Though born with a genetic condition, actor Michael Berryman plays...
...and creepy farmers, without ever breaking a sweat.
Writer/Director/Metal star Rob Zombie brings his interest in guns, gore, and problem skin to the screen in this sequel to "House of 1,000 Corpscs." Apparently a fan of 1970's horror, Zombie now recruits terror icon Michael Berryman to join his crew of crazed killers. Berryman first scared audiences as a cannibal in the 1978 Wes Craven shocker, "The Hills Have Eyes." Making "Hills" in the desert heat was physically dangerous for Berryman. The actor's lack of hair, nails, and abnormal facial shape are not the creation of an overly caffeinated makeup artist, but rather features of an inherited medical condition called hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED). A rare genetic syndrome, the greatest functional problem is that the majority of sweat glands are also missing. When those with HED say "no sweat," they mean it. Berryman reportedly needs to rest every 45 minutes or so to avoid overheating. While shooting "Hills" was a life-threatening risk, Berryman's B-movie career has since thrived, proving not every working actor needs a matinee idol look.
Owen Wilson and Vince Vaugn are delighted to see...
...that bridesmaid Rachel McAdams has avoided the tanning bed.
A trait she wisely shares with fair femme, Nicole Kidman.
The 2005 MTV movie awards breakthrough female winner is actress Rachel McAdams. This comely Canadian, who turned heads in "Mean Girls" & "The Notebook," now plays a bridesmaid wooed by Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn's "Wedding Crashers." Appropriately, the MTV trophy was presented by Skinema lifetime achievement honoree Nicole Kidman. Like Kidman, who has rallied from a potentially wrinkle-inducing childhood in sun drenched Australia, McAdams has shunned the tanned tone. Instead, she has opted to stay fetchingly fair, minimizing her risk of furrows, sun spots, and skin cancer.
Recent reports have generated controversy about sun avoidance. Vitamin D, necessary for strong bones, can be produced by skin irradiated by the sun. One scientist claims that a short time laying out should be endured to insure adequate body levels of vitamin D. We at skinema.com don't agree. If one has little skin pigment, even a small amount of exposure can result in a damaging burn. And since the UVA "tanning" rays have been shown to increase the risk of wrinkling and melanoma, we agree with the American Academy of Dermatology's recent policy statement: Since Vitamin D is also available in foods, such as milk, fortified OJ, & certain types of fish, or can be taken as a supplement, those concerned can get their D from Diet rather than Damaging rays. Don't play radiation roulette: if you're fair as Rachel McAdams, stay glam, avoid the tan.
You have to hand it to those superheroes. Even with their busy crime-fighting schedule, they just can't seem to stay away from movie theaters. Now playing: The Fantastic Four. Or is it the Skin-tastic Four? I'm talking stretchy skin and burning skin. Jessica Alba's acne, which she surely would prefer to be as Invisible as the character she plays. Michael Chiklis' tough scales and not-so-tough birthmark. Finally, the troubled complexion of Dr. Darth, that is, Dr. Doom. Marvel comics come to life on-screen and at skinema.com.
Harry Potter movie makers have been forced to turn to special effects because the film's adolescent stars are suffering from acne. The magical movie's lead stars, Daniel Radcliffe, 15, (Harry Potter), 17-year-old Rupert Grint, (Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson, 15, (Hermione Granger), are particularly suffering the painful skin condition - prompting panicking producers of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to employ technicians to enhance the teenagers' skins on screen. An insider says: "We have had to employ a special effects man to go through every frame clearing up their complexions."
As a dermatologist, I can't help but think that it would be cheaper to hire a derm to clear the acne in the first place. Between antibiotics, forms of topical Retin-A, and hands-on treatments, even severe acne can be controlled to make these kids ready for their close-ups. Looks like I may have to update the Hogwarts Textbook of Dermatology. Sigh...
"American Idol" fans are aflutter over the news flash that judge Paula Abdul has been fighting a festering finger nail infection. Abdul has actually testified to a government panel about what one reporter has called a "flesh-eating fungus." We saw flesh-eating bacteria in "Requiem for a Dream" and there was a case of a flesh-eating virus in the horror flick, "Cabin Fever." But flesh eating fungus? Actually, this phrase is merely the writer's invention, a description as over the top as Abdul's relentlessly positive compliments during "Idol" performances. No, the appropriate name for the ongoing swollen infection that Abdul described is "paronychia." Whether due to bacteria or yeast, this pesky problem can be as naggingly chronic as William Hung's singing career, and almost as painful. While Abdul is convinced that she caught the infection at a nail salon, many develop this problem merely by removal of the cuticle, the firm tissue that attaches the overlying skin to the nail itself. Without this seal, germs collect around the nail and the inflammation ignites. Moisturizers, and topical antibiotic and anti-yeast creams can restore the seal and kick the infection. Now if fellow judge Randy Jackson would just stop saying "dude"...