St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control

4.0

1573 reviews

79% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $

Package Quality: 3.9

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).


on 4/27/2015 9:02:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

WARNING TO THOSE WITH EXISTING CYSTIC AND SWELLING ACNE: I recommend to use this as a mask rather than rubbing this as a scrub. Five years ago, I was a victim of the drastic acne problem that i've almost tried every kind of treatment for my acne. I tried a lot of products and spent much on facial clinics and dermas. {Though, for the benefit of you guys, treating your acne medically with the aid of a good dermatologist is the best solution, but you need to really search for a reliable one that is price-wise and not those clinics that will just leave you penniless and still crying out loud for the unsolved acne disaster!}
On my desperation, i opt for some drugstore/department store products thinking that these might help.
Honestly, I am not a big fan of drugstore skincare products for at some reasons, i hate it when it's too commercialized. But i gave this scrub a try.
Because it is too grainy, I massaged this gently on damp face and left it for about 5mins before rinsing. After the 1st use, i felt my skin was so smooth and refreshed and my pores were smaller. It's great before applying your anti-ace products for it makes your skin raw thus making your serums and essences more effective.
Now, it's been 5 years of acne-free, scar-free and blemish-free face. I use this at night before applying my hanskin snail essence and kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate.
TIPS:
As your skin is cleared from acne/pimples, continue using this as part of your night time regimen.
CLEANSER AND RINSE> THIS SCRUB>LEAVE FOR 5MINS>USE FACIAL SPONGE FOR FURTHER EXFOLIATING WHILE THE SCRUB IS STILL IN FACE AND RINSE(if you were on a heavy make-up during the day or having a stressed face during the day)>MILD FACIAL FOAM(i suggest cucumber facial foams that will soothe your skin after exfoliation)and of course, RINSE>TONER>FACIAL MASK(use on lazy weekends)>ESSENCE> CONCENTRATE/SERUM>SNAIL CREAM
For me this is the reason why my skincare products are working so much for me because it really exfoliates my skin, gets rid of blackheads/whiteheads, makes my skin so smooth (though raw), and really primes my skin for my regimen.
Plus, I always have this glow of having that dewy or polished face.
It's a cheap way to have diamond peel/microdermabrasion feel on skin but all natural.
If you have some existing pimples or breakouts, use this as a mask on those affected area. Put the scrub on dry face esp on pimples and leave it as a mask for 15 mins and rinse. You might feel it will dry up but it's ok, it's the real purpose of it for the pimple to clear out, right?:)



on 4/10/2015 5:50:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

IF YOU HAVE ACNE PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS!!!!
I have rubbish skin....acne on my chin and jawline. .dry and blotchy...I'm 34!
After using many acne treatments and creams..gels...cleansers etc..my skin had litrally dried up...putting foundation on to cover spots and scars was becoming useless...tried another cream...skin doctors resurfacing cream...HUGE MISTAKE! Got up next day...skin was like a sun dried tomato..itchy and so tender...I washed my face it got worse...I put loads of my regular moisturiser on...it stung and burnt...so had to splash cold water on my face....I ran the chemist with a pitiful excuse for make up on (my skin looked like a dried out lake)...I got aveeno cream (please see my review on that gem)....so my skin has healed a lot now thanks to my new fab find at the chemist. ...onto the st ives scrub....I bought this prior to my skin disaster so couldn't use it til two days ago...I have to say I love this scrub...its creamy and very exfoliating. ..yer its a bit ruffer then some others but grains are not too big...right size I think...it feels nice on skin if you don't rub way to hard..smells nice...after rinsing my skin isn't tight and it feels so much smoother...and my moisturiser sinks into my skin tons better....so far so good...hasn't caused any issues no breakouts...no drying....I love it.
It got rid of the last of my flakes....skin looks best it has in years...I think this is due to backing away from more chemically inhanced products for acne....and choosing gentler products. ..I use a cream cleanser...this st ives scub...and aveeno moisturiser. ..and I use my prescribed differin cream on the active acne only....I know this is a long review...but I know how hard acne can be...and how we try so many harsh chemicals on our skin to help with it....but this can really make things worse. ..after 4 days yep just 4 days of using just 3 products...cream cleanser...st Ives scrub...and aveeno moisturiser my skins best its been in a very long time....smoother softer less red....even my acne scars are slightly lighter...and my make up glides on now. ...
All you want in a scrub is for it to be gentle enough not to burn....good enough to remove dead skin....and to leave skin smooth and clean...this scrub does them things perfectly!
10/10....sticking with this new skin care routine. ...no more acne washes creams lotions or potions that aggravate sting and dry out my skin.....;)

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 3/27/2015 9:43:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

[Purchased: 2]


PROS:
- makes your face feel super clean
- gentle

CONS:
- none so far


on 3/27/2015 5:23:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Other, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Wavy, Other

Eyes: Other

Back when I had acne issues, this was the only thing that seemed to help even the slightest bit. My face has since stopped breaking out so much but this is still a staple in my face wash routine. The bottle lasts a great amount of time since you need such a small amount of the scrub. I don't find that it's the best at exfoliating but it does make my face feel really soft and doesn't dry it out at all; in fact I think it might actually moisturize a bit. I love this and wouldn't know what to do without it.


on 3/24/2015 7:42:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I just bought the Apricot Scrub today, and was very excited to try it out. I've noticed with scrubs that it's much easier to apply and rinse off while in the shower. So come shower time, I was hyped to give it a try.
It cost me 5 US$ so I figured if it turned out to be horrible, no financial harm done. But I was very optimistic after reading reviews on MakeupAlley.
I would warn anyone using this scrub not to apply the scrub with too much pressure. The scrub seems to do its job, so all that is really needed is to apply it gently to the face. (No need for the actual scrubbing of the product onto your face, even if it is called a 'scrub'.) Using a lot of pressure to apply it would probably do more harm than good - as it would irritate the skin to an extent that is unnecessary.
The smell and feel of the scrub is fantastic. It left my skin feeling super smooth and not dry at all. I wouldn't recommend using it more than 3 or 4 times per week though. Simply because of how well it seems to work. I think using it on a daily basis would irritate and dry out the skin.
I've got dry/sensitive skin, especially around my cheek area. Thus, I didn't use the scrub there. I mainly focused on the 'T' zone (forehead, nose & chin).
After the scrub, I used 'Clarins Toning Lotion with Camomile'. My skin has never felt so great! Now I've just got to find an amazing moisturizer to complete my facial skincare routine.


on 3/21/2015 7:44:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Very Oily, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I love how this helped to improve my complexion.
It has brightened it and made it much more smooth.
This scrub has added a glow back to my skin that I was missing.
I am very happy with this product and whenever I am having a hormonal breakout it really helps before they get out of control. I apply and scub gently and leave on for a few minutes especially in blemish prone areas. After washing my face to remove makeup I use this 3-4 times a week since I have oily skin, which tends to be a bit thicker and cells stick together more. Also I only use this in the shower as it can be quite messy.
Out of the St. Ives scrubs this is my favorite with the original second. For some reason I feel like this one exfoliates my skin better.
This paired with Noxzema has made all the difference for my oily skin.
I am much MUCH more balanced for the first time in my life!!! Go figure two classics that have been around for ages are all my skin needed to look its best. Love them both.
The only complaint I have is that it can be hard to get the rest of the product out when your reaching the end even when there is plenty left.
I personally like the tubs but wish they had a flip top to make it easier to open and close instead of having to screw and unscrew a top in the shower.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


on 3/13/2015 2:13:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Grey, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

This is a great exfoliating scrub, but it is NOT a facewash. You have to remove all your makeup with something else as this only exfoliates, but it does that well.


on 3/11/2015 1:50:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This product has been one of my staples for about 6 years but they must have changed the formula. I looked up the ingredients and there were 10 comedogenic ingredients. 10! The worst ingredients were acetylated lanolin alcohol and sodium laureth sulfate, known comedogenic ingredients. I bought a new bottle in November 2014 and will not buy again ever.


on 2/28/2015 7:34:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Love this scrub, only concern is that it is quite strong would definitely not use every day maybe 2/3 times a week. I found that if I use it too much my skin breaks outs from over drying and can be quite painful. Love the smell, it's really good if you have oily skin but avoid if you have dry skin it will rip it apart! Will continue to use regularly.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

used to be my HG scrub, not anymore, my skin is too sensitive for it now.

made my skin dry and break out after I repurchased it a few weeks ago


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