worse breakouts.
Jelinda H.
13 reviews
This scrub is a must have for me! I have very oily skin that seems to retain everything I put on my face. In high school, I would use everything I could, but since I started using it, I've lost almost every single blemish I've had. The only drawback is that it leaves my face very dry and ashy, but I apply a moisturizer soon after. I've been loyal since high school.
Brooke W.
3 reviews
This is a product that works! It has been used in our household from the time I was a kid. Now that I am grown with children in my own home I continue to use it and so will my children. It's the only product that scrubs away my dead skin without leaving my face dry and irritated after. I love St. Ives Apricot Scrub!
Morgan C.
University Pl, WA
16 reviews
I literally have to exfoliate every few days, and this is, BY FAR, the best exfoliating cleanser I have ever used. It's perfect if you have oily skin, and using it as often as I use it, doesn't dry my skin out.

There isn't a strong fragrance like most scrubs, and it will leave a you sking with a wonderful glow.
Kassandra F.
S Portland, ME
216 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 3
I've used this blackhead scrub since middle school (12 years or so) and completely avoided the awkward acne stage of life. Has always been apart of my daily skin care routine and always will! It does cause some redness is my skin is very dry, especially in the winter, but that's nothing some moisturizer doesn't fix
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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