Female facial hair

Eligible women affected by unwanted female facial hair (hirsutism) can buy prescription Vaniqa cream online.

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Medical information

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Causes of female facial hair

Women of South Asian and Southern European origin are troubled by female facial hair more frequently than other women. The problem of hirsutism (excessive facial hair) can be normal in families and appear at puberty, at the same time as underarm and pubic hair.

Other causes include the hormonal changes which take place around the menopause and at adolescence. Polycystic ovaries (PCOS) is a common medical condition in which some women have increased facial hair associated with weight problems, acne, and irregular periods. Some prescription medicines and contraceptive pills can cause an increase in facial hair. Less commonly hormone abnormalities of the thyroid and adrenal glands can cause the problem.

It is important women who are worried by facial hair see their doctors. Women who develop increased facial hair later in life, after puberty, should always consult a doctor, as it could be a symptom which needs investigating. Facial hirsutism associated with other symptoms, such as thinning of hair over the scalp, period problems, or obesity, should also consult a doctor. Doctors may want to carry out investigations and tests to find the cause of the problem. There may be prescription medicines, including tablets, which may help. Women should not use Vaniqa without first being checked and advised by their own doctors.

Vaniqa cream

Vaniqa cream (eflornithine 11.5%) is applied to areas of facial hair growth twice daily. Vaniqa works on hair follicles to slow down hair growth. Studies show 7 out of 10 women improve with Vaniqa treatment and 3 out of 10 have marked improvement after 24 weeks.

There is no other UK licensed non-hormone cream to treat female facial hair.

How does Vaniqa work?

Vaniqa contains the active ingredient eflornithine, which penetrates to the base of hair follicles. It affects an enzyme which plays a part in hair growth, reducing new hair growth. Vaniqa is well suited for use with hair removal products and procedures. Other prescribed medicines and tablets to reduce hair growth can be taken at the same time.

Vaniqa is used in the region of the top lip and around the chin. One 60 gram tube will normally last two months.

Most NHS doctors do not prescribe Vaniqa, in part because of the cost.

How to use Vaniqa

Vaniqa is applied twice daily and is rubbed-in to areas of increased hair growth, usually the top lip and under the chin. Vaniqa is not for use on other parts of the body, where it is unlikely to be effective.

It takes time for Vaniqa to work. Improvement may be seen after 8 weeks, although it can take up to 4 months. If, after 4 months there is no improvement, Vaniqa should be stopped.

Vaniqa slows down the growth of new hair. It is not a hair remover and does not cause hair to fall out. For this reason, hair removal techniques and products should be continued at the same time. This could include: shaving, laser, electrolysis, plucking or depilatory (hair-remover) applications.

Vaniqa is only effective if its use is continued. After Vaniqa cream is stopped, its effects wear off after about 8 weeks.

Vaniqa does not replace other prescription medicines and tablets, and these should NOT be stopped without talking to a doctor.

Vaniqa is not more effective if it is used more frequently than recommended. If an application is missed, catch-up extra applications are not required.

Vaniqa side effects

Most women do not experience side effects when using Vaniqa cream. Stinging of the skin, tingling, soreness and redness occur in some women, although it is unusual for treatment to be discontinued because of side effects.

Further information about possible side-effects of Vaniqa and other aspects of treatment can be found in the manufacturer's patient information leaflet.

Vaniqa and pregnancy

Vaniqa is not known to harm pregnancies, however as a precaution, women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should not use Vaniqa. Similarly women who are breastfeeding are advised not to use Vaniqa at the same time, although there is no proven risk.

Depression and stress

Some women who are troubled by excess facial hair find it embarrassing and even depressing. Women who feel this way are not alone and should not suffer in silence. It is important that low mood and anxiety are discussed with a doctor.

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Dr Fox supplies Vaniqa cream on prescription – you are required to answer a short medical questionnaire before your order can be completed.

Dr Tony Steele

Authored 28 May 2013 by Dr Tony Steele
Last updated 3 October 2019

Reviewed by Dr B. Babor, Dr A. Wood, Dr P. Hunt
Last reviewed 13 February 2018


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Prescription fees

Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.

Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.

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Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.

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Comparative costs of Vaniqa cream from UK online clinics (28 August 2019) - qualifying notes
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  2. Prices may change and are, to the best of our knowledge, accurate on the date stated. All products in stock and new condition.
  3. Dr Fox does NOT claim to provide a superior service to any of the online clinics listed. All the clinics listed, as far as we can tell, comply with all regulation and, as far as we can tell, operate to high ethical standards.
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  6. The prices listed in the table do not identify the cost of prescription medicine as online clinics charge a single fee to cover services which includes advice, consultations, prescriptions and dispensing and supply of treatments.
  7. Where services include free delivery this is using the slowest delivery option available. Dr Fox uses Royal Mail Tracked 24.
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