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What is Vaniqa
As a woman, unwanted hair growth on the face or under the chin can be a distressing problem and one which can have a detrimental effect on mental health and day to day life.
Hirsutism, which results in the growth of thick, dark, excess hair in women in areas such as the face, chest and abdomen, is caused by excessive levels of male hormones known as androgens, or by increased sensitivity to these hormones. Vaniqa is the only prescription cream on the market which has been clinically proven to treat this issue by reducing hair growth from the roots, offering long-lasting results.
Can I buy Vaniqa cream online?
Vaniqa can be purchased online via Click Pharmacy. You will be asked to answer a short set of assessment questions from which our doctors can confirm that this is the correct form of treatment for you. Once you have been prescribed Vaniqa, you can purchase it online, and in most situations, it will be sent out for next-day delivery.
Why choose Vaniqa?
Excessive facial hair can have a negative impact on your confidence and quality of life. Vaniqa is the only FDA-approved, prescription-only cream on the market which has been clinically proven to effectively reduce facial hair in women. As such, it offers a unique and convenient way to tackle this problem. The treatment can start to work in as little as four to eight weeks, and it has offered significant improvements for the many who have used it.
In fact, studies have shown that over 50% of women treated with this cream have successful outcomes, with the most marked improvement from around 8 weeks onward in the majority of patients. These results demonstrate that Vaniqa creates significant change in the lives of the women suffering from hirsutism who were trialled. Not only did it ‘reduce how bothered patients felt by their facial hair’, but it also decreased the requirement and/or time spent using hair removal treatments such as shaving, waxing and tweezing.
Vaniqa can support you in:
- Successfully managing facial hirsutism
- Boosting your confidence
- Improving your appearance
What dose should I choose?
Dosage information and usage instructions are provided with the treatment, but generally speaking, patients need to apply a thin layer of cream over the affected areas of the face and under the chin twice a day.
If you have any questions about how much of the cream you should use, you can get in touch with your doctor or our experts at Click Pharmacy any time.
How Effective Is Vaniqa Cream?
The nearly 60% of women who had a successful outcome from the Vaniqa trial were graded as being ‘clear/almost clear’, demonstrating a ’marked improvement’ or ‘improved’.
How should I take Vaniqa?
Vaniqa is applied in a thin layer to the affected parts of the face and the adjacent areas twice a day and at least eight hours apart unless otherwise directed by your GP or Click Pharmacy doctor.
Wait at least 5 minutes after performing your usual hair removal technique, e.g. shaving, and then apply the cream. It must be rubbed in gently and thoroughly, and the area should be left unwashed for at least four hours after application.
How does Vaniqa work?
There is 13.9% of the active ingredient eflornithine in Vaniqa. This penetrates to the base of the hair follicles and interferes with an enzyme that is responsible for growth.
How long do I use Vaniqa cream for before I notice a difference?
It usually takes between eight weeks and four months to see results, but a difference in the amount of hair can be apparent after as little as four weeks. If you haven’t noticed a difference between four and six months, you should stop using the cream and return to your GP or book an appointment with your doctor at Click Pharmacy to discuss other options.
Can I use Vaniqa whilst pregnant or breastfeeding?
Vaniqa has not been trialled sufficiently enough in pregnant or breastfeeding women to declare it safe to use due to the potential that eflornithine could be secreted to the baby and/or in to the milk. As such, it is recommended by Vaniqa that an alternative form of hair removal is used during this time.
What are the side effects of Vaniqa?
As with all medicines, there is a range of potential side effects associated with this treatment. For example, Vaniqa can cause a number of skin reactions, such as dryness, burning or tingling sensations, stinging or itching, redness, inflammation and acne. ‘Hair bumps’, also known as folliculitis, may also occur.
Are there other treatment options available?
Vaniqa is the only clinically approved hair reduction cream on the market at present, but depending on the reason for your hirsutism and whether you are pre or post menopausal, another potential treatment could be the use of oral contraceptives.
Since hirsutism is often caused by excessive levels of male hormones (androgens) then, in some cases, the contraceptive pill can help women who have not yet gone through the menopause to reduce the hair growth by blocking the androgens and their effects upon the female body.
Your doctor or specialist may prescribe you with these medications if they feel they could benefit you and reduce the effects of the hirsutism.
What causes Female Facial Hair?
Women contain male hormones (androgen) along with female hormones (oestrogen) in their system. And, when there is an excess of the male hormone in their system, it tends to cause female facial hair. Female facial hair or hirsutism in women occurs due to the effect of the increased circulation of androgen on hair follicles. Sometimes, it is due to the increased hormone sensitivity in the hair follicles themselves.
Female facial hair may be genetic. It is common in South Asians. In addition to this, medical conditions can also cause it, most commonly Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Note that tumours and menopause can cause it, too. Hirsutism can occur due to a rare side effect of some prescription medicines, as well.
Before using Vaniqa for facial hair removal, it is crucial to consult your GP first in order to ensure that there are not any underlying medical complications. An underlying medical condition is much more likely in the following cases:
- Hirsutism or facial hair has developed way too quickly over the span of a few months or years
- Menstrual problems
- Other male hormone effects, like thinning hair over the scalp, and temples, symptoms of balding, or deepening of the voice
- Obesity or diabetes
Can you use Vaniqa anywhere or just on the face and chin?
Avoid using Vaniqa in areas that are not recommended on the packaging. In particular, the hair removal treatment is specifically for use on the face and chin.
Who is not suitable to use Vaniqa
It is crucial to make sure that you do a patch test before applying the treatment directly to your face. Check out suitability before using it properly. In addition to this, individuals with a history of kidney or liver disease should avoid using the treatment.
Consult your pharmacist or GP before using Vaniqa. Although there are not any side effects associated with Vaniqa Cream, it may be in your best interests to make sure that it is suitable for you.
Note that typical skin preparations may irritate the skin. For instance, you should not use particular acne treatments or eczema moisturisers while using Vaniqa.
Do any drugs or medicines interfere with Vaniqa?
No. There are not any drugs or medicines that are known to interfere with Vaniqa. It is a local treatment. The body absorbs a controlled amount of Vaniqa, which indicates that the occurrence of an interaction is improbable.
Furthermore, Vaniqa will not affect your contraception.
Can I still shave or puck hair whilst using Vaniqa cream?
Yes, you can still shave or puck hair while using Vaniqa Cream. However, it is vital to make sure that you apply Vaniqa Cream on the desired areas after removing hair from them. It would be best if you waited to use the treatment. Leave a 5-minute gap between the procedures in order to prevent stinging or irritation.
Do I need a prescription to purchase Vaniqa Cream?
Yes, you require a prescription to purchase Vaniqa Cream. After completing a short online questionnaire on our website you will be provided with a prescription, allowing you to purchase Vaniqa Cream.
Can men use Vaniqa Cream?
No, Vaniqa Cream is only suitable for women to use, it should not be used by men.
Can I wash the affected areas after applying Vaniqa Cream?
You should refrain from washing the affected areas for at least 4 hours after applying Vaniqa Cream.
Can I apply Vaniqa Cream after hair removal?
It is advised to wait for a few hours after hair removal before applying Vaniqa Cream.
Can I use other products such as makeup and moisturizers on top of Vaniqa Cream?
Before applying any other product it is recommended to wait until Vaniqa Cream has dried. This is to ensure the cream is absorbed well into the skin.
Does Vaniqa Cream replace any hair removal processes?
Vaniqa Cream is not a hair removal process. You should continue to use your normal hair removal techniques such as waxing, shaving or plucking.
How long does it take to notice an improvement in my hair growth?
It should generally take about 4 to 8 weeks for you to notice an improvement in your hair growth. However this may differ for some people depending on the severity of your condition.
Can pregnant women use Vaniqa Cream?
It is advised that pregnant women refrain from using Vaniqa Cream. If you feel it is necessary to use Vaniqa Cream you should seek advice from a GP, pharmacist or midwife before doing so.
What is the active ingredient in Vaniqa Cream?
The active ingredient in Vaniqa Cream is eflornithine. This ingredient is effective at reducing hair growth by binding to the roots.
Can I use other skincare products while using Vaniqa Cream?
Yes, it is safe to use most skincare products while using Vaniqa Cream for hair growth. However it is advised to allow the cream to dry thoroughly before applying any other product.
You may experience a number of side effects from using Vaniqa Cream. These side effects are often mild and improve over time as your skin learns to adapt to the product. Common side effects include:
- Burning like sensation
If any of these side effects worsen, you should stop using Vaniqa Cream and seek medical advice from a GP or pharmacist as soon as possible.