THE PILL: Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Supplement
THE CLAIM: A combination of nutrients, including zinc, vitamin A, and antioxidants, is scientifically proven to reduce blemishes by 55 percent in six weeks and help keep skin clear and healthy.
COST: $42 for a 30-day supply
GLASSMAN SAYS: "Retin-A is vitamin A that you apply topically to treat acne, but taking vitamin A orally makes me nervous because of the risk of overdose. Zinc is anti-inflammatory and can help reduce redness, but it's not an acne cure. This supplement also contains strong antioxidants like turmeric and pomegranate they're great for repairing skin and healing breakouts."
MC EDITORS' VERDICT: The pills smelled sour and tasted salty, but our tester's combination complexion was balanced after just three weeks, and she noticed fewer breakouts in her problem area: her chin. Her friends also kept commenting that her skin really glowed.
BOTTOM LINE: *** 1/2