Caring for unwanted facial hair can be frustrating and time consuming. Vaniqa (eflornithine hydrochloride) can greatly reduce facial hair growth and the need to shave/tweeze/wax in as little as 4-8 weeks. Check with your pharmacy for medication availability. ($29)

Vaniqa Treatment

  • Quick physician visits and prescription treatment
  • Vaniqa, or eflorithine hydrochloride 13.9% cream, requires a prescription
  • This medication has been FDA approved for the reduction of unwanted facial hair in women
  • Usage should be limited to the face and chin
  • This medication is not a depilatory cream.

How does Vaniqa work?

  • Vaniqa works in the hair follicle to reduce unwanted facial hair.
  • It interferes with an enzyme in the hair follicle necessary for hair to grow.
  • This results in slower hair growth and improved appearance where it is applied.
  • Therefore, over time you will shave/tweeze/wax less
  • Minor side effects may include:
    • acne
    • folliculitis (hair bumps)
    • dry skin
    • stinging, itching, or tingling of the skin
    • redness or irritation of the skin
    • hair loss
  • Please refer to the package insert for a complete list of possible side effects

What is the method of application and results?

  • Can be useful for any degree of hair growth
  • Vaniqa should only be applied to the face or chin
  • It is applied twice a day and at least 8 hours apart between applications
  • Apply Vaniqa after cleansing and before applying moisturizer, sunscreen, or cosmetics
  • Apply a thin layer onto the affected area and rub thoroughly into your skin
  • Avoid washing the treated area for at least 4 hours following cream application
  • Results may be seen in as little as 4-8 weeks
  • Be patient, as it may take several months to see the improvements in your skin
  • Discontinuation of use will cause hair growth to return to the untreated state after 8 weeks
  • Just answer a few questions to get started with your online visit

What happens next?

  • Create an MDAnywhere account. Required on your first visit only and can be completed at any time, even in advance
  • Complete your online visit by answering a few medical interview questions and providing your medical history
  • Remember, you do not need insurance or an appointment to complete your visit
  • Once these two steps are complete, a physician will review your entire visit and treatment request
  • Your treatment plan will be shared with you minutes after the physician reviews your request
  • You will be notified if there is any additional information needed
  • Remember to routinely check for new messages in your patient portal as this will expedite your care
  • You may message your doctor at any time after submitting your treatment request
  • Any necessary prescriptions or vaccine orders will be sent electronically to your pharmacy
  • A visit summary with any new/refilled prescriptions or lab/vaccine orders will be sent directly to you for added convenience
  • Any necessary doctor's notes will be in the messages section of your portal by the end of the day, if not sooner
  • If, at any point, online treatment is not recommended, you will not be charged
  • Rest assured, your private information will be protected, stored securely, and kept confidential

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