Before, I washed with my hands, which was difficult to get into pores well. I tried the Neutrogena wave and that really didn’t work so well at all. It was pretty harsh on my skin, but after I tried this, I loved it. Not only that, it also cleared my face of acne just about completely. Don’t let the pictures fool you though, the brush is actually pretty small. For a size comparison, a new ipod nano would probably fit exactly on top of the fibers— so it’s not very large at all, but it does a good job!