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 paid 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.



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


kerry has spent the last 20 years deeply immersed in the natural products and alternative health industry from the retail, private nutritional consulting practice & corporate environments. originally from the east coast, she’s got quite the toolbox of alternative healing certifications to draw upon (book a treatment and ask about it!).

having joined sS in 2014, kerry strives to build lasting relationships and create partnerships that help each client achieve their skincare goals. in her down time kerry works on her all natural handmade skin care line, ODARA skin care. read kerry’s personal story about her acne journey here.

community organizations we support on an ongoing basis:

career girls
filling in the career imagination gap with role models + actionable tools for girls (and boys) to reach their dreams; founded by kim’s longtime friend + client linda calhoun

pretty brown girl
empowering young girls of color nationwide, with self-confidence and leadership tools

la cocina
a food business incubator serving most immigrant women in the bay area

on lok lifeways
a private senior care facility, the same one that kim’s grandmother went to in san francisco

EMPACT northwest
a group of volunteer medical professionals in the seattle, wa area that deploy to assist in catastrophic emergencies globally

american civil liberties union
fighting for american civil rights since 1920!

mi famila vota
engaging hispanic communities on exercising their right to vote