I am new to this site and will attempt to briefly sum up my current situation.
I am a 33-year old man from the UK. When I was about 16 I started getting acne and went on a few courses of antibiotics to sort it out. A couple of years ago my skin problems returned. I was eventually referred to a dermatologist who confirmed my condition now is folliculitis – not acne.
The folliculitis only flares up on my chin and above my top lip. I was put on Doxycycline which didn’t help at all. Then they tried me on Flucloxacillin which didn’t do anything either. The only thing that seems to help is Amoxicillin which clears my skin up unbelievably well to the point where I’d actually say it’s perfect and blemish free. However, as soon as I stop taking Amoxicillin the folliculitis returns within a week or so – and badly too.
I have tried various vitamins, probiotics and antioxidants, diet changes, every face wash, cleanser and moisturiser out there but nothing seems to help. Also, I don’t smoke, only drink in moderation and exercise regularly. I am not overweight and believe I lead a healthy lifestyle.
I truly feel that I am getting to the end of my tether. I would love to know of anyone else in the same boat as me or anyone who has been in my position and can offer some hope?
I am due to see my dermatologist again soon. I am wondering whether perhaps I would be better off remaining on a controlled amount of Amoxicillin for a while as I don’t suffer any side effects and I feel so much better in general when my skin is completely clear.