Meet Your Specialists

Julie Pruitt

Founder + Licensed Esthetician

“As a lifelong acne sufferer, I understand how debilitating this disease can be. I was embarrassed to leave the house, go to work, and forget about taking a picture of me! Then I found relief through specialized products and facial treatments at an acne-specialized clinic. Finally, I could go out in public with confidence and happily take pictures with my friends and family. Once I experienced the joy of clear skin, I became passionate about helping others who were still suffering from acne and decided to change careers. After working as a schoolteacher, I became a licensed esthetician in 2005 and worked in a clinic where we cleared the skin of thousands of people. Now I continue my passion at Acne Specialists of Oakland, where I am passionate about helping you achieve clear skin and renew your self confidence. You can email me anytime at”

Annie Pineda

Bilingual Licensed Esthetician

“For over 25 years, I have treated acne-prone skin and worked with the best in the business. Before he passed, I even worked with Dr. James E. Fulton, the Standford dermatologist who wrote the book Acne RX. I first met Julie, Francesca and Melissa 8 years ago at another clinic and have always been impressed by their dedication to clearing skin. When there was an opening for an esthetician position at Acne Specialists, I jumped at the opportunity to work with these women, who are truly experts at what they do. As an Acne Specialist, I bring my kind, gentle approach to clearing problematic skin. Additionally, I am bilingual in English and Spanish.”

Beth Morse

Licensed Esthetician

“I am a self-admitted skin geek. While growing up in San Francisco, I struggled with cystic acne for most of my adolescence, but I learned the importance of maintaining skin health both internally and externally, which is how I found my passion for skin care. After completing my program at The San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology, my esthetics career quickly began to flourish. Eventually, I became an educator at my alma mater then rose to become the Esthetics Advisor of their skincare program. Although I loved teaching, my true joy lies in treating troubled skin, so I transitioned back to the treatment room as a peel specialist. I am fueled by my passion for the study of skin care science and ingredient technology, which has led me to specialize in result-focused and cutting edge treatments in aging, acne, pigmentation and sophisticated peel treatments.”

Melissa Robles

Licensed Esthetician

“Before I found Julie, I suffered from acne for more than 10 years. Sometimes I would take sick days from work because I thought my skin was so bad. I was so tired of buying new products and getting my hopes up only to find out they did nothing. Then I found Julie and my life changed. I learned from Julie that most skin types can tolerate strong acne products – it’s how you use them that makes the difference. I just needed some guidance on how to customize a regimen that worked for my skin. Within two months, my skin was mostly clear (faster than normal). As my skin cleared, I became more extroverted and comfortable meeting new people. Inspired by my new found happiness, I wanted to help others suffering from acne and became a licensed esthetician. I’m constantly thankful for having a job where I can a difference in the way people live.”

Francesca Buongiorno 

Licensed Esthetician

“Having suffered from hormonal acne myself at the beginning of my esthetics career, I know how embarrassing and frustrating this condition can be. I began my esthetics career at Silk Day Spa in New York City in 2005, where I became skilled at performing a variety of skin and body treatments. I also took advanced courses in esthetics at the International Dermal Institute, where I learned about skin physiology and techniques in treating many skin conditions. After moving to the Bay Area in 2010, I worked at Tru Spa in San Francisco and completed a Certification in Clinical Esthetics in 2011 from Concepts Institute of Esthetics. Shortly after this, I began working at Face Reality Acne Clinic as an Acne Specialist, where I found real satisfaction in my work by seeing remarkable and lasting change in my clients’ skin. It thrills me to be able to share my knowledge and help others achieve their goals of clear skin.”

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