Honoring epidermal excellence in entertainment.
Without further ado: The 2015 Skinnies Awards!
Runner up: The Skin-flammation Will Be Televised: Kevin Bull, “American Ninja Warrior” with Alopecia UniversalisAlopecia areata lives in the medical neighborhood as vitiligo, though in this case the immune cells batter hair follicles rather than pigment cells. Most sufferers have small bald patches, as Keanu Reeves can attest.
Kevin Bull, the bulked-up “American Ninja Warrior” contestant, has a rare total body variant, looking like he trained in a vat of Nair. Hair-free is not the same as talent-free, as a trapeze-style flip moved him into the finals.
Soon, there may be and option to rejuvenate his follicles. 2014 heralded a report of a novel anti-inflammatory treatment that re-grew a similar patient’s hair. As they say on TV: Stay tuned!
The Youtube vid she posted in December 2014 was intended to achieve the same result. It went viral. Literally. Jolie announced she could not attend the premiere of her second feature film directorial effort, “Unbroken,” because of an infection. A herpes virus infection.
Yes, you read it correctly. You may wonder why anyone would want to make a point of admitting to such an affliction. And why should that restrict them from the red carpet?
Turns out Jolie had been stricken with an adult case of chickenpox (varicella). In ancient times (before the mid 1990’s) this was a common childhood ailment. Kids would get low grade fevers and outbreaks of small very itchy water blisters that could scar.
The varicella virus then clears from the skin and lies dormant in the nerves before making an unwanted comeback years later in the form of the painful band-like rash of shingles (Zoster).
Because the same virus causes both diseases, it is called the Varicella-Zoster virus or given the B-Boy acronym VZV. As in, “Yo, yo, VZV in the house!” A safe vaccine now prevents the childhood rash and a second vaccine for the 50 and over crowd limits the chance and severity of shingles.
onfused? You are not alone. A consultation with Dr. Google can make patients mistakenly think they have herpes when really they are coping with one of the other seven infections.
Is it time to change the name of the Herpes Virus family? There are some family names that have lost their popularity. Anybody want to join the Hitler clan? Marrying into the Manson family? Care to change your surname to Bin Laden? Thought not.
Runner up: Tabloid-Style Shocker: Meryl Streep has wrinkles!Streep, now 65 years-old, has remained remarkably wrinkle-free. Yet in this recent image, it looks like she qualifies for a Botox touch-up. What’s that? She’s just made up as the Witch from “Into the Woods?” Mamma mia, she’s good!
Runner up: Celeb Derm-Mystery:
What is Cindy Crawford going to do about her beauty mark?Former supermodel Cindy Crawford single-handedly put the beauty mark back on the media map. The small dark mole provided the perfect accent to her full lips and separated her from the pack of other aspiring models.
Over time, however, facial moles tend become lumpy, raised and lose their dark color. This is current appearance of Crawford's mole. These are not dangerous changes, except on an aesthetic level.
- Shall she let the lesion continue to grow and potentially droop? Have it entirely removed, like fellow fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker? Or possibly undergo a shave procedure, flattening the lesion and restoring its dark, alluring hue? The mystery deepens...
WTF, that is, What The Freckle? How many sit-ups and bean sprouts does it take to look like another person? She is not our patient, but we can speculate that she had a surgical eye-lift and some other procedure to produce a more angular face. She may have had a conservative nose job. Some are undergoing Botox treatments to the jaw muscle for facial narrowing. Denying cosmetic work does not seem to help Zellweger’s cause.
Runner up: Jennifer Grey Award for Facial Alteration: Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”Actually, this would be the reverse Jennifer Grey award, using a prosthetic larger nose for Awards contention.
Don’t laugh. It worked for Nicole Kidman in “The Hours.”
Runner up: How to Get Away with Hair Loss: Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Michael Keaton, a former “Batman” actor, shuns all glam for his depiction of an aging actor attempting a theater comeback. While he occasionally slaps on wig for his role...
The steadicam steadily focuses on his balding pate. This type of ego sacrifice is exactly what makes an image-oriented Tinseltowners take notice.
In February 2014, 18 year-old New Zealand singing sensation Lorde posted this image with the caption, “in bed in paris with my acne cream on”. The lack of caps and proper grammer should not reflect badly on the academic standards of Kiwis.
Acne is a common teen issue, so it’s nice to see Lorde bonding with her fans rather than releasing inauthentic touched-up images.
And last year’s Skinnies winner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, forges forward with his forehead scarring, also from an auto accident.
Runner up: Fearless Film Force, Flaws and All: J.K. Simmons, hair loss in “Whiplash.”“Whiplash” represents the battle of the derm conditions as scarred Miles Teller faces off against J.K. Simmon‘s male pattern hair loss. No wonder both look so P-O’d!
Sure, Rogaine, Propecia and hair transplantation can minimize baldness. Yet with an Oscar nomination for Simmons almost assured, we see no reason to mess with (im) perfection.