Using a combination of diet, retinol creams, skin care, Kleresca and chemical peels 90% of acne can be treated without the need for antibiotic tablets or Roaccutane. This includes treating teenage acne, cystic acne, hormonal acne, bacne and blackheads. This page will discuss some methods the team at The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body use to treat acne. Dr Davin Lim only treats acne scarring, and not acne.

Important facts on acne treatments

  • Treating acne early is important to prevent scarring

  • Specialists skin care therapist have a variety of ways to effectively treat your acne, including creams, diet, peels, low level laser light through to Kleresca 

  • The cause of acne is often due to many factors including genes, diet, stress as well as the type of skin care and make up you are using

  • High level treatments such as Roaccutane are indicated only if you fail other treatments, or if you have cystic acne

  • RF or RadioFrequency treatments incorporated into acne treatments can markedly decrease scars, including the use of Intensif

  • Treating acne early with an effective acne management and scar prevention plan can reduce acne scarring

  • For a FREE SKIN consult, book in with the skin team at The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body at Garden City -07 3849 2759 or at Chermside 07 3350 6021


Why do I have acne?


We now understand that there is no one single cause of acne, but a multitude of different factors that contributes to this condition. The most important factors are genetic, followed by hormones, stress, diet, and skin care. All of these factors can cause bacteria to multiply, pores to block and oil to form. This results in acne.

Acne can be mild and non-scarring, such as black heads and white heads, or extreme and scarring. In 90% of cases, acne can be managed with BHA or AHA peels, light therapy, correct skin care, diet and combination treatments like Kleresca. The skin care specialists at The Fiori Institute can formulate an acne free skin care plan for your type of acne. 

Extreme acne includes cystic acne and extensive bacne. These forms of acne are treated by dermatologist with a tablet called Roaccutane. 

Our dermatologists can find a acne treatment brisbane solution for your type of acne, and can help prevent acne scars. 

What is the very first step in treating acne?

The ABSOLUTE first step is to ensure that you are using the correct products on your skin- namely a suitable cleanser, moisturizer and active ingredients to help exfoliate blackheads and reduce oil production. Diet is another contributing factor in some cases of acne. Reduce sugar and dairy intake may help some patients. 

The majority of acne patients will not need to be on prescription tablets. Most cases of acne and oily skin can be treated with over the counter acne skin care. Skin care experts at The Fiori Institute can guide you through a process of chemical peels, phototherapy and products for acne prone skin. For more on a FREE SKIN CONSULT call The Fiori Institute today. 


What types of treatments are there for acne?

We will guide you thru the multitude of treatments depending on your lifestyle, your previous responses, family history but most importantly the severity of your acne. The skin experts at Fiori will direct treatments at the factors that cause acne, in some cases it maybe due to oil production, in others it maybe hormonal.

This is an overview of how we approach acne treatments.

Acne Skin care – cleansers and moisturisers. Patients suffering from acne and oily skin will need to have the correct skin care as the basics of treatment.

Cleansers that are endorsed by Dermatologists include Obaji, Cetaphil, Neutrogena and QV Cleanser. Moisturisers that are do not clog pores include the Obaji and La Roche Posay range. The sunscreen of choice is La Roche Posay 50+ Face sunscreen.

Prescription creams, gels, and lotions- These products are prescription medications designed to reduce oil production, normalise bacterial counts and help with breakouts and blackheads. We use a combination of peels and such as lactic acid, and salicylic acid in combination with vitamin A to help combat acne prone skin. This is how Fiori treats acne without antibiotics or Roaccutane. 

Tablet antibiotics and Roaccutane– Tablets should always be combined with a vitamin A cream to help reduce antibiotic resistance. A course of antibiotics ranges from 12 weeks to 12 months or longer. The most commonly prescribed antibiotics include Doxycycline, Tetracycline, Minocycline and Erythomycin. Antibiotics are most effective against papular and pustular acne (zits). If your acne does not improve with diet, peels, and low level light treatment, the Fiori team will refer you to Dermatologists for high level acne treatments. 

What types of chemical peels can help with acne?

Chemical peels-are aimed at exfoliation and decreasing inflammation. They are an excellent method of treatment for blackhead and white head acne, and to reduce oil and congestion. At the acne clinic we have a huge selection of peels. Our Specialists will customise a peel based upon your acne type and your skin sensitivity. In most cases one peel can remove as much as 80% of blackheads. Our peels include the VITA peel- high strength vitamin A- probably the most favoured peel for blackhead acne and congested skin. We also have AHA or fruit acid peels, and BHAs or salicylic acid peels. In patients with very sensitive skin we use lactic acid. Specialist strength peels are affordable at only $98 per peel. Some patients require one peel; others will require a series of peels spaced 2 weeks apart.

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Acne treatments Brisbane uses all forms of chemical peels, including the Obaji range for acne prone skin. 

How does blue light therapy or Omnilux help with acne?

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Omnilux treatments/ Blue and red light acne treatments- also known Low Level Emission or LED (light emitting diode treatment). This treatment is both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial – it works by destroying the bacteria that causes acne and at the same time decreases inflammation in the skin. Blue light destroys the bacteria associated with acne, whilst red light stimulates collagen production. The very latest scientific evidence shows that a combination of red and blue light works best. Specialist will often combine LED treatments with either topical creams, or with AHA chemical peels. This treatment is especially useful in patients who are pregnant and cannot take tablets to control their acne. More on acne treatments without tablets. 


Can anti hormone medications help my acne?

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Anti hormone treatmentsThese are aimed at targeting hormones that can increase oil and sebum production. For females we recommend the oral contraceptive pill such as Diane, Yaz, Yasmin, Estelle or Juliette. Consult your doctor in regards to the use of the oral contraceptive pill. Specialists often use a drug called Spironolactone to control hormonal flares. In most cases it may take up to 2-3 months before anti-hormone treatments come in to effect. For faster control of your acne a combination of chemical peels and anti-hormone tablets is recommend. 

What is Oratane/ Roaccutane and when do we use this tablet?

Roaccutane/ Oratane- This vitamin A tablet is reserved for severe cases of cystic acne or acne not responding to normal treatment. This is a ‘Specialist Use’ drug, is you will need to be carefully monitored during your treatment course. A course of Roaccutane/ Oratane ranges from 6 months to 14 months, depending on your dose levels.

If you acne does not respond to skin care and anti-acne treatments, Dermatologists may elect to place you on this tablet.

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Oratane is one of the best methods for acne-treatments-Brisbane. 

Can lasers help cure acne?

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Laser treatment for acne-Laser can be extremely useful to treat many types of acne including blackhead acne, whitehead acne, papular and pustular acne as well as hormonal acne. The Fiori Institute uses what is known as the carbon laser peel to treat acne. A thin layer of carbon and Hyaluronic Acid is placed on your skin. This carbon is absorbed by your oil glands and acts as a target for the laser. This causes a photoaccoustic effect, in turn killing the bacteria that causes acne. 

For more information on a FREE specialist acne treatment plan visit The Fiori Institute – Garden City 3849 2759, or at Chermside 3350 6021


Using the latest in LED therapy, acne treatments Brisbane has natural methods to treat acne, including Kleresca. 

Can acne be influenced by diet?

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Yes. It is now proven that acne can be worsened by diet. Diet itself is not the sole cause of acne, but may contribute to flares-up. High sugar foods, processed foods, as well as milk and milk products have shown to flare acne up. Eating complex carbs, and protein can improve acne. Eating a well balanced diet high in zinc may also help. We encourage patients to eat a healthy well balanced diet, low in simple sugars.

Click here to download a Dermatologist Endorsed Acne Diet Guide.

Can acne and acne scars be treated at the same time?

Yes. Dr Davin Lim has published groundbreaking evidence to show that concurrent treatment of acne and early acne scars is the best method. Why? Because early acne scars are much easier to treat compared to late scars. Early acne scars respond better to treatment, additionally patients will have little or no downtime with the Carbon Laser Peel. For more information on the Carbon Laser Peel contact The Fiori Institute of Skin and Body.

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Acne and acne scars can be treated using RF- this method works!

What is the newest method of treating acne and improving acne scars?

Acne and acne scarring can be treated with various methods, depending on the maturity of acne scars. Early scars (less than 3 months old) are best treated with the carbon laser peel, as this address both acne lesions and acne scars. For old scars, treatments such as microneedling, Intensif, Infini or Fractional lasers such as Fraxel can remodel scars. 

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What treatments are there for old acne scars?

Specialist scar revision is conducted by Dr Davin Lim at the Westside Laser Dermatology clinic. All acne scar revision treatments depending on the acne scar type, downtime, and skin type or skin colour of the patient. Lets briefly discuss these 3 factors so you have an understanding of scar revision.

Identification of acne scars– this is the most important aspect of scar revision. Acne scars can be sub typed into box scars, ice-pick or deep scars, rolling scars, atrophic, hypertrophic or lumpy scars, pigmented scars, and anchored or tethered scars. Each type of scar will have an optimal treatment. Examples include-

  • Ice pick scars- best treated with TCA CROSS and Punch Excision, and NOT Fraxel laser / laser resurfacing
  • Rolling scars- best treated with Fraxel and Fractional laser resurfacing
  • Box car scars- can be treated with TCA CROSS or fully ablative laser resurfacing
  • Atrophic scars- can be treated with CO2 Fractional, followed by fillers, dermal or fat grafts
  • Tethered scars- best treated surgically with subscion

Downtime of procedure– this refers to the time taken off by the patient due to recovery. Some acne scar revision procedures are associated with a long recovery time, some with no downtime. Examples include-

  • Fillers for acne scars- no downtime
  • eMatrix RF- 12- 36 hours downtime
  • TCA CROSS- 5-6 days downtime
  • Fractional and Fraxel laser- 3-6 days downtime
  • Fully ablative laser resurfacing – 7- 10 days downtime

Skin colour of the patient- this is very important as darker skin patients such as ethnic skin, will need more conservative settings compared to fair patients. This is because darker skin patients can pigment or darken with laser treatments and TCA peels a lot easier than fair skin patients.

Most patients will have multiple scar types, and hence several treatment sessions are needed for the very best results. If you are fortunate enough to have scars such as shallow to medium depth box car scars with fair skin type, then you may only require one treatment. I never take a cook book approach to scar revision- everyone is treated on the merits of what scars they exhibit.

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Why consult The Fiori Institute for acne treatments?

Our philosophy is to identify your type of acne and tailor an effective plan without the side effects of high end acne treatments. 90% of acne can be treated with diet, good skin care and treatments such as chemical peels and light therapy. For patients that do not respond, we fast track patients to see a Dermatologist for the consideration of Roaccutane.  The Fiori Institute has one of Brisbane’s highest success rates of treating acne without the need for prescription tablets. 

acne treatmentsPreventing excess oil production is part of our acne treatments Brisbane skin care as this will reduce outbreaks and give you clearer complexion. 

How do I make a booking for a FREE acne treatment plan?

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Schedule an appointment with one of our skin therapist at The Fiori Institute for a FREE acne management program. At Fiori we use a variety of methods to treat acne without the use of tablets such as antibiotics or Roaccutane. Depending on your acne our therapist incorporate skin care programs with Vitamin A, AHAs, and BHAs. For more severe cases we may recommend low level laser devices such as Omnilux or Kleresca. All our treatments are tailored according to the severity and type of acne.  Fiori Garden City – 3849 2759. Fiori Chermside -3350 6021cne treatments Brisbane- we have one of the highest success rates in acne control. 

Dr Davin Lim on Acne Treatments

Dr Davin Lim
Laser Dermatologist
International lecturer on scar treatments
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The very first step in managing acne scars is the PREVENTION of further scarring, hence treating active acne is the priority. Most patients don’t realize that the majority of acne can be treated using the correct over the counter skin products such as active Vitamin A creams, exfoliating washes, and gentle cleansers. Using the correct type of make up in women is essential. 5-10% of severe sufferers will need to see a specialist for high end treatments such as Roaccutane, the flip side is that 90% of acne can be treated with methods that do not have side effects. The team at The Fiori Institute will tailor an acne free program depending on the type and severity of your acne. Due to my work commitments in the treatment of severe acne scars, I stopped acne treatments in 2015. If you acne does not respond to non-drug treatments, seeing a dermatologist early can help reduce any scarring. Therapists at the Fiori Institute will assess your acne and provide you with a free acne treatment program – if you do not respond within 3 months of therapy, we strongly encourage you see a dermatologist to control your acne. Early control can reduce acne scarring.