I used to use this all the time and it is good at sloughing off dead skin. I still broke out all the time, though, and then an esthetician told me that the sharp edges actually make tiny abrasions in your skin that let in bacteria. I use a liquid exfoliant now which doesn't give me that same fresh-scrubbed feeling, but my skin has responded really well to it. It's also great if your pores tend to get clogged with sebum (gross, I know!) A little on a cotton ball lifts it right out.