Runner-up, Acne-Ridden Ingénue: Amanda SeyfriedShe plays Anne Hathaway’s adult daughter in “Les Miz”. Like Jennifer Lawrence, she is blonde and in her twenties. And she has acne too. At least she is in good company on the award show circuit.
From Frankenstein’s monster to Darth Vader, movie scars stigmatize rather than eulogize. Since treatment of scars is no slam dunk, those in the real world who are unlucky enough to have endured skin injury are often stuck with an unwanted permanent defect.
Recent blockbusters suggest that there may be, as Gandalf famously noted in “The Lord of Rings”, a “turn of the tide.” In “Jack Reacher,” Tom Cruise is in action mode as a former military cop turned vigilante detective. When audiences first learn of his character, they are shown quick shots of his tightly muscled trunk, covered with scars. Blurry chest scar noted to the right. Is he a nightmarish serial killer, a la Freddy Krueger? An adversary bent on world domination, such as the diabolical Dr. Evil? No, his scars reflect his military service in the Middle East and so represent action cred rather than accessories to dread.
Runner up, Trending in Tinseltown: The Evil Albino“I wish I knew how to quit you.”
The classic movie line was uttered by star-crossed lovers in “Brokeback Mountain.” It could be just as easily be stated by film makers and a notorious stereotype, the Evil Albino. This stock film villain was featured in 68 films until 2006, when producers gave the character of the pale skinned, white-haired, red eyed murderer his highest profile yet in “The Da Vinci Code.” A successful media campaign, illustrating the prejudicial aspects of this character, appeared to put him into retirement. Six years passed without a cinematic sign of him until the producers of the “Hobbit” resuscitated his career as the Pale Orc Azog. Hopefully, this doesn’t herald the return of evil humans with albinism, a trend the world can do without.
For the record, here are the skin issues displayed by Kim Kardashian to date:
PsoriasisPsoriasis is typically hidden in celeb publicity pics. So it was noteworthy when Kim’s epidermis erupted with the so-called guttate pattern in 2011. Surrounded by reality show film crews, there was no turning back. A non-infectious inflammatory condition brought on by stress and dry skin, psoriasis runs in her family, affecting her mother as well.
HerpesLast month, celeb web sites went gaga (KaKa?) when Kim stepped off a plane with an apparent cold sore. The herpes virus lies in wait in the spinal nerves and makes its appearance at times of stress and sun exposure. Pills like Valtrex (valacyclovir) can speed healing and prevent flares.
HickeyYet another drama arose when paparazzi recorded this neck lesion. Bloggers blah-gged, Tweeters twitted. Could this irritation represent the return of psoriasis? How about ringworm (a sketchy fungal infection)? We are surprised that an Anthrax diagnosis wasn’t bandied about. Nah, it’s just a “love bite,” commonly referred to as a hickey. Caused by amorous nibbling on the skin, it might be embarrassing, but not an emergency. Since hickeys heal without scarring, thank goodness the photos caught it before its expiration date.
AcneFor many adults, persistent pimples are part of their public presentation. Many women achieve control through the use of birth control pills, their pores pleased with a regulated hormone balance. Topical creams with Retin-A and benzoyl peroxide can also keep the skin clear for further product endorsement.
SunburnSun protection limits the risk of skin Kancer and wrinkles over a lifetime. Occasionally, even the most diligent of us may miss a spot, sustaining a burn. While not ideal, this reminds us of how sunscreens in general provide protection. Few of us would do what comes naturally to Kardashian, which is to post the image of her error. While preventing sunburns is paramount, anti-inflammatory treatments like ice, cortisone creams and ibuprofen can speed healing and limit damage.
CelluliteAfter a magazine ran a Kardashian photo shoot, leaked images revealed a shocking development: the published images had been altered, erasing Kim’s cellulite. Cellulite is a common malady for which the best treatment is…using a computer to erase its appearance! To Kardashian’s Kredit, she blogged: “So what: I have a little cellulite. What curvy girl doesn’t!? How many people do you think are photoshopped? It happens all the time! I’m proud of my body and my curves and this picture coming out is probably helpful for everyone to see that just because I am on the cover of a magazine doesn’t mean I’m perfect.” It is exactly that self awareness and determination (along with problem skin) that got her to skinema.com today.
PregnancyRecent reports indicate that Kardashian is pregnant with boyfriend Kanye West’s love child. Will she develop stretch marks, facial discoloration (melasma), that dark line in the middle of the belly (linea nigra) or itchy pregnancy rash? If so, stay tuned to next years Skinnies, whether we like it or not!
Runner up: Lifetime Achievement Award: Halle Berry in “Cloud Atlas”Berry as an actor seems free of problem skin. In “Cloud Atlas”, the least seen epic with the most skin lesions, she plays several characters over just as many centuries:
Futuristic epidermal cell phone implants
Male pattern hair loss!
Supermodel Naomi Campell reveals the other side of the runway. The problem with unbending naturally curly hair in these ways is that ultimately, the hair and the follicles can be permanently damaged. Heating devices such as hot rollers, curling irons, flat irons, blow dryers and hot combs can make hair brittle and broken. Inflammation from chemical irritation and tension placed on the follicles from braids and weaves cause the hair unit to shrink and eventually scar.
Without societal pressures, she is allowed to develop a full-on Afro, 1970’s style.
Runner up, Healthiest Fashion Statement: Is Tanning finally passé?Despite knowledge about sun damage and skin cancer, sun tanning and use of tanning beds is still rampant. 2012 showed at least two positive changes in the media. First, the anti-role models of the TV show “Jersey Shore” hung up their thongs and tank tops and will no longer promote artificial pigment augmentation. Second, news of a tanning addict possibly endangering her daughter prompted a burning hot SNL spoof by Kirsten Wiig. We can only hope that 2013 ushers in an era where overly-tanned family members spawn interventions rather than celebrations.
Tanning 2012: Later, Snooki! Gorgeous? Hilarious.
Further stunt double noted above.
Runner up, Celebrity Skin Adventure: “Confessions of a Cutter” Demi Lovato’s True Story
Runner up, Bad Ass Baldie: Gollum in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”
Trevelyan in "GoldenEye" Scarred
Blofeld, "You Only Live Twice" Bald, scarred
Zao, "Die Another Day Bald, albino, and scarred
Somehow, he survived, but the poison melted his jaw. He then removes what appears to be a high end night guard-style retainer and voila!
His face is actually messed up. Whew! No wonder he's so cranky! Glad we cleared that up.
Runner Up, Fearsome Foe with a Phony Facade: King Candy in “Wreck It Ralph”In the videogame spoof, “Wreck It Ralph”, King Candy appears the benevolent ruler within the game “Sugar Rush.” It is eventually revealed that he is actually Turbo, a maniacal racer who took over “Sugar Rush” when his own game was terminated. Candy has a reasonable appearance, but Turbo’s style is more spook than kook: skull-like, with glowing eyes and teeth. Turbo’s agent may want to contact the Bond producers for installment #24!
As mainstream as body art became, some areas of society remained tatt-free. Priests? Politicians with presidential aspirations? Octogenarians (old fogies)? All continued to avoid the tattoo artist’s busy needle.
Current research reveals that tattoos can be numbed up and a laser can be used, not just once, but up to four times on a single day, waiting around a half hour between passes. Essentially, eight months worth benefit can now be achieved in one day. Now that’s quite a stocking stuffer!
Runner up, Most Surprising Body Art: Hugh Grant in “Cloud Atlas”Remember the spineless, stuttering, milquetoast fops that Hugh Grant portrayed to comic effect in “Notting Hill” and “Love Actually”. Those memories are crushed under the war axe of the tattoo-covered apocalyptic warrior that Grant plays in “Cloud Atlas.”
Wishing healthy skin to you and yours...