By Rebecca Drew
THIS BRITISH woman has revealed how she combatted her itchy eczema that she has suffered with since she was born by adhering to a strict vegan diet.
Victoria Jinks (26) from Birmingham, UK, suffered with eczema for her whole life and has always been self-conscious about it, keeping herself covered up in the hot summer months out of fear of what other people would think and constantly having to listen to people telling her to stop scratching her skin.
Having to slather on greasy ointments that didn’t always work and even made her skin angrier in the long run, some days Victoria struggled to go to work as her skin would bleed in the creases all over her body.
Last year, Victoria decided to give up meat to see if her skin would improve after years of her sister’s fiancé suggesting that a vegan diet might help her eczema. Two months ago, she went fully vegan and now her skin is completely eczema free for the first time in 10 years and she credits the lifestyle change for helping her feel ‘normal’.
“I’ve had eczema since I was born. I have always been aware of it. It disappeared for a year or two when I was 16 and when it came back it really upset me. I remember lying down and my mum having to grease my entire body every night,” said Victoria.
“I hated having cream put on me constantly and I’ve now developed a phobia of being greasy.
“I could never wear nice clothes during summer periods and I would have to wear turtle necks and tights constantly. No matter what the weather was, I was always covered up which made it ten times worse.
“People would always say ‘stop scratching!’ And that would aggravate me more than the constant itch on my body. It made me very depressed and sometimes I couldn’t even manage to get to work because of the bleeding creases all over my body.
“For years and years my sister’s vegan fiancé told me to go vegan as it would make my eczema better and he was so right. Prior to this I would use steroid creams for quick relief but it would always come back angrier.
“Giving up meat and dairy has changed my life, the animals and helped the planet, maybe only a little bit but I’m proud I’ve done my bit.
“I feel great now, I feel ‘normal’ and it’s incredible. I never thought I would ever feel comfortable in my own body but I am finally here.”
For Victoria, going vegan has been like a miracle cure for her eczema and says that dairy and alcohol were her skin’s biggest triggers. She shared her advice to others.
“Quitting dairy and meat may not work for everybody and won’t cure eczema, but it’s helped massively and I swear by it. It was almost a miracle,” she added.
“I would also steer clear of steroid creams as they thin your skin and can become addictive due to the fast clear up. Remember it’ll only make it worse on the long run!
“My skin is completely clear, almost cured. It took around two months to be eczema free but I would never turn back.
“Just try it! You will feel amazing after the results. You’re not only helping yourself, you’re helping to not support the awful meat and dairy industry and you’ve made a huge change in saving our beautiful earth.”
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