It’s the face scrub that someone you know has probably recommended to you at least once, with many fans all over the world. However, is the St. Ives Apricot Scrub really as good as it seems?
If you look at the majority of the online reviews, then the answer is ‘yes’. Boots.com gives the facial cleanser a solid 5 star rating, whereas customers on amazon.co.uk award the scrub 4.6 out of 5 stars.
Described by fans as their ‘holy grail product’, the scrub is also a supermodel favourite with stars such as Gigi Hadid swearing by it.
However, a backlash against the well known product is growing on Reddit’s r/SkincareAddiction thread, and now a lawsuit has be raised against the company who create it.
While one customer complained that the scrub, “caused the horrible skin reaction” another reviewer added, “This scrub has made my skin break out in loads of big red spots!!”
The two key claims in the St.Ives lawsuit are as follows. Firstly, that the crushed walnut powder in the scrub creates microscopic tears in the skin. This tiny tears mean the skin is even more exposed to infections and irritation. Secondly, despite what the label suggests, the scrub is not non-comedogenic (which means it was formulated so as not to cause blocked pores).
“Unfortunately for consumers, use of St. Ives as a facial exfoliant leads to long-term skin damage that greatly outweighs any potential benefits the product may provide,” reads the statement.
At least one of the claims has been disproved, with experts arguing that in order for St. Ives Apricot Scrub to be labeled as non-comedogenic, it would have had to pass official tests.
“To be labeled as non-comedogenic, you need to pass tests to prove it,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., dermatologist and director of Cosmetic & Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC ascertained.
However, whether the scrub can actually cause damaging tears to the skin is still yet to be proven – or more worryingly, disproven.
More on the St. Ives Apricot Scrub lawsuit when we have the verdict!
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