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An eczema sufferer who has taken steroids to help her skin condition for the last 40 years has told how she has been left looking 20 years older after kicking the habit

by Natasha Abdul (2020-10-18)


An eczema sufferer who has taken steroids to help her skin condition for the last 40 years has told how she has been left looking 20 years older after kicking the habit.

Ruth Holroyd, 46, from Buckinghamshire, has suffered with eczema for most of her life, and recalled times where at worst, she would tear at her skin, leaving trails of dry skin around her.

Despite being given the steroids by her dermatologist when she was a child, she more recently became worried about the long-term side effects, and decided to go cold turkey - under their supervision.

Only, she went on to suffer 'topical steroid withdrawal' - when the skin reacts adversely after discontinuing steroids after prolonged use - and her skin was left red, sore, burnt and exuding clear liquid, and as a result, she had to leave her job and limit social activity.

Now, it has been a year since Ruth - who was initially advised not to come off them -  stopped using steroids, and while she has noticed that the trauma to her skin has left it looking aged, she has learned to love herself and tries to remain positive.

Ruth Holroyd, 46, from Buckinghamshire, who has suffered with severe eczema for most of her life, has told how she was left looking 20 years older after kicking her steroid habit.

Pictured, one year ago, while using steroids

It has been a year since Ruth has stopped using steroids (pictured), and she has noticed that while her skin is improving, the trauma to her skin has left it looking aged.

Pictured, now

Ruth claims Epaderm ointment (pictured, now) has helped manage her skin as it relieves the incredible skin dryness since she stopped taking the steroids

Throughout the last year of her eczema skin journey, Ruth claims Epaderm ointment has helped manage her skin as it relieves the incredible skin dryness.         

'I have suffered with eczema since childhood,' explained Ruth.

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