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St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub (Apricot Acne Scrub Review)

Updated on July 11, 2013

Problems with blackheads, acne, spots, oily skin?

If you ever find yourself fussing over your acne or blackheads, sports, scars, or your oily skin, you might be looking for a magic product to cure everything!

If you have not tried an apricot scrub, today is the day to go buy a bottle or make your own! (See "Make Your Own Apricot Facial Scrub" title below).

Just be informed that commercial apricot scrubs tend to be more effective than a homemade facial scrub because they pack in acne fighting ingredients and other plant extracts that help the skin look radiant!

Cons of St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub

  • · Clears up acne slowly

  • · The granules may feel a little rough

Pros of St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub

  • · Smells nice
  • · Controls breakouts
  • · Great price
  • · Good exfoliator
  • · Fades acne scars
  • · Lasts a long time
  • · Leaves skin feeling clean and soft
  • · Loosens blackheads
  • · Tones skin
  • · Great for all skin types

This Apricot Scrub Received 4.5 Stars Overall

What St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub Can Do For Your Skin!

St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub can prevent or reduce wrinkles because it exfoliates away dead skin cells that over time can cause fine lines in your skin and face.

It can also moisturize due to the Kernel Oil. Kernel Oil has moisturizing properties to help keep your skin cells hydrated.

In addition, it tones your skin, much the same way that it reduces the visibility of wrinkles!

Another great benefit is that apricot is a completely natural ingredient. No more ingredient labels that even a scientist can't understand! Just a simple and natural Apricot Scrub!

Another similar St. Ives Scrub! Invigorating Apricot Scrub (Click to view full size)
Another similar St. Ives Scrub! Invigorating Apricot Scrub (Click to view full size)

How To Use This Facial Scrub

1. Moisten face

2. Apply with wet finger tips or sponge cloth

3. Massage into skin for about one minute

4. Rinse well

5. Pat dry with a towel or washcloth

How The Apricot Scrub Works!

The St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub works its wonders by a lovely little ingredient called Salicylic Acid. The Salicylic Acid works like an exfoliant and promotes the removal of dead skin cells from inside the cell.

It has an amazing ability to penetrate a pore or any follicle (opening) in the surface of the skin, which means that it gets inside your skin before any dirt or bacteria can beat it to the punch. It should be used with caution though because even a small dose (like 2% in the St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub can dry skin if used excessively.)

The ingredient is not a "one time use and it's gone for good!" product. If you stop using the product, it will, like any other acne product, stop working and the acne may return. The good news about it is that users rarely experience any itchiness, like they would with a product that contained Glycerin (like Clearasil Oil-Free Daily Face Wash). Glycerin works in a completely different way, and also has it's benefits to clearing skin. If you want to learn more about the benefits of Glycerin, click here!

The Problem With Exfoliation

Exfoliating your skin is one of the easiest and healthiest things you can do to bring out a healthy glow and help your younger skin cells breathe. So why does exfoliating get a bad reputation? Over exfoliation may cause dry skin, flakiness, and irritation, so limit the times you exfoliate to 2-3 times a week, or 1 a week if you have sensitive skin. Experiment with your skin type, see what works best.

Bottom Line Review

I would recommend this product for any skin type! It really is wonderful. I've been using it for a few months now and every time I use it my skin feels refreshed and just emanates a healthy glow all over. The granules in the scrub may feel rough to some, but they really aren't a bother, I actually like the bigger granules because they exfoliate better, and anybody that lives in cold weather can appreciate the benefits of this product. I did a little research online and counted my own vote in, and overall consumers gave this product 4.5 stars out of 5!

Sliced apricots
Sliced apricots

Make your own Apricot Facial Scrub!

  1. Dry half a cup of apricot kernels.
  2. Crack the kernels open
  3. Grind the seeds into a fine powder (crush them in a plastic bag with the back of a spoon.)
  4. Add a few drops of water until the scrub turns into a thick paste
  5. Add a teaspoon of sugar and mix
  6. Add a teaspoon of your favorite facial cleanser or just leave it as is.
  7. Apply on your face in a circular motion.
  8. Store the rest in an airtight container to prevent bacteria from forming.
  9. Enjoy!


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      Nean 5 years ago

      Definitely loving this scrub!

    • Daniella Lopez profile image

      Danielle Lopez 6 years ago from Arkansas

      I love St. Ives products! Great hub and a very excellent and thorough review. Voted up!

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      Darlene Matthews 6 years ago

      You've done St Ives Proud! Many people have an issue from over exfoliating. Twice a week is enough for most unless you have a very gentle daily exfoliating cleanser.

      Using a toner after washing your face will rebalance your skin allowing your skin to reform after exfoliating.

      It is best to apply using your fingers and hands.Pads and brushes will cause the product to be too abrasive.

      A moisturizer is used after toning preferably one without oils if your are acne prone or have oily skin.This cleanser can be abrasive on delicate skin. It is great as a body exfoliating scrub.

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      hanwillingham 6 years ago

      This is good product.. thanks for the information.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I think this is a good product also. I know skin exfoliation is a very important thing to do to have healthy skin, Good hub.

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Skin exfoliation is an incredible and healthy thing to do for your skin, especially here in the Northeast as winter starts to settle in, but as you mentioned should not over exfoliate. Great Hub!

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      katrinasui 7 years ago

      Apricot Scrub is a great product. I am using it from past few years. A nice review about Apricot Scrub.