A doctor has urged eczema sufferers not to treat themselves with sunbeds after a woman claimed they 'cured' her of the skin condition.
Grainne Kennedy, 19, has suffered with red, itchy skin all her life. She even claims her symptoms were so severe she 'never knew what a full night's sleep' felt like.
On the recommendation of her family, the childcare worker, of County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, had four sunbed sessions, each lasting five minutes.
She recently took to Twitter to show before and after shots of how the UV rays supposedly cleared up her skin.
But a leading dermatologist has stressed sunbeds do not 'cure' eczema and any benefits will be 'short lived'.
He added that, as a skin specialist, he sees far too many patients who have developed deadly skin cancer following 'long-term sunbed use'.
Grainne Kennedy claims sunbeds 'cured' her eczema after just four sessions. But a leading dermatologist has stressed any benefits are 'short lived' and the habit can cause skin cancer
Miss Kennedy posted a picture of her red, scratch-marked arms (left) on social media to highlight how severe her eczema was. She followed this with an image of her clear skin (right)
Miss Kennedy posted a picture of her red, scratch-marked arms on social media to highlight how severe her eczema was.
She followed this up with an image of her clear-skin limbs, which she put down to sunbeds.
Captioning the posts, Miss Kennedy wrote: 'Born with eczema and 19 years later I've started sunbeds and this is the outcome. Emotional and such a relief.
'I never knew what a full night's sleep felt like. Was always scared of the sunbeds and what the possible outcomes were but you'll never know if you don't try.'
Miss Kennedy claims her family recommended she try sunbeds to try and ease her irritated skin.
Although she was aware of the dangers of UV rays, Miss Kennedy added her condition was so extreme she was willing to try anything.
'I was wary about them of course as they can give you skin cancer and all that, but I had to take the chance because my eczema was getting worse as the days went on,' she said.
'The outcome since I started using them has been brilliant. It was gone after four sessions of five minutes each.'
Social media users were amazed at Grainne's discovery, with one even calling sunbeds a 'saviour'.