Runner-up, Missing Landmark: Michael Chiklis's birthmark in "The Shield"This anti-hero actor has a discrete port wine stain birthmark on his neck which will not be seen for a while. Did he have it removed by laser? Nah, his show “The Shield” is just off the air… Actor Michael Chiklis looks tough... ...But even a rogue cop... ...can have a cute birthmark.
Runner-up, Least Likely Leading Man: WALL-ERobotic janitor WALL-E, with his out of date exterior and unhygienic coating of dust and garbage is not your typical Romeo. Yet with charm, humor and tenacity, he wins over the girl-with-the-good-skin, porcelain-toned EVE.
Runner-up, Celebrity skin secret
Why is Angelina Jolie ("Wanted") getting so many tattoos?
John McCain's melanoma (s):
If John McCain were elected, he would not have been the first American president to have skin cancer. Ronald Reagan had one excised from his nose while in office. Bill Clinton had a similar lesion scraped from his back even as he was running from the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Yet Clinton's and Reagan's skin cancers were basal cell or non-melanoma in nature. Definitely worth treating, but nothing life threatening. Note: The dark lesion seen here is not a melanoma, but probably a benign lesion called a keratosis.
The 2008 US Presidential campaign had plenty of notable news items, many of them generated by perky Alaskan Gov. turned VP candidate Sarah Palin. Yet among the moose hunting, child rearing, and trooper gating anecdotes, one bit of trivia went relatively unnoticed. It was revealed that last year, Palin had a tanning bed installed in the Alaska Governor's mansion. Supposedly it was bought used and paid for by the Palin's. But unlike Sarah the Governor's wardrobe shopping spree, the cost of the unit and installation is not what worries us. While some use tanning beds attempting to limit the depressive symptoms caused by a sun-free Alaskan winter, is it really worth the risk to the skin? Melanoma, when surgically removed early, can be fully treatable. But when this dark black cancer metastasizes and goes to lymph nodes and other organs, most chemotherapies, radiation, and immune therapies come up short. So it was not unreasonable for the media to request a fuller disclosure of McCain's actual prognosis. Especially when his potential successor...
Barack Obama's facial bumpsDuring the campaign, some voiced concerns about the level of experience shown by Senator Barack Obama. Did he have the maturity to handle the role of Commander in Chief? At skinema.com, we don't pretend to be politically savvy. But in dermatology, we know age like the back of our hand (D'Oh! Is that a sun spot?) Note the small dark bumps on Obama's cheeks. These lesions are known as DPN's, short for dermatosis papulosa nigra. These non-cancerous lesions are not due to diet, healthy or otherwise. The sun, even the intense solar radiation that Obama was exposed to growing up in Hawaii, is not the culprit either. Seen more often in people of color, these discrete dots are a marker for maturity, age, or to put it nicely...experience.
Runner-up, Skinematic Presidential Race: George W. Bush Vs. John Kerry 2004: The Battle of the Ginormous Unibrows
Runner-up, Sunscreened Teen: Miley CyrusPop pubescent Cyrus caused controversy when she appeared semi-bare for Vanity Fair. We feel she is still a great role model. Is her back sun-burned and blistered? We see no tacky tanning bed exposure here. If her generation stays this fashionably fair, future dermatologists will need to find work other than treating skin cancer and wrinkles.
Runner-up, Rarest syndrome to inspire a Hollywood blockbuster: Skin darkening procedure in "Tropic Thunder."As a method actor playing an African American role, Robert Downey Jr. undergoes a "controversial" skin darkening treatment. Too bad this procedure is fictional. Many genetically light skinned people would be at much less risk of skin cancer with addition of some skin pigmentation. Robert Downey Jr. goes to the dark side in "Tropic Thunder"
Runner-up, Skin-Enemy: Disfiguring trauma, turning hot looking actors into creepy comic book bad guys.Why do good looking actors subject themselves to hours in the prosthetic makeup chair to play morally unravelled meanies? And why does bad skin make characters so malevolent? Why, indeed?
Heath Ledger's comedy-free Joker Aaron Eckharts's indecisive "Two-Face" Domenic West's puzzling "Jigsaw" in "Punisher: War Zone"
Runner-up, Comeback of the Year: Harrison Ford's chin scar in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Retirement Account"Nobody wants a facial scar. But Ford has seen no need to have this one lasered or surgically altered. They even made this scar part of the Indy mythology.
Ford is back as Indy... ...Sporting his constant companion.