Female Facial Hair

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_tabs][vc_tab title=”Overview” tab_id=”1416382007-1-36″][vc_column_text]Women of South Asian and Southern European origin are troubled by female facial hair more frequently than other women. The problem of hirsuitism (excessive facial hair) can run in families.

Other causes include the hormonal changes which take place around the menopause and at adolescence. Polycystic ovaries (PCO) 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 increase facial hair. Less common 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. 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.

Most NHS doctors do not prescribe Vaniqa, in part because of the cost.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tab][vc_tab title=”Treatment” tab_id=”1416382007-2-37″][vc_column_text]Our doctor can prescribe Vaniqa cream for unwanted facial hair. Most NHS doctors do not prescribe Vaniqa, in part because of the cost.

How it works

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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tab][vc_tab title=”Usage Instructions” tab_id=”1416403114569-2-5″][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tab][vc_tab title=”Side Effects” tab_id=”1416403163496-3-3″][vc_column_text]Most women do not experience side effects when using Vaniqa cream. Stinging of the skin, tingling, soreness and redness occur in some women.

Please see the Vaniqa ‘Patient Information Leaflet’ for a more comprehensive list of possible side-effects of Vaniqa and other aspects of treatment.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tab][vc_tab title=”Patient Information Leaflet” tab_id=”1416403614116-4-5″][/vc_tab][/vc_tabs][/vc_column][/vc_row]