Hirsutism is a condition that affects up to three women in every 20. It is characterised by excessive facial hair or growth on the chest, lower back or buttocks that occurs due to hormonal imbalances. There are a number of hair removal methods available to people who suffer from hirsutism. These can range from waxing and shaving to laser hair removal or surgery, although some people prefer to use a cream such as Vaniqa to slow down hair growth.
Vaniqa is one of the preferred methods of hair removal as it is considered extremely safe and effective. It is available to buy online at HealthExpress after filling out a free online consultation so that it can be dispatched to you for free next-day delivery.
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Hirsutism is characterised by excessive facial hair in women, which grows darker and thicker than the hair that ordinarily appears on the skin. It can also appear around the back, buttocks or chest and often appears together with acne or seborrhoea, a condition which causes excessively oily skin.
The condition is caused by an excess of (or high sensitivity to) androgens, which are male sex hormones. This most often affects women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome. Definitions of hirsutism vary but it is believed to affect around one in every 20 women before menopause, many of whom choose to use hair removal treatments to limit the symptoms.
Some women suffer from less pronounced hirsutism which does not necessarily require any treatment but can be managed by bleaching the hair or using artificial hormones to control the androgens causing the condition. Women who find excessive facial hair problematic or distressing have a wide range of options available to them, and using a cream can be preferable to more unpleasant methods, such as waxing.
Usually, the underlying condition causing the hair growth can be treated with a hormonal medication (usually by taking certain oral contraceptives). This works as the pill will block the androgens and stop the effects of excessive male hormones in women. Unfortunately this will not be effective immediately and the hair will likely return if you stop taking the medication, so many women opt to treat the symptoms instead and use some form of hair removal.
There are a number of hair removal options which can be used at home such as shaving, bleaching, waxing or threading. Although these can be bought over-the-counter, you can also visit specialist salons which will do it for you. However, these are not long-term solutions for hirsutism and waxing or shaving regularly can cause irritation to the skin.
Permanent hair removal options include laser treatment or electrolysis, both of which can be painful and expensive. They may also involve taking a course of treatment over a specific amount of time, so the hair removal is not immediate.
If you suffer from excessive facial hair, your doctor will likely prescribe a hormonal treatment in the form of a combined contraceptive in order to lower your levels of androgens that are causing the excess hair growth. However, this form of treatment is not immediately effective and some women do not like to take the pill for long periods of time.
There are other methods of hair removal that may be more immediately effective than a hormonal treatment. Vaniqa is a prescription hair removal cream designed specifically to limit facial hair growth in women suffering from hirsutism.
"Vaniqa hair removal cream effectively treats excessive facial hair growth in women by slowing down the growth of unwanted hair."Dr Hilary Jones
HealthExpress Medical Advisor
Here at HealthExpress, there is just one medication available for hair removal, so finding treatment is easy. You will be required to complete our online consultation so our certified doctors can verify the suitability of the treatment. Once you have done this, you will be able to purchase Vaniqa on site. Vaniqa is a cream medication that is clinically proven to treat the growth of excess facial hair in women. It should be rubbed straight onto the desired area and can slow the growth of hair as well as making it less visible.
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Yes. You can obtain a prescription for Vaniqa at HealthExpress after filling out a free online consultation so that one of our doctors can review your details and ensure that it will be safe and effective for you to use.
Once a prescription has been issued, your medication will be dispatched from our registered pharmacy for free next-day delivery and you will receive your order safely and securely.