Vaniqa cream contains the active ingredient eflornithine and is the only non-hormone product licensed for the treatment of unwanted female facial hair in the UK. If used properly you should see an improvement within 8 weeks of starting Vaniqa. It needs to used regularly to maintain an effect.
Vaniqa cream is suitable for women who are suffering with unwanted hair on the upper lip, chin and neck that have had a medical examination from their doctor to rule out any underlying causes of their excessive hair growth.
A thin layer of Vaniqa cream should be rubbed into the affected areas (usually the upper lip and chin) when they are clean and dry. This should be repeated twice daily, at least 8 hours apart and it should be left on for at least 4 hours when applied.
Vaniqa can be used alongside other hair removal methods such as plucking, waxing, shaiving and epilating.
- Vaniqa cream should be applied twice daily, at least 8 hours apart.
- Vaniqa should be used after cleaning/cleansing and before applying moisturiser, cosmetics or sun creams.
- Apply a thin layer of Vaniqa cream to the affected area(s) of the face, and under the chin if required, and rub in thoroughly.
- Do not wash the treated areas for at least 4 hours after application of Vaniqa to allow it to have time to have an effect.
- You still need to remove excess hair. Continue your normal hair removal method whilst using Vaniqa. You should find that you need to do it less often if your treatment is effective.
- Persevere in the beginning. Vaniqa can take up to 8 weeks to have an effect in some women. It is important to continue applying it regularly to allow it to start to have an effect. If you do not see a benefit you should use Vaniqa regularly for 4 months before stopping treatment.
- Use hair removal before you apply Vaniqa. To avoid a burning or stinging sensation wait at least 5 minutes after shaving/waxing/plucking before applying Vaniqa.
- Reduce applications to once daily if stinging or burning occurs. Some patients can develop skin intolerance to Vaniqa even after months of treatment. If this occurs, reduce applications to once daily and then slowly increase back to twice a day. If intolerance continues please contact us via your online account.
Like all creams there is the potential that you may be allergic to Vaniqa. We recommend you do a spot test before commencing treatment. If you suffer with any reaction in the area that Vaniqa is applied, you should not use the cream.
If you do experience side effects from Vaniqa, the most common side effect is acne, either worsening existing acne or causing acne in just over 1 in 10 people who use Vaniqa. Other common side effects are skin reactions from in growing hair, hair loss, a burning, stinging or tingling feeling, dry skin, itching, redness or rash. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for a full list of side effects.
If you experience any adverse effects from taking your prescribed medicine it is important to let your doctor know immediately. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.
Vaniqa should not cause a harmful interaction with any of your other current medicines. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for further information.
Vaniqa cream is not a hair removal cream and it does not permanently remove unwanted facial hair. It helps to slow the growth of unwanted facial hair making it less noticeable and problematic. Vaniqa needs to used continuously to have an effect.
The growth of excessive hair in women can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Before starting treatment for excessive facial hair you should always have a thorough medical examination with your doctor to ensure that there is no underlying cause that needs to be addressed. These can include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), some hormone-producing tumours as well as taking cyclosporin, steroids, minoxidil, phenobarbitone, phenytoin or male hormones.
Vaniqa cream contains eflornithine 11.5% as the active ingredient.
Vaniqa cream also contains the following inactive ingredients:
Cetostearyl alcohol; macrogol cetostearyl ether; dimeticone; glyceryl stearate; macrogol stearate; methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218); liquid paraffin; phenoxyethanol; propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216); purified water and stearyl alcohol. Tiny amounts of sodium hydroxide (E524) are sometimes added to keep acidity levels (pH levels) normal.