Acne Specialist

Knipe Dermatology

Board Certified Dermatologists located in Orlando, FL

Acne is the most common skin problem for Americans and can affect teenagers and adults alike. To get the best acne solutions, you need help from the team at Knipe Dermatology in Orlando, Florida. Ronald C. Knipe, MD, Samantha A. Marrone, MD, and the skilled team can help you manage your acne so you can have clear skin. Book your appointment at Knipe Dermatology by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.

Acne Q & A

What are the different forms of acne?

Acne typically happens when old skin cells and oils build up in hair follicles or when you have hormone changes. Acne can take many different forms, including:

  • Closed comedones, also called whiteheads
  • Open comedones, also called blackheads
  • Papules, big red bumps that can become pustules
  • Pustules, big pus-filled bumps
  • Nodules, hard bumps in the lower layers of your skin
  • Cysts, the biggest acne bumps

Acne has the potential to cause acne scars, particularly if you don't get treatment to get it under control.

What is the treatment for acne?

Acne treatment varies considerably from individual to individual. Your providers at Knipe Dermatology provider can customize your acne treatment to meet your specific needs. Some treatments include the following:

Topical treatments

Topical treatments can include creams, gels, lotions, or liquid solutions. These types of treatments can kill acne bacteria, reduce oil, or peel off the superficial layer of skin. Topical treatments often contain active ingredients such as retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and sulfur.

Oral medications

Antibiotics are one of several systemic options to treat acne. Antibiotics like doxycycline or minocycline can kill the acne bacteria to help control deeper forms of acne.

Drugs like Accutane® (isotretinoin), which are made specifically for acne, can be very effective for severe acne. The benefits of Accutane can last for long after you've completed the medication.

For women, oral contraceptives may help prevent acne breakouts.

Individual extractions

If you have large painful acne cysts that don’t respond to other treatments, your dermatologist may do individual extractions. During extractions, they drain the cyst and often inject medication into the site to accelerate the healing process.

Your provider may also recommend other treatment options based on your specific acne issues.

How can I prevent acne in the future?

Your provider at Knipe Dermatology can make personalized recommendations to help each patient avoid acne breakouts in the future. They may make suggestions such as:

  • Use a gentle cleanser 1-2 times daily
  • Don't scrub or pick at your skin
  • Don't pop pimples or drain cysts on your own
  • Keep your hair clean and off your face
  • Use oil-free products on your face
  • Avoid alcohol astringents
  • Avoid touching your face

With help from the team at Knipe Dermatology, you can finally enjoy clear skin. Book your appointment by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.