Ambi Fade Cream is a skin care product that “fades dark spots and skin discolorations for an even, natural skin tone.” It can be used on all skin tones, and it’s marketed to lighten dark brownish spots from sun damage, hormonal hyperpigmentation (like Melasma), and dark spots from acne.
In the past, I was using an expensive skin lightener to fade sun damage that had surfaced from my younger carefree days of going without sunscreen. I hadn’t used any skin lightening products in about a year, and just noticed a new age spot, so I picked up Ambi Fade Cream at Walgreens for only about $5. You can’t beat the price!
Ambi Skin Care Fade Cream For Normal Skin
This product contains 2% Hydroquinone, which is the most effective skin lightening ingredient that is FDA approved for use in the US. Hydroquinone continues to remain a very controversial ingredient, though, because some studies have shown that it is not safe for your health! If you have any concerns, it’s best to avoid hydroquinone. Personally I still use it from time to time because my sun spots drive me crazy, but ideally I would like to stop using it just in case! I haven’t had much success with other skin lightening ingredients, which is why I keep going back to hydroquinone, but even it doesn’t work that well on me.
The Ambi Fade Cream is a thick, moisturizing cream that I actually found to be a great moisturizer for normal to dry skin. It also comes in an Oily Skin version, which I haven’t tried, but the ingredients are pretty similar. This comes in great packaging – a metal tube that keeps the product fresh, and it’s easy to dispense. The cream contains a lot of fragrance (a floral scent), so if you have any allergic issues with fragrance, you will definitely need to skip this product. Otherwise, this is one of the best moisturizers I’ve used, and it’s super cheap. Due to the safety concerns with hydroquinone, I discontinue using hydroquinone as soon as possible, though, so I only use it about two months a year max.
Safe For Acne
In theory this product should be fine for acne-prone skin because it doesn’t contain any pore clogging ingredients until after the 10th ingredient, which means they are in pretty small amounts. I didn’t get any breakouts at all.
Does Ambi Fade Cream work?
I’ve been using this once a day for over a month, and I haven’t really seen any improvement in my sun spots. However, when I’ve used other skin lighteners in the past, I didn’t a lot of improvement either. I think this is because I’ve been using sunscreen for several years so my sun spots are about as faded as they can get from topical treatments. I was just hoping I’d have better luck on my new sun spot. A lot of people get great results from skin lightening products, so it’s definitely worth trying if you have sun spots/age spots, freckles, or hyperpigmentation. The packaging says to use this twice a day and to discontinue after 3 months if you don’t see results. Once your spots are faded, discontinue using the product.
Ambi Fade Cream contains a small amount of sunscreen, but it’s not enough to protect you. Make sure to use a good sunscreen daily when you use this product because it makes your skin more sensitive to light, which means your spots will get worse unless you wear sunscreen! And if you ever stop wearing sunscreen, the spots will come right back!
If you aren’t adverse to hydroquinone, and you aren’t sensitive to fragrance, this is a great product to try! Just do some research on hydroquinone to see whether or not you feel comfortable using it on your skin.
Have you tried Ambi Fade Cream? What products have worked to lighten your dark spots?
Active Ingredients: Hydroquinone (2%), Octinoxate (2%). Inactive Ingredients: Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) protein, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Isopropyl Myristate, Lactic Acid, Methylparaben, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-16 Soy Sterol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Propylparaben, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Stearic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Water