Actimine is among the growing ranks of anti-acne treatments that claim to work from the inside out. It’s a nutritional supplement that’s intended to reduce oil production that leads to acne, mostly with the aid of Vitamin A. Since not everybody’s acne is due to excess oil production, this product might not be designed with your needs in mind.
Ingredients in Actimine
Actimine capsules contain five active ingredients: Vitamin A, selenium, zinc, Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane (MSM) and guggul, which is an herb.
Vitamin A is a popular ingredient in skin treatment creams at every price point. It’s said to reduce oil production. The Actimine website links to a clinical study in which 34% of participants benefited from the addition of Vitamin A to their skincare regime.
Selenium may treat acne inflammation and redness by working as an antioxidant. Zinc has been clinically provide to help regulate testosterone levels and therefore could plausibly help men and women too, especially during monthly hormonal swings.
MSM is a form of sulphur. Sulphur in other forms is powerful against pimples but studies of MSM and acne are lacking. Finally, guggul or Commiphora wightii is an herb used in traditional Indian medicine. Actimine links to a University of Maryland study in which guggul improved skin clarity.
What does it cost?
A 30-day supply of Actimine costs about $60.
Would you recommend Actimine?
The arguments on the Actimine website are compelling but we aren’t convinced. If you’d like to try the ingredients in this product, you can get most of them for less by eating carrots and other vegetables. Even if you’ve never heard of guggul, you can be sure that your local Whole Foods vitamins department worker knows just where it’s stocked. You can buy a bottle of guggul supplements for about $8.
Customers are not excited about Actimine. Some are even angry about having continued breakouts. Instead of buying this product, buy some cheap supplements and look for traditional acne treatment systems that include items such as cleansers, moisturizers, masks and spot treatments.