Welcome to our world

Growing up sucked! As women of color who’ve always had skin that didn’t look like what we saw in our favorite TV commercials and magazines, we grew up thinking there was such a thing as “perfect” skin & that we had to have it. Now we know that you make skin look good - not the other way around.

Science-backed formulas

Created by experts

Made for every shade

Topicals is more than beauty, and more than skincare. We’re a new standard - medicated botanicals.
We only use ingredients and herbals that have been scientifically-proven via third-party, peer-reviewed clinical studies. We formulate in partnership with our scientific advisory board. We are constantly improving our formulas based on customer feedback and new clinical findings to ensure that our products work effectively, efficiently, and gently on all skin types. Topicals products are always synthetic fragrance and dye-free, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Dr. Teng is a board-certified pediatric dermatologist, and is the Director of Pediatric Dermatology at Stanford University. She has been in practice for more than 12 years, and has overseen more than 20 dermatology clinical trials. She also co-authored the book Therapy in Pediatric Dermatology-Management of Pediatric Skin Disease, and focuses her research on drug discovery & novel therapy for skin disorders.
Dr. Flynn is a Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in the Department of Chemistry. He is opening his own lab in 2021 at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Stem Cell Program and the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University where he will research how RNA and glycans work together to influence human disease.

We started Topicals with the dream of transforming the way you feel about skin. We both grew up with visible skin conditions and connected over feeling excluded from the beauty conversation.

People with chronic skin conditions are 2-6 times more likely to experience anxiety and depression. Why? Because we’re taught to aim for perfection when life (and skin) is fluid and messy.

Topicals donates 1% of our profits to important mental health movements to help raise awareness around the connection between mental health and skin health. To date, we’ve donated over $10K to mental health organizations like Therapy for Black Girls, Fearless Femmes 100, Sad Girls Club, and JED Foundation. When you support Topicals, you support mental health advocacy for those who need it most.

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