Hi Dr. Rockoff
I am a 26 year old guy who has experiecned acne for half my life, probably even more. I went on accutane 3 times, ages 15, 17 and 20. After that I have tried proactiv and every medication a dermatologist could imagine. Nothing besides accutane ever worked. At this point, I don't see myself growing out of it.
I went to get a facial last week and the aesthetician said that I don't have oily skin and that what I have is not acne but ingrown hairs. Most of it occurs around my mouth and chin, I really don't get much on the sides of my cheek or forehead. She gave me this thing called tend skin but it seemed to just dry my face and I got some more blemishes after using it.
I don't know what to do. I could really use some advice on how to shave. I use an electric razor because the blade was killing my face. It seemed to help for a while but not a ton anymore I guess.Is there any type of laser therapy or alternative treatment I can use?
If what I have is folliculitis and not acne, is the treatment different? Ive heard you talk about Hibiclens, could this help my face? Ive also thought about taking Zinc.
I just need advice and I don't believe minocycline or differin is going to do the trick, I need something different because at age 26 I don't think I am dealing with a typical case of acne or whatever. I don't know any other guys my age with this problem.
Please help sir