about us


  • To empower you with the tools that will clear up your acne in an average of 3-6 months. The skinSALVATION method includes the most effective treatments in the industry, truly acne-safe skincare products, and acne-safe lifestyle education.  No dermatological prescriptions needed.
  • To teach you why acne management is a lifestyle – and hold you accountable for making the right, clear-skinned promoting choices! No course of antibiotics, single product, or dermatological prescription will cure acne, but that doesn’t mean acne cannot be controlled successfully and sustainably.  We will give you the tools to do so.
  • To sell only 100% acne-safe products. Before endorsing or selling any product, it must undergo a 6-month skinSALVATION testing process to ensure it is truly acne-safe.
  • To offer our clients full support throughout the clearing process. We are fully-accessible by email and in-clinic checkups between acne treatments.
  • To be honest and straightforward about our method. Every treatment and every product at skinSALVATION serves a purpose in the clearing process, and we are transparent every step of the way.  (That being said, we do not and will not sell you product or treatments you do not need – we are not on commission!).
  • To take our work, and your skin, seriously. Simply put, the skinSALVATION method is effective and efficient. we will clear your acne, and we’ll do it as quickly and sustainably as possible.



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kimberly yap tan

founder of skinSALVATION

a san francisco native licensed since 2004, kim has worked her way through the san francisco spa scene from neighborhood salons to luxury day spas, learning the mainstream, holistic, medical and business ideologies of the industry. she has worked directly under laura cooksey of face reality acne clinic in san leandro, ca and studied in-person with dr. james e. fulton, co-creator of retin-a, author of “acne rx”, and pioneer of acne research and product development.drawing upon the expertise of these two pioneers, they inspired the conception of skinsalvation, blending skin treatments, effective products, and education in holistic health and sustainability local & sustainable food, great friends, music, sunshine and travel keep kim happy and healthy.
 * kim has retired from the treatment room to focus on growing sS’s reach to those in need.  however, she still carefully trains & supervises each sS esthetician to the exacting standards of care that has made skinSALVATION incredibly effective for acne management.

kerry watson


originally from small town in connecticut, kerry came to california 20 years ago to become an herbalist (california school of herbal studies), nutrition consultant (bauman college), aromatherapist (institute of aromatic studies), and finally, a cidesco certified esthetician (cinta aveda institute). whew! she owned her own nutritional consulting practice before managing a team of natural products specialists at SPINS, LLC the leading data, analytics and consulting company for natural products retail.  she brings to us a wealth of knowledge and a genuine sense of dedication and care for her clients, and we are so very lucky to have her.

in her spare time, she works on odara, her own handmade herbal skincare line, and spends time with her (former) breakdancing-savvy artist husband in the inner sunset. read about kerry’s clear skin journey here. and learn more about kerry’s background and experience here.

liesse jones

esthetician + clinic manager

originally from new mexico (with a stint in toronto), liesse comes with a background in textile and fashion design.  she was lucky to grow up with a health conscious family (her parents now own an organic farm!), being raised with the healthy, holistic values that we live and teach our clients everyday. liesse, who’s suffered from acne since her early teens, is ecstatic to not only clear up her own complexion, but also to help others that she can so closely relate to.

when she’s not seeing clients, blogging or pinning up a storm for sS, she enjoys cooking (sans gluten & rice, as she’s allergic), cycling and exploring the bay area! check out liesse’s story on starting her journey to clarity with sS here!

allyson gluckman

esthetician + trainer

originally from pennsylvania, allyson moved to SF in 2011 to pursue a masters in marriage and family therapy but discovered the field of esthetics, and got her esthetician + cidesco education at the aveda institute.  after working in at an oakland spa for a year, allyson was particularly drawn to helping clients who were suffering with acne, but felt she lacked the proper tools to really help her clients.

after discovering sS, she knew she had found the right place to bring her skills and dedication to on-going education + client care. passionate about healthy eating + wellness, allyson is extremely excited to be a part of a team who understands and lives with the intention to be happy and healthy!  a good sense of humor, compassion, and a calming presence is something she always strives to bring to each treatment.  currently living with adult acne, she understands how much it can affect someone’s life!

in her spare time she enjoys getting out in nature and exploring the bay, cooking, dancing, reading, and spending downtime with her newly adopted cat.

lacey mons

assistant clinic manager

born and raised in tucson, lacey was more than ready to escape the heat!  she dreamed about moving to san francisco for as long as she can remember.  after graduating from the university of arizona with a BA in communication, she was offered an internship and later a full time position with a health-care focused public relations firm in SF, a dream come true! after a year and a half, she explored other avenues with more direct client facing interactions and found sS (or more, they found each other). a complete newbie to skincare, lacey has already learned so much and adopted a fresh regimen of her own.

she lives for sunshine, food and times spent with friends and family. when she’s not at sS, she tries to see as many movies, comedians and concerts as possible!