Doug Schoon bio

Doug Schoon is an internationally-recognized scientist, author and educator with over 30 years experience in the cosmetic, beauty and personal care industry. He is a leading industry authority, known for his technical and regulatory work that has helped shape the beauty industry. He served as Co-Chair of the Nail Manufacturers Council (NMC), and as CND Chief Scientist, was head of the R&D laboratory, QA, and Field Testing/Evaluation departments for almost 20 years.

Schoon has authored several books, video and audio training programs, as well as dozens of magazine articles about salon products, safety, and best practices for salon professionals. Schoon is well known for his captivating presentation style and his unique ability to make complex concepts easy to understand.

In 1986, Schoon founded Chemical Awareness Training Service (CATS) – the beauty industry’s first safety training company. This was followed by his book, Nail Structure & Product Chemistry, 1st and 2nd Edition, which has become essential reading for nail salon pros. Schoon is a chief contributor to Milady’s Standard Nail Technology and Standard Cosmetology, as well as several medical reference books such as Baran and Maibach’s Textbook of Cosmetic Dermatology and Cosmetic Dermatology: A Comprehensive Medical and Surgical Text. His latest series of books, entitled Face-to-Face with Doug Schoon Vol. I, II and III provide answers to the hundreds of questions he receives each year from nail technicians around the world.

Schoon serves as an expert witness in legal cases, and doctors, dermatologists and podiatrists often consult Schoon when writing articles, books or scientific papers. He has worked as a scientific researcher, author and lecturer for almost 35 years and holds a Masters Degree in Chemistry from UC-Irvine. He currently resides in Dana Point, CA.

Overview Industry Experience

  • President, Schoon Scientific + Regulatory Consulting, LLC (2007- present)
  • Co-Chair, Nail Manufacturer's Council (NMC) (2003-2010)
  • V.P., Science & Technology – CND (Creative Nail Design, Inc.(1987-2007)
  • Executive Director/Founder of Chemical Awareness Training Service (1986-89)
  • World renowned expert; considered a leading scientist in the field.
  • Works with state, federal and international regulators to develop beauty industry related standards and regulations.
  • Experienced working with EU and Japanese cosmetic regulatory agencies and many domestic and international trade associations
  • Experienced working with activist groups to address industry issues.
  • Over thirty years experience as a researcher, lecturer, author, and educator.
  • Regularly writes articles and makes contributions to several domestic and international beauty trade magazines.
  • Author of science and safety books for beauty professionals, including the industry standard, "Nail Structure & Product Chemistry", Second Edition, 2005
  • Contributing author to many educational books used in beauty schools
  • Contributing author to several medical texts used by dermatologists and doctors
  • Bachelors Degree Chemistry, Cal State University- Long Beach, CA (1982)
  • Masters of Science Degree in Chemistry, University of California-Irvine (1984)