Review: St. Ives Blemish and Blackhead Control Facial Wash

Although I absolutely love the Duac cream I bought and think that it’s very effective in drying out acne, I realized that as much as it’s a good cure, prevention is still the key. Without proper prevention, it’s like fighting a never-ending battle with pimples. They just keep popping out then I have to kill them again with the Duac. Messy cycle!

So, after realizing this, I finally switched from my Shisheido facial wash (which was absolutely disappointing) to one of my old favorites – the St. Ives Blemish and Blackhead Control Facial Wash.

This product’s been given a face lift in the past year but the things I love about it are still there. So let’s begin by reviewing the product attributes as quoted from the St. Ives website:


Oil-free – 2% salicylic acid • dermatologist-tested • 100% natural exfoliants • 100% natural extracts


    APRICOTS are known to contain one of the highest levels of carotenoids (think vitamin A) and super-effective antioxidants. All of this natural power might seem, well, too powerful, but they are actually quite gentle and nourishing and they help make fresher, more nourished skin beautifully possible.
    CORN KERNEL MEAL is actually flour ground from dried corn. It’s a soft, but gently powerful all-natural exfoliant that promotes skin cell turnover and regeneration. Cornmeal makes softer-feeling, fresher skin possible.
    WALNUT is known for its hard shell, but when it’s ground, it becomes an amazingly effective, all-natural exfoliant ingredient in our scrubs. Not only are walnuts plentiful on the planet, they also help newer, healthier skin come to the surface.

Well, the thing I love most about this facial wash is the gentle and natural exfoliants that scrub away dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. Through the past months, I have been feeling the urge to exfoliate because of all the accumulated remnants of old pimples and makeup. That’s why it seemed like the perfect time to go back to using this product.

Also taking into consideration the salicylic acid (well-known zit zapper) it contained and the added nourishment from its other ingredients, it appeared to be the answer to my acne problems. As I have mentioned before, I have been breaking out a lot since last September.

As expected, it didn’t disappoint. I have also used this product back at university when stress and late nights were causing me to break out too and it was also very effective then.

However, it took about three weeks before the results became evident. I started using this during the third week of December last year. I chuck out my toner and moisturizer and used this product alone every night before I went to bed and every morning while taking a bath. For the first two weeks, I needed the help of the Duac cream to dry out some pimples. After that though, I didn’t have a need for the Duac anymore since no more new pimples appeared.

During the times when I felt like my skin’s drying out a bit, I resort to putting on my moisturizer.

Right now, a month after, my face is so much clearer. All that’s left are the dark spots from old spots, which will hopefully disappear in a few weeks.

I’m recycling an old photo I took for my Mary Kay review. Here, you can see the remains of dead pimples on my forehead and on my cheeks but other than those, you can’t spot any new ones.

Sometimes, it’s best to stick to old favorites. They’re favorites for a reason.

At about PHP190+ (can’t remember the exact price) for 170g, it’s way cheaper too than my old facial wash but does the job better.

I highly recommend this to others who suffer minor breakouts like me. 🙂


60 thoughts on “Review: St. Ives Blemish and Blackhead Control Facial Wash

  1. I’ve been using this particular St. Ives product for years now. I absolutely love how effective it is. You should also try out their Microdermabrasion thing. I find it a lil more gentle than the apricot scrub but just as effective. ❤


  2. we only have ponds facial wash at home, pero sometimes soap and water pa rin gamit ko. =) but this year, i will invest on facial wash and moisturizer because í’m getting old na. hehe! i need to take care of my skin.


  3. Where’s your latest pic after using facial wash? Women, ladies are very particular with their faces. For men, there are some who are also very delicate with their faces. In my present age, I don’t remember that I’d used a facial wash. what I only knew that I used bathroom soap.


  4. Is this good for men too? I noticed there are products for men as well . I use ponds pero I get pimples kaya i stopped using it. Yung black na ponds. Nung nagsafe guard ako na white natuyo agad haha.


    1. Ahahaha pero tuyo rin skin mo with safeguard. Yes, I would think that it’s also good for men. I recommended it to my brother when he was breaking out and until now, he’s still using it! 🙂 My dad uses another variant of St. Ives naman 🙂


  5. Apricot scrub is really effective not only for the face but for the whole body as well. Been using the product way back when I was still in the Philippines. I just can’t find one here in Israel. Anyhoots, I have clean and clear facial scrub and it works well too. By the way, you have nice skin. 🙂


  6. pimples were always been a problem until i stopped considering them as one… they just disappeared (lol)… well cleaning prevents it, agree. good to know you found a product that works… Yahweh bless.


  7. That’s great reviews! My face is very sensitive from soap, facial wash, facial scrub. But when I used Maxi-peel as in hiyang na hiyang ang mukha ko sa facial cleanser nila. At ang kutis pa ng mukha ko. Kaya doon na ako sa nakasanayan ko na. Wala na akong maxi-peel dito kay facial wipes na lang ang gamit ko.


  8. My mama uses a lot of St. Ives products. SO at one point or another as I was growing up I have tried it as well. I love the foamy thingy wash for the face. 😛 I barelt remember though if I had broken out because of that. too much mixed up with other products or just bad memory I suppose. Great review. I might give it a try again. 😛


  9. wow naman! good for u sis.. stick kung san ka talaga hiyang.. 🙂 hnd ako gumagamit any particular soap on my face! i just washed it up in water, ako na ang tamad hahaha..bdw love the review! 😉


  10. it’s my luck I guess, that I don’t have much pimples even how stress I am..perhaps the reason also why I think of trying out facial products..

    thanks for sharing this review…



  11. I’ll be changing my old fave NIVEA to St. Ives after finishing my tube. huhu. I always have the same problem with black heads and pimples because of stress and all the pollution i got when driving motorcycle


  12. Pwede rin po ba yan sa mga braso ko? May mga acne scars din kasi ako sa braso e. Tas i’m only Pwede na ba sakin yung mga ganyan product? Thankyou! 🙂


    1. Hi Emmie, this product was meant for the face. 🙂 If you want something to exfoliate your body, a good old loofah will do to get rid of old skin. If you want to lighten your acne scars, a whitening product like Flawless Beauty’s Alpha Arbutin soap might help you. 🙂


  13. Madaam Mich. Hndi ba nakaka-lessen ng Pimple marks ang St. Ives? And ilang weeks nagda-dry out(disappear) ang mga pimples?


    1. Hi! St Ives will help you exfoliate and get rid of dead skin cells around your pimples but it won’t help lighten dark spots or pimple scars. It will take at least 3 weeks to see the difference but I must warn you, this does not work on all skin types. 🙂 Also, I recommend using only thrice a week as it can cause your skin to dry and it might irritate your pimples. Bili ka muna ng maliit just to test it out. 🙂


  14. Hi Mich! I read a lot of good reviews about this product and it convinced me to try this, Just ask lang po, you can use this product for twice and even trice a week right? so what is the good other facial wash na pwede mo pang gamitin na hindi mag conflict with the st, ives?
    thanks! 🙂


    1. Hi Owen, yes only thrice a week so you don’t dry your skin out. Make sure to moisturize too, ok? Facial washes are a tricky thing coz what works for me may not work for you. I use Pond’s antibacterial facial wash (the green one) but not everyone’s agrees with it. I suggest you get the sachet first to test. My brother, on the other hand, uses Cetaphil and that works for him. You really need to try different products and see what agrees with your skin. Get samples first. 🙂


  15. Ah ok, I use nivea facial scrub kasi pero it makes my face dark, so i decided to stop using it and look for a new one. What kind of cetaphil did your nrother used? iba-iba kasi yun diba? hehe
    thanks in advance!


  16. I have an oily skin with big pores, that’s why my skin is prone to acne. ive tried a lot of products but still can’t help me with my problem. Hopefully St. Ives is the answer,. hehehe


  17. Hi. Naghahanap ako ng magandang skincare routine? Any suggestions? From cleanser, toner hanggang moisturizer. Morning and evening. Sobrang dami ko na kasing acne scars. Been using other facial products pero hindi effective. Where can I buy this st.ives? Thankyou please do reply. 😦


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