|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.
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.