Apricot Scrub Blemish & Blackhead Control
6 fl. oz. for $4.29
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Apricot Scrub Blemish & Blackhead Control has too many negatives to make it a worthy contender in the facial scrub category. Walnut shells and cornmeal can be too abrasive and tear skin, not to mention rupture acne lesions and prolong healing time, increasing the chances you’ll end up with red marks once the blemish heals. This scrub also contains the fragrance ingredient limonene, which can cause irritation that makes oily skin worse.

Please keep in mind that blackheads cannot be scrubbed away. Because a blackhead begins deep in the pore lining, you need an exfoliant that penetrates the buildup to dissolve the clog that leads to a blackhead. That’s not possible from any scrub; you need to use a well-formulated BHA (beta hydroxy acid) exfoliant medicated with salicylic acid.


100% natural exfoliants and Salicylic Acid remove dirt, oil, and dead skin cells to fight blemishes, revealing clearer looking skin.


Active: Salicylic Acid (2%) Water, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Meal, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Acetate, Ceteareth 20, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate 60, Carbomer, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Fragrance, Phenethyl Alcohol, Limonene, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Linalool, Methylisothiazolinone, Glycerin, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract

Brand Overview

St. Ives At-A-Glance

Strengths: A couple of water-soluble cleansers, a gentle microdermabrasion alternative; some good, inexpensive body lotions; excellent hand cream.

Weaknesses: Overly abrasive scrubs; ineffective anti-acne products; dated moisturizer; overall, the facial-care products are substandard, even if they are inexpensive.

Two things set this line apart in the minds of consumers familiar with the brand: the Swiss angle and their apricot face scrubs. This notoriety didn't translate to thoughtfully formulated products, though. Instead, most of the scrubs are too abrasive, and the apricot is simply there as an extract, never mind that in a scrub it doesn't have any significant benefit for skin. The same can be said of the selection of supposedly Swiss-based herbs. Most of them have soothing properties, but it doesn't matter to skin if the ingredients came from Switzerland or South Dakota. If anything, the whole Swiss angle is getting a bit tired. You can bet that there are no scientists working high in the Swiss alps to formulate these products. St. Ives is a line with very little worth considering, so feel free to breeze right by as you shop for skin-care products at your local drugstore.

For more information about St. Ives, owned by Unilever, call (800) 333-0005 or visit www.stives.com.

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do not buy!

I started using this product and soon after my acne got very bad. I didn't realise at the time that it was because of this scrub so I used it more and more to try and rid my stubborn pimples! I scrubbed my face everyday and (without knowing it) caused my face to breakout, swell and become very painful. As soon as I realised it was because of the scrub I stopped using it and the very next day the swelling was visibly better!! This is far too abrasive on the skin and causes serious irritation!! :(

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Not recommended

My main issue with this product is the fact it is entirely too abrasive. This had zero effect on the appearance of my blackheads, and it certainly didn't reduce the amount of blackheads I had. I do NOT recommend this to anyone. The price point is probably very appealing to people, but it isn't worth the bother.

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Alexandra M.
Not Great

I used to really love this product. I used it religiously for over a year. It seems like the longer I used it, the less effective it became. I have gotten to the point where I use it day and night religiously and even used a clay face mask from another company occasionally, and I was still getting new pimples every day. This obviously is just not working anymore.

Reviewed by
Jessica N.
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