For many, it’s no surprise that skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. But what’s most startling is that in 2020, an estimated 6,800 people will die of melanoma, and of those, twice as many will be men.
One University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumna is looking to impact those stats in a positive way by reducing the rate of skin cancer. Elianna Goldstein and her mom, Chapel Hill-based dermatologist Dr. Beth Goldstein, are co-founders of GETMr., a company tackling the rising instances of skin cancer in men through its product The Daily, a dermatologist-formulated, 2-in-1 light-weight mineral moisturizer with broad spectrum protection.
“More men are developing skin cancer, and most do not have a product they’re using on a daily basis,” says Elianna Goldstein. “If men incorporate sunscreen into their daily routine, they can reduce their risk of skin cancer by 40 percent. We designed The Daily to be a simple, safe and effective product that men can be excited about using every single day.”
The idea behind the company’s product is to empower men to do something small each day that will affect their long-term health and wellbeing. The Daily is mineral-based and contains one active ingredient: zinc, which is recognized as 100 percent safe and effective by the FDA, unlike a majority of chemical products on the market. The formula is ultra-lightweight, non-irritating, fragrance-free and even blends well into beards and facial hair.
With the health of her two brothers and dad in mind – her dad is a skin cancer survivor – combined with her mom’s experience as a dermatologist, Goldstein was convinced there was an opportunity to explore the idea for a daily skincare product targeted toward men.
As a dermatologist, Dr.Beth Goldstein has treated thousands of patients with skin cancer. With so many available products on the market, she too saw a gap for a safe and effective, simple product for men.
“In practicing dermatology for more than 30 years, I have grown tired of seeing many products, with few if any acceptable to most men,” she says. “Elianna and I researched and ultimately developed an effective daily, all-in one moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF for men.”
As the daughter of two physicians and entrepreneurs in their own right – her father is a professor of medicine at UNC focused on public health research and policy, Goldstein arrived at UNC ready to focus on the intersection of health care and entrepreneurship. During her senior year, she took an entrepreneurship course that jumpstarted the idea for GETMr. Taught by Jim Kitchen, professor of the practice of strategy and entrepreneurship and entrepreneur-in-residence at Kenan-Flagler Business School, the course challenged Goldstein to consider what tactful skills would be needed to build a business.