How Bb. Pilipinas winner battled and overcame painful skin condition

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Posted at May 17 2017 05:43 AM | Updated as of May 17 2017 08:01 AM

"I was taking a leap of faith," said Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2017 Elizabeth Clenci as she shared her struggles with eczema, a medical condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, and painful. 

In her interview on "Tonight with Boy Abunda," Clenci said that her journey to the Binibining Pilipinas crown wasn't all moonlight and roses. She said that her dream of becoming a beauty queen had always been discouraged because of her skin condition.

"I really had to trust in myself, in what I believe in to really push past what the doctors were saying, what everyone else were saying," she said. "I really just went with my gut and my heart and did what I thought I needed to do to heal myself." 

She described her battle as "painful" at times, adding that she overcame it by going "completely natural." She said: "I let the true healing take over." 

 

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This isn't the first time Clenci opened up about her struggles. On her Instagram account in October 2015, she posted a photo of herself when her "skin was oozing and weeping, covered in fleshy wounds." 

"My eyebrows fell off, my skin would itch furiously, Sudden movements would crack and create more wounds, resulting in the most agonizing year and a half of my life," she shared. 

Clenci juxtaposed it with another photo of her and said: "The photo on the right is me today........healed. I found true healing through change in diet and natural medicine."