celebrate skinSALVATION’s 9th birthday with us!

skinSALVATION is celebrating 9 years of helping empower people with the tools that they need to get, and keep, clear skin FOR LIFE. we would love for you to join us in our celebration on march 25th from 3pm – 6pm. we will have cocktails, an acne-safe and soy-free noodle bar from mau vietnamese restaurant, and hundreds of dollars of gifts from skinSALVATION, kabuki spa, mateo’s taqueria and more. come hang out with kim and the entire skinSALVATION crew and let’s have a great time!


you had me at tadasana!

by: kerry watson


need a little yoga in your life? we’ve found the perfect thing! it’s the down dog yoga app! i have been meaning to get myself into better physical shape for many months now and after many failed attempts i’ve finally found this awesome app. it’s free, fun and something that i think i can stick to. it’s like having a private yoga class in the comfort of my own living room. i love the music and the routines. you can choose from yoga flow or restorative and there are beginner and intermediate options for both. you can choose the length and pace of your practice as well. i’ve been doing 30 minutes a day at the normal pace.

sticking to a regular yoga practice is a great way to calm and balance the stress response which helps to control inflammation. it also helps to improve sleep which has a positive effect on the skin. the other apps that we’ve found to be helpful with stress management are insighttimer and headspace. these are great mindfulness mediation apps. insighttimer is my personal fave. you can search for different guided mediations. i love to do the true north sleep mediation right before bed. here it is on youtube as well. it works like a charm anytime i’m having trouble falling or staying asleep.


sugar free february! (team sS is doing the candida cleanse)

maintaining a healthy balance of microorganisms within the body helps us have strong immune systems, productive digestion and clear skin. if these microorganisms are disrupted by an overgrowth of candida, it can throw everything off and can prevent you from achieving the acne free complexion that you desire. if you think that you may have candida you have a couple of options:

  1. see a naturopathic doctor who can run a test in office
  2. do a test at home by purchasing a diy kit from nutritionaltestingkits.com which you send in to have the test completed
  3. just do the diet. the most cost effective route but it takes a little will power to do a diet without knowing if you actually have a candida overgrowth. bonus* even if you don’t have candida, the diet is pretty great for your skin and body over all.

the entire skin SALVATION team has decided to do the candida diet for the month of february. kim and i have done tests and neither of us have a candida overgrowth problem however, we are excited to eliminate sugar from our diet for the month to reset and feel great.

throughout the month of february we will be blogging weekly meal plans, how we are feeling and photos of our skin. we will be posting on instagram with #sugarfreefebruary #candidacleanse and #healthybodyclearskin. follow us @skinsalvationsf. you can also find great candida safe recipes on our pinterest board.

we invite you to join us on this journey to clear(er) skin and healthier bodies. 

wishing you joy and happiness,

team sS

whole 30

happy wednesday sS family!

this week kim, kerry and i are embarking on a back to basics diet called whole30. whole30 is pretty much the acne safe diet taken to the next level. the idea is to strip your diet of dairy, grains, legumes, and sugar for 30 days. these foods can be difficult to digest, inflammatory and not to mention – potentially acne causing! swapping these ingredients for real whole foods allows the body can repair and rebuild.

it starts with food

here are the rules:

  1. no added sugar of any kind, real or artificial (that includes honey, agave, and stevia)
  2. no alcohol in any form (even for cooking)
  3. no grains
  4. no legumes
  5. no dairy
  6. no additives like carrageenan, msg, or sulfites
  7. do not try to recreate baked goods, junk food, or “treats” with approved ingredients (maybe the number one difference between whole30 and paleo)
  8. you aren’t allowed to step on the scale or take body measurements throughout the 30 days, although you can before and after.

find the complete list of rules, grocery shopping list, and helpful tips by falling this link to whole30.com.

why are we doing the whole30?

kim: “i am doing it for health reasons – it was prescribed by my naturopath, and to lose some weight (pre-diabetic blood sugar levels).  also, i have noticed sensitivities when i eat certain foods that i shouldn’t, so that’s a good motivator too, to not feel sick, bloated, allergies or get headaches.”

liesse: “to be the most clear and healthy version of myself. it has been very empowering to get my acne under control but along the way i fell off of the exercise bandwagon. i’m coupling the whole30 diet with a new gym membership to get my body and mind in tip top shape.”

kerry: “weight loss and energy gain!”

i am making this awesome one pot meal for dinner tonight! click the image for the recipe. i’ll be using homemade bone broth and bacon fat instead of butter.


if you have stubborn inflammatory acne or digestive issues that are influencing your skin, the whole30 diet is a great way to press the reset button on your body. if you are interested in joining us on our journey to sustainable health and clear skin, follow us on instagram @skinsalvationacneclinic or email liesse@skinsalvationsf.com



acne-safe pizza!

by kerry watson
kerry & her pizza!
i’m so excited to share one of my very favorite recipes with all of you sS’ers out there. i make this grain-free/soy-free/dairy-free pizza at least once a month and it’s always a crowd pleaser. it’s super tasty and filling and it’s also very easy to make!
for the crust you’ll need almond flour, arrowroot powder, baking powder, dried oregano, eggs, plain unsweetened almond milk, black pepper and sea salt (or any other non-iodized salt). here are the directions for making it here:

Pizza Crust (Grain-free)

2 cups almond flour
1 cup arrowroot powder (or tapioca flour)
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 eggs
1/2 cup homemade almond milk (or milk of choice–we now use unsweetened coconut milk)

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease a round pizza pan (no holes) or cookie sheet. (I use a 15″ round baking stone.)
2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk to blend together.
3. Add eggs and almond milk to the dry ingredients. Mix well. (The batter may be runny–not like typical pizza dough.)
4. Use a spatula to spread batter onto greased pan.
5. Bake crust in preheated oven 8-12 minutes.
6. Remove crust from oven and top with sauce and desired toppings.
7. Bake for another 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!

here’s what the crust looks like after baking:
the crust takes about 20 minutes to make and pre-bake. the next step is adding the toppings and then it goes back in the oven for about 15 minutes more. here are some of my favorite toppings:
– pizza sauce from a jar like this one: http://organicvillefoods.com/category/products/pizza-sauces/ (i reuse the jars for melting oils and waxes for making lotions and lip balms at home)
– sliced green peppers
– organic pepperoni
– sliced black olives
– thinly sliced red onion
– chopped fresh herbs like basil and cilantro (add these after all the baking is complete)
daiya cheeses happen to contain a little coconut oil – which is not the best – but we think, in moderation, is a hands-down much better choice than real dairy cheese.  after all, nothing in life is perfect 🙂
alternatively, you can also check our pinterest page for some acne-safe cheese recipe ideas – namely this page.  here’s a mozzarella recipe that looks awesome!
here is a listing of the ingredients in the daiya mozzarella shreds:
Filtered water, tapioca and/or arrowroot flours, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and /or non-GMO expeller pressed safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, vegan natural flavors, inactive yeast, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, citric acid (for flavor), titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral).
organicville pizza sauce only contains 3 grams of sugar per serving which is low when compared with most brands that contain 8 grams per serving. the ingredients are as follows:
organic tomato puree, organic tomatoes, organic agave nectar, organic extra virgin olive oil, salt, organic garlic, organic oregano, organic parsley
here’s what the pizza looks like cooked with diaya cheese and pepperoni – yum!
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i like this recipe because it doesn’t have dairy or soy, which we all know causes inflammation and acne seeds. i also like it because it doesn’t contain any grains or white flour products. to some folks grains (even whole grains) can be inflammatory. i am one of these “lucky” people who just does better on a diet that’s very low in grains. one of the reasons that grains can be problematic is that they contain phytic acid which blocks the absorption of many essential minerals like zinc and calcium.
i do eat grains on occasion (couple times a month) but they are not a staple for me. also, i stick to the gluten free grains like quinoa, millet, amaranth and buckwheat. i also supplement the starches in my diet with starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas and winter squash.
something that i find interesting is that grains have only been cultivated and eaten for the last 10,000 years but humans have been around for a couple hundred thousand years and we were doing very well before grains ever came into the picture. also, when we started cultivating grains they were not harvested right away, they were left in the field for a while which allowed them to be exposed to the elements. this started the sprouting process which breaks down the phytic acid and increases the nutrient content of the grain.
regardless as to whether you eat loads of grains or none at all this recipe is sure to please your taste buds and your conscience because it is delicious and acne-safe!