Female Facial Hair (FFH) also known as ‘Hirsuitism’ (unwanted or excessive facial hair) is a more common problem amongst women from South Asian and Southern European origin. However many other women from other part of the world are also troubled due to menopause or other reasons.
Vaniqa cream is the only UK licensed non-hormone cream to treat female facial hair.
Studies show 7 out of 10 women improve with Vaniqa treatment and 3 out of 10 have marked improvement after 24 weeks.
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About female facial hairIt has been suggested that around 40% of women in the UK are affected by unwanted facial hair to some extent. This not only leads to an impact on self-confidence, it can cause psychological problems such as stress, depression and anxiety. Hair removal methods are a popular way of eliminating facial hair, although there are also ways of preventing this hair from growing.
What causes female facial hair?Unwanted facial hair in women can be caused by hormones, medication or genetics and ethnic origin can also influence the likelihood of suffering from the condition.
How can you treat unwanted facial hair?Vaniqa cream is the only licensed treatment available in the UK approved by the MHRA, the regulatory body in the UK for medicine.
Does Vaniqa remove facial hair?No. Vaniqa is not a hair removal cream, it will only prevent or reduce new hair from growing and therefore it is recommended to use a form of facial hair removal together with Vaniqa cream.
For how long does Vaniqa prevent unwanted facial hair from growing?Vaniqa will effectively reduce the rate of hair growth for as long as the treatment is applied. After stopping use of Vaniqa, hair will usually begin growing back after approximately 8 weeks.
Can pregnant or breastfeeding women use Vaniqa?You should not use Vaniqa cream if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding. It is advised to consult your doctor or pharmacist and use an alternative treatment or method of hair removal.
Vaniqa on prescription from DrFelix
Vaniqa is currently the only cream available in the UK to treat unwanted facial hair. This is a prescription medication which decreases hair growth by targeting the enzyme in the hair follicle required for hair to grow. Results can be experienced within 4-8 weeks, although this may take longer depending on the individual.
How to use vaniqa cream
Vaniqa should be applied directly to the affected facial area twice a day.
It may be necessary to continue treatment for up to 4 months before experiencing result, although usually there is a reduction in hair growth within 4-8 weeks.
Once treatment is stopped, it will no longer have an effect on hair growth. Therefore you should continue to use Vaniqa cream even after you have seen an improvement to prevent excess hair from growing back.
Vaniqa cream does not generally lead to side effects; however as with all medication there are a number of possible side effects which have been associated with the use of Vaniqa. These include skin irritation (rash, itching and inflammation), pale areas of skin, soreness and tingling.
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