Skin Care and Treatments of Melbourne Dermatology - Joan Crawford's Deleterious Facial Cleansing Protocol

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Joan Crawford's Deleterious Facial Cleansing Protocol

Facial Cleansing Scene from Mommy Dearest.

Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford.
Music by Henry Mancini.
Directed by Frank Perry.
Paramount Pictures, 1981. Video requires Apple Quicktime.


The American Film Institute regards Joan Crawford (1905—1977) as the "tenth greatest female star" of the last one-hundred years.

If reports from those close to her are accurate, Joan Crawford practiced a range of extreme skin care protocols likely driven by paranoid and hypomanic symptoms.

Ms. Crawford's morning facial cleansing protocol reportedly comprised readying coffee while giving her essentially clean skin a stern brush with copious amounts of too-alkaline soap and too-hot water before plunging it into perfumed ice kept refrigerated under the sink.

One could hardly do more to foster an un-healthy skin barrier.

Her face-immobilising bands are not, however, such a bad "anti-aging" idea.

The medical understanding of what constitutes ideal cleansing has advanced considerably over time, yet relatively and plainly deleterious facial cleansing remains remarkably popular.

Sub-par facial cleansers are to be found across many skin care brands, be they "natural," "French," "cosmeceutical" or other and the temptation (or is it a drive?) to over-cleanse or strip non-existent dirt is perennial.

The Clinique 3-Step System hails from the time of Joan Crawford.

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