Buying this product was a mistake but I am using it anyway.
I am mainly using it because I am on a mission: getting rid of the acne scars on my face.
I heard about it through a video on Youtube. At the time I was contemplating buying the Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector and, as I usually do, I spent a long time on the web reading reviews. Most of the reviews I read weren’t great and seeing that the Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector retails for 50$ I was not about to buy it after reading such mixed reviews. On the video she does a great review of Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, Skin Success Eventone Ultra Fade Serum and Ambi Fade Cream. I remembered hearing about the Ambi Fade Cream a long time ago but never using it for one simple reason: it contains Hydroquinone.
I have always refused to use this product because I absolutely do not want to lighten my skin. There is a lot of stigma associated with using Hydroquinone in Senegal and West Africa (where I am from btw) and I have seen with my own eyes what Hydroquinone can do: burns, redness, scars. In my mind hydroquinone is bad.
Back to the video…she says that the most effective one is the Palmer’s Serum. So went ahead, did my research found out it had Kojic Acid, a component I kept hearing about in the new fading creams. So I proceeded to order it online (couldn’t find it in Canada). Here’s what I found online about the product
[box] Palmer’s Skin Success Eventone With Patented Kojic Dispalmitate Complex Lightens Dark Spots & Even Skin Tone With patented Kojic Dipalmitate Complex.
- Lightens dark spots & blotches.
- Evens skin tone.
- Strongest formula available without prescription.
This ultra formula contains patented Kojic Dipalmitate Complex and multi-botanical extracts to effectively correct skin discoloration and leave skin soft and smooth. Ideal for use on face, hands, neck and decolletage. Due to the active ingredient, product may darken over time when exposed to air.
This product not tested on animals.
Lightens dark discolorations in the skin such as: pigment in the skin that may occur in pregnancy or from the use of oral contraceptives. Contains a sunscreen to help prevent darkening from recurring.
Ingredients:Water , Glycerin , Mineral Oil , Isopropyl Myistate , Cetearyl Alcohol , Ceteareth-20 , Dimethicone , Shea Butter – Butyrospermum Parkii , Glyceryl Stearate , PEG-100 Stearate , and others[/box]
Where does it mention Hydroquinone? Nowhere. But it has Hydroquinone… It is written on the box…but on the back of the box. That’s really the problem when buying online isn’t it?
Now why am I using it? I don’t know… I guess it’s because I have tried everything (even laser) and that I don’t know what else to do about this.
I am only applying it on the dark spots (which is quite time consuming I have to admit). I use it twice a day right after applying moisturizer and it has been two weeks now. I have seen no improvement so far but I will give it a chance: 6 weeks. If I don’t see any improvement by then I will definitely stop because using hydroquinone simply makes me nervous.
I will keep you posted!
UPDATE – December 6th 2011
I used it for 3 weeks then stopped. The process was too time consuming and I didn’t feel good about the hydroquinone. I’d suggest you try it only if you have a couple of dark spots you really want to see fade and you’re not afraid of the possible side effects.
Plus at some point I realized something I knew from the beginnig: stop using hydroquinone, your skin goes back to its original darkness…unless the kojic acid in the product helps otherwise. Anyway I did not stick around long enough to figure that out.