Product Review: St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub

St. Ives apricot scrubs have been around since I entered my teen years or may be even before that. I have always loved their apricot scrub because I have very oily and acne prone skin. I came across this scrub on a drugstore while I was looking for a good anti-acne scrub which contains Salicylic acid.

About the product:

This is what the package says:

  • Prevents blemishes & minimizes pores
  • Oil-free salicylic Acne Medication
  • 100% natural exfoliants
  • Sulfate free
  • Paraben free
  • Stops break outs before they occur
  • Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist tested, Non-Comedogenic
  • Active ingredient: salicylic acid 2%
  • Purpose: acne treatment
  • Exfoliation factor: Deep

The product is easy to apply, nice smelling and very effective in what it claims.

The jar is air-tight thus, easy to carry around while travelling. The 283g jar cost me PKR 550 and I have used like 1/10th of the product in 6 months.

St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub
How I use the product:

The directions on the jar recommend the application of thin layer of the product on affected areas; starting once daily and go up to 2-3 times everyday. However, in winters even the oily skin is on dry side, I use this product only once every other day before bed. I apply thin layer on my whole face and scrub for few minutes, leave it on for another minute or two and then wash  with water (no soap). Then apply night cream.


This product contains salicylic acid 2% but still does not dry the skin to an uncomfortable level.

The product does help with break outs and active acne. If I do not use this product for a few days, I do notice a few tiny zits, but with regular use, there is hardly a cystic zit forming which is a great plus for me as I suffer a lot from hormonal cystic, under the skin, kinda acne.

The product can be used as a scrub as well as a face pack when suffering active acne.

Do I recommend this:

YES. I totally recommend this for oily skin and normal skin prone to acne and pimples. Exfoliation is your best friend if you have oily skin and this product is great at it.


PKR 550 for 283g jar.


x Zb


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