Is It Time To Start Worrying About Sammy Sosa?

  • Rick Chandler

The former Cubs’ slugger appeared in an interview for ESPN Desportes on Wednesday looking very … pink? I won’t get into describing him here because Twitter did a quite thorough job of that.

Sosa has gone on record saying that he uses a cream to “soften” his skin, and it also happens to lighten it a bit. But this is more than a bit, and I for one just hope he’s OK.


“It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but has bleached me some. I’m not a racist, I live my life happily,” Sosa said.

Beverly Hills Dermatologist Peter Kopelson talked about Sosa’s appearance with Hollywood Life:.

“Bleaching certainly leaves the skin much more bare in terms of its protection against skin cancer,” he tells us. “So, I would suspect that he’s absolutely at an increased risk for skin cancer. Darker skin in general is more protected against skin cancer than light skin, so if you take the pigment out of dark skin like we see here, you’re definitely dramatically increasing the risk for skin cancer.”

That’s not exactly breaking news: lighter skin, increased risk of skin cancer. But there’s no telling how far that Sosa is going to go with this.