Laura Cooksey, LE

Co-Founder of Face Reality Acne Clinic
Laura Cooksey, a nationally-recognized Acne Expert, experienced acne from the time she was a teenager until her mid-thirties when she finally found an esthetician who helped her attain clear skin.

She became a California state-licensed esthetician in 1990 and set out to learn everything about acne that she could. After practicing alone for many years, her dream of opening an acne-only clinic came true in 2005. Inspired by the life-changing results she achieved with her clients, licensed estheticians across the country have become certified in her proven protocol for treating acne.

Meet the Team

Our world-class team of Certified Acne Experts are here to help you every step of the way

Alex Hernandez, LE

Clinic Manager
I have been in the spa industry since 2012 and a licensed esthetician since 2016. Working in a setting more focused on relaxation was great, but I really wanted to make a visible difference in my client's skin. Acne is such a personal skin condition to work with because it can greatly impact a person's self-esteem and mental health. Being able to bring mental and physical relief to clients is an invaluable gift. In addition to being a Face Reality Certified Acne Expert, I have also completed courses with Impact Melanoma, Barbicide, and I am studying to become a Holistic Nutritionist.

What brought you to Face Reality? A friend of mine experiencing severe combination acne was cleared at the Face Reality Acne Clinic several years ago so when I saw that they were hiring I jumped at the opportunity!

Desirée Jackson, LE

Certified Acne Expert
After years of struggling with cystic acne, purchasing over the counter products and numerous appointments with dermatologists, I became interested in skincare. I was finally introduced to an esthetician in San Francisco who taught me not only how to take care of my skin, but also how to identify my acne triggers. At the time, I was working in the legal field, but was tired of pushing paper, and with my own skincare concerns, decided to become an esthetician.

What is your favorite part of being a Face Reality Acne Expert? Being a part of the life changing effects and restored confidence of clients has been a rewarding experience. As an esthetician at the Face Reality Acne Clinic, I have not only expanded my passion toward skincare but have also increased my knowledge on the importance of how our daily lifestyles can affect the health of our skin.

Brandon Foy, LE

Certified Acne Expert
In the process of deciding what I wanted to do as a long-term career, I was inspired to become an esthetician while working at a spa. As I was trying to fix my own acne, I really enjoyed the process of finding out which products worked for me and why. I found that this passion quickly expanded to me wanting to help as many other people as possible—the rest is history! After working in a spa environment for a little while, I was itching for something more results and clinically focused which brought me to Face Reality Acne Clinic.

What is your favorite acne to treat and why? My favorite acne type to work on would have to be noninflamed acne. Not only because they are the best extractions, but it also takes a lot of patience and education to treat this acne type specifically.

Michelle Parker, LE

Certified Acne Expert
I originally became an esthetician because I wanted to become a makeup artist. I was always interested in enhancing someone’s natural beauty so that’s what first caught my attention. But after a few weeks in school my passion transitioned from solely beauty to skincare. I was drawn to Face Reality Acne Clinic because I was looking for a shift in my career as well as in my skin. The atmosphere here is awesome and there’s always an opportunity to expand your knowledge on skin. I know firsthand how acne can negatively affect a person’s self-esteem. It’s an honor to be able to guide my clients through the journey of clear, healthy skin.

Favorite Product Honestly Face Reality has so many great products but I’d have to say my all-time favorite is the L-Mandelic Serum. It can tackle different types of acne lesions, clear up hyperpigmentation, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It’s a miracle in a bottle!

Kylee Hwang

Front Desk Coordinator
I am so grateful to be a part of the Face Reality team. I was most drawn into this company because I love that I get to be a part of someone's journey to becoming more comfortable in their own skin. Confidence historically has always been a struggle for me. I really believe that confidence comes in so many ways, shapes, and forms; any little part I can play in someone's journey to feeling and being better is where I want to be!

Favorite Product My favorite product is the Ultra Gentle Cleanser. As a kid I used to have severe eczema, and I grew up needing to be paranoid about products I use on my skin. I have grown out of eczema, however I still remain conscious of what goes on my skin, and I have not found a cleanser that makes my skin feel as good as Ultra Gentle!

Marcela Granados

Certified Acne Expert, Licensed Esthetician
Understanding how products work and gaining knowledge about ingredients inspired me to a career in aesthetics. After attending JD Academy Salon and Spa in Danville, my passion for skin care grew even more. Face Reality has given me an opportunity to not only provide our clients unique skincare routines but also provide them the knowledge on how to maintain clear skin. It is very rewarding to see firsthand how clear skin can improve someone's overall quality of life. As an esthetician at Face Reality Acne Clinic, I am always expanding my knowledge on the function of skin and products needed for optimal skin health.

Why did you become an esthetician? I became an esthetician because I wanted to be able to help people in a way that I can not only enhance their appearance but provide them with knowledge that can last them a lifetime.