$5 Million Class-Action Lawsuit Accuses St. Ives Apricot Scrub Of Damaging Skin

December 29, 2016  |  

I’m sure that before you found your go-to cleanser and the perfect regimen for your skin, you tried your hand at St. Ives’ classic apricot scrub.

It’s like the Noxemas, Cetaphils, and Clean & Clears on the market — you have to try them at least once because they worked for someone else. I actually used the apricot scrub for quite some time and only stopped because I didn’t see much of a difference. I continued to have acne, and to make matters worse, my pimples would become irritated by the scrub’s contents. I just assumed the product wasn’t for me and kept looking for the right one (the search continues).

Well, many people still use the product and continue to laud its exfoliating powers, while others haven’t been so lucky and say it irritates more than anything. In fact, two women are suing Unilever, the parent company of St. Ives, over the product. According to TMZ, the women say the apricot scrub is filled with walnut shells that can irritate your skin, bring about acne, and actually age your face.

In the $5 million class-action lawsuit, the women state that dermatological research warns that the walnut shells in the scrub can cause inflammation, which leads to breakouts and accelerated aging. The women’s specific issue though is that the St. Ives product says it’s “dermatologist tested.” While it may be, it’s misleading to put that information on the product considering that the ingredients in their products are not recommended by dermatologists.

According to The Cut, a dermatologist confirmed that the “sandy, granular substances” that make up St. Ives scrubs are indeed damaging to the skin. They instead recommend that scrubs made of microbeads be used, if you do intend to go the scrub route for a deeper cleanse.


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