Almost Spring Break!

It’s almost spring break. Who is excited? I am! It’s my first time to celebrate spring break in 8 years. I was in that chapter of life between graduating from grad school and having children in school. My oldest daughter started kindergarten this year and that means spring break is back baby! We are heading to the beach so I immediately started my wardrobe search. I’m so excited about some of my finds I just knew I had to share them with you! I added in a few of my tried and true beach must haves to the list.

  1. Blue Stone Sun Shields. This is my favorite new find this year. These are basically a visor that has a shield that you can pull down to protect your entire face from the sun. They come in the best colors. I’m not going to lie, I also love that people can’t see my face. I feel so incognito like I’m someone important hiding from the paparazzi when I wear it out. Go check ‘em out!
  2. Beachriot. My new favorite swim pants. Rashguards and swim shirts are fairly easy to find. Swim leggings are harder. Finding anything but black is even harder. Then I found beachriot who has the cutest swim pants ever. They run small so I would size up when you order. I got the leopard but plan to get more because I love the waistline. It sits in the perfect spot for slimming and it’s wide so it doesn’t roll down with activity. Promise you will still be fashionable with these on poolside.
  3. My kids favorite sunscreen. Sea Star Sparkle Sunscreen. It is SPF 50, water resistant, physical blocker with zinc oxide and broad spectrum so it meets all my requirements. It smells like cake and is FULL of rainbow glitter so my kids love it! They have other fragrances/colors but I’ve stuck with the rainbow. Might not be best for sensitive skin children due to the fragrance and all the glitter however, my kids never complain about how it feels on the skin. Find it here
  4. My favorite rashguards. The Seea is by far my favorite swim top. They have the cutest designs and it’s fashion first when you are dressed like a ninja on the beach. It’s what I’m wearing almost anytime you have seen me out. They are on the luxury side price wise but they always have sales and that’s when I stock up. Here is the link to one of my favorite designs that is currently on sale!
  5. Tinted Lip balm with sunscreen by Coola. This is one I haven’t worn all day. Just got it though and love one application. It comes in multiple colors so everyone can find a tint they like. It’s one of the only lipbalms I have been able to find that has a physical blocker. It has zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. I plan to pat a little on my cheeks while I am at the beach for a little blush look too.
Leggings:beach riot. Rashguard: The Seea Visor: Blue Stone Sun Shields
Leggings:beach riot. Rashguard: The Seea
Visor: Blue Stone Sun Shields

I hope you all have a Skintastic spring break! Let me know if you enjoy any of my favorite Skintastic finds by tagging @johnsondermatology



Botox isn’t for Freezing

When patients call and schedule an appointment with me for Botox, they often times don’t get Botox. Why? Because what they were really making an appointment for was an unwanted appearance of something but they weren’t sure what procedure would remedy the problem so they assumed it might be the ever so popular Botox cosmetic. Maybe a line or wrinkle they didn’t like, maybe sagging skin or maybe they feel they look angry or tired when they don’t actually feel that way. I always address the issues and where we want to enhance beauty and then I recommend filler, botox, devices, lasers, topicals, surgical consults or all or none of the above. People don’t ever initially come in for Botox and say their complaint is that their face moves. Most people like their face to move naturally. If you have met me you know I like to make facial expressions, I don’t want my face to not move. However, I don’t like the lines that some of my facial muscle movements make in my skin. This is why I love Botox and I think it is so fun to inject. When I inject Botox I’m not just thinking about how to make the line go away but I’m also taking into consideration how that relaxation of the muscle can change the shape of the eye or the length of the forehead or the placement of the eyebrows or the shape of your smile. For example, if someone does not like a line directly above the tip of their eyebrow I usually do not use Botox. Botox in this area can drop the eyebrow and flatten it or even cause eyelid ptosis (dropping of the upper eyelid). I tell clients to keep the line or use topicals, laser or filler to enhance the beauty in that area while getting rid of the unwanted wrinkle. What’s interesting is my longtime patients will sometimes say “freeze me” I don’t want any movement at all. That is because they have become addicted to the smoothness of the skin that Botox gives when they are moving less. They get the impression that less movement will mean less wrinkles. That might be true but it also may mean less beautiful results. The real reason we all get Botox is to enhance our beauty. So this is my PSA. That person you know who took injectables too far and looks fake, (they aren’t my patient) they became obsessed with chasing the line and “freezing” the face. Don’t do that. Get yourself an injector who is an expert at beauty, not a line chaser. If you go in and ask for Botox and they didn’t recommend anything else for your skin then eventually you will look Botoxed. Your forehead will be 29 and your lower face might be 49 and that looks Botoxed every time. Don’t become obsessed with that one little line. Remember the reason you started getting Botox. To enhance your beauty. Not to be frozen or filled up. These are the keys to looking naturally injected. Small tweakments over the years. What is so ironic about this post is when I am due for Botox I often tell Dr. Sandy to freeze my whole face and raise my brows to the Gods. I’m grateful she knows what I ACTUALLY want and injects me to perfection. Just one more reason to find an expert injector. An expert injector enhances your beauty and knows what will look good even when it’s not what you asked to achieve.

Want to come naturally age backwards with me? E-mail and set up a free consult. I would love to help you meet all your skin goals. Once you get a little Ninamen C I hope you feel more beautiful, not frozen.

Stay moving, stay beautiful, stay skintastic, Nina

How many units of Botox do I need?

Every patient that sits in my chair gets a full consult. I suspect the most frequently asked question I get in regards to Botox is “How many units do I need?”. Interestingly, almost no one that has had Botox before actually knows how many units they have had in the past. My experienced, Botox savvy patients usually know but most do not recall. I find it interesting that people ask how many units they need but what they really want to know is something completely different. Like “how much will this cost?” Or “how bad are my lines?” Or “how many needle sticks do I have to have”. In our clinic we usually do not sell Botox by units. As a matter of fact we don’t really sell Botox at all. We sell beauty. We sell results. Most patients invest in packages that will make them feel their best Skintastic self. Packages include products, lasers and/or injectables that target a concern. Either way I thought I would try to explain to everyone how many units you really need.

In my opinion, how many units you get is more related to how long your Botox lasts and not necessarily what it looks like. I think that what your Botox results look like are more related to where your injector places your Botox. For example, if I get 40 units of Botox in my forehead and around my eyes it looks exactly the same as if I get 50 units in the same locations. The difference is that 40 units only lasts me about 2.5 months and 50 units lasts me about 4.5 months.

It’s also important to consider what has been studied and FDA approved. That is 20 units for the glabella(the area of the forehead between the brows that makes the “11”lines), 20 units for the frontalis(the muscle that raises the brows that causes horizontal forehead lines) and 24 units for the crows feet. Those are the dosages that have been shown to last 3-4 months. If you get less than that you can expect to either not have satisfactory relaxation or results won’t last the entire 3-4 months.\

Every person is likely to need a different amount of units. Men tend to need more than women since they tend to have bulkier muscles. Every single person is different. We all are born with a gallbladder. Some of our gallbladders come out at some point due to malfunctions and some of us keep our gallbladder our entire lives. Even though it is the same organ it is different in everyone. Same goes for our muscles. One patient may get 20 units in their crows feet and it look perfect and last 4 months and the next patient gets 28 units in the exact same location and it only last 3 months. Their orbicularis oculi muscle is the same muscle injected just different from person to person.

The moral of the story is get an injector you trust. You can’t figure out how many units you need on your own. You need to come in and let me look at your muscles. Let me assess you. Then stay with me. Let me check you in 2 weeks to make sure your botox is perfect initially. Let me make adjustments every 3 months as needed. When I know where I injected last time and can see what adjustments we make your Botox injections could quite possibly get better and better. It’s hard to know who the expert is and who you can trust. I encourage you to make an appointment with my cosmetic coordinator, Margaret by e-mailing and find out exactly how much you need to reach your goals and stay in your budget. You will never pay full price at Johnson Dermatology because we offer brilliant distinctions, elite program and more! We are just an e-mail away to help you reach all your skin goals. And FYI, one of my favorite patients told me this weekend that she needed to come in for her “Ninamen C” so for the record that is what I will be referring to Botox as from here on out!

Stay skintastic, Nina

Illuminate the New year with Lumivive

One of the reasons Johnson Dermatology is unlike any other dermatology clinic is our team. There are many reasons, in my opinion, we give some of the best skincare regimen advice around. Our skincare products are scientifically researched and proven to produce change in the skin, we have tested them all out personally before offering them to patients and we aren’t in a pyramid scheme nor commission situation where we get personal financial gains from you buying our products. Brooke is the star that runs the skincare product show. She has had multiple advanced level training courses and spent months learning about skincare from Dr. Sandy, Honey and myself. If you haven’t met Brooke yet I highly recommend you e-mail her at for a free consult. My favorite new product at JD right now is Lumivive. It has made all my glow dreams come true. I have had so many compliments on my skin since I started this system. I asked Brooke to write a blog about Lumivive to help convince everyone they will love this product as much as I do!!!

From Brooke, our skincare concierge extraordinaire:

Let’s take a minute and answer the following questions:

  1. Do you have a smart phone?
  2. Does your skin look tired or stressed?
  3. Are you lacking the glow in your skin?

If you answered YES to all three of these questions, you NEED Lumivive in your life.

So, what is Lumivive?

Recharges – Amplifies – Defends

Lumivive is the booster and game changer in your skin care regimen. It has 27 daytime anti-oxidants and 32 nighttime anti-oxidants that complement the products you are already using containing anti-oxidants. It does not replace any Skin Medica product. Lumivive is a dermal bio-barrier multitasking skin care that doesn’t wash off, wear off, or needs reapplication. When used daily, your skin will have a longer lasting barrier against blue light, LED light, and pollution. Lumivive stays on for 12 hours a day at a minimum. It’s a simple morning and night single step routine that will give you the glowing radiant skin results everyone wants as early as fourteen days – that’s 14 days! Lumivive defends during the day and detoxifies (repairs) and recharges at night.

The Lumivive AM is going to defend during the day against blue light and pollution. Working in a dermatology clinic, we know that tanning bed are two words we never say. Did you know that we all carry a tanning bed in our purse or pocket? Yes, that new tanning bed is called a smart phone! Did you know on average a person is exposed to blue light for about 10 hours per day. YIKES! This isn’t just our phone, it’s a bundle of tablets, computers, tv screens, LED and fluorescent lights. Blue light accelerates the aging and damaging of our skin and can also cause dark spots, wrinkles, saggy or loose skin. Not only on a daily basis are we exposed to blue light, but we are also exposed to pollution. The Lumivive AM will defend against pollution during the day. Pollution has the tendency to make our skin look tired and stressed. These are two types of modern-day threats that are hurting our skin during the day.

The Lumivive PM is going to be recharging your skin overnight. We recharge our bodies by sleeping, but how do we recharge our skin from the damage that has occurred that day? Lumivive PM! While your body recharges at night with sleep, Lumivive PM will repair and recover your skin. Lumvivie PM will give your skin the power it needs to resist the damage that we can encounter during the day. As we age it becomes more difficult for our skin to recover from any damage.

Lumivive will help your skin be radiant and glowing. These products are bundled together and easy to use. If you’re wondering if it’s for all skin types, you’re in luck! It’s perfect for all skin types including sensitive skin. If your skin cannot tolerate a retinol, most people can use a retinol while using Lumivive. We all know everyone should be on a retinol! Overall Lumivive helps with what we are exposed to in today’s world. This is a must for anyone whether you already have a skin care regimen or if you wanted to try a regimen for the first time.  Lumivive will be what your skin thrives on to defend, protect, and give you that natural glow. Take on the challenge and try the Lumivive. Take a picture before you start then two weeks later. New year, new you!

Brooke is going to be offering bounce back coupons and free gift with purchase with Lumivive in January while supplies last. So don’t delay! E-mail and set up your free consult. I promise you will love Brooke and Lumivive as much as I do!


The Amazing Lab

JD’s laboratory has another fantastic post for you to read! This particular post is addressing one of the most common skin cancers, squamous cell carcinoma. Now this one tends to be more aggressive than the one from the previous post, basal cell carcinoma.

There are cells in the epidermis called squamous cells and they are responsible for producing the keratotic barrier between your skin and the outside world. In the malignant form, these cells can travel down into the skin and in some cases develop what we call “keratotic pearls.” The squamous cells even produce keratin to the point they grow outward from the skin to form “horns.”

The first image shows one of the ways squamous cell carcinoma can appear on the skin. The second image is to show what normal skin is supposed to look like under the microscope. The third set of images is what we call a “frozen sections.” It’s a biopsy of a suspected skin cancer that is tested in the lab in under an hour for fast results so the providers can discuss treatment options before you ever leave the clinic! That’s one of the things that sets JD apart from other clinics in the area. The fourth set of images is the same biopsy but stained with our much slower stain for “permanent sections” which provides clearer imaging

The pink dense material seen at the top and in the circular structures (the pearls mentioned earlier) is the keratin produced by the squamous cells which looks drastically different from the strand-like keratin seen in the control sample. The light purple cells surrounding the pearls and at the base of the large pink growth are the malignant squamous cells.

SCC Biopsy Site





Takes One to Know One

At our clinic we practice what we preach. Or we try to anyways. We have a strict no tan, no smoking policy. All of our team members have a skincare regimen and most of them have had laser or chemical peels or injections to have a healthy skintastic face to put on everyday. We try to encourage each other to take care of ourselves spiritually, emotionally and intellectually as well. Many of our employees work out together and diet together. We encourage each other through e-mails often. Our team received an encouraging e-mail from our office manager Shelly recently. She was one of the original JD team members and has helped Dr. Brad and Dr. Sandy build JD from the very beginning. Her before and after photos impress me because she looks younger, healthier and more skintastic then she did 12 years ago! With her permission she allowed me to share the e-mail she sent our team.


I wanted to share with all of you as a follow-up to our meeting on Friday my own skincare journey. From the beginning of my joining the team in 2006 I have suffered from melasma. When I go outside I have to be extremely careful. By this I don’t mean only sunscreen protection with SPF. As many melasma sufferers experience, my condition worsens with heat and I love to be outside, but I am thankful for having access to such results driven skincare. I wanted to share with you the power of all of our tools when combined. As many of you know, I rarely have in-office treatments and mostly rely on my at home products. Recently, I dedided to work on me and wanted to share my results. The first photo I wanted to share because it was before I started the Lytera which combined with retinol made a remarkable difference in my skin. I am a firm believer in the power of our physician grade products and procedures. I have labeled the photos to help you better follow the journey. I especially would like you to look at the difference between the first and last photos and the last two photos which I think really speaks to the packages we are offering patients which include skincare, lasers and injections. It truly is the 3 combined that gave me the final results you see in the last photo which I am happy to say was taken this morning with no make-up. I am excited to say that my pigment really isn’t visible today. I also have experienced for myself the results the full package may achieve and wanted to share so you may see the impact it can have for patients.




This is the photo from 2011 before I began using lytera and had tried multiple products.



Before Chemical peel #1 in 2014



After chemical peel #1 in 2014 before peel #2



09/20/18 Before my 1st pico treatment for pigmentation


This morning no make-up after 2 pico treatments and cosmetic injections.


 Shelly Sparrow

Clinic Manager

Johnson Dermatology

WOW! Shelly had 3 syringes Voluma in her midface and forehead, 32 units Botox in her glabella and forehead and 1 syringe Juvederm Ultra in her lips before the last photo. Her skincare regimen is geared toward hyperpigmentation and is below.

AM- lumivive am, lytera, ha5, td&r, colorescience all calm or even up (alternate)

PM – aha/bha cleanser, tns recovery, lumivive pm, retinol, lytera, ha5

If you would like to learn more about Shelly’s skincare regimen or want a free skin care consult tailored to your needs please e-mail to schedule.

Hope you all have a skintastic week! Nina



Attitude of Gratitude

This month is labeled “Gratitude Month” at Johnson Dermatology. All month we attempt to have attitudes of gratitude. We thank our patients with sales and we tell each other all the things we are grateful for this year. It’s an amazing month. My favorite month of the year. As I scrolled through Facebook last night I saw a post from a Rodan and Fields consultant that bothered me.


It didnt bother me that she said her product is better than prescription medicines but that her information felt misconstrued. My understanding as a Dermatology APRN for the past six years is that the FDA mandates expiration dates and the medicine is effective until that date. I immediately felt the need to write a response about how I felt. I wanted people to know the medical, scientific truth. However, I kept scrolling and instead wrote down things I’m grateful for in regards to this topic. What I have to be thankful for and grateful for far outweighs the people trying to mislead or confuse others about what is best for their skin. I found myself in an excellent mood rather than the probable terrible mood I would have been in fighting the keyboard warriors about prescription acne medications. I wanted to share with you all some of the things I wrote down.

  1. I’m thankful for my education. I got to spend 4 years at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville learning from some of the best nurses in the state! I was blessed to spend another four years at one of the first nurse practitioner programs in Arkansas at University of Central Arkansas. I am so thankful for my education that gives me the confidence and knowledge to help people with their skin!
  2. I’m thankful for science and research! I get to give patients advice on their skin that is proven to work. I can sleep at night knowing the science is there to back up my decisions. It’s an amazing gift God gave us, science!
  3. I’m thankful for social media. I get to connect with people I would not normally get to before their appointments with me. How many of you have watched me inject Botox on Facebook before you ever came to see me? I am so grateful you watch and so thankful for the relationships I’ve made on social media.
  4. I’m thankful for my mentors. Dr. Brad and Dr. Sandy shared their knowledge and taught me for 6 months before I started seeing patients alone. When I worked as an NP in ER you know how much training I got? 3 days. It was three twelve hour shifts of see one, do one, teach one and I was off to the races. Thankfully I had spent 7 years in ICU as an RN but still! I’m thankful they are there every day and still are molding me everyday. You learn something everyday and these two brainiacs are still teaching me! Thank you!
  5. I’m thankful for my team. Honey is the mustard to my pretzel, the cheese to my wine, the Nutella to my banana. I couldn’t give the care I give without her. My pod team, the front staff, the lab….. I could go on and on! I’m so grateful to have a team that allows for empathetic, effective, empowering and efficient care at JD!

I hope next time you or I feel annoyed we can always try to focus on what we are grateful for instead of going down a rabbit hole. I am so thankful, grateful and blessed to be able to care for peoples skin. Thankful for my readers of this blog.

I’m ready to start Gratitude week with a bang! We had a few cancellations on Friday so if you still want in on the 20% off this week e-mail! You can also come to our open house to buy product or watch a live VelaShape treatment on November 27 from 5-7pm.

Feeling Thankful, Grateful, Blessed and Botox Obsessed, Nina


Gratitude Month is Here!

It’s my favorite month of the year at JD, Gratitude month! All this month we will try to have an attitude of gratitude and we will be thankful. We thank our patients with LOTS of gifts with purchase, sales, discounts, open house (11/27 from 5-7) and more! It’s so exciting. So today I wanted to give thanks for all the cosmetic work I’ve had done to my skin. How did they deal before botox cosmetic? I mean how thankful I am for sunscreen? Girl, bye! I look in the mirror and feel so blessed to have all the resources we have these days to keep our skin young and beautiful. Here is the detailed list of what I use and for which I am very Thankful today.

  1. Total Defense and Repair sunscreen. A sunscreen that feels good on your skin, weightless AND repairs at the same time. Yes. Yes forever!
  2. Retinol. Reverse the damage. Who lives with regret of childhood sunburns? I loved growing up in Arkansas, but that Summer sun ain’t playing! Thank you SkinMedica Retinol for not being so irritating with your anti-inflammatory properties!
  3. Lumivive- protection against the light from my phone, iPad and computer! You know I need that, I’m too obsessed with social media to put my phone down so give me all the protection!
  4. TNS and HA5: life. Smoothing my skin forever and ever! Feel like heaven. Give me glow. Can’t be duplicated. These are the Gucci, Chanel and Prada of skincare. Just e-mail if you don’t already use them. She has coupons for them right now and can tell you why they are must haves and why I believe there are bathtubs full of these products in heaven.
  5. Botox: If you know, you know. The single injectable for which I would give one kidney. My forehead, crows feet and neck require about 70 units of this wrinkle relaxer every 4.5 months. I’m not even scared of high school reunions.
  6. Juvederm Voluma: the filler that pulls up my Kardashian- esque cheeks enhancing my smile lines, tear troughs and jowls all at once. Thank you Voluma for lasting two years. I am grateful for your lift power, smoothness and longevity.
  7. Lasers: I’ve had laser hair reduction, basically full body, because I’m a Maltese dark skinned, hairy woman. It’s life changing. I’ve had PDL to get rid of veins on my legs. I’ve had ATV for brown spots. Thank you to all our laser techs that have so expertly and safely lasered me over the years.
  8. UltraShape Power and VelaShape: Thank you for contouring my abdomen and tightening my skin. Thank you for not hurting at all and not causing any shelving or any problems at all. Just a smoother tummy after two babies. Winning.
  9. Accumax: my acne prone skin is such a nuisance. Since I started Accumax (an oral supplement) my acne is non existent. I so rarely have a lesion and my skin is glowing like never before. Thank you Shelly for bringing this to JD when I was the number one skeptic. Thank you for making me a believer.

I know it sounds like I’ve done a lot to my skin over the past 6 years. I have. I have been taking care of my skin. It’s called health maintenance and I’m not ashamed. If you want to be able to thank all your products and procedures this year because they actually work, then come get a free consult at Johnson Dermatology. We get results. Good results. Just walk around our clinic and look at our staff. E-mail for a free consult! This is the month!

Thank You to all my readers for taking time out of your day to read my blog. I am so thankful for you, Nina

National PA Week!

October 6-12th, 2018 is National Physicians Assistants week! All week we will be celebrating PAs and their contribution to the health care field. At Johnson Dermatology we have one amazing PA, Honey Schaumburg! She is my work sister and I can’t imagine my life at JD without her. She is the calm to my storm. She is wisdom to my insanity. She is the logic to my crazy. She is overall an amazing human and I wanted to dedicate this blog to her and why everyone should get to know her.

Reasons to celebrate Honey this week:

  1. She is a psoriasis expert. She is frequently on advisory boards for Psoriasis drugs called biologics to give her expert advice.
  2. She has a caring heart and loves to serve. She recently visited Peru for a medical mission trip.
  3. She can balance it all. She has a beautiful daughter, sees patients full time, is active in her church and still manages to work out and be a wife. I’m exhausted just thinking about living that life.
  4. She takes care of her team. Ask any of her nurses, she always makes sure they get plenty of time for lunch, feel appreciated, she honors and respects them. I feel sorry for my team just thinking about how spoiled Honeys team is at work!
  5. She is smart. Graduated top of her class, not many PAs can say that!
  6. She is Dermatology certified. A rare species in the PA world.
  7. She is beautiful. I mean not sure this is a professional attribute but it’s true so I had to add it to the list.
  8. She will listen to your needs. Honey always seeks to understand before being understood. I have always been jealous of her ability to listen and I think it’s one of her best traits that makes her a great health care provider.
  9. Honey takes action. In the specialty of biologics and psoriasis one could argue they are the most difficult medications to get to the patient. You can’t just write a prescription and pick them up at the pharmacy. It takes hours of writing letters to insurance companies, giving her staff desk time to do prior authorizations and applications for programs to get the drugs. It’s a lot of extra steps and Honey (and her biologic team) get it done when others probably wouldn’t take the time to do those extra steps for patients.
  10. She is organized. She always takes care of me when we travel. When we have something that has to be done she always reminds me. She is one of the most organized health care providers I know. Every patient benefits from that!

If you know a physicians assistant you should tell them how great they are this week! If you know Honey send some really great treats that I can get a bite of too! If you don’t know Honey and you have dermatological needs make an appointment! It’s easy as e-mailing

Happy National Physicians Week to all the Skintastic PAs out there! We appreciate you and all you do for our communities! Especially you Honey, the best work sister around! Muah, Nina

Men Skincare

I honestly could not wait until Sunday to post this blog by Connor, one of our lab technicians. He wrote all about skincare for men! Did you know that 9% of all non surgical cosmetic procedures last year were men and 64% of those were heterosexual men? It’s officially time to get your anti-aging skin care routine in check boys!!!


This is for all of the guys out there. When you hear the word “skincare” your mind probably automatically goes to makeup, lotion, or some product which most guys would deem “feminine.” I’m here to tell you that is not the case. I know. Men are supposed to be MANLY! Growing beards, chopping down trees, and sharing a cold one with the boys. However, skincare covers a wide variety of products and methods developed for everyone and some even specifically for men. While you’re out there chopping down trees, are you wearing any type of sunscreen? “But Connor, we are men. We don’t need sunscreen.” Just stop right there.

At Johnson Dermatology I cannot tell you how many skin cancers I see come through the laboratory whether that is from biopsies or full-on outpatient surgeries. I would argue the skin cancers I see more often come from men than women! I’m sure a lot of us are familiar with G.I. Joe and one of his most famousphrases, “knowing is half the battle.” Keeping that in mind, some of the causes for the difference are the lack of knowledge men have about skincare as well as some biological differencesbetween men and women. Here’s some intel from the frontline:

Women apply sunscreen more often than men.
It is believed men have less fat under their skin as well as less collagen and elastin in their skin which makes them more likely to develop skin cancers.
From ages 15 to 39, men are 55 percent more likely to die of melanoma than women in the same age group.
An estimated 9,320 people will die of melanoma in the U.S. in 2018: of those, 5,990 will be men and 3,330 will be women.
Men are twice as likely to develop basal cell carcinoma and three times as likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma.
The susceptibility becomes worse the more you age.
Some researchers hypothesize the hormone, estrogen, is a factor in preventing the development of melanoma as well as other cancers.

There is a lot of good information not mentioned here that isoutlined in these articles so I’ll leave links to them down below.

From this information, we can see that we men need to take better care of our skin. I know I haven’t for most of my life and I’ve had a few blistering sunburns which increases your chances of developing skin cancer.7 However, the best thing I can do now is to change the way I treat my skin. I may not be able to fully repair the damage that has been done, but I can take stepsprevent it from going any further. That means choosing the right products to use for the protection of my skin.

We guys tend to not think/care about the quality of skin productsor a lot of things for that matter. If it’s cheap and seems to do the job then why go with anything else right? While I agree with that mindset for most things, you should not skimp on sunscreen. Yes, the sunscreen at the convenience store is easy to grab, but be sun smart. Go to Walmart, Target, Walgreens, or somewhere like them and pick up a decent sunscreen like Nina’s choices of Bare Republic or Pacifica (at least SPF 30, fellas!). JD also offers a wonderful selection of sun protectants from SkinMedica that are proven to work! What’s even better is they go on dry so it won’t affect the scruff and they don’t run when they get wet.

For the women with men in their lives, be sure your guy takescare of his skin. We may do a lot of stupid things that may make you wonder how in the world we’ve managed to live this long(see image below), but maybe being sun smart would be a good place to start getting us on the right track. When he goes out to chop trees, watch a football game, hunt, fish, or whatever elsewe guys like to do, tell him to put on plenty of sunscreen and even a wide-brim hat. If he argues, give him “the look” (scariest thing I’ve seen from my mother).

As an important side note, Johnson Dermatology offers special skin care kits specifically designed for men. Just ask for the regiMEN. It has everything you’ll need to take good care of your manly skin so you can continue to do the manly things we men like to do and look good while doing it.

Be SkinSmart to be SkinSafe so you can be skintastic!