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Vaseline introduces dry skin formula in prescription strength

BY Antoinette Alexander

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. Unilever’s Vaseline brand is expanding its Intensive Rescue line with the introduction of new prescription strength lotion for extremely dry skin.

The new Vaseline Clinical Therapy is designed to provide triple action results—instant relief, 24-hour hydration and sustained recovery to dry skin, according to the company. The formula combines a high level of glycerin and petroleum jelly. The lotion also contains dimethicone, a skin protectant active ingredient, as defined by the FDA OTC monograph.

The product is available in a 6-ounce bottle in both fragranced and fragrance-free variants. The suggested retail price is $5.49.

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Skin moisturizers increase cancer risk in mice, according to study

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A study by researchers at Rutgers University has found that skin moisturizers given to mice exposed to ultraviolet radiation increases the risk of cancer, according to HealthDay News.

The researchers, who published the study in the Aug. 14 issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, emphasized that the study was done only on mice, and they didn’t know if studies on humans would yield similar results.

The study involved exposing hairless mice to UV radiation for extended periods, which caused skin cancer. After that, they applied four common brands of skin moisturizer on the mice over 17 weeks for five days a week. The mice that received the moisturizers had an increased rate of tumor formation.

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Reliant, Philips to partner on skin care technologies

BY Antoinette Alexander

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. Reliant Technologies, a developer of the Fraxel laser systems, has reached an agreement with Philips to develop skin care technologies for use in the home.

The agreement, which is at an initial R&D stage, will combine Reliant’s expertise in developing skin rejuvenation laser treatments with Philips’ design, marketing and global distribution capabilities to provide consumers with home use skin care solutions.

“This exclusive partnership will allow us to leverage Reliant’s unique fractional laser technology and enter the growing home use aesthetic market with innovative products that use the Philips and Fraxel brands,” stated Eric Stang, president and chief executive officer of Reliant Technologies.

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, laser skin resurfacing increased 230 percent from 1997 to 2007. In addition, more consumers have begun seeking home-use aesthetic treatments.

“Development of a home use device will complement the current portfolio of Fraxel laser systems by allowing consumers an introduction to Fraxel treatments and by offering a convenient touch up solution between professional Fraxel treatments,” added Len DeBenedictis, chief technology officer of Reliant Technologies.

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