You would think that my acute fear of needles would have kept me away from trying a beauty treatment involving any type of injection. Instead, I found myself sitting in Dr. Michael Lin’s dermatology office in Beverly Hills on a Wednesday afternoon, about to get injected with something which I had only learned existed a few days before. The substance in question? Glutathione, a naturally occurring antioxidant found in your liver. The promised results are more than a little appealing: increased energy, stamina, body detoxification, and—the thing I was most interested in—clearer, brighter skin. Does the idea of getting an injection for better skin sound like something out of a sci-fi novel? Yes. Was I disturbed when I signed a waiver that mentioned the injections were not currently FDA-approved? Slightly. Was my inherent curiosity enough to overcome any qualms I felt about getting injected? Definitely. (Just for the record, I didn’t pass out.) Keep scrolling to learn all about glutathione injections—from what they are to how they work, and whether or not they’re the answer to your skin woes.