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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Sammy Sosa - Getting Lighter and Lighter

By now you may have seen photos of Sammy Sosa with his altered skin color. The photos above are taken 6 months apart, with the first photo being the most recent. What is he doing to his skin?
According to a source he has been doing a "rejuvenation process" on his skin and was "surprised" it came out so light. It appears that he has had one (or both) of two things: he has been using skin lighteners like hydroquinone and/or he has undergone aggressive chemical peels or laser treatments. Both the lightener creams and peels/lasers can create changes in the melanin of the skin resulting in a lighter color. In caucasians this is usually modest, however in people with darker skin (like Sammy) it can be pretty startling. With time his skin may recover some of the lost color. However, if he has had a major invasive treatment, it may not.
He looks ghostly.
Photo credit: In Your Face blog


Lorean Ashli said...

Oh my God, I didn't even recognize him in the newer picture.

Your Receptionist said...

ghostly?! he looks like a *corpse*.

Anonymous said...

He looks like a d*mn fool!

Anonymous said...

I think he looked handsome before, now he looks like a freak.

Anonymous said...

I feel bad for him. This result is horrid! His lip color and new light skin color don't go together at all. I'm sure his skin was fine before. What a shame!

Michael C. Pickart, M.D., F.A.C.S. said...

Poor Sammy looks bizarre. Is he auditioning for a zombie flick?

I hope that his normal pigmentation returns. However, I agree that some aggressive laser treatments and chemical peels leave permanent hypopigmentation.

Anonymous said...

To each their own.

The rest of his body has the original melanoma level. --I don't feel bad for him. He seems happy. He wouldn't do it if it didn't make him happy. I feel bad for that lady who has to be with him. How can 'that' be attractive?

Anonymous said...

omg. He had beautiful sexy dark skin before. All skin is sexy, but when you go from Brown to that ghastly light it's just not attractive. It's like pale people who tan too dark. It doesn't look natural. He looks like a zombie