I'm sorry you and your boyfriend are having problems. You're undoubtedly already aware that impetigo
is a superficial infection of the skin, most commonly due to Streptococcus
. Over-the-counter antibiotic creams are often effective, but many of the organisms responsible for impetigo have developed partial or complete resistance to these preparations. Therefore, you might see partial or temporary clearing of your skin after using an antibiotic cream, only to have the infection recur within a few days to weeks when resistant organisms begin multiplying in your skin.
I would suggest that either your or your boyfriend (or both) see your physician to confirm that you're really dealing with a bacterial infection and, more importantly, to characterize the organism that's causing this problem. (This can be done with a culture of one of the infected areas on your face.) You'll probably need an oral antibiotic to get this situation under control.
Keep in mind that if you've been colonized with methicillin-resistant staph, this problem could recur from time to time in the future; antibiotic treatment will typically quiet MRSA infections down, but it usually isn't possible to completely eradicate these organisms.
I hope that helps, and good luck to you!