St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control

4.0

1608 reviews

79% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$

INGREDIENTS

Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid (2%). Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Meal, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cetyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Carbomer, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Acetate, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Chloride, Sorbitol Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Kinky, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

Blemishes! Acne! Blackheads! Don't you just wish there was a simple product to help get rid of them? Well, there are many blemish controlling products out there that may try and do the trick, but here's one of my favorite products that's simple and easy for you to use to help minimize those blemishes while feeling confident as well.

Some of you might have heard the St. Ives Blemish and Blackhead Control Apricot Scrub. It is said to help:
-Prevent blemishes/Topical Acne
-Minimize Pores

Also, the Apricot Scrub contains:
-100% natural exfoliants
-It is Sulfate & Paraben Free
- It's Hypoallergenic
-Oil-Free Salicylic Acne Medication
-Deep exfoliation to help deep clean those pores

With that being said..

The application process is very simple, but here are a few tips to make the process a little easier:
Make sure you clean and wet your skin thoroughly before applying. This product will work differently, depending on the amount of acne you may experience. Also, the instructions state that it CAN cause excessive drying and to start by using the product once daily and gradually increase to 2 or 3 times is needed. Now, this product contains an exfoliating substance, so I would advise you not to RUB the product onto the face, but DAB it in a circular manner. This reduces any discomfort when applying this product. Then, let sit until the product dries completely, which should be approximately 15 minutes or so. Then, take a washcloth and wipe the scrub off a couple of times to ensure there is no residue. Once finished, you will feel how soft your face is!

The product smells very good. It has a clean, apricot-like scent to it! I have used this product many times, and I enjoy how it helps my face! As previously stated, I would recommend dabbing the product onto the face instead of rubbing it because I experienced a little discomfort when rubbing the product onto my face. Since I have mild acne, I only used the product once a day for the next week to see if there was a reduction in my acne. I noticed that my face felt very soft and smooth from the moment I washed the face scrub off and that there was a slight reduction in my acne. I will not say that this product works instantly, but it is a very simple product that I wanted to share with you that could help reduce those blemishes.

-ReviewZals ♥♥♥

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.



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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I first bought this product because it was cheap and I was in need of an exfoliator. I used up about 3/4 of it before I read online that it was wayyyyy to rough. That's something I like in a scrub and I did feel like my face was cleaner after, but it was said to be TOO abrasive and that in the long run it was damaging, so I stopped using it on my face and used it on my body instead just to finish it and not waste it. Wouldn't repurchase again because even though it was dirt cheap, it's not worth damaging my skin for. (By the way, I only used it once or twice a week)


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I use this twice daily. It's a very strong exfoliant, by which I mean it's probably one of the "rougher" ones on the market but that's why I love it, my skin is always so unbelievably smooth! If you exfoliate daily then you will see minimized blackheads and pores plus soft skin! I own a clarisonic but lately have just been using this alone because I feel like it does the same amount of exfoliating. My only complaint is that it is sometimes difficult to wash off completely so lots of times I wake up with some of it dried on my neck or hairline. This is probably my fault though, just make sure you rinse well! I took one lippie off because I think that if you use it for a long time it can start to clog your pores a little. That's when I take a break from it. Overall a really good exfoliant, in my opinion the rougher the better so I love this! I went through two of these and then tried the generic target version and that one works great too!


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Other, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

Smells divine and great packaging, but it felt very rough on my skin and I think it gave me more little bumps than it removed. I gave up after a few uses :(


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

This is my HG exfoliator for reducing blackheads and it was one of the first few I've ever used, no matter what other products I try I always come back to this one. I have a rather oily t-zone with blackheads on my nose and chin. Like its description, this is definitely a deep cleansing scrub and I use this scrub mainly for my nose and chin and sometimes my forehead where I actually have blackhead and blemishes. This stuff actually does work and my blackheads are much less obvious after I use this. It also makes the skin around my nose feel really soft. I avoid my cheeks as I don't have that problem there and I will usually resort to a more gentle option for my cheek area. Would highly recommend if you are seeking something to reduce the appearance of blackheads but not so much if you have sensitive skin as it probably will be a bit rough.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Kinky, Medium

Eyes: Brown

So this stuff is the only thing that works for me. I've used it for at least 15 years. Yes, it's rough if you don't use enough water to give it slip but used properly it's like a light microdermabrasion in a tube. Wet your face and hands throughly and repeatedly while applying it. I have dryish skin that somehow has pores stuffed full of prickly sebum. Imagine a saguaro cactus, that's my skin. I use st. Ives apricot scrub with salicylic acid once or twice a week in conjunction with a silicone moisturizer and daily black soap. This combo has really improved my skin texture by sloughing off my stubborn dead skin and polishing away stubborn sebum. I get less pimples over all when I use it regularly and my skin feels tight but plump after I use it. Also, I wouldn't use it in the morning and slap makeup on afterward. I use it before bed to give my face a chance to calm down after I use it. I can imagine that this stuff is a no go for people with sensitive skin. Don't over do it by rubbing too hard, too long or without enough water or you will end up with a raw face! If you're oily this might actually make you more oily, as it does leave you squeaky clean, which can cause your oil glands to ramp up.
Overall, I feel like this improves my skin texture, lessens acne, dry patches and makes my foundation go on smoother for several days afterward if used with caution and a light hand.


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I always used to use this product especially when I was a teenager with problem skin. It is a very effective exfoliant- however I worry now that the exfoliant is TOO harsh. It is quite grainy and you really only should use it once or twice a week.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I grew up as a fan of the St. Ives line, so I didn't hesitate to purchase this product when I required an exfoliant. During the first use, I really enjoyed the gritty feel. There is something about it that feels very satisfying. Unfortunately that isn't actually good for your skin. All it does is scratch up your face.

One top of this, it caused me to break out. I am not normally the skin type that will break out, but I got multiple pimples within a week of using this.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

Very good scrub at a great price. My favourite is Clinique 7 day scrub however it's a bit pricey and this does the job as well as the Clinique one if not better. Lovely consistency; different to the 7 day however non abrasive, crushed particles gentle enough not to irrytate existing spots. No new blemishes after using it which is quite common with most of them when you have mild to moderate acne. I use it every other day after cleaning my face with a mild salicylic acid based cleanser. Very good if you have dryness or peeling skin on your face. Smell might be an issue for some as its fairly strong however I haven't reacted to it obviously I would prefer no perfume in it. Will definitely buy again when I run out.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I love this stuff. It gently takes off my makeup which is Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation . Those baby wipes or makeup wipes do not remove my makeup but this does . I do use it twice a day and it gets all that stuff out of your pores. If you still want a deeper clean I use an astringent on a cotton round. I started using this because my mom uses it . If smells like apricots and their are a few imitators and not all of them are as good only a few . But the original is the best . It does not foam it is essentially a scrub and can be used every day but if the scrub exfoliating part scares you then you can use Cetaphil in the morning and the St. Ives apricot scrub all of your makeup. I apply it on my face and neck I work it in or exfoliate it in my skin and then I rinse it well. A little goes a long way and it is readily available almost everywhere and it is under $5 . Also the product comes in a squeeze tube so you can squeeze out the amount you want as you go. This product also comes in a jar but I like this better. You can also purchase the travel size if you want to give it a try and throw it in your gym bag or your suitcase when you travel. I also have gotten compliments on my skin since I have been using this product as well so I think it is definitely worth a try and a bargain either in the travel size or the normal size.


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