Ambi is a popular brand of skin care products which includes the Ambi Fade Cream. It has become a household name when it comes to effective treatments for reducing freckles, sun spots and other forms of skin darkening. The product can even visibly reduce age lines. This probably explains why the product is also attracting a huge following from those who want to achieve a more radiant complexion. According to the product’s marketing campaign, results from using the product will be visible in two weeks. This might be true for a small number of users but it can actually be misleading for a majority of consumers. Here are some of the things that you should know about this product.
Ambi Fade Cream’s triple action method involves components and ingredients such as Hydroquinone (which is the main active ingredient of the product), Alpha Hydroxy, Vitamin E and Octinoxate. Hydroquinone comprises 2% of the composition of the formula as well as Octinoxate, therefore the two Ambi Fade Cream ingredients make up the largest share of concentration.
Hydroquinone has been used in various cosmetic and skin care solutions for years but it was banned in 2001 because of its reported negative side effects. Although it is effective in lightening the skin tone, the compound’s long term effects go beyond achieving a fairer complexion. It reportedly contains carcinogenic properties that can be potentially detrimental to one’s health. Hydroquinone is also linked to abnormalities such as ochronosis – characterized by skin thickening and darkening – as well as certain blood diseases and adrenal gland dysfunction.
On the other hand, octinoxate functions like sunscreen that blocks the sun’s UVB. It is also commonly added in most sunscreens regardless of its instability when exposed to sunlight. The instability is described by the ingredient turning into Z-octyl-p-methoxycinnamate that cannot absorb UV rays effectively. Furthermore, since it can easily be absorbed by the skin, octinoxate may lead to developmental and reproductive toxicity, making it unsuitable for children and pregnant women.
While Ambi Fade Cream is purported to contain only a small percent of these compounds, continuous and prolonged use f the product can still cause certain negative effects. In spite of its accessibility and the immediate results it delivers, it’s difficult to rule out the fact that it comes with potentially dangerous disadvantages.
Aside from the presence of the harmful hydroquinone, the product is also limited for use among normal skin types. Furthermore, with its possible side effects, the entire ingredients list of its formulation is not revealed, adding more doubt to its reliability.