Lupus Foundation commemorates entrepreneurial patient

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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