As the skin-care industry continues to grow and efforts to diversify the realm increase, a notable divide still remains: Black dermatologists make up 5.8% of the overall practice, and Hispanic dermatologists make up 7%. Because of this, many patients of color aren’t getting the tailored treatment they need to take care of their skin.

Helping to bridge this gap is Skin Folks, a new New York City–based event series founded by beauty writer and esthetician Simedar Jackson to stoke the conversation around skin care for people of color.