Facial Hair

Prescription treatment to combat excess facial hair

Safe, Effective Treatment

Hirsutism is the term used to describe excessive hair growth in women, particularly on the face surrounding the upper lip and chin area. Excessive hair growth associated with Hirsutism is usually darker and thicker in nature, as opposed to fair and fine. As well as affecting the face, excessive hair growth can affect the chest, neck, tummy and anogenital area. Hirsutism is often associated with other conditions such as acne vulgaris. In the majority of cases, Hirsutism is caused by a hormonal imbalance within body.

Although it does not pose a serious health risk, Hirsutism can be highly distressing and embarrassing for women affected by the condition. Often it effects their self confidence, making them feel self-conscious about their appearance. The effects of living with Hirsutism commonly cause negative impacts on many aspects of their lives, from their relationships and social lives, to their mental health and wellbeing.


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Vaniqa, containing the active ingredient Eflornithine, is a prescription only cream licensed for use in the treatment of excessive facial hair growth.

What causes it?

Hirsutism is normally caused by excessive levels of male hormones known as androgens, or by increased sensitivity to these hormones. In the majority of cases, it is a result of polycystic ovary syndrome, but for approximately one in 10 sufferers, there is no obvious trigger. There is evidence to suggest that the problem can sometimes run in families.

How does treatment work?

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends first line treatment for excessive facial hair growth in women (Hirsutism) is Vaniqa (Eflornithine). Vaniqa can be used in women who are not pregnant or breast feeding, and it is only licensed for adults over the age of 19. 

It is normally applied twice daily, at least eight hours apart, and should be rubbed in thoroughly whilst avoiding the nose, mouth and eye areas. You can use make up after applying it but there must be a 5 minute gap between application and using cosmetics. The area must not be washed for 4 hours after applying Vaniqa. Results and improvements after using Vaniqa are typically seen at 8 weeks  Where improvement with Vaniqa is noticeable, continued application is necessary otherwise hair growth will return to pre-treatment levels within 8 weeks. If no improvement is seen within 4 months then it should be stopped.