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Important information please read carefully.

Facial Hair (Prescription Treatment)

Facial Hair

Unwanted facial hair affects many women from different backgrounds, and in most cases is normal. However there are many conditions which can lead to unusual hair growth in women, and for this reason you should always consult your doctor first in order to rule these out.


Vaniqa is the only (non-hormone) licensed product in the UK to treat or manage facial hair in women. It contains the active ingredient eflornithine, which works by inhibiting enzymes found in hair follicles, slowing down their growth. Vaniqa needs to be applied twice a day regularly, and results can be seen as early as 4-8 weeks. It can take up to 4 months to see results, however should not be continued longer than this IF you do not notice any benefits.

It can be used alongside other treatments such as hair removal creams and lasers. Please note, Vaniqa is not a hair removal cream, and works by slowing down hair growth.


Most women do not experience side effects when using Vaniqa, however as with all skin products, you should test a small area first. Side effects can include:

  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Soreness

For more information, please read the patient information leaflet found here.