​Going Vegan Leaves Woman Completely Eczema Free

While many people have been busy trying to cure their skin conditions with every cream and ointment under the sun, one woman has found an unlikely source when it comes to easing her symptoms - and that's a vegan diet.

Eczema is a skin condition that leaves skin itchy, dry and cracked,and can be extremely uncomfortable for sufferers - many of whom will have the condition long-term.

But for 26-year-old Victoria Jinks, the answer came from adhering to a strict vegan diet, which she says has helped to successfully combat her condition.

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Credit: Media Drum World

Victoria, who hails from Birmingham, has had eczema for her whole life, and has always felt self-conscious about it - often covering herself up, even in hot summer months.

In between having people telling her to stop scratching her skin, Victoria would often have to slather on greasy ointments, that not only didn't usually work, but would sometimes even make her skin worse in the long run.

Before... Credit: Media Drum World
Before... Credit: Media Drum World

It was last year that Victoria decided to go drastic - taking her sister's fiance's advice after they suggested a vegan diet might help.

First Victoria gave up meat, and two months ago went fully vegan. Now, her skin is completely eczema free for the first time in 10 years.

...and after. Credit: Media Drum World
...and after. Credit: Media Drum World

"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," Victoria said.

"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."

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Credit: Media Drum World

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Credit: Media Drum World

She continued: "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."

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Credit: Media Drum World

Victoria reckons that going vegan has been like a miracle cure for her eczema, explaining that dairy and alcohol have been her skin's biggest triggers.

"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 said.

"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."

Victoria added: "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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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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