Review: St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub

How often do you exfoliate? When I was younger, I thought daily exfoliation is the only thing that could save me from having an oily mug throughout the day. It was also the cure to my paranoia during my college days because I was constantly exposed to medical wards, and we know how there’s a germs party out there. It turns out, too much exfoliation caused my skin to oil up even more, and worst, it gave me bad breakouts. Now that I’m older and wiser, I already know when is the right time to exfoliate, and that is to limit it once or twice a week.

Two weeks ago, I was having a mild breakout (PMS, anyone?). It wasn’t really that bad though, but they came in numbers. I couldn’t use my usual facial scrub, thinking that it would only worsen the zits. But then, I was also apprehensive of not scrubbing my face at least once a week. This made me look for alternatives, and that’s when I picked up St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub during a quick visit to Watsons.

This dermatologist-tested scrub can actually help to clear and soothe your skin as well as reduce redness. An active blemish-fighting ingredient fights the flare-ups, while 100% natural exfoliants encourage healthier, clearer skin.

I’ve already tried the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot variant before, so I wasn’t hesitant to try this one out, especially because the former also did well on my skin. The green tea variant is an acne medicated exfoliating scrub intended to help soothe red skin and clear breakouts. It contains salicylic acid, which is a known treatment for acne.

My dermatologist warned me before that I am allergic to salicylic acid.  St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Scrub only contains 1% salicylic acid, so I thought, hey? What are the odds anyway? If I breakout, then my derma could tell  me“I told you so!” 

Well, the good news is, I did not. In fact, it made my skin even better. It did calm the redness after every use and the appearance of the zits improved after four usage (twice a week) . I know it healed my zits because I didn’t use any other spot treatment. Do note though, that my breakout wasn’t that bad. Think of mini red pustules.  In addition to healing my zits, I noticed that it also keeps the oils at bay. My skin feels clean but still remains supple and moisturized.

You can barely see the micro-beads. 

Another thing that I like about this is that, the beads/scrub are finer than the apricot variant. The latter has bigger beads, which sometimes hurt my skin. But for this one, I can barely feel the beads, which is good because I know it’s not creating micro-tears on my skin.  It’s also a joy to wash my face with this because it smells sooo good! It smells like green tea with hints of floral notes. Think Jasmine. It smells so fresh, I think I’m already addicted to it.


– Cheap at 68php a pop (1 oz). The bigger one, which I believe is around 4 oz, only cost 180php. Still cheap,
– Contains natural extracts such as Camellia Sinensis, which is known to be a natural astringent that fights pimple-causing bacteria. It also contains Europea (Olive) leaf extract that is known to have anti-bacterial properties,
– A little goes a long way,
– Has fine beads that gently exfoliates the skin,
– Calms redness and heals minor zits,
– Keeps oil at bay,
– Refreshing scent,
– Available in leading department stores.


– I got the smaller tube just to road test the product. Unfortunately, this one comes with a twist cap, which is not my kind of thing as it tends to slip from my fingers when wet,
– Some may find the scent overwhelming,
– Skin might react to salicylic acid, so even if it only contains 1%, it’s still best to do a patch test.


I think I might replace my usual facial scrub with this one since it did help calm the redness on my face. I also like how my skin feels after washing and how it helps in controlling my facial oils. Did I say I was addicted to the scent? Please, if you happen to pass by Watsons, get a whiff of its fragrance and tell me I’m not kidding.


To oily-skinned/acne-prone ladies who are looking for a gentle exfoliating scrub without breaking the bank.



Julie Alontaga is the Beauty Content Creator and Editor of As Told By Julz. She works as a VA-SEO Specialist for a Web Development Company based in Australia. When she's not at work, she spends her free time binge watching movies and TV series, reading books, cooking/baking, or playing SIMS 4.


  1. Aviva
    July 18, 2013

    Thank god they made a scrub without the usual big walnut shell particles. I want to try this out after I finish my other St. Ives scrub. The big tube lasts forever because I only use it twice a week πŸ™‚

  2. Julie Ann Tolentino
    July 18, 2013

    True! The apricot variant has some big-arse beads. I only use it to scrub my nose kasi masakit siya gamitin sa cheeks. This one, however, is a joy to scrub on the skin. Very gentle. =)

  3. Anonymous
    July 21, 2013

    where can i buy this?

  4. Sammy Go
    August 15, 2013

    I bought one yesterday from Watsons. I'm sooo looking forward on trying this πŸ™‚

  5. The Everyday Ritual
    August 15, 2013

    I was just planning to pick this up at Watson's!! Thank you for the review!! πŸ™‚

  6. Julianne Barbara Bernardo
    September 12, 2013

    Hi! I would like to know which watsons branch you purchased your green tea scrub? Thank you πŸ™‚

  7. Julie Ann Tolentino
    September 12, 2013

    Hi Julianne, I bought this in Watsons, SM City Davao branch. But I believe this should be available in all Watsons branch nationwide.

  8. Julie Ann Tolentino
    September 12, 2013

    You're welcome! πŸ™‚

  9. Angeli Rodriguez
    November 8, 2013

    What other products can I use to wash my face since this scrub only suggests 2x a week of usage? Wont it irritate my skin since it was indicated in the scrub that u shouldn't use any medication while using this?

  10. Anonymous
    December 25, 2013

    I bought this product and it says use daily for best result πŸ˜€

  11. Anonymous
    February 24, 2014

    Can i use it everyday?

  12. St ives here are now made and manufactured by Uniliver..(see at the back of the tube) the plastic also tells difference, makinis na. compare before hnd na sya effective nakaka asar,. i have been using this since 2009 ito lang ang brand ko ever since,. Pero since i bought and experience the uniliver made one hnd na sya nag eefect sa blemishes and acne ko. But i still use this today, Pero i source in US and Europe nagpapabili ako sa mga relatives ko abroad. So happy its the authentic made by St. Ives Laboraties Swiss Geneve :)) (see at the back of the tube for the authenticity)


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