Hi, I'm Julie Pruitt

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. When I am not in the office I am busy chasing two toddlers around with my husband, Tony. Tony has been a huge support for keeping ASO running smoothly.

Hi, I'm Julie Pruitt

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.

Meet your Acne Specialists

As former acne sufferers, we are passionate about helping people with severe acne uncover clear skin and regain confidence. We are proud to have helped thousands of people achieve clear skin.

Julie Pruitt
Licensed Esthetician and Long Distance Program Manager
"I am the founder of Acne Specialists, which operates nationally through our long distance acne program and at clinic locations in Oakland and Nashville. Nearly 15 years into my career as an esthetician, I still feel an incredible sense of joy each time I am able to help someone achieve clear skin. "
Arlene Barboza
Bilingual Licensed Esthetician
“My interest, soon turned passion, started at a really young age. Suffering from acne for a lot of my adolescence, I often found myself experimenting with ingredients and products to see what worked for me. It wasn’t until I found the ladies at Acne Specialists of Oakland, who helped me tremendously, and inspired me to take my own personal journey into expanding my knowledge at the Cinta Aveda Institute. I’m excited to be in the position now as a licensed esthetician where I can help others with stories similar to mine on their skincare journey.”
Francesca Boungiorno
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. At Silk Day Spa in New York City, 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 became certified in Clinical Esthetics in 2011 from Concepts Institute of Esthetics. Shortly after this, I began working as an acne specialist and found real satisfaction in my work by seeing remarkable and lasting change in my clients’ skin.”
Jennifer Robertson
Office Manager
“I started my journey into the skin care industry when I met the absolutely marvelous and talented Beth Morse. Beth changed my views on acne. I realized that I could change my relationship with my acne, and with myself. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to be the Manager of Acne Specialists of Oakland because it gives me the chance to continue to learn and help others in my community on their journey with their acne. I chose ASO because of their commitment to client care and preventative health. I am thrilled to be part of the team and to support that commitment to clear skin!”
Annie Pineda
Bilingual Licensed Esthetician
"For more than 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 dermatologist and author of 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."
Julie Pruitt
Licensed Esthetician and Long Distance Program Manager
"I am the founder of Acne Specialists, which operates nationally through our long distance acne program and at clinic locations in Oakland and Nashville. Nearly 15 years into my career as an esthetician, I still feel an incredible sense of joy each time I am able to help someone achieve clear skin. "
Arlene Barboza
Bilingual Licensed Esthetician
“My interest, soon turned passion, started at a really young age. Suffering from acne for a lot of my adolescence, I often found myself experimenting with ingredients and products to see what worked for me. It wasn’t until I found the ladies at Acne Specialists of Oakland, who helped me tremendously, and inspired me to take my own personal journey into expanding my knowledge at the Cinta Aveda Institute. I’m excited to be in the position now as a licensed esthetician where I can help others with stories similar to mine on their skincare journey.”
Francesca Boungiorno
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. At Silk Day Spa in New York City, 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 became certified in Clinical Esthetics in 2011 from Concepts Institute of Esthetics. Shortly after this, I began working as an acne specialist and found real satisfaction in my work by seeing remarkable and lasting change in my clients’ skin.”
Jennifer Robertson
Office Manager
“I started my journey into the skin care industry when I met the absolutely marvelous and talented Beth Morse. Beth changed my views on acne. I realized that I could change my relationship with my acne, and with myself. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to be the Manager of Acne Specialists of Oakland because it gives me the chance to continue to learn and help others in my community on their journey with their acne. I chose ASO because of their commitment to client care and preventative health. I am thrilled to be part of the team and to support that commitment to clear skin!”
Annie Pineda
Bilingual Licensed Esthetician
"For more than 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 dermatologist and author of 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."
Coming to Acne Specialists of Oakland really was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’ve struggled with varying levels of acne for the last decade or so, since I was about 12. I tried everything, including visits to multiple dermatologists, oral medications, and every topical treatment I could find. … I first visited Acne Specialist of Oakland about 15 months ago, and my skin started clearing up almost immediately. … I genuinely didn’t think it was possible for me to love my skin, but now it’s something that actively boosts my confidence and happiness instead of deterring from it.

– Joelle A. on Yelp