Meet Alison O’Neil

Alison O'Neil

Ms. O’ Neil is considered by her peers a pioneer in her practice fields of Medical Esthetics and Aesthetic Rehabilitation. For 30 years she has shared pearls of Clinical skin care & Counseling with professionals nationwide & Canada. Ms. O’Neil is now confronting the NEW Aging Frontier directly by pioneering again with the development of specialty called *Geriatric Aesthetics©.

Among her professional published and media credits, Ms. O’ Neil has served on the editorial board of Progressive Clinical Insights and The Medical Journal for Skin Care Professionals. She has been published in the Canadian OBGYN and Women’s Health Journal. Alison has also had two local columns as an expert in Skin Care in the popular Atlanta area magazines Atlanta Sports & Fitness and Jezebel. Her most recent publication can be found in Aging Well Magazine. Ms. O’Neil is a member of the National League of American Pen Women.

She has been nationally recognized in Self, Mademoiselle, Woman’s Day, American Health, Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country magazines as well as several major newspapers and television networks including CNN, TBS, and ABC & NBC. WebMD offers five poignant interviews with Alison and her patients living with psoriasis, eczema, acne, dysmorphophobic acne (a.k.a. acne excoriee) and Lupus.

She was the Georgia State board of Examiners representative for Esthetics and Esthetic Committee Chairperson of the National Interstate Council of Exam Boards for eleven years. During her tenure Ms. O’Neil acted as a subject matter expert for the development of the National Licensing Examination for the practice of Esthetics. Over the course of this period she examined over 30,000 Cosmetology professionals and she revised the National Exam in Esthetics five times. Ms. O’Neil also revised the original text book (by Joel Gerson) in Esthetics in 2000.

Ms. O’ Neil holds a degree in Mental Health and Human Services with a unique specialization in The Psychology of Appearance and Cosmetic Treatments. She is a licensed Cosmetologist, with an advanced specialization in Clinical Skin Care and was a Medical/ Surgical Assistant in Dermatology. Ms. O’ Neil developed the first Dermatological Rehabilitation Clinic in the country at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia in 1982.

She is also noted as one of the founding committee members of the National Look Good… Feel Better Program co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Cosmetic Toiletry and Fragrance Association and The National Cosmetology Association. For her role in this program she was awarded the Quality of life Award by the American Cancer Society’s, Georgia Division.

Ms. O’ Neil represented L’ Oreal through The Dermablend Academy where she introduced the importance of physical appearance challenges to medical residents throughout the United States. She has presented Grand Rounds lectures to the nation’s leading medical schools (30 of the top 50). Ms. O’Neil also presents regularly at Dermatology and Plastic Surgery nursing and other related professional medical meetings. Ms. O’Neil teaches nationally at locations including Institute Dermed, Atlanta, Aetelier Esthetic Training Institute, NY,NY and Advanced Aesthetics Training Institute, Utah.

Her proven commitment to the field of Medical Esthetics and Aesthetic Rehabilitation makes her a highly qualified speaker and writer on a range of topics from general healthy skin care and Medical Esthetics to the Psychology of Appearance. She is well versed on clinical insights regarding complete dermatologic care, pre- and post-operative esthetic needs and related cosmetic skin care issues, as well as, appearance changes implied by illness and its treatments. Her focus includes both the psychological ramifications, as well as, the aesthetic health challenges presented by appearance loss or change.

Her charity, the Beauty Becomes You™ Foundation, serves the Aesthetic Health and Hygiene needs of senior adults. The charity through the contributions of over 500 professional volunteers & students has served more than 5000 senior adults over 15,000 in-kind services since 2006. The program is based in Atlanta, Georgia and launched in Harlem, NY, NY in 2012.
The mission of BBYF is to prevent Failure to Thrive Syndrome through preserving the dignity and self-respect of senior adults through the provision of personal aesthetic care solutions that maintain and improve appearance while lifting self-esteem, building self-confidence and ensuring a strong sense of personal pride.

We’re Changing the way Society Looks at Seniors and Ensuring Seniors Adults Thrive!

Geriatric Aesthetics© addresses the diminishment of the five physical senses, loss of mobility and dexterity as well as the slowing of mental acuity which naturally accompany the aging process and are a by-product of diseases associated with aging. Teaching the ways and means of integral techniques and tools that assist in living with these normal life changes is of primary focus for practitioner and recipient.


Our mission is to maintain a strong sense of purpose and meaning in order to prevent Failure to Thrive Syndrome in Senior adults and a further commitment to ease life as we age by assuring that products and services meet standards that ensure a life worth living.

2013 L’Oreal Paris Woman of Worth Nominee