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Getting ahead of acne

BY DSN STAFF

NEW YORK —Fighting acne with hair care products? That’s right.

Acne sufferers know all too well that there are certain things that can make a bad situation worse, whether it be eating certain trigger foods or lathering on certain skin creams. But what the some 40 million to 50 million Americans affected by acne may not realize is that hair care also may be playing a role.

Drawing on years of experience working in an acne clinic as a nurse practitioner and a registered nurse, Catherine Parker and Doreen Campbell developed Kairos Acne Care. The line launched in the second half of 2009, and is positioned as the first hair care line designed to help treat acne.

There’s a clarifying complexion-clearing shampoo ($24), balancing breakout-controlling conditioner ($28), oil-reducing, pore-perfecting treatment ($28), and several styling products. Kairos Acne Care currently is sold only online at KairosClear.com, but the founders are looking to launch into retail partners and/or salons.

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Reports: CMO to leave Unilever

BY Antoinette Alexander

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. Unilever’s chief marketing officer Simon Clift, who has been credited with Axe’s success, is stepping down within the next few months, according to published reports.

“Simon has done a great service to Unilever and left his mark in many areas that we will benefit from for years to come,” Unilever CEO Paul Polman said in an e-mail, according to published reports. “We have with Axe or Dove some of the biggest innovations of the past decade, or led the move to alternative media in many areas. Simon has decided to retire now and spend more time with his family in Brazil. I enjoyed the past year with Simon and can clearly see why Unilever increasingly is being recognized as innovator in its industry.”

Unilever has not yet announced plans for a successor.

Clift, who joined Unilever in 1982, became the company’s first chief marketing officer in 2008. Over the years, he has held a number of senior marketing positions within the company — including a period heading up the global personal care category, and more recently as chief marketing officer.

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Gillette hits the catwalk at New York Fashion Week

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Men’s grooming brand Gillette is making its New York Fashion Week debut at Bryant Park on Feb. 11, as part of a partnership with menswear collection Duckie Brown.

Celebrity groomer Merrell Hollis will be backstage, preparing models for their turn on the runway with a shave using the Gillette Fusion Power MVP razor, Fusion HydraGel Pure & Sensitive and Fusion HydraSoothe Balm.

Front-of-house guests will receive a complimentary array of Gillette grooming products.

As part of the partnership, Gillette has committed to contribute $200 to the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Fund for every guy who gets a barber shave as part of the Duckie Brown + Gillette Shave Challenge. The Shave Challenge will kick off at Duckie Brown’s after party at The Griffin; donations will help to provide clean drinking water to children and their families all over the world.

“Partnering with Duckie Brown was a no-brainer for us,” stated Anne Westbrook, P&G external relations.  “Throughout our more than 100 year history, we have remained committed first and foremost to technological and design innovation, and we feel a natural affinity to Duckie Brown’s unique fabrics, bold colors and masculine designs.”

Guests at the Duckie Brown Fall 2010 runway show will receive a limited edition “Duckie Brown + Gillette” branded dopp kit, which will include the Fusion Power MVP razor, Fusion HydraGel Pure & Sensitive, Fusion HydraSoothe Balm, Gillette Odor Shield Body Wash, Gillette Shampoo, Gillette Precision Putty and Gillette Odor Shield anti-perspirant and deodorant.

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