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If you are a woman suffering from excess facial hair growth (hirsutism), you can get an online prescription for Vaniqa, a prescription hair removal cream that prevents the growth of unwanted hair.
Our UK based doctors will review your condition through a simple, private online assessment. If Vaniqa is suitable for you, your treatment will be sent to your chosen address in discreet packaging.
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Vaniqa is only available on prescription so you need to discuss with a doctor whether or not it's right for you. This can be any doctor, i.e, your regular GP, a dermatologist or one of our London-based online doctors.
Our doctors can establish your suitability for Vaniqa, based on an online consultation and post the medication to an address of your choosing.
Vaniqa is very effective at suppressing unwanted hair growth. Studies found it to vastly reduce excessive facial hair in approximately 60% of cases (after 24 weeks of use).
As explained earlier, Vaniqa will not remove any hair that is already there, so it must be used in conjunction with your preferred hair-removal method (such as waxing, shaving or epilating).
Vaniqa is not a permanent cure for hirsutism. Vaniqa's hair-reducing action will cease within two months of stopping the medication.
Vaniqa treats the symptoms and helps to diminish unwanted hair growth, but it doesn't address any underlying causes, if there are any.
Excess male-pattern body hair in women is quite common and is usually caused by chronic and benign disorders (aging, polycystic ovary syndrome). But it may be an indication of a more serious endocrine disease such as Cushing’s syndrome or an androgen-secreting tumour. So it's important that you talk to your doctore about excess hair growth to decide whether more investigation is needed.
Vaniqa suppresses hair growth and should be combined with hair removal methods to achieve the best possible result.
Vaniqa is not suitable for everyone. You should not use Vaniqa if:
- you’re male
- you’re under 12 years of age
- you’re allergic to any of the active ingredients: anhydrous eflornithine hydrochloride, ceteareth-20, cetearyl alcohol, dimethicone, glyceryl stearate, methylparaben, mineral oil, PEG-100 stearate, phenoxyethanol, propylparaben, stearyl alcohol. Consult your doctor if you’re unsure
- you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. As this is a new drug, there have not yet been any studies into the effect of Vaniqa on pregnancy. It’s currently a pregnancy category C medication, meaning that adverse effects have been highlighted in animal studies
In addition to the above, before using Vaniqa, you should make your doctor aware of:
- your medical history. Paying particular attention to cuts, infections, and sores on the face
- any prescription/ non-prescription/ herbal products you use. So that your doctor can assess the likelihood of any drug-drug interactions, particularly where other skin care or hair removal products are concerned. Similarly, when taking Vaniqa, you should not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine without checking with your doctor first
You should also be aware that taking any of the following drugs can increase androgen levels in your system and exacerbate hair growth. If you're taking any of the following medications this may be something you want to address with your doctor first, before moving onto Vaniqa:
- Anabolic steroids (topically or systemically)
Mild side effects (including acne, tingling/burning and redness) have been experienced in a small number of cases but this is very rare. It is generally safe to use and only 2% of people have ever stopped using it due to unwanted side effects.
Vaniqa should only be used on the facial area. It is not advised to use this treatment on any areas other than those deemed safe to use.
Dr Kathryn Basford
Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.Meet our doctors
Last reviewed: 10 May 2019
Vaniqa 11.5% cream, Patient Information Leaflet, EMC [accessed February 2023]
Excessive hair growth (hirsutism), National Health Service [accessed February 2023]
Guidance for the management of hirsutism, Current medical research and opinion [accessed February 2023]
Eflornithine, NICE/British National Formulary [accessed February 2023]