Most teenagers are plagued with acne and are pleased to outgrow this phase. But what happens when you don’t outgrow it? This pair of identical twin sisters revealed how they cured their painful and swollen cystic acne in just a few months simply by changing their diet.
YouTubers Nina and Randa Nelson, 22, were raised eating a vegan diet, and were therefore used to avoiding animal products such as dairy and red meat, which are known to contribute to blemishes and oily skin. Yet, having gone through high school almost completely free from spots and blemishes, at the age of 20 in the spring of 2014, the girls suddenly found themselves struggling with severe and painful breakouts.
Over the ensuing months, the Los Angeles-based pair tried a myriad of different cleansers, topical medications, antibiotics and more as they consulted several dermatologists about their condition. But nothing seemed to work.
The girls, who are both actresses and singers, were particularly dismayed by the issue as it caused them to lose confidence when it came to performing.
Eventually the girls were told that they had exhausted their options for acne treatment and were told to go on controversial acne drug Accutane, which was formerly known as a ‘wonder cure’ for acne, but has also been known to cause hair loss, cracked lips and has even been linked to serious depression.
“There has to be another alternative. We thought, it has to be something we’re putting into our body. But what is it? We don’t know. We are already vegan, what should we do?”
It was then that the girls’ father encouraged them to look up diet specialist Dr.John McDougall, who previously had helped their mother overcome a debilitating autoimmune disease a few years before – which was, as it happens, the reason the family began following a strict plant-based diet.
When they visited the doctor’s website, they saw the claims he made about how acne could, in fact, be eliminated through diet alone. Mainly, he recommended the elimination of foods containing oils and fats of any kind.
Even though the girls followed a strict vegan diet, it was suggested that they omit foods containing any oils and fats. ‘What Dr. McDougall said on his website about acne and excess fats made complete sense to us, so we tried it,’ they explained.
The sisters were stunned to see results within three days with no new breakouts happening then. Over a period of time, their skins cleared beautifully until they were totally clear.
‘Within three days, we had no new breakouts!’ they explain in their video. ‘It was [then] just a matter of healing up the scars.’
The graphic photos here show their amazing progress.
The girls were so blown away by the results that they ‘cried of happiness’ as the results seemed to hold. They say that their diets now consist of mainly brown rice, vegetables, beans and extra fruit, They now avoid fat and oil of any kind.
In order to maintain their weight, the girls also eat extra fruit, dried fruit, and regularly drink smoothies mixed with oats.