A report by British dermatologists makes the audacious claim that Shakespeare is responsible for Western society’s obsession with clear skin. “Shakespeare’s works have survived the intervening centuries; has his success led to the perpetuation of elizabethan negativity toward skin disease?” Apparently, too many of his plays feature insults about skin disease—poxes, boils, carbuncles, moles, blots, blemishes, plagues—an excess of abscesses, a sebaceous surfeit.
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A report by British dermatologists makes the audacious claim that Shakespeare is responsible for Western society’s obsession with clear skin. “Shakespeare’s works have survived the intervening centuries; has his success led to the perpetuation of elizabethan negativity toward skin disease?” Apparently, too many of his plays feature insults about skin disease—poxes, boils, carbuncles, moles, blots, blemishes, plagues—an excess of abscesses, a sebaceous surfeit.

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  1. madqueenalanna reblogged this from eighttwotwopointthreethree and added:
    But the West has cared about clear skin since long before Shakespeare. Clear (and pale) skin was very important to the...
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  12. ionknowyou reblogged this from sylvides and added:
    Europe had all types of diseases and I’m meant to believe their skin was white and pure??
  13. rachellikestoread reblogged this from theparisreview and added:
    Um maybe but also that woman’s eye is bleeding, so I think clear skin is the least of our worries right now.