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In the past we were all dark-skinned. Alice Roberts, Horizon: Are We Still Evolving? 2011
What interests me is skin. The velvety texture of a young girl’s skin. Renoir 2012 starring Michel Bouquet & Christa Theret & Vincent Rottiers & Thomas Doret & Romane Bohringer et al, director Gilles Bourdos
A thick skin is a gift from God. Konrad Adenauer, 1876-1967, cited The New York Times
OK, number one, there, as I know of, there is no such thing as skin bleaching ... I have a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It’s something that I cannot help, OK? But, when people make up stories that I don’t want to be who I am, it hurts me ... It’s a problem for me. I can’t control it. Michael Jackson, interview Oprah Winfrey 1993
The truth about his ever-changing face remains a mystery … ‘I would estimate between twenty and thirty procedures’ … Throughout his life, Michael Jackson vehemently denied having extensive plastic surgery. The Ten Faces of Michael Jackson, Channel 5 2020
His coroner’s report confirmed what had always been suspected. ibid.
The cute kid had now become an unhappy teenager. ibid.
The agonising burning of Michael’s scalp and face affected his hair and face for the rest of his life. ibid.
Michael never publicly disclosed whether he had body dysmorphia but as the ‘80s drew to a close it was the colour of his skin that had become the real talking point. ibid.
Dutch artist Joanneke Meester made a gun from her own skin in 2004 as a comment on rising violence. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! 2006
Melanin: the more you have, the darker you are. Helen Czerski, Colour: The Spectrum of Science II: Colours of Life, BBC 2015
In Paul’s form of EB one of these key proteins is damaged – Collagen 7. It means the basement membrane doesn’t hold the layers of Paul’s skin as it should … A faulty gene. Incredible Medicine: Dr Weston’s Casebook IV, BBC 2017
32-year-old Nellie from Coventry is the oldest survivor of a condition so rare most doctors haven’t heard of it let alone seen it. Since birth she’s been in a life or death struggle with her own skin. The Snake Skin Woman: Extraordinary People, Channel 5 2017
A rare skin disorder that causes her skin to grow ten times faster than normal. Doctors say there is no cure. ibid.
One in three million people in the UK. ibid.
Jonny Kennedy is one of the most extraordinary people in Britain. For 36 years he’s survived this very rare and painful skin condition … Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off, Channel 4 2003
Jonny’s rare genetic skin condition – EB – means his skin is constantly coming off and trying to grow, and eventually it develops terminal cancer. ibid.
‘There’s nothing there to bind or hold the skin.’ ibid. Jonny
His battered skin had finally given way to cancer. ibid.
I spend a lot of time and money on my appearance … In the UK we spend over £9 billion a year on cosmetics that promise to improve and transform us. But how much of what beauty products promise is simply marketing manipulation, and how much is based on science and evidence. Cherry Healey, The Truth About Looking Good, BBC 2018
Three-quarters of women and half of all men moisturise. ibid.
The most expensive cream turned out to be the least hydrating by far … None of the creams improved the health of the skin at all … We saw no change in the health or appearance of the skin over our three-week study. ibid.
‘Sun exposure is the key cause of wrinkles.’ ibid.
Do any anti-wrinkle creams out there actually work? … ‘Retinol products … do work … They can still cause irritation … Suncream and retinol: that’s it.’ ibid.
90% of women have cellulite … In our small study, dry brushing was by far the most effective treatment for cellulite. ibid.
Some people thought Theresa May looked awkward in her own skin, but I’m not convinced it was her own skin. Cunk & Other Humans on 2019 V, BBC 2019