Eflornithine Hydrochloride is available in the form of a cream. It helps to slow down the rate of excessive hair growth. It is easily available under the brand name Vaniqa in the United States of America.
It has been clinically tested and proven that Eflornithine can affect hair growth by blocking the Ornithine Decarboxylase (OCD) enzyme that stimulates hair growth in humans and animals. Excessive facial hair in women is mostly caused by
- Genetic problems like hypertrichosis or hirsutism
- Hormonal changes during menopause and normal aging processes
- Medical conditions like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and excess Androgen disorder.
- Side effects of certain medications.
Over 20 million women in America suffering from either of the above problems have gotten rid of their excessive facial hair using Eflornithine Hydrochloride cream. To analyze the effectiveness of Eflornithine, there were double blind placebo controlled trials conducted where patients were treated with Eflornithine cream and Placebo. Trials have shown that 35% of the patients treated had shown significant improvement during the course of their 6-month long treatment. Some patients started showing improvement right from the first 4 weeks while some patients did not show any sign of improvement even after 8 weeks. It was thus concluded that Eflornithine should be used regularly. The longer it is used, the more satisfactory results are.
In addition to this, Eflornithine HCL cream is absolutely safe to use. You can massage a small amount of this cream on to your face or area with heavy facial hair twice daily. You should wait at least 4 hours before washing your face. This cream could also be used as a base under your cosmetics and you can also apply sunscreen lotion over it once it has absorbed within your skin and dried. You can also use this cream in conjunction with your regular hair removing techniques like waxing, threading, plucking etc.
Although many tolerate Eflornithine cream very well, there might be a minority group that may have to bear with some side effects. Some of the common side effects would be stinging, redness, rash, acne or ingrown hairs. Also, it is very likely that Eflornithine HCL may not produce any effect on you. This treatment may also not work for some people. As you might have read above, the Eflornithine treatment was effective for 35% people who showed significant improvement.
However, before you jump out to grab a tube of this cream. It is always better to talk to a dermatologist and undergo Eflornithine HCL treatment. Your doctor is the best person to advise you for or against using such products for your skin. A little carelessness can almost ruin your complexion and skin. So go for the cream depending on the advice of your doctor.