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Treating Excessive Hair Growth on Women’s Face

The growth of hair on the body is natural. It is the crown of an individual for men and women. But it causes embarrassment in a certain part of the body like facial hair, hair growth in hands and legs, back etc. Hairy skin is not a sign of an attractive personality.

Eflornithine is used to treat excessive hair growth on the face in women. It came into medical use in 1990. FDA approved it in July 2000.

How do Eflornithine Cream work?

Eflornithine belongs to the class of medication called as hair growth inhibitors. It removes or slows the process of unwanted hair growth of facial and chin. Certain proteins are necessary for the rapid growth of hair follicle. The production of these proteins is dependent on the activity of an enzyme. This enzyme is called as ornithine decarboxylase (ODC). ODC stimulates hair growth. Eflornithine blocks this enzyme.

Thus it affects the growth and differentiation of the cells in the hair follicles. It slows the process of growth of cells and hair in the applied area. The drug reduces unwanted facial hair.

How to Take Eflornithine cream?

Eflornithine cream is available in form of a tube of 13.9%

*Method to use the cream.

  1. Apply a thin layer of the above cream to the affected area.
  2. It includes the area of the face, the area surrounding the lips and under the chin.
  3. Rub the cream thoroughly.
  4. Leave it for at least 4 hours.
  5. Use two times in a day at a difference of at least 8 hours.


  • Continue to use hair removal techniques as needed.
  • Use it 5 minutes after hair removal.
  • You can use cosmetics or other applications after the cream is dried in the applied area.
  • Use of the cream in age younger than 12 years is not recommended.

What are the Uses of Eflornithine?

  1. It slows the growth of unwanted facial and chin hair. Thus treats excessive hair growth on the facial area.
  2. It may make the hair finer and lighter.
  3. It treats the facial hair growth caused due to following reasons.
  • The genetic problem of excessive hair growth.
  • Aging process of an individual.
  • Medications.
  • Medical condition like,
  • Excess androgen.
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome.

What are the precautions in using Eflornithine?

Be cautious in case of certain conditions. Ask your doctor if you have,

  • Allergy to above drug.
  • Any other allergy.
  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding

Inform your doctor regarding other drugs you use or take.

It may take several weeks to see the effects.

The hair will grow back as it was before, once you stop the treatment.

Cost of Eflornithine (Generic and Brand)

Both Generic and brand drug contain the same ingredient Eflornithine. The difference lies in packaging, pricing and filler materials. Brand drug put a huge amount towards Research and development of the drug. The generic medications does not need to spend on it. So we can provide you the cheap and effective drug.

  • Cost of Generic Eflornithine cream.

A single tube of 15 g (13.9%) costs $ 39.

  • Cost of Brand Vaniqa.

A single tube of 45 g (13.9%) costs $ 186.66.