Vaniqa cream is a hair removal cream that removes unwanted hair growth on the face for women. Hirsutism, also known as unwanted hair growth, is a major problem for many women. Hair growth is often due to hormone disorders such as PCOS, but there may also be other causes of unwanted hair growth in the face.1

It can be an extremely annoying and a stressful problem, which means that many women do not go to the doctor with the problem as they feel ashamed of hair growth. If you do not want to go to the GP, there are online clinics in the UK where you can order the hair removal cream after a short doctor consultation via chat or phone

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How does Vaniqa work?

The active ingredient in the cream, Eflornithine, works by inhibiting the enzyme that causes the hair to grow. The product can therefore help prevent hair growth in the area where it is applied when the cream enters and works in each hair follicle. The result of successful treatment is therefore a weakened hair growth. This cream is specially designed for use on the face and should not be used elsewhere on the body.

The treatment has no long-term effect and therefore does not permanently affect the hair follicles. When you no longer use the cream, your hair will grow back as normal. Therefore, check if there is an underlying reason for your increased hair growth so that you can find the right treatment for your problems, whether with medication or lifestyle changes.

How do you use this treatment?

If you have received a prescription on this hair removal cream against unwanted hair on your face, it is important that you always follow the instructions in the package leaflet or apply the cream to your doctor’s recommendations.

How to use Vaniqa:

  • The cream is lubricated in a thin layer on the face where you experience the unwanted hair growth.
  • Use cream twice a day with at least 8 hours of space between every application
  • Avoid washing your face within 4 hours after applying the cream
  • Cosmetics and sunscreen can be used already after 5 minutes when the cream has penetrated the skin.
  • Avoid using the cream just after shaving
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after using the cream

How fast does it work?

Unlike shaving or waxing, which removes hair immediately, it may take some time before you will see if this hair removal cream has the desired effect on the face. This is because it enters and affects enzymes in the hair follicles that produce the hair. Therefore, it may take some time before the results appear properly.

The treatment can produce results after 4 weeks, but you should wait 8 weeks before considering whether it is an effective treatment or not.

How effective is this treatment?

It will be individual how effective the treatment will be against unwanted hair growth on the face. Some will experience a significant reduction in hair growth after 4-8 weeks of treatment. Others will experience less power and some may not experience any effect at all. However, it is important that you continue for up to 8 weeks before you know if the treatment has been effective for you. However, if you experience side effects like skin irritations, allergic reactions or similar reactions, it is important that you stop treatment. Contact your doctor for further guidance.

This cream only works for as long as you are under treatment. It is therefore important that you continue to use the medicine to maintain the effect of the product. The hair will grow back after a while if you stop treatment.

Possible side effects

Some will experience side effects using this hair removal cream against unwanted hair growth on the face. Most people want a consistent course of treatment without any ailments, while some experience mild or more severe symptoms. Here you can see an overview of Vaniqa’s side effects:

Frequency of occurrence Side effects
Common – more than 10 of 100 users Acne and impure skin
Uncommon- Less than 10 of 100 users Burning feeling in the skin, skin irritation, skin rash, inflammation of the hair follicles
Rare- Less than 1 of 1000 users Cysts

When can a hair removal cream for the face be a good option?

If you suffer from unwanted hair growth on the face, also known as hirsutism, a hair removal cream like this medicine can be a good solution. There may be different reasons for having unwanted hair in your face. This may be due to, among other things, genetic disposition, or it may be a symptom of the hormonal disease PCOS.

All women have a little hair on their face. Common hair growth in the face in women often occurs as small, fine, bright hair. This medicine is a good solution for women who are affected by increased hair growth, which is considered to be more powerful than normal in women.

Who cannot use this medicine?

If you are hypersensitive or allergic to any of the ingredients in the cream, do not use this product. This can cause severe allergic reactions and side effects. You may want to try out the cream in a small area on the skin first, to see if you have any allergic reactions to the product.

In addition, this treatment is not suitable for pregnant or nursing women, as there is not enough research to know if it has any harmful effects on the fetus.

Also, different medicines should not be combined with this cream.This includes medicines for epilepsy and some hormone preparations. You should always inform your doctor about the medicines you already use to get the correct treatment.

What is the difference between Vaniqa and other hair removal treatments?

There are many different types of hair removal products. Shaving and waxing are the most common methods and are also used by many women who suffer from unwanted hair growth on the face. So what’s the difference between non-prescription products and Vaniqa?

This hair removal cream enters the hair follicles and affects the enzyme that causes the hair to grow. The product thus works directly on hair production. Shaving and waxing only removes the hair temporarily, and therefore a stub can appear to be as annoying as the hair itself.

Another important difference is that waxing and shaving will remove your hair immediately, while you have to wait for up to 8 weeks before you want to see any results of this cream.

Both methods can cause skin irritation, and both methods do not permanently remove hair growth and will only remove hair as long as treatment is used regularly.


  1. Hirsutism in women – NHS