Niki Vora’s life has changed dramatically for the better since she was a kid with out-of-control and untreated atopic dermatitis.
At 26, Vora is a medical student at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). She was enrolled in a dual master’s degree program at Berkeley University of California last year when an essay she wrote about her experience with skin disease earned her a $10,000 Ortho Dermatologics Aspire Higher scholarship.
WHAT IT WAS LIKE
“You can imagine a teenage girl with a lot of hair on her face and a lot of inflammation on her face. It wasn’t easy. And the eczema, unfortunately due to my constant picking and I’m guessing sun exposure, led to a lot of hyperpigmentation,” Vora said.
But Vora says she just dealt with her skin issues the best she could because she didn’t have health insurance and had no access to a dermatologist.
The problem was she wasn’t really dealing with her skin conditions.