Vaniqa cream contains the active ingredient eflornithine. Eflornithine works within the hair follicle and helps to block production of the hair shaft. This helps to reduce the rate of hair growth and in trials it has shown a significant improvement in the facial hair of 70% of women. It has also been shown to significantly reduce how bothered patients are about their facial hair and how long they spent removing, treating or concealing their facial hair.
Use Vaniqa regularly. Vaniqa only works as long as you keep applying it regularly. If you stop treatment, unwanted facial hair will return within 8 weeks.
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.
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.
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.
All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail. Tracking is available on all orders.
We always aim to dispatch all orders within 24 hours of them being received, if we are unable to meet this
high standard for whatever reason we will always contact you to advise you of the delay.
We offer free UK standard delivery on orders over £40.
The following delivery options are available:
- Standard Delivery - 2/3 day delivery - £2.95
- Express Delivery - 1/2 day delivery - £4.45
- Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 1pm) - £8.95
- Saturday Guaranteed before 1pm - £10.45
The cut-off for same day dispatch of orders is 4pm. Orders processed after this time will be dispatched the following working day. Orders are dispatched Monday - Friday. Orders will not be processed on weekends or bank holidays.
We ensure all deliveries are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods.
Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt.
Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.
Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering.
We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.
Vaniqa Frequently Asked Questions
Vaniqa cream contains eflornithine at strength of 11.5%. It also contains other inactive ingredients these are necessary to make up the cream. It also contains other inactive ingredients to help complete the product. A full list of these ingredients can be found under ‘Ingredients’.
Enzymes are involved in hair production and are located inside the hair follicle. Eflornithine, the active ingredient in Vaniqa, blocks the hair-producing enzymes and therefore slows down hair production.
Vaniqa doesn’t get rid of hair or permanently stop hair from growing, but when used regularly it can slow down hair production to a point where it is vastly reduced or even it doesn’t grow at all.
Vaniqa is the only licensed medical product for facial hair removal on the UK market.
For best results, apply Vaniqa cream twice a day to the areas with hair around the lips and chin.
Initially there may be a slight tingling or redness, if this happens you can reduce the frequency of application to once daily. This can then be increased back to twice daily after a week or so.
Rub in the cream until it is absorbed into the skin and is not longer visible. Do not wash off for at least 4 hours.
When applying make up or sunscreens, it is advisable to wait at least 5 minutes to allow the Vaniqa cream to be properly absorbed.
Vaniqa needs to be used continuously for the effects to be seen and maintained. It may take up to 8 weeks for the full benefits to become apparent.
During use it is safe and acceptable to use depilatory creams, shave or pluck the affected areas. The manufacturer advises that the under these circumstances it best to allow the skin to rest for 5 minutes before applying Vaniqa to avoid skin irritation.
It is important to note that results will not be seen sooner if the cream is applied more frequently.
Vaniqa is effective in 70% of women who use it and results can take up to 8 weeks to be seen.
A 60g tube of Vaniqa on average last 2 months and the manufacturer advises to discontinue use if you do not see any results after 16 weeks of using it.
All medicines have side effects but this doesn’t mean you will see or experience any of them.
The most common adverse reactions that are seen with Vaniqa are: acne, dry skin, skin irritation, redness at site of application. These tend to affect around 1 in every 100 patients. For a full list of possible side effects, see ‘Side Effects’.
Vaniqa is well tolerated as it is applied where you need it. Currently there are no documented interactions with other medicines.
If you experience any side effects it is important to report them this can be done directly through us or through the yellowcardmhra.gov.uk. These will then be documented and added to the medical information in the future.
Vaniqa is effective in 70% of women who use it for a continued period. It is important to note that Vaniqa has to be used continuously for the hair growth to be reduced and for you to see a difference. Discontinuation of the cream will result in the hair production restarting and the results reversed in the space of 8 weeks.
Compared to other hair loss products, it is easy to apply and is painless however it does not get rid of unwanted hair permanently and needs to be used continuously for the hair loss to continue.
If you stop using the cream the hair production will start again and it is likely the unwanted hair will return within an 8-week period.
Alcohol has no effect on Vaniqa cream.
The manufacturer recommends that Vaniqa cream should not be used during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.
Excessive hair growth can be caused by:
Medicines - It is known that the following medicines can cause excessive hair growth:
Minoxidil (for blood pressure), cyclosporin (used after organ transplants to prevent organ rejection), glucocorticoids (steroids - used in rheumatoid arthritis), phenytoin and phenobarbitone (for seizures). Some contraceptive pills can also cause excessive facial hair.
If you are taking any of the above medicines and you are also experiencing excessive hair growth, it would be worth talking to your doctor or healthcare professional.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - In women, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can cause weight gain, acne and excessive facial hair. This can be effectively treated by your GP.
Family history – Women with a family history of thick or dark facial hair in the females are also likely to suffer with excess facial hair.
Asian or South-East Asian descent – Women with this background tend to have darker hair which can make facial hair seem more pronounced.
Menopause or hormonal changes – Hormonal changes around the time of puberty or menopause can alter the balance of male and female hormones. This can sometimes result in higher levels of facial hair.