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Lupus Foundation commemorates entrepreneurial patient

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON The Lupus Foundation of America recently showcased in its national magazine, Lupus Now, how one woman turned her struggles with Lupus into a cosmetics business.

The foundation announced that in its fall issue, Nicole Paxson talks about how she transformed her daily frustrations with living with Lupus into a business enterprise.

“I would mix and layer, filling containers with things I’d concoct,” said Paxon, referring to her efforts to cover up rashes on her skin. She turned her bathroom into a cosmetics lab and eventually took her samples to a cosmetics lab in Florida where she worked alongside the chemists to develop her own products.

The result is Nicole Paxson Cosmetics, a collection of foundations, concealers and bronzers with UVA and UVB protection and sun protection factors ranging from SPF 15 to 30. The line includes Monarch Creme Foundation, Tropic Queen Bronzer, Lotis Concealer and Painted Lady Powder‹each named after a type of butterfly. It is meant to be associated with the Lupus butterfly rash.

Paxson, daughter of media moguls Marla and Lowell “Bud” Paxson, who founded Home Shopping Network and PaxTV, donates a percentage of the proceeds from her line to Lupus research and awareness programs. In addition, she has given more than $30,000 worth of products to fundraising events such as golf tournaments and galas. To date, Bud and Marla Paxson have personally donated more than $1 million to Lupus research and have helped raise several millions through fundraising efforts.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, joints, heart, lungs, blood, kidneys and brain. The Lupus Foundation of America estimates between 1.5 million and 2 million Americans have a form of Lupus, but the actual number may be higher. More than 90 percent of people with Lupus are women. Symptoms and diagnosis occur most often when women are in their childbearing years, between the ages of 15 and 45.

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FDA, CSI recall lots of acne ointments

BY Alaric DeArment

ROCKVILLE, Md. The Food and Drug Administration has ordered the recall of all lots of an anti-acne ointment after samples were found to contain Burkholderia cepacia bacteria.

The FDA and CSI USA announced the recall Thursday. It affects all lots of 1-ounce tubes of acne cream containing 10 percent benzoyl peroxide sold under several store brands, including Dollar General’s DG Maximum Strength Acne Medicated Gel, Kroger Acne Gel 10 Percent Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Medication and Walmart’s Equate: Medicated Acne Gel.

CSI has said the risk to healthy users of the cream is low, but people with skin injuries or suppressed immune systems could be at risk. So far, however, no complications have been reported.

The recall does not affect any other acne medications sold at Dollar General, Walmart or Kroger.

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Colomer relaunches Fanci-Full hair color line

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Colomer USA has relaunched its Fanci-Full line of temporary hair color and has developed a new Web site.

The relaunch marks the first major update to the brand since its original debut in 1932.

The revamped line is a thicker, mess-proof formula that promises improved color results, added shine and enhanced hair volume. The new formula also has a fresh citrus fragrance. To give it a more modern look and feel, and to help it stand out among the sea of hair coloring boxes on the shelf, the 9-ounce bottle is dressed in a hot pink hue and features a custom cap.

Beginning in November, the company is promoting the relaunch with the tagline “Never Have a Gray Day,” and is targeting women aged 35 to 54. A new Web site is slated to launch later this week.

All six shades—Bashful Blond, Black Radiance (formerly Black Rage), Chocolate Kiss, Frivolous Fawn, Plush Brown and White Minx—are now hitting store shelves with a suggested retail price of $5.99.

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