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Hyperpigmentation: Over-the-Counter Product Effectiveness

July 18, 2020


These creams (Ambi, Skin Success, Nadinola) contain less than 4% hydroquinone and according to scientific research, OTC hydroquinone 2% preparations are typically less effective than the prescription 4% preparations.

Your spots may stand a chance if you add penetration enhancers such as glycolic acid and tretinoin as a supplement to the pigment lightening agent (the aforementioned creams). That said, and speaking from experience, using these creams (alone) have not been effective in treating the dark spots on my body.

I’ve heard people say that Ambi has worked for them…

Do you have any experience using these? General thoughts?

Credit: Advances in Dermatology and Venereology

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  • Courtney Strong August 13, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    It’s crazy because I was gonna comment this on your IG. But skin Success is AMAZING. I’ve been using it since 2011 and it’s a staple in my beauty routine. After I was my skin and apply all of my serums I then apply skin success before I go to bed. Use it every night, it literally erases the dark marks and I think it’s a better and safer formula than these high dollar serums and creams!

    • ritaspeaksskin August 19, 2020 at 3:34 am

      Thanks for sharing, Courtney!