On the Path to a More Inclusive Skin Health Industry

On the Path to a More Inclusive Skin Health Industry

For far too long, the face of skincare has reflected only some of the faces we see within our communities.

In the United States, only 3% of dermatologists are Black. On top of this, Black founders only receive about 1% of venture capital

There is also a gap in skin health consumer products available tailored to the needs of the Black community.

We believe these gaps are unacceptable and want to create a more inclusive industry. To do this, we need innovators of all backgrounds working together to address the diverse spectrum of skincare needs.

In fall 2020, Johnson & Johnson Innovation teamed up with Neutrogena┬«, to host a programming series aiming to address the underrepresentation of Black expertise in the skin health industry, which culminated in the launch of the Black Innovators in Skin Health QuickFire Challenge.  

This Challenge invites U.S.-based Black innovators to submit their ideas for skin health products, technologies, and potential solutions. We are specifically looking for products available for commercialization within 6-18 months related to acne & post-acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, scalp care, sun protection. The Black innovator(s) with the best idea, technology, or potential solution will receive up to $50,000 in grant funding, access to the global JLABS network and mentorship from experts at the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.  

Working together, we believe that we can help bring to life the future of inclusive skin care. As we approach the upcoming deadline for applications on January 22nd and look ahead to our continued efforts to drive change, the passionate team at Neutrogena and Johnson & Johnson Innovation behind these efforts reflects on their experience: