Meet ABQ's Acne Specialists

Kimberly Lovato, CEO, Acne Specialist, Author, Product Developer, Founder of the ABQ Skin Care & Acne Clinic and Creator of the Clear Path Program®.

Passion and obsession drive Kimberly Lovato daily in her quest to educate and empower acne sufferers, from all walks of life. Kimberly understands personally, the incessant struggle against acne all too well. After being diagnosed with acne-rosacea in her mid-twenties, she rode the roller coaster ride of acne treatments. Kimberly was prescribed the typical arsenal still being used today of topical prescriptions and antibiotics-none of which cleared her skin. Several times she inquired if her diet could be a contributing factor however, she was met each time with a firm dismissal. It didn’t make sense. How could the foods she was consuming not have an effect on her skin? Out of curiosity, Kimberly removed all dairy products from her diet and within a week she witnessed an undeniable calming effect on her skin. Thus, her quest had begun.

The acne industry in the US generates over 31 billion a year in products, treatments and numerous medications. It’s a thriving business model that focuses on treatment rather than prevention. Wouldn’t it make sense to reveal the root cause of acne rather than take an antibiotic? Kimberly believes in a common-sense approach to clearing mild, moderate and severe acne without the use of topical prescriptions, laser treatments, antibiotics or Accutane. It’s simple, by revealing the root cause anyone can identify the acne triggers at work. This allows the opportunity to make fast changes to stop acne in its tracks. “We believe in empowering our clients, not dependency,” Kimberly advocates, “by providing a thorough acne education regarding diet, lifestyle and environmental factors, anyone can absolutely achieve acne free skin for life.” Managing acne is a life skill that should be taught to all who suffer from a couple of blemishes to an all-out war against pimples. Yet, not all acne is the same and should not be treated as such.

The typical ‘one-size-fits-all,’ acne product lines available on the market today seem to be the status quo. There are different types of acne and each one needs an individualized approach. “This is why I created the Clear Path Program®, a unique acne clearing product line that addresses each person as an individual.” Kimberly utilizes a simple step-up program that increases specific ingredient percentages to prevent what is commonly known as ‘plateauing,’ in the world of skin care. “Moderate to severe acne needs a slightly firmer approach to win the acne battle, and you just cannot find that in other product lines today,” Kimberly explains. “most products focus on mild acne and do not have the strength to yield outstanding results. Someone may notice general improvements initially, which soon stops working, leaving a person feeling frustrated and hopeless.”

At the ABQ Skin Care & Acne Clinic, the focus is on one client at a time, as always, providing an individualized treatment unparalleled to others. This is the future of clearing acne, and the future is here now.

Kimberly Lovato is a nationally recognized acne expert and has helped thousands of acne sufferers across the US achieve 100% clear skin. She is also a product formulator and a Certified MicoNeedling Specialist. Additionally, Kimberly holds an assortment of certifications in the field of esthetics as well.


Jordan DeLuca LE, Director of Daily Operations and an Acne Specialist, has a passion for empowering people through education. As they say, knowledge is power, and she believes that all of our clients have the right to hold the power of achieving their ultimate skin goals. It is her opinion that our skin is not just a surface aspect of our being, but rather a key building block to inner beauty as well. Having skin that you are comfortable in paves the path towards true self-confidence and self-worth, which floods into all other aspects of our lives. Jordan oversees all daily operations at the clinic to ensure that our clients are receiving the best possible experience on their path to beautiful skin. In 2014 Jordan graduated Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelors's degree in both Strategic Communication and Psychology.


Adena Poncho LE, Acne Specialist, has battled with her own skin since 1991 – when she was entering the 4th grade. In an attempt to eliminate her acne, Adena had tried nearly every product on the market and had seen countless dermatologists, she also consumed an array of antibiotics and applied numerous topical prescriptions to her skin-yet nothing worked. It wasn’t until she became a client of Kimberly Lovato's and then becoming a Licensed Acne Specialist as well – that she truly understood exactly the key factors in her diet, lifestyle, and environment that were actually sustaining her acne. Just by making the simple changes needed in order to clear her skin, Adena finally experienced the flawless skin void of all acne that she had always desired.

Since Adena has had her own personal struggles with acne, she really understands the social stigma and emotional turmoil related to acne and can fully relate to other acne sufferers as well. Helping others win their struggle with acne has become her passion and feels as though she has found her calling.


Shelby King Smith LE, Acne Specialist In 2011, Shelby graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After she graduated, she found herself in property management and later became a licensed insurance agent. Knowing that she was more of a people person than a cubicle person, she knew it was time to make a change and pursue a lifelong dream. Shelby always wanted to be in an industry where she could help people feel better about themselves, so she became a licensed esthetician.

At the age of 27, Shelby started struggling with her own health and skin. It wasn’t until she was 30 when she finally made some lifestyle changes. Cutting out key acne triggers not only helped with her acne, but other health battles she was struggling with. She is a firm believer that disease and health issues start in the gut. When one’s gut is healthy, our bodies thrive. Through the struggles that she has endured, Shelby is determined to help her clients achieve self-confidence and 100% clear skin with education, compassion and kindness.


Mary Ruffcorn Client Services Coordinator recently moved to Albuquerque from California, where she studied French & Francophone Studies at Humboldt State University. She also speaks Italian and is working on her Spanish language skills. With nearly 15 years of customer service experience, she is a “people person” through and through. She loves empowering people to feel comfortable in their own skin, and is happy to be part of your team!