Vaniqa Hair Inhibitor Cream
VANIQA is the first and only prescription cream clinically proven to reduce the growth of unwanted facial hair in women over 12 years old and has been available in the US since 2000. It is applied to the skin where a reduction in hair is required and positive results will be experienced in about 8 weeks, if it is going to work for you - it doesn't work as a hair inhibitor for everyone (no one is sure why).
If successful and you want to continue to maintain the reduction in hair growth you have to continue applying the cream. Hair reappears within 8 weeks if you stop.
Vaniqa does not work in the same way that a depilatory cream works - by removing hair - it appears to retard hair growth in some way. The active ingredient is eflornithine hydrochloride and the hair retardation properties were discovered as it was being studied as part of cancer research. (The substance also has anti-tumor forming properties)
Vaniqa cream is made by Bristol-Myers Squibb in a partnership with Gillette
Advantages of Vaniqa
- Generally Pain free topical application
- Successful for reducing facial hair for 58% adult women
- Ease of use
Disadvantages of Vaniqa
- It doesn't work for everyone
- Continued use required
- Not tested on men therefore only suitable for women
- Not proven safe in pregnancy or while nursing, therefore treatment would have to be discontinued
- Not suitable for young children
- No data about long term side effects
- Insurance companies may not cover the treatment
- Additional hair removal method probably needed alongside using Vaniqa as not all excess hair will be removed
- Can only be used as a hair remover/ inhibitor in the areas that it has been tested (for the face and chin)
- Can't be used if you have acne, broken skin etc. Some patients experience skin irritation.
How to Get Vaniqa
Vaniqa must be obtained through your doctor as it is only available on prescription. For more information about how to get Vaniqa see this page at the Vaniqa site.
You can also download full prescription information here, which will help you when it comes to approaching your doctor