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.

kayla hernandez


kayla hernandez, an arizona native, left the valley of the sun to come to the bay area in hopes of experiencing a new way of living. after struggling with acne her entire life, here she discovered the acne-safe lifestyle & path to overcoming problematic skin. the pain of having acne inspired her to become an esthetician so she could teach others about the lifestyle and help them to achieve clear skin. she graduated from cinta aveda institute with her esthetician license in january 2017 and had only one place in mind that she wanted to work- skinSALVATION! it was a perfect match.
kayla also deeply enjoys all forms of art; painting, drawing, photography, sculpting, film making, singing, etc. she is happy to have found a place of work that promotes a sense of community, healthy lifestyle, and allows her to be hands-on while nurturing people. her favorite stress-relieving activity is burning sage & reading a dramatic book while cuddled up with her puppies.
read about her amazingly inspiring journey to clear skin here.

blake bradley

front desk associate

after 11 years, five dermatologists, one horrific round of accutane, and countless meltdowns in the dermatologist parking lot/sephora skincare aisle/bedroom/living room/bathroom, it’s pretty safe to say that blake was fed up with acne…then she found skinSALVATION. blake experienced such mind-blowing results and became so passionate about sS that she took it a step further and joined the team as our full-time front desk gal!

when she’s not helping others fight acne at sS, blake enjoys obsessively listening to black sabbath, spending time with her quirky family, pursuing the organizational aisle of target, and planning the next adventure to take with her incredible (and equally tall) husband jeremy.
find out about her personal story with acne here.

luna gomez

front desk associate

luna is the newest addition to the ss team! she is an avid skincare enthusiast, empath, novice herbalist, and an artivist. born and raised in san francisco, ca and recently made the move to oakland, where she lives with her partner, cat and pup. the symbiosis of our mind and body has always been important for her, and she believes mental health is just as important as our physical health in order to keep skin acne-free! acne safe skin is more than looks to her, it is radical self-determination.

in her spare time, she works with printmaking, photo alternative processes, bookmaking and natural dyeing; playing with the ideas surrounding the human condition: intimacy, identity, and the synergistic connection between the machine and the natural environment. her current projects explore textiles, collage, and plant-based pigments.