Modern Skin Care Can Thank Two UA Biochemists


Thanks to more than 30 years of groundbreaking research by noted UA biochemists Drs. Myron and Elaine Jacobson, the skin care brands StriVectin and Nia 24 are finding incredible success in the prosperous anti-aging market.

The Jacobsons, formerly with the Arizona Cancer Center and now retired, studied the ways in which cells naturally avoided the development of skin cancer. Their exhaustive research led to the discovery of a patented derivative of Niacin/Vitamin B3 that repairs UV-induced DNA damage deep within the skin.

The husband-and-wife team’s work, some of which was partially funded by the National Institutes of Health, also led to the founding of Niadyne, Inc. in 1997, which has a lab right here in Tucson.

Then, StriVectin, best known before for its enticing “Better Than Botox?” ads in magazines hired the Jacobsons as paid consultants and began infusing its line of products with a niacin derivative, recently nabbing 2017 Best of Beauty Awards by Allure Magazine and a 2015 nod from O Magazine’s O-Wards. The Jacobsons were also awarded the 2011 “Innovator in Dermatology” by the Cosmetic Surgery Forum.

So, the next time you are hunting for anti-aging skin creams, maybe pay a nod to these Tucson game-changers. Their products are born from years of science.