acne specialist & skin of color expert

Kathryn Khadija Leverette

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Kathryn Khadija Leverette is an acne specialist, ethnic and black skin care expert, licensed esthetician, independent product development consultant, freelance writer, and industry educator. Her areas of expertise include protocols for acne treatment, razor bumps, skin tone issues (including dark spots and uneven skin tone), sensitive skin, sports and obesity-related skin problems, and acne scar treatment.

She has stayed on the cutting edge in the areas of acne treatment and ethnic skin care to this day. Kat opened the Bay Area’s first acne clinic in 1987 in Oakland, CA. Leverette’s clientele has always been about 85% African-American, 40% of which are men, and a 15% mix of African, Hispanic, Caucasian, Asian, West Indian, Asian Indian, Pacific Islander and Native American clients.

Acne Clinic

As of late April 2023, the office is located at 345 Estudillo Avenue – Suite 101 in downtown San Leandro near Oakland, California, an acne clinic and skin care center specializing in acne and skin of color.  Most of her referrals have been for acne treatment, hyperpigmentation, keloid scars, sensitive skin conditions, scalp issues and razor bumps, and for training acne specialists and medical professionals in her protocols. Request a clinic or telephone consultation today!

Leverette is best known in the industry for developing the first internationally-recognized program to successfully treat  skin of color, including razor bumps and acne keloidalis nuchae scalp bumps and scars). She was the first esthetician to utilize and write about the alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic and lactic acid) and the very first to introduce the use of alpha hydroxy acids in Europe.


Actors Danny Glover, Laurence Fishburne and Ben Stiller, director/actor Bill Duke, singer Angela Bofill, Latin bandleader Pete Escovedo, bluesman Joe Louis Walker, and dozens of professional athletes from the NFL, NBA and MLB including Tim Brown, Ray Lewis, Anthony Dorsett, Zack Crockett, deceased Oakland Raiders Eric Turner and Darrell Russell, Don Griffin, Sam Adams, Mitch Richmond, Rod Higgins, Marc Jackson, Eric Dampier and Rickey Henderson.

Community Service

In addition to being an acne specialist, Kat is an advocate for burn survivors and donates her time to perform pro bono scar reduction chemical peel procedures in the community. She has developed effective non-invasive scar reduction techniques for severe burn scars and keloid scarring.

Skin Care Writer

Leverette is also a skin care industry speaker, writer, consultant, and educator. Her articles regularly appear in Dermacope Magazine. Articles have also appeared in the International Society of Clinical Plastic Surgeons newsletter, Black Elegance, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques, Salon Sense and Skin Inc. She was a contributing editor to the popular, now defunct Black Journal of Cosmetology known as ShopTalk magazine for many years.


Her interviews have appeared in Essence, Elle, Black Elegance, Allure, Upscale, Uptown, Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, Shape, Glamour, Vogue, BBW, Men’s Health, Modern Salon, Black Tress, DaySpa, Good Housekeeping, Parenting, Dermascope, Oakland Magazine and many more. Kat Leverette is listed as a skin care referral source in The Silent Healer: A Modern Study of Aloe Vera by Bill C. Coats, R.Ph. and Robert J. Ahola. She is also mentioned in the best-selling book Body and Soul, a health and beauty resource for black women published by Essence magazine, as an ethnic skin care expert and acne specialist.

Esthetics Industry Consultant

Kat Leverette is an independent consultant, trainer and educator and works with skin care companies and clinics, helping them develop specialized  protocols, write label copy ad content, and educational materials, and develop state-of-the-industry products. She has worked with Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skin Care, June Jacobs Spa Collection, the Cornelia Signature Collection, Coats Aloe International, Coats Aesthetics and more.

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