In 2000, Vaniqa™ became the first FDA-approved prescription cream to eliminate facial hair for women. It works by interfering with a chemical in the hair follicles, slowing hair growth. It helps women keep excess facial hair under control, but it is not a cure for this condition.
The cream is applied twice a day and hair removal occurs over the course of four to six weeks. Similar to other creams that promote hair loss, Vaniqa™ can lead to redness and irritation that might cause the skin to burn or tingle. Other side effects of using this cream include small hair bumps on the skin called folliculitis.
Although using Vaniqa™ may solve the issue of excess facial hair for some women, it lacks the permanence that most women desire. Laser hair removal is the only permanent hair removal solution that can rid the face of unwanted dark, thick hairs. Commonly performed on the chin, neck, and upper lip, laser hair removal targets the melanin in each hair follicle, destroying the hair. Since each hair on the body goes through a different growth cycle, several treatments are required before permanent hair removal is achieved. On average, each person undergoes five to 10 laser hair removal treatments to achieve desired results.