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What is hair removal cream?

What prescription hair removal creams are available for female facial hair?

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For many women, hair removal is an important part of their beauty routine to get rid of hair on the legs, underarms, bikini line and upper lip. Hair removal cream is one method of temporarily getting rid of body hair in a comfortable, pain-free way. 

How does hair removal cream work? 

Standard types of hair removal creams, such as Veet and Nair, can be bought from shops and pharmacies. The cream is generously spread over the desired area of skin and left on for 5-8 minutes. It works by dissolving the hair just underneath the surface of your skin. You then remove the cream with a scraper or sponge and rinse thoroughly. 

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Because the cream dissolves the hair, it will take several days before it starts to grow back, and will not cause stubble like shaving. This results in smoother, softer skin. 

If you are using hair removal cream on your bikini line, take care not to get it too close to your genitals as it may irritate. 

Prescription hair removal cream 

Some women experience an excessive amount of facial hair. This extra hair growth can be dark, thicker hair that grows in areas where men usually have body hair and is known as a condition called hirsutism. For this type of unwanted hair, you can get a stronger type of cream called Vaniqa on prescription. Rather than removing hair, it slows the hair regrowth and thins the hair too. You'll need to remove the hair first before applying the cream. It will usually take time to have its desired effect, and you'll need to keep using it every day to maintain the results. You can order Vaniqa from Dr Felix after a free online consultation with one of our doctors. 

Alternative hair removal methods 

There are several different options for getting rid of unwanted body hair: 

  • Shaving
  • Waxing 
  • Hair removal cream 
  • Plucking 
  • Epilating 
  • Electrolysis 
  • Laser hair removal 
  • Intense pulsed light 

Waxing involves pulling out the hair from the root with a sheet of sticky wax. This usually lasts for 3-4 weeks before it grows back. An epilator works in a similar way using a device that pulls out the hair as you move it over your skin. Both these methods are usually painful. Electrolysis is a way of permanently removing hair using electrical currents. The procedure is available at many beauty salons, and it usually takes several sessions. The same goes for laser and intense pulsed light therapy. 

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