Sammy Sosa is making headlines again for his significantly lighter skin tone.

He posed for some pictures in London and the 48-year-old looks remarkably different than when he played for the Cubs. Back then his skin was fairly dark and now he just looks white.

Ever since he retired in 2009, each year has seen his skin get lighter in complexion. He has admitted that he uses skin bleaching cream regularly.

“It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some,” Sosa said.

“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.

“What happened was that I had been using the cream for a long time and that, combined with the bright TV lights, made my face look whiter than it really is. I don’t think I look like Michael Jackson.”

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Beverly Hills dermatologist, Dr. Peter Kopelson says that, “I’m not Sammy’s doctor, so I can’t speculate as to why he would do something like this, but unless he does have a skin condition such as Vitiligo, this definitely isn’t normal.

“Even if he did have Vitiligo which usually leaves patchiness of white, the proper treatment would be to use sun lamps and UV exposure to make the skin dark again,” he said.

“To completely remove the pigment from his skin, Sammy would have had to use a medication called Benzoquinone,” Kopelson explained. “It leaves the skin unprotected against skin cancer, so he would have to make sure that he uses a lot of sun screen and wear hats everyday and clothing that cover up his skin. What Benzoquinone can cause is severe skin irritation and severe eye irritation, the vapor can also affect the breathing.

“He is absolutely at a greater risk for cancer than a regular Caucasian person because he has completely taken the pigment out of his skin. Again, this is a very strong medication that is not commercially available. Not that many people have used it because it’s basically illegal in the United States without getting an approval from the CDC, and it’s rare that they allow it to be used. The only extreme case that I’ve ever seen of skin de-pigmentation to this magnitude was Michael Jackson.”