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Excess facial hair in women can sometimes be due to a hormone problem such as polycystic ovary syndrome, however, often there is no obvious cause and it can be very distressing.
Physical methods such as shaving, electrolysis and laser hair removal all have pros and cons. Where these methods are ineffective, additional treatments exist.
This service provides treatment with a cream which effectively slows hair growth. Speak to our trained and highly professional Rowlands Pharmacy team to see if you are eligible for treatment.
Visit your local Rowlands Pharmacy, book an appointment in branch, via telephone or via Patient Access for our Facial Hair Removal Service.
During the Appointment, our trained pharmacist will ask you a few questions, in the privacy of the consultation room, to ensure the treatment is suitable for you.
Who is eligible for the service?
Females 19 years and older who are NOT pregnant or breastfeeding.
Some medical conditions may mean you are not suitable for treatment – these should be discussed with one of our trained pharmacists.
What is the treatment?
A cream (eflornithine 11.5% - Vaniqa) applied to the affected areas of the face twice a day.
Eflornithine cream works by blocking the action of an enzyme which is important for hair growth, therefore slowing hair growth.
How long does the treatment last?
One tube of cream will last approximately 2 months.
How long do I need to use the cream for it to work?
Two to three months of regular use is typically required to have an effect and symptoms may return on stopping treatment.
Are there any side effects to taking this medication?
The most common side effect of treatment is acne, but this is generally mild. Other side effects may occur but the pharmacist will offer more guidance on this during the consultation.