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My Review of St. Ives Apricot Scrub

Updated on November 9, 2016
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Cynthia is a homesteader who grows, harvests, and stores many foods, and prefers natural, homemade remedies for her family.

There are so many acne products on the market today. Though one of my favorites has been around for a very long time. Apricot scrub would sit neatly on my mother's and grandmother's bathroom vanity when I was a small child. I remember watching my mother cleanse her face when I was young with her apricot scrub. It should have been a hint to me that my mother always seemed to have flawless skin. Being young I guess the thought never crossed my mind that she had a superb product keeping her face looking fabulous.

Though the packaging of apricot scrub has drastically changed over the years. The actual scrub remains the same. As does the awesome acne fighting power you will find inside! Acne has been a long struggle for me my entire life. So many products I have tried in the past did not work at all, or seemed to make it worse.

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St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub

St. Ives Apricot scrub is not a fleeting product for me. It is a staple in my skincare arsenal! I use the apricot scrub less frequently than I do some of my other products. This is because it is a deep cleaning product, and the granules are much larger. Offering an intense pore cleaning experience, and I would not recommend it for everyday use.

This is my go to for when my skin is breaking out or about to break out. There are many things that trigger an acne outbreak. Finding your triggers can be useful in knowing the best time to start using a product like apricot scrub. Here are a few of the most common acne triggers:

  • Menstruation
  • Stress
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Dietary Changes
  • Kissing
  • Using Products With Mineral Oil
  • Hair Care Products

Many of these acne triggers are fairly common. But did you know, kissing your boyfriend who has a beard can stimulate oil production? Mineral oil is often used as an ingredient in moisturizers. So if you are using a facial moisturizer daily, make sure it does not contain mineral oil!

Hair care products are a long time culprit for causing acne outbreaks. They can even be responsible for chest, shoulder and back breakouts. From conditioning our before we get out of the shower to using hairspray to set our look. All clog our pores and cause acne issues.

Dietary changes, or eating specific foods is also believed to cause acne. Spicey foods, bread and chocolate are foods that can cause an acne outbreak. I don't know about you but those are my three favorite food types!

I get horrible acne breakouts near my monthly visit, that if I leave unchecked will last for a few weeks. No one wants to be rocking that look! During my breakout time I use the blemish control apricot scrub a few times a week. Or everyday depending on how bad my breakout is. This aids in treating the current acne breakthrough. While preventing any more pimples from popping up.


Budget Friendly Acne Treatment

I have been using this product since I was a young teen. Having tried many other products throughout my life; this one is the best. It works at treating my current acne outbreak and preventing any more.

Best of all apricot scrub fits into every budget! A 6 oz tube will run you under $5.00 as most retail and online locations. I have found it online for as low as $2.96! A single tube will last a fairly long time if you use it as I do, during acne outbreaks or just prior to an acne outbreak. It is not a product that I have to buy frequently, but I always make sure to keep it on hand.

The product is oil free, sulfate free and paraben free! So it is another product you can feel good about. It can be a bit drying at times, though most blemish control products are. I just slack off use if I notice my skin drying out, and skip a day or two if need be. I have combination skin, so I am prone to over drying more than those with strictly oily skin. If you have acne issues but have dry skin I would suggest a different less abrasive scrub.



Using Apricot Scrub for Acne Treatment

When I first notice a breakout I go straight to my apricot scrub. Using it once in the morning everyday. Though I cleanse my face at night, using it in the morning will clean your pores from any dead skin cells or oils that clogged your pores overnight. If my breakout is bad I will sometimes use apricot scrub up to 3 times a day. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of using apricot scrub:

  • Apply only after washing the area to be treated first. Face, chest, or back, just make sure to give it a once over with soap first.
  • Cover your entire acne outbreak with a thin layer of apricot scrub. Work into a lather with just a little warm to hot water.
  • Once thoroughly scrubbed, rinse the entire area with cold water. Cold water will help to shrink your clean pores to prevent them from clogging.
  • Start with just one application a day to see if there is any drying. If your skin does not dry out, then you can work your way to 2-3 applications a day if you choose.
  • If you notice any issues with dryness or your skin starts to peel, go back to one daily application.

Apricot scrub not only cleans pores, but it will clear blackheads as well. If left untreated a blackhead can turn into a cystic pimple and cause a lot of discomfort. Not to mention we all get embarrassed and self conscious during a breakout, dealing with it fast and effectively is best.

Using apricot scrub I can put an end to my acne outbreak in 2-3 days if I start using it when I first notice the outbreak starting. Picture day coming up? No problem, this exfoliating acne treatment will clear up an outbreak in just a few days. Leaving you fresh faced and confident for you photo session! I have tried many expensive acne treatments like those advertised on TV (you know the one) and had zero success with them. Wasting not just my time with so many different steps, but I have wasted a small fortune too!

If you struggle with acne issues and outbreaks, give apricot scrub a try. Even if it is not currently on sale anywhere it is still a much better price than other products on the market. I have tried prescription based expensive acne treatments in the past with no success. So I was very pleased that apricot scrub does the trick and is pretty cheap too!

© 2016 Cynthia Hoover

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