Hollywood is often thought of as the land of perfectly-sculpted stars and starlets who are as famous for their beauty and physiques as they are for their acting chops. But even the most perfect A-List actors and actresses have their physical imperfections — including unsightly scars. While some stars discreetly hide their scars behind makeup and clothing, others wear them proudly.
The ravishingly beautiful Padma Lakshmi, hostess of Bravo TV’s Top Chef, for instance, may be known for her top-model looks, but the Indian-born beauty has no qualms about the seven-inch scar that runs the front-length of her right arm. “I got the scar from hunting Bengal tigers in India,” Lakshmi once joked on-air on Top Chef. All kidding aside, Lakshmi later admitted that she got the gash from a horrific car crash she was involved in at only 14-years-old. Lakshmi’s family’s red Ford Sedan flew 40 feet off a freeway embankment, shattering her right arm and fracturing her right hip.
Lakshmi admits that she felt self-conscious about her scar for years, even fearing that it would affect her future modeling career. The television hostess even underwent painful skin-lightening treatments for years, to no avail.
Now, however, Lakshmi is proud of her scar and wears sleeve-less blouses and dresses without hesitation: “I love my scar. It is so much a part of me. I’m not sure I would remove it even if a doctor could wave a magic wand and delete it from my arm.”
Not all Hollywood stars, however, are nearly as proud or forthcoming about their scars. Former Saturday Night Live comedienne Tina Fey, for instance, understandably remains mum about the traumatic story behind her cheekbone scar.
“It’s impossible to talk about it without somehow seemingly exploiting it and glorifying it,” Fey explained to Vanity Fair magazine.
As it turns out, Fey’s faint scar — which runs from under her cheekbone to her bottom lip — is the result of a random stranger slashing Fey in the face with a knife as she played in her family’s front yard. At the time, Fey was only five years old. While the memory was certainly haunting, Fey says she was able to forget about the incident and proceed unaware of it.
These days, Fey covers up the blemish with makeup to make it less noticeable. Nevertheless, while faint, the scar still attracts unwanted attention and appears to be a keloid scar. A keloid scar is a type of scar that is an overgrowth of tissue at the site of a skin injury, particularly a surgical incision, or in Fey’s case, a wound. Should Tina Fey decide to pursue more believable scar reduction, however, she would be wise to choose Kelo-Cote 100% silicone gel. Kelo-Cote Scar-Healing & Reduction Gel helps to flatten, smooth out, reduce and diminish the appearance of both new and old scars — perfect for Fey, as her scar is almost 40 years old. Kelo-Cote is a gel that works by spreading a very thin layer of the ointment over the scar or affected area. The gel then rapidly dries to form an ultra-thin, flexible and waterproof silicone gel sheet. The Kelo-Cote silicone gel sheet becomes a protective barrier and ensures 24-hour treatment per day.
Joaquin Phoenix, younger brother to late teen idol River Phoenix, is another celebrity affected by unsightly scar tissue. The actor has a hairline-sized scar between his upper lip and nose. Contrary to rumors, the scar above his lip is not the result of a repaired cleft lip or palate. Instead, the actor has explained in interviews that the scar is simply a birth-mark.
More specifically, the scar is due to a microform cleft, which occurs in utero and is a less severe form of a cleft lip. Cleft lip and palate abnormalities occur in about 1 in 700 births.
In order to better mask his cleft scar, Joaquin Phoenix may want to consider using Kelo-Cote Spray – 50 ml. By spraying the cleft scar twice a day, Phoenix could be providing some much-needed moisture to the affected area and he could be seeing results in as little as 90 days.
Regardless of how Hollywood stars feel about or treat their scar tissue, these physical imperfections are only proof that even celebrities are human too. And like all other people, common skin problems such as scars can be successfully managed by finding the right product and treatment for your skin.
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