Treatments for Acne

If you suffer from embarrassing acne, treatment options are available. Our Orlando dermatology practices have helped countless patients pinpoint the causes of their acne, clear their skin and retain their confidence.


There are several types of acne: acne vulgaris (common acne), cystic acne and adult acne. It is a common and troublesome, but fully treatable condition. People of any age can get acne but it is most common in teenagers, young adults and some women in their 30s and 40s. Acne is caused by clogged pores (from the body's oil production), bacteria on the skin (propionibacterium or P. acnes) and hormones. Stress, as well as other contributing factors, can lead to breakouts.

Signs and Symptoms

Acne most often appears on the face, but is also common on the back, chest and upper arms. It can show up on the skin as whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, cysts or a combination of any or all of these. Sometimes the spots can become inflamed leading to pain and discomfort. Acne often causes low self-esteem, especially in teenagers and young adults. Adult acne can be embarrassing and frustrating, especially for patients who work with the public.

Acne Diagnosis and Treatment

At our Orlando dermatology practices, acne is assessed for type and graded in severity before a treatment regimen is recommended. Many different treatments are available for all types of acne. For instance, our health providers can recommend Phytodynamic Therapy (PDT) with BLU-U® 4170 for treatment of moderate acne. Topical treatments involve creams, lotions, washes (such as salicylic acid) and gels. These work in combination to kill the bacteria and reduce the oil production. Antibiotic pills often are given in addition to topicals. Isotretinoin pills are very effective and sometimes are used for resistant or severe acne. Adult acne in women may be treated with birth control pills and/or a pill that works on hormones. Upon your consultation, we can also recommend chemical peels and acne treatments administered by our paramedical esthetician or laser treatments. These typically are considered cosmetic dermatology treatments and are not covered by medical insurance. However our practice offers various convenient payment options.

Outcomes and Follow-up

It can take 2-3 months to see improvements in acne after starting treatment. If no improvement is seen, different treatments can be tried. It is important that you avoid picking at pimples and to follow up regularly to prevent worsening acne. If left untreated for a significant amount of time, acne can leave scars or cause skin discolorations. An expert skincare provider at our dermatology practice can tailor a personalized plan of care that addresses your unique dermatological needs.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided by this site is intended solely for educational purposes. This information is not to be used for medical diagnostic purposes and is not intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment and/or management of any medical/surgical condition. Most of all, this information should not be used in place of a physician or other qualified health provider. If you believe you have a medical condition, please contact your physician immediately.

Last week I had the opportunity to meet you and your fine staff as you worked to clean up a cancerous spot on my face. It turned out to be a lot deeper than anyone including me believed. It took five passes to get to the bottom of it. No one on your team gave up on the effort to get it all. Every time I had to go back for you to search further, everyone was upbeat and positive. Words cannot express how important this was to me as I was getting more and more discourages. Peter, and your magical staff, could not have been more professional nor kind. They each in their own way went out of their way to make me as comfortable as possible while explaining what was going to happen next. Further, I am deeply appreciative of you taking the time to meet with my wonderful wife to explain the process, successes, and challenges.

— Robert OK

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