Facial Hair


Vaniqa is used to treat excessive facial hair in women and it contains the active ingredient eflornithine. The cream is applied twice a day to the face.

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What is hirsutism?

Hirsutism is the clinical term used to describe excessive hair growth in women, especially on the face, including on the upper lip and chin. This hair is usually dark and thick as opposed to fair and fine. As well as on the face, it can appear on the chest, neck, tummy and genital area. The condition is often associated with other symptoms, such as acne, voice changes and a receding hairline at the front of the head. In the majority of cases, the problem is a sign of a hormonal imbalance.

Although it does not pose a medical risk, hirsutism can be highly distressing to the women who suffer from it. Often, it makes them feel self-conscious about their appearance and it can have a negative impact on many aspects of their lives, affecting everything from their relationships to the clothes they feel comfortable wearing.

What causes it?

Hirsutism is normally caused by excessive levels of male hormones known as androgens, or by increased sensitivity to these hormones. In the majority of cases, it is a result of polycystic ovary syndrome, but for approximately one in 10 sufferers, there is no obvious trigger. There is evidence to suggest that the problem can sometimes run in families.

How does treatment work?

At present, there is no cure for the condition, but there are effective hair removal techniques on offer. For example, many people with hirsutism shave, wax, pluck or bleach the hair on the affected parts of their bodies. In addition, the treatment Vaniqa can be used to stop facial hair from growing. The active ingredient in this prescription-only medication is eflornithine. Applied as a cream, it penetrates to the roots of hair and acts on an enzyme that plays a role in growth. Results can be seen as early as eight weeks into the treatment, but it may take four months to witness the benefits. Note that this treatment is only licensed for use on the face, and while the medicine can cause hair growth to slow and lead to an improved appearance, it does not represent a cure for hirsutism.

We offer Vaniqa and if you would like to find out more about the treatment, you can get further details on our website or by contacting our experts by email or phone. You can also get additional information on this topic by speaking to your doctor.