In late 2006, Suri, the celeb love child of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, was apparently following in her parents' dermatologic footsteps. Photos revealed a dull red patch overlying her brow. The internet blogs exploded with speculation about this blemish. Was it the result of a quirky Scientologic delivery? Had computers been used to conceal it in photoshoots? Were cosmetic lasers trained on the tot, dials set to "lesion erase mode?" We can now lay this controversy to rest. This type of birthmark is known as a "stork bite" or an "angel's kiss," the red color caused by dilated blood vessels. Similar red patches can also occur on the back of the neck at the hairline. Fortunately for fans of famous infants, this lesion is not dangerous or cancerous, nor is it associated with trauma during birth. In fact, it doesn't usually require treatment of any kind. Typically, this patch fades, vanishing by the age of two years old. Already Suri's spot seems to have settled, and hopefully paparazzi will turn their lenses elsewhere.
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Dr. Felicia Hall is currently taking appointments. She is available to check for skin cancer, remove moles, treat with Botox, juvederm, or lasers for tattoo removal. Visit her site for more information.
Quirky character actor Crispin Glover appears to embrace skin challenged roles. Anyone remember his bleached out super pale rat lover in “Willard?” Anyone?
More are likely to catch Crispin’s turn as the evil creature Grendel in the epic fantasy “Beowolf.” Rarely are actors so willing to reveal a skin condition. In the film, no makeup is used to conceal Glover’s strikingly parched epidermis. His brow and cheeks have the appearance of the skin of a freshly trapped trout with prominent scaling. Called ichthyosis (literally Greek for “fish skin”), this condition requires vigorous moisturizers to combat a genetic tendency for skin that is extremely dry and flaky. Active ingredients that can improve Glover/Grendel’s skin include lactic acid and urea, softening and hydrating the scales. Treatment is imperative to prevent the itchy inflammation known as eczema. Currently, no cure exists for this inherited hassle.
Before we endure more flaming than a Hobbit descending into Mount Doom, we acknowledge that the skin shown is not Glover’s own, but a computer simulation of the genetic condition. For more on cinematic skin, both authentic and CG, check out www.skinema.com.