I am usually a big fan of cetaphil products, however this one is not at the top of my list. While I find it has good moisturising properties, it leaves my face with a greasy sheen. I tend to only use it at night or when I am not going out. I'll continue to use it until it runs out, but I won't be repurchasing this one : (
I am a 32 yo female who has had worsening cystic acne from about 25. Having progressed through all the usual over the counter products and also prescription medication like retin a, my GP referred me to a derm for the 'last resort'. And I am so glad she did- 6 months later I have perfect skin for the first time in years. I took 20mg a day for the first months and 40mg a day after that (I am finishing my course in the next month or so).
I have experienced a number of the usual side effects- dry lips, headache for the first two weeks, and occasional eczema on my hands when I don't moisturise enough- but none of them have been unmanageable. Remembering to drink lots of water and moisturise, moisturise, moisturise are the key.
I was scared to take this medication for so long because of all the negative press, however I wish I had taken in years ago.
If you are considering this medication I would suggest finding a good dermatologist and talking through the pros and cons with them to see if it might be a good fit for you. And if you decide it is, go for it and don't look back!
A note on costs- in Australia this medication costs me around $35 for a box of 60 20mg capsules.