even after reading good reviews this failed to help my skin, i had mild acne and clogged pores so i thought this may help but after using this constantly i did not at all see a difference i was breaking out more and more, it didn't make my face worse but it didn't help either, but it does leave your skin feeling very soft and smooth which was a plus.
I used this for several years...I wish I had realized sooner that this was making my skin worse the whole time. It does a decent job exfoliating, but it caused me breakouts and irritated skin. Never purchasing again, there are much better products out there!
You would think that the less expensive products are usually garbage, right? Well, this is one of those less expensive products that actually works. I've been using this product for years now (and the regular apricot scrub), since I was a teenager actually. It keeps my skin soft, renewed, and refreshed. It doesn't dry my skin and is non-irritating. I'll be buying this forever.
Well this product works perfectly fine for me. The first time when I use, I can immediately feel that my skin loves it! Small little bumps/ dead skin cells are removed! My skin becomes baby skin smooth and soft :) It did shrink my pimple size and remove the oilliness on my T-zone area. It isn't too harsh on my skin. I got it from Watson and the price is reasonably affordable. For those who have acne prone skin on T-zone area, I recommend this baby :)
I find this scrub works well on my dry skin without making it feel dehydrated or sore. I've been using it since my mid-teens and have continued to re-purchase, I prefer it to any other scrubs (both high-end and drugstore) that I have tried.
It leaves my face soft and very smooth, can't say if it helps with blemishes as I use other acne medication, but it certainly doesn't ever exacerbate the problem.
It can be a little harsh, so its important to use it very gently, also sometimes it doesn't rinse cleanly and I find little apricot beads on my skin afterwards, but overall I really like this product and will continue to buy.
I have used this since I can remember. Its my only facial scrub in my bathroom.
Bottomline: I would definitely recommend this product, but not for people with my skin type.
When I first started using this, it worked wonders for the small breakout I had at that time. This was quite some time ago, so I can't remember exactly how it worked, only that it did and I saw results.
When I had a bad breakout about a year ago, I panicked and turned to this again and I was definitely one of those that tried to scrub my pimples off my face. I think I used this everyday. The result - I broke out really badly and had to visit my doctor.
My skin type changed over the years, and it is now sensitive and quite thin, so this scrub is way too abrasive for my skin. In fact, I can't use any type of scrub exfoliator, I sometimes use a little bit of lemon juice (though my facialist told me not to).
If you have sensitive skin, I do not recommend this at all. Even if I use it once a week VERY gently, I find that it does smooth out my skin but the next day I get even more tiny whiteheads. For people with tougher skin, I think this is definitely worth a shot! Remember to use a very very light touch. I have some leftover and I just use it as a body scrub and it works very well =)
I have somewhat sensitive skin and this scrub is way too harsh for me. The beads are too big. I find Clinique 7-Day Scrub to be much gentler and yet still effective.
I feel like I just had to write a review for this. I had been using this scrub for a long time, literally a few years. I use to love it when I was a teen because of the way it smoothed out the acne on my skin. But, it wasn't until I was a little older that I started to realize how harsh it was for my skin.
I began to search for other cleansers to use that wouldn't be so abrasive. I used several Neutrogena, Aveeno, Pro-Activ, Philosophy, Clinique, but I could never seem to find a cleanser that gave me the right texture, moisture balance, or non-irritation. I thought about going back to St. Ives.
I realized that I actually really do like St. Ives for the way it made my skin feel. It obviously made the texture smoother. It helped fade discoloration of past acne. It didn't cause me to break out. But it was just WAY too abrasive. So then I thought... Why not find a way to make it less harsh? Bingo.
This is how I use it now, and I love it so far. I'm still unsure about those dreaded jagged beads, but until I find something else I can be content with, this is what I'll do:
- I'll exfoliate 1-2x/wk. at night using this scrub
1. I first take a small dollop of Pond's Cold Cream and massage it all around my face to help break down my make-up, then I tissue off as much as I can. (I find that the oil residue from the Cold Cream kind of works as a buffer to also help the scrub be less abrasive on my skin)
2. I'll take a small, VERY small, pea sized amount of St. Ives in my palm and mix it with a cream cleanser (I use a regular Neutrogena one with a small percentage of salicylic acid). I put about 1 parts St. Ives: 3 parts cream cleanser.
3. I massage the mixture around in my palm to mix it up well, then dot it all over my face.
4. I moisten my hands and gently and slowly scrub around my face using small circular motions.
5. Rinse off thoroughly, then blot dry my face using a paper towel (I feel as though this is more sanitary than using hand towels because they are more fresh/un-used).
6. Apply a thin layer of treatment cream/moisturizer.
7. Spot treat for any blemishes, and also spot treat discolored areas with fade cream using a Q-tip (Ambi fade cream, SWEAR by it for acne scarring; if I showed you my face today you would never have know I ever had it before).
This is what worked for me. My skin today is combination with oil just in the T-zone and cheeks fairly dry. I do get an occasional mild break-out before the cycle. But this method really helped me. I feel like diluting makes it way less harsh on my skin. Granted, I'm no esthetician or dermatologist so I can't say if it truly is significantly less damaging, but I would think that using less of it, less often, and scrubbing more gently would not be as bad for the skin as using it alone and frequently.
Im definitely a fan. It didnt dry out my dry cheeks nor my oily acne prone t-zone. In fact, my skin noticeably became brighter, has a slight glow and absolutely become much more softer! Im sold! The exfoliating beads goes well with my skin and does not make my skin red so I don't really recommend this for sensitive skin. It has a nice fragrance and does it overall job as a scrub/exfoliator. Another plus is that it is really affordable, for such a huge squeeze tube at 5.50 usd is definitely worth it.