I have been using this stuff since i was younger. I have tried many other face scrubs and wash but this stuff is ALWAYS my go to. If im not using this stuff i break out.I will continue to repurchased because my skin cant go without it!
Even though I have acne prone skin, I found the grains in this too harsh. The smell was also a little strong. Compared to the gentle version, this has much more grains. I didn't find this helped blackheads either. I much prefer the gentle version which is more creamy whereas this left my face a little red. Not too bad as a body scrub and usually found on offer so not too expensive.
Omg, the best. Makes my skin suuper soft and smells great. It's cheap. Plus, St. Ives doesn't test on animals. For my face, I prefer scrubs to anything else (cleansers, creams, gels, etc)!
CVS Retails under $4
Walmart Sometime has two packaged together for $6
There are different kinds!!!
the main reason why I am giving it a 3 is because the first week of buying one, a bottle bursted on the side so I have to put it in a container.
Suggestions: Your skin re-new it self during night so it best to use it before you go to bed.
If you do it during the day time you can cause yourself to get sun damage due to raw skin
this one is very abbrassive I suggest using this one once every week, no more than that. You will only need a dime size to clean your face. Please do not use a brush it can cause scratches and tears to your skin which is what happened to me.
I use this every other day, its less abrassive than the invigorating scrub, and gentle to use. You can use this with a foam brush. The beads are however still too large and rough to be using it with a brush that uses bristles.
I love this product. Its cheap and it works!
I've been hearing some bad things about this scrub lately -- not the Blemish and Blackhead Control one, but the Apricot Scrub in general -- that its exfoliating beads are too harsh on the skin and that it does more harm than good in the long run. I choose to ignore these criticisms, because my skin just doesn't feel right without it. I suppose it could be too harsh if used every day, but I use it only twice a week and it makes my skin so soft and smooth, I can't help but stroke my face afterwards. My skin never feels more perfect than after I've used this scrub.
As for the blemish and blackhead-fighting aspect of it, I can't say that it's done much to clear up my acne, but then again it hasn't really irritated it either, so I can't fault it too much for that. I have a bunch of blackheads on my nose that this scrub hasn't helped with at all, but I've been told that they're actually "sebaceous filaments" and are virtually permanent, so once again, I can't fault this scrub for that.
I suspect these "sebaceous filaments" also apply to a lot of MakeupAlley members, so you may want to do your research before spending a load of money to get rid of any particularly stubborn blackheads.
Overall, the smell is light and pleasant, the tube is easy to use and it's relatively cheap (around $10 here in New Zealand depending on where you get it). I've been using it for over a year and have strayed to other scrubs to compare, but I would never permanently change from this one. It just makes my skin feel so damn good. Will always repurchase when it runs out.
I have used this product for years and I just love it. I try other exfoliants, but I keep coming back to St Ives. It clears my skin of debris and old skin cells and makes it lovely and soft. I have SUPER oily skin, so I use this two or three times a week. Certainly one of my staples and one that I will continue to repurchase.
I bought this product a couple of weeks ago. I had been reading the reviews for this product and thought it would be worth a shot, unfortunately, I live in Singapore so it is pretty hard to find this product. After a while I finally found it selling at 5.50SGD which is cheap beyond words considering how big the tube is. Used it that very night. The smell imo is pretty good. Extremely generous amount of granules that look and feel like sand, not a problem though. Applied it entirely on my face, left it on for about a minute or so. When I washed it off I actually squealed, the product really makes your face super soft and smooth. (That's why I started using it on my hands too lol) I use it 3-4 times a week as directed on the tube. For the "blemish and blackhead control" part, it actually hardly does anything in preventing/removing acne or blackheads, but i still think buying this product was worth it considering how smooth your skin becomes after just one use. Will update again after a longer use.
I'm not going to lie, but this product made me break out with the first few uses. But for whatever reason I decided to keep using it, and it's been two weeks since. It's actually improved my skin quite a bit (I often get stubborn bumps on my face), my forehead isn't as red and angry anymore, but it's not completely blemish-free yet. This seems to be the best acne product I've used though, since nothing else has ever done anything for me. Its effects are less dramatic on me than some of the other reviews, but I think it'll slowly recover my skin, which I'm happy about! :)
This was the only product that made any improvements in my skin as a teenager (and I tried ALL the drugstore brands back then!). I have thick, oily, difficult to exfoliate skin, so this was a Godsend, the ONLY cleanser that could clean my face without irritating it or breaking me out. However, I dončt notice an advantage of using the blemish control over the regular, they do the exact same thing in my opinion. Nowadays, I have the Clarisonic and chemical peels for exfoliating and its much gentler on my skin, but I alwas have this scrub around and use it once in a while. It just works.