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Back To Basics: The Best Face Scrubs

Back in July, you beauty marked some of your favorite face scrubs, and here are three oldies but goodies that I've adored for ages. Face scrubs are imperative in maintaining a healthy appearance. They work to gently remove dead skin, oil and residue from the daily grind. This helps unclog your pores and smooth out your skin.

St. Ives Apricot Scrub ($3.99) is likely my absolute favorite exfoliator. Even though the packaging seems to change every couple of years, the product remains the same — a thick, coarse, mild smelling facial scrub that has some of the largest grains of its kind. The oil-free formula is great for acne-prone skin since it contains two percent salicylic acid.

Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream ($17.50) is a smooth exfoliator intended for skin that isn't currently experiencing any breakouts. This is more of a maintenance product for when your skin is dry or uneven looking — not so much for acne-prone skin. It works to slough away dead skin cells and unclog pores. Simply massage a nickel-sized amount into your wet skin for 15 seconds and rinse off with warm water.

For one last facial scrub,


Clean and Clear Blackhead Clearing Scrub ($5.95) is another great acne-fighting scrub since it also contains salicylic acid and a gentle acne medication. This scrub definitely has the strongest scent, and you can feel it tingle as you work it onto your skin. It helps clear away blackheads, sebum and any leftover makeup. However, if you have super-sensitive skin, this may be a little bit harsh for you, especially since it is recommended for daily use.

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xmargarida xmargarida 9 years
yeah the St. Ives Apricot Scrub is a big no no. Even if it doesn't feel abrasive it still causes microscopic cuts to your skin. This will damage it over time making it more prone to aging. Exfoliants that use enzymes or microspheres are the best. Yves St Laurent Biologic Gommage is amazing!!
ItsMe86 ItsMe86 9 years
I've never used any of these products but I just mix regular sugar with a little water and it works great.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
Love the St. Ives one!
cnguyen42 cnguyen42 9 years
I love Alba face scrubs, especially the Pineapple Enzyme Facial Scrub. It's gentle and leaves your skin feeling so soft.. plus the smell is amazing!
details2 details2 9 years
I've been using Lorac's Makeup Prep - mineral exfoliator. You're supposed to use it with the applicator sponge thing - I just squeeze it out and use it like any other scrub. The trick for me is not to be super aggressive when I exfoliate. I tend to want to scrub my face off - which just irritates it and makes me breakout or leaves me with a lingering redness. Be gentle with your faces ladies - with whatever you use!
snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
oooh i forgot about the biore stuff. it's too drying in the winter for me, but i love it in the summer. it's so refreshing!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
I have always been a fan of Clinque 7day and exfoliating scrubs but I recently purchased Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub and really like it. It was $6.99 at Walgreens.
pipeepoodle pipeepoodle 9 years
PLEASE GOD DON'T USE A SCRUB IF YOU'RE BROKEN OUT!!! It'll just spread that bacteria around...ick. I know it feels good, but it's too harsh. Use it to prevent, not treat! Sorry, that's what I've been taught.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I love St. Ives it's really the only thing that actually feels like it's working. I've used the clean and clear one as well but the round, synthetic feeling beads didn't seem to do anything and the fragrance made my skin feel irratated.
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
I've used the St. Ives and Clean & Clear ones in the past, and both of them were really rough on my skin - now I use the Body Shop Tea Tree exfoliating scrub, which is gentler...
gauzemodeofeve gauzemodeofeve 9 years
I've heard that about St Ives too! It can be too harsh for your skin. I personally love Aveda's scrub! It smells great and my skin looks beautiful and bright. Also for a cheaper version, I like Neutrogena's! They also have fab makeup that's very natural looking.
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
I have been using the St. Ives for nearly 20 years now, since I was a girl, and though I have tried others, it remains my favourite. I read about the whole rough beads/round beads debate years ago, and switched to a round bead style, but it didn't do *anything* for me.
burnsjl burnsjl 9 years
I guess I'll think twice about the St. Ives since so many people are saying it's bad for you! I wonder if the Biore and the Burt's Bees are OK?
SparklinSeahorSe SparklinSeahorSe 9 years
st. ives used to be my favorite scrub for years until i went to school to be an esthetician. now i know how bad it is for you! just because it might not feel like its harsh or like its tearing your skin doesn't mean it isn't doing damage. it ages you faster! use something with round beads instead!
burnsjl burnsjl 9 years
I like the St. Ives Apricot scrub - it doesn't seem too harsh on my skin. I forgot about the Burt's Bees; I like their citrus scrub too, as well as some of their other products. Lately I've been using Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub, and my face feels really soft afterward. I think I heard about it from Lucky magazine.
starbright14 starbright14 9 years
Be careful about the St. Ives scrub! THe grainules in it are very rough and can tear the skin - I got an infection on my face because these 'micro-tears' got infected. Nasty! I have since switched to Clinique, which is not as grainy, but I swear works twice as well. The beads in this product are not natural, they are lab-created, which means they are smooth on all sides. Don't say I didn't warn you!
audreyxoxo audreyxoxo 9 years
the only exfoliater i use is the seaweed one from the body shop. i LOVE it and it makes my breakout-prone face so smooth!
jJuliet jJuliet 9 years
St. Ives is great. I actually found out about it on this website, and I have been using it for the past 4 months. It definitely gets my skin smooth like nothing else ever has. When I wash my face, I use three products now: first St. Ives apricot scrub, then Cetaphil, then Proactiv. If I omit the St. Ives, my skin is still very oily after I get out of the shower, even with the other cleansers. I have been using it every day (sometimes twice a day), on my back and on my face, and I have not had any problems with abrasions on my skin.
CalGirl3 CalGirl3 9 years
I have tried the St. Ives before but heard it's a little harsh, depends on each person's skin though. I am now trying Aveeno's Skin Brightening Daily Scrub which I like a lot, but don't use every day. I alternate that with Aveeno's Face Calming Cleanser (foamy) so I get a softer cleanse one day then a mild scrub the next. So far so good.
azucar_ame azucar_ame 9 years
Good Ol' St Ives made the list!! Loved that back in the day I'll have to give clinique a try! !azúcar! Ame
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
I use the St. Ives Apricot Scrub & I love it!
Bookish Bookish 9 years
St. Ives is a tiny bit too harsh for me, so I just use a paste of sugar and water.
elizabee123 elizabee123 9 years
Benefit Honey, snap out of it scrub. (I love that name) I have super-sensitive combination skin, and it's gentle enough for me to use daily. My pores look tighter, and my skin looks healthier. It smells good too!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I agree with most and especially with wyoming_gal. I've been using St. Ives for longer than most of you have been on the planet, had very bad acne and it's what the Dermo suggested. I still use it today (every other day) and I'll be 50 real soon. Never had anything but great results. I'm super oily skinned if that makes a difference.
I like the DHC Apricot facial scrub (It's gentle. I have always found St. Ive's way too harsh)and the Aveeno Skin Brightening Daily Scrub as well.
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