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By Candice Sabatini

April is National Rosacea Awareness month and typical symptoms are the red “flushing and blushing” skin inflammation as well as acne like symptoms. To keep rosacea flare-ups to a minimum, experts recommend staying away from consuming too much alcohol and spicy foods, and using only very mild skin care products made especially for sensitive skin.

While rosacea is most associated with a red face, it’s also typical to have these same symptoms on the neck, chest, ears and scalp. Although many sufferers are careful to only use mild creams and cleansers on the skin, they don’t realize that typical shampoos and hair conditioners can also aggravate the symptoms as the surfactants contact the entire body when the hair is rinsed clean.

Sheesh! It’s not easy being the sensitive type is it? We feel your pain.
Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner to the rescue!

The new Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner are not rosacea treatments, however, they are formulated to be uber gentle and mild so that they don’t cause flare-ups or aggravate existing conditions. Johnson & Johnson’s research scientist, Dr. Kristine Schmalenberg tells me, “While Aveeno Pure Renewal does not treat rosacea or any other skin condition; it has been designed to contain a minimum of ingredients and with mildness in mind”. The products have been tested on people with extremely sensitive skin and found that the Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner did not aggravate their condition. Love that!

I was able to first test the shampoo and conditioner at the elegant Patrick Melville Salon and Spa in Rockefeller Center – where it’s offered to clients who have sensitive skin – and I’ve been using it at home now too. While I don’t have rosacea, or overly delicate skin, I can tell you that my hair has been shiny and manageable; so it’s a terrific shampoo and conditioner for all hair. And Patrick’s fabulous haircut only adds to my happiness! If you’re looking to update your  ‘do, or want a fresh new cut for spring, Patrick is your man. I’ve been getting a ton of compliments the past few weeks. Thanks Patrick and Aveeno!

Giveaway!!! Aveeno has agreed to give 15 Beauty News NYC readers a 3-piece set of the new products. The winners will receive a full sized bottle of shampoo, conditioner, as well as a bottle of shampoo and conditioner in one.

How to enter:
1. Send an email to with Aveeno GiveAway in the subject line. Please also include your mailing address, phone number, Facebook ID and Twitter ID in your email. Entries without all of the above information will not be accepted.
2. Follow us on Twitter: @BeautyNewsNYC
3. Like us on Facebook: BeautyNewsNYC
Deadline: April 30th
After that, 15 winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!
Aveeno is available at major drugstore chains and websites.
Patrick Melville Salon – 45 Rock Ctr, 212-218-8650 –

Originally published April 2012
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