The St Ives Blemish Fighting Facial Scrub is slightly cheaper and better but this one is a good alternative if you can pick it up in a Boots deal. Using a scrub before shaving is a very good idea as it helps with the bristles and helps to prevet spots and blemishes. If you electric shave just wait for a bit to let the skin dry before shaving. This scrub is mild and easy to use. The oil control aspect seems a little over stated but overall it's a good scrub.