The spectrum of acne vulgaris is wide, ranging from minor comedones to devastating nodules and cysts. Appropriate therapy requires an understanding of the various types of lesions, their pathophysiology, and the rationale for treatment. Good patient rapport and communication are important, and close follow-up is necessary until the treatment regimen has stabilized. Timely referral to a dermatologist is essential when therapy is not effective. With effort, the treatment of acne can be quite rewarding for both patient and physician.