Ambi Skincare Fade Cream

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Ambi Fade Cream 

About Ambi Skincare Fade Cream
Effectively and safely fades unwanted dark marks without changing your natural skin tone. They say when used as directed results can be seen within as little as 2 WEEKS! Once you the normal skin tone has been restored you can discontinue use. They come in two different skin types, normal and oily.

Ingredients
Active : Hydroquinone 2% (skin bleaching agent)
Octinoxate 2% (sunscreen)
Inactive : Water, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Betaine, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Metabisulfite, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Lactic Acid, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, PEG-16 Soy Sterol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein

The Dangers of the Ingredient Hydroquinone
While doing my research on the active ingredients, I came across some articles on Hydroquinone. The percentage of 2% is the over the counter dosage available without a prescription. Some dermatologist prescribe Hydroquinone. I also read that it's cytotoxic (meaning it attacks cells)research has shown that this agent has potential cancer-causing, DNA-altering properties Dermalogica once used this ingredient in a product in the early 90s but since 1994 stopped using it. Hydroquinone is actually banned within the United Kingdom and EU, this is still on the market in the US as it's not currently illegal.

One third of the population is allergic to the product. This is a highly controversial ingredient.

Hydroquinone is said to prevent the production of melanin which gives the skin it's colour, it's vital that melanin protects the skin from UV radiation but by preventing this the skin will then over compensate producing the melanin causing a darker patchier appearance.

Here are some of the potential harmful effects :
  • It damages the elastin strands in skin causes premature aging and weakening of the skin
  • It can cause neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system
  • It can damage your liver
  • It increases the risk of the development of skin cancer from UV radiation

Does it work?
Yes it does work, it's helped to lighten up some of my dark spots but I actually stopped using it once I noticed the skin at the top of my nose was starting to shed, remember when you would use an eraser and you had all the left overs that shedded, that was that. Stripping away layers of skin.
These pictures were taken 16 days apart. From the start until present :



While I haven't found anything that has been written in gold to these claims it's still scary and even though it's being debated, is it worth the risk for a few imperfections? I don't think so and have discontinued the use.

This is a Johnson & Johnson product, J&J are not cruelty free, dare I say more. 


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16 Comments

  1. I have read that the above named ingredient is banned in the UK. A few black/asian stores in Manchester have been raided by the old bill and have seized such products containing hydroquinone. It's crazy!

    x

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    1. I think it's quite bad that you can still get these things on the market without knowing, until I started researching the ingredients and found this all out, I just decided to discontinue use.

      Blimey, yeah they are not messing about. The place I got it from, I noticed their stock is starting to run low xo

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  2. How awful that unsuspecting women,and men, can buy this product that can harm them. I too have heard about some Asian shops in Manchester selling this types of lightening creams under the counter, but when I lived in the US I saw these products every where. So sad that people want to change the colour of their skin anyway, but disgraceful that the government hasn't banned these products. Great post, following on GFC now
    Angela

    http://british-bargains-and-beauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's true, it's unfortunate we don't know every ingredient under the sun and we don't suspect that when we buy something it's got anything harmful in the ingredients. With it being banned within the UK I think there should be more care with where things are sold. In the US it's not illegal to have Hydroquinone within products, it is being looked into to being banned.

      Yeah skin bleaching is such a sad and scary topic. Thank you for your comment and follow xo

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  3. Damn - how awful! My mum STILL uses products with hydroquinone even though i've told her not to! The black hair shop round the corner from me still sells those "pure essence" bleaching creams too. It's awful. I'd rather look like Spot the Dog than have cancer/grey looking, burnt skin!

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    1. I feel I need a toxic cosmetic list, it's quite scary. Honestly never had heard of Hydroquinone before and you just don't think you are purchasing anything that damaging. Wow, it's such a shame that shops are promoting things like that and with it being such a 'high demand' thing, this skin bleaching craze, when will it end.

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  4. Yet another brand with no conscience to as what they are injecting into the world for a few bucks! This whole skin bleaching this just a nightmare! I go to HK and every corner I turn its an AD for some form of skin lightening/whitening cream or other!

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    1. It's an ongoing thing where will the skin lightening/ bleaching end? The lengths some people go. Johnson & Johnson don't seem to give two hoots really.

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  5. How mental! How is it ok then to sell the chemicals in pharmaceutical shops? People could just buy it and slap it all over their faces without even knowing. I didn't know that Johnson & Johnson weren't cruelty free, either. How awful :(

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    1. Exactly and not everyone knows the harm with some of these ingredients, we do put a lot of faith into companies that we are safe to use these things, skin irritations or breakouts we might expect with new products but things that cause such damage, whoa!

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  6. Scary side effects! :( why do they do it!

    Black & Gold
    Laura xx

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    1. It works quick and it's effective, people will always want to buy it and even those who know the side effects vanity overrules everything.

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  7. I don't think so, but it did seem to work! Maybe stay away from it from now on?
    Better safe than sorry.
    Erica xo

    www.sushiturtlesandlife.blogspot.com

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  8. I'm pretty much a psycho when it comes to ingredients in skin creams. Hydroquinone destroys e skin. I might as well stay w minor pigmentation than let it eat off my skin. My fren used them bleaching creams w hydroquinone for a good 5years now she has non stop acne pimples@32 her face won't return to previous state. I'm disappointed a lot of asian hair shops think its okay to sell products containing hydroquinone which eats aways ur skin but glad to hear u hav stopped using this product hun as it would do more harm than good. U hav beautiful skin, keep it that way

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  9. Like the old saying goes, slow and steady wins the race. The Dr Max Powers Scar Serum actually works for dark spots. But you will not get overnight results. I have several dark spots from scars, acne spots, and simply having fun as a kid. I have always used palmers cocoa butter for my scars for years and thought id switch it up. I used it every day faithfully for 2 weeks before I saw a slight change. Another 2 weeks before I seen a more noticeable change. They are still there but less noticeable.
    All in all the product does work, shipping was fast

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