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Last Updated:
11/28/2012
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Tested On Animals:
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Unwanted facial hair is an ongoing dilemma for many women, and the cosmetics industry has responded with all manner of products to deal with this ubiquitous beauty problem, from waxes to depilatories and “special” moisturizers claiming to contain ingredients proven to slow hair growth. With the exception of the latter, these are viable options for dealing with unwanted hair, as is using cream bleach, having electrolysis, or undergoing laser hair removal (the most costly, but also the most effective option).

Vaniqa ($50–$60 for 30 grams/1.05 ounce) is a prescription topical product that is said to reduce unwanted hair growth. Its active ingredient is eflornithine HCl, an ingredient that inhibits the enzyme ornithine decarboxylase within the hair follicle. This effect is believed to be what causes Vaniqa to slow hair growth.

The base formula for Vaniqa is a blend of thickeners with silicone, mineral oil, preservatives, and water, so it is suitable for normal to dry skin and not the best for oily or blemish-prone skin. However, if you are restricting its use to a small area (such as the upper lip, where women tend to have the most bothersome issues with unwanted hair), any skin type can use Vaniqa.

Vaniqa is also compatible with other skin-care products and may be applied under makeup.

What’s important to keep in mind (and it’s a fact stated repeatedly in the literature for Vaniqa) is that it does not stop hair growth; it merely slows it down. If you are already using other hair-removal methods on a routine basis, you will need to continue that while using Vaniqa. The difference is that if Vaniqa works for you it is likely that you will be spending less time removing unwanted facial hair, and regrowth will likely not be as resistant to removal as hairs not treated with Vaniqa.

So, how well does Vaniqa work, and what does the research report? A recent double-blind study comparing use of Vaniqa alone with use of Vaniqa combined with laser hair removal showed that the combination had a 93.5% success rate. In contrast, the upper lip area treated with Vaniqa alone had a less impressive success rate of 68% after the six-month study period.

Clinical studies for Vaniqa have demonstrated that 60% of women will experience a reduction in hair growth after eight weeks of daily treatment, and the most common side effect is minor skin irritation. Of course, that statistic means that 40% of women won’t see a difference with Vaniqa, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying to see how well (or if) it works for you. If Vaniqa works for you, you must continue to use it, because if you stop, within weeks the rate of regrowth will return to what it was before you started treatment.

The insert that accompanies the Vaniqa cream warns that "You should not use Vaniqa if you are less than 12 years of age..." and there are animal studies that showed definite fetal problems. That means this drug is not to be used by pregnant women, and probably not by lactating women, though there is no research about that risk.

It also states that "Vaniqa may cause temporary redness, stinging, burning, tingling or rash on areas of the skin where it is applied. Folliculitis (hair bumps) may also occur," as well as acne.

As with any prescription drug, there are risks. However, if Vaniqa works for you the risks are relatively small and will resolve themselves once you stop treatment. Not everyone who uses Vaniqa will be thrilled, but if it works for you and you pair it with a series of laser hair-removal treatments, odds are good you’ll be able to make unwanted facial hair a distant memory.

Sources for the above: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, July 2007, pages 54–59; Dermatologic Surgery, October 2006, pages 1237–1243; Current Medical and Research Opinion, August 2005, pages 1227–1234; Skin Therapy Letter, April 2001, pages 1–3, and December 2005/January 2006, pages 1–4; and American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, February 2001, pages 197–201.

For more information about Vaniqa, call (877) 382-6472 or visit www.vaniqa.com.

Unwanted facial hair is an ongoing dilemma for many women, and the cosmetics industry has responded with all manner of products to deal with this ubiquitous beauty problem, from waxes to depilatories and "special" moisturizers claiming to contain ingredients proven to slow hair growth. With the exception of the latter, these are viable options for dealing with unwanted hair, as is using cream bleach, having electrolysis, or undergoing laser hair removal (the most costly, but also the most effective option). Vaniqa ($50–$60 for 30 grams/1.05 ounce) is a prescription topical product that is said to reduce unwanted hair growth. Its active ingredient is eflornithine HCl, an ingredient that inhibits the enzyme ornithine decarboxylase within the hair follicle. This effect is believed to be what causes Vaniqa to slow hair growth. The base formula for Vaniqa is a blend of thickeners with silicone, mineral oil, preservatives, and water, so it is suitable for normal to dry skin and not the best for oily or blemish-prone skin. However, if you are restricting its use to a small area (such as the upper lip, where women tend to have the most bothersome issues with unwanted hair), any skin type can use Vaniqa. Vaniqa is also compatible with other skin-care products and may be applied under makeup.

What's important to keep in mind (and it's a fact stated repeatedly in the literature for Vaniqa) is that it does not stop hair growth; it merely slows it down. If you are already using other hair-removal methods on a routine basis, you will need to continue that while using Vaniqa. The difference is that if Vaniqa works for you it is likely that you will be spending less time removing unwanted facial hair, and regrowth will likely not be as resistant to removal as hairs not treated with Vaniqa.

So, how well does Vaniqa work, and what does the research report? A recent double-blind study comparing use of Vaniqa alone with use of Vaniqa combined with laser hair removal showed that the combination had a 93.5% success rate. In contrast, the upper lip area treated with Vaniqa alone had a less impressive success rate of 68% after the six-month study period. Clinical studies for Vaniqa have demonstrated that 60% of women will experience a reduction in hair growth after eight weeks of daily treatment, and the most common side effect is minor skin irritation. Of course, that statistic means that 40% of women won't see a difference with Vaniqa, but that doesn't mean it's not worth trying to see how well (or if) it works for you. If Vaniqa works for you, you must continue to use it, because if you stop, within weeks the rate of regrowth will return to what it was before you started treatment.

The insert that accompanies the Vaniqa cream warns that "You should not use Vaniqa if you are less than 12 years of age..." and there are animal studies that showed definite fetal problems. That means this drug is not to be used by pregnant women, and probably not by lactating women, though there is no research about that risk. It also states that "Vaniqa may cause temporary redness, stinging, burning, tingling or rash on areas of the skin where it is applied. Folliculitis (hair bumps) may also occur," as well as acne. As with any prescription drug, there are risks. However, if Vaniqa works for you the risks are relatively small and will resolve themselves once you stop treatment. Not everyone who uses Vaniqa will be thrilled, but if it works for you and you pair it with a series of laser hair-removal treatments, odds are good you'll be able to make unwanted facial hair a distant memory.

Sources for the above: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, July 2007, pages 54-59; Dermatologic Surgery, October 2006, pages 1237-1243; Current Medical and Research Opinion, August 2005, pages 1227-1234; Skin Therapy Letter, April 2001, pages 1-3, and December 2005/January 2006, pages 1-4; and American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, February 2001, pages 197-201.)

For more information about Vaniqa, call (877) 382-6472 or visit www.vaniqa.com.

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  1. CanadianGirl
    Reviewed on Saturday, December 22, 2012
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    Vaniqa & Alternative
    • I have used Vaniqa and have had some good results. In my case, I will be doing the laser/Vaniqa combination as I find the cream alone is not enough to completely take care of the problem. I did find that the cream does sting - probably due to the inclusion of alcohol in the base cream. Some redness & irritation when I first started using it, but I did find that lessened over time (a month or so of use). For those (like me) who are on a budget and find Vaniqa to be too expensive (especially if not covered by insurance) or unavailable (I'm Canadian and it is not available here) there is a similar cream manufactured in India. The Indian version is called "Eflora" and although the cream base is slightly different consistency (less thick) the percentage of active ingredient is the same. I have been using Eflora now since February 2012 and it is just as effective as Vaniqa. It is also considerably cheaper and as the base cream in Eflora doesn't contain alcohol, it doesn't sting!

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