Nice to meet you <3

We’re Olamide & Claudia,
the co-founders of Topicals.

As women of color who’ve always had skin that didn’t look like everyone else’s (Olamide has post-barbae folliculitis, Claudia has eczema), we grew up thinking that it was normal to hide, to feel less-than, to settle for products that didn’t serve or speak to us. Statistics show that we’re not alone - 1 in 4 folks in the US lives with a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis, and they are 2-6 times more likely to experience depression and anxiety. Why? Because misinformation causes alienation and isolation. Up until now, flare-up care has been made complicated and burdensome.

But, we’re more powerful,
more capable together.

Topicals believes in making the world a healthier and happier place. We promise to be a medium for connection and self-discovery. We are partnering with mental health organizations to donate a portion of all sales to important mental health movements, starting with Sad Girls Club. Sharing experiences and bridging gaps in understanding allows us all to live happier and healthier lives.

Topicals is transforming the way you
feel about skin. We will always be:

A space for kinship and connection

A resource for self-discovery

Effective, thoughtful treatments for your most bothersome skin concerns

Meet Our Scientists

Thoughtfully formulated by experts.

Dr. Joyce Teng, MD, PhD

Joyce Teng is a professor in dermatology and the head of the Pediatric Dermatology department at Stanford University. She received her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 12 years.Her specialties include rare genetic disorders, birthmarks, vascular anomalies and a variety of inflammatory skin diseases.She is also an experienced pediatric dermatological surgeon, and sits on the board of directors for the Women’s Dermatology Society.Her research interests are drug discovery and novel therapy for skin disorders.

Dr. Ryan Flynn, MD, PhD

Ryan Flynn is a postdoctoral fellow currently conducting research focused on genetics processes and cell biology at Stanford University. He has also developed novel genomic tools to study RNA in-depth, for which he was recognized with the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award, and has studied extensively the mechanisms that contribute to skin youthfulness and aging. He received both his medical degree and PhD from Stanford University as well.

Vanessa Thomas, MA

Vanessa Thomas has an advanced master’s degree in Cosmetic Science with over a decade of formulating experience, specializing in skin and sun care. She is also an active participant in the Florida chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.