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The One Skin Care Product You Should Avoid At All Costs

St Ives is a 30 year old brand that you can find in drug stores around the world, so the odds are either you use it or somebody you know does.

But one of the famous skin care line's products has drawn so many complaints that there's an actual lawsuit underway involving claims that it's "completely worthless" and "unfit to be sold or used as a facial scrub."

We're talking about St. Ives Exfoliating Apricot Scrub, which sells itself as an all-natural way to keep your skin looking "smooth and glowing." Lots of people say it left their face looking red and puffy instead, and some people have even dubbed it "St. Ives Devil Scrub."

The class action lawsuit against the company was filed by two women from California, who are seeking five million dollars to pay back women who had their face wrecked by the product.

The problem, they say, is one of the scrub's main ingredients: walnut shell powder. The ground up walnut grains make the scrub a lot tougher on your skin than similar products, which use smaller, softer grains or even squishy plastic beads.

Dermatologists agree that using a harsh scrub like St Ives can inflame your face, and leave tiny scars that encourage wrinkles to develop faster - which is pretty much the opposite of what it's supposed to do.

If you're in love with your apricot-scented scrub, you may not have to give it up just yet. You may just be using it too much. Experts say pretty much all scrubs are harsh on your skin, so if you're sing one more than four times a week, you're overdoing it.

The important thing is to be aware of how products like St. Ives affect your skin, because some of the company's customers were shocked when they heard the news about its negative effects.

Here's what one woman had to say in a comment on a news article about the scrub:

I have used this product intermittently (between once and twice a week) since it was first introduced and at least I now know why my skin was frequently bright red and burning like it was on fire! Guess what's going out in the trash this week? Yikes!!!!

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