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Eflornithine topical for Hirsutism User Reviews

Brand names: Vaniqa, Florexa

Eflornithine topical has an average rating of 7.2 out of 10 from a total of 101 reviews for the treatment of Hirsutism. 68% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 25% reported a negative experience.

Eflornithine topical rating summary

7.2/10 average rating

101 ratings from 113 user reviews.

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Reviews for Eflornithine topical

  • Furbie
  • July 12, 2021

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "I had to share my experience as this has changed my life. If you’re reading this, you will feel like I feel about your facial hair. Since the birth of my first child, I’ve developed black, thick, coarse, wiry hair under the chin to my neck and my chin, especially both sides. The older I’m getting (43), the worse it’s getting. I used to wax, but I then had to pluck every morning before work, when I came home, and before I went to bed. For some reason, this hair grew like the clappers, and I just had terrible moods and lack of confidence due to this. I’ve actually loved wearing a face mask due to the pandemic as it hides my facial hair, but knowing we’re coming away from this, I finally did something about it. I paid £68 and saw a difference in one week!! The hair slowed down so much I couldn’t believe it. I’m in week 3 now and I’m still in the habit of getting a mirror and plucking, but some days there’s nothing to pluck! I’d say I’m already 50% down on hair regrowth."

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  • Joyce
  • Taken for 2 to 5 years
  • May 3, 2020

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "I had used Vaniqa for 5 years, and it worked beautifully. No shaving anymore. Then it went off the market for some time and came back. I ordered it again, and it appears it doesn't work like the old formulation. I have used it for 4 months now, and no results. I am so heartbroken because it was the only treatment that worked for me in the past. Please, if anyone has something that is working for them, please leave a message on here. I will really appreciate it."

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  • Bobbi
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • May 19, 2019

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "Pharmacist told me the original brand Vaniqa cream was on back order and cost over $200. I found out that the generic Vaniqa called eflornithine was available and got that instead for about $35. Works perfectly! Easy transaction. Goodbye Vaniqa, you have a replacement!! Big Pharma should be ashamed to rip off individuals looking for a solution to an embarrassing condition."

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  • Kay...
  • January 8, 2020

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "Today marks exactly one month for me on Vaniqa. I read a lot of reviews, so I promised myself I would come back and write one. Long story short, it DOES make a difference. I didn't notice results in days, like I saw a few people say, took a good 3 weeks. But I went from shaving my face (upper lip, sides of face, chin, and parts of the neck) DAILY, to being able to go 3, maybe 4 days without shaving. Although I can FEEL some hair when I go this long, the hair is never long enough to be visible. It has cut down on the razor burn on my neck tremendously. It is definitely pricey - $130 for one bottle, but I have enough for one more month, if not 1.5/2 more months left in there. So that makes it a little more manageable to afford, no way could I do $130 every month. I had a bit of mild stinging the first 2/3 weeks, but nothing unbearable and it went away. My hair is black and coarse, and it worked for me! I was skeptical but glad I tried it. Plan to come back in another month and update."

8 / 10
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  • delle
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • August 11, 2020

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "My chin hair was getting worse and worse. I used to wax once every 2 weeks and suddenly I was waxing twice a week and tweezing every day in between. I've had a lot of success with Vaniqa. So far I've used it for 5 weeks, I use it twice a day right after washing my face and drying it, then I apply the cream and rub it in well and leave it for 5 to ten minutes before applying any other products on top. I've seen a huge improvement, my hair is so thin and fine now and barely grows. The hair that does grow is removed extremely easily vs my previous stubborn hairs. I'm so grateful for this product, it is expensive but one tube could easily last 3 months."

10 / 10
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  • Anonymous
  • April 19, 2009

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "I have had hair problems all my life using many different hair removal techniques. None gave a real good outcome and I still didn't like being out in the sun wondering if people were staring at all the facial hair. I apply at night and in the morning. I tried doing once a day, but started getting some hair growth. I now have absolutely not one hair on my face. I have been using for about a year. TIP: Use a damp washcloth on face first so cream will spread more easily and will give more applications per tube."

10 / 10
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  • Tee
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 27, 2019

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "Okay, so I've been using this cream for about maybe 2 weeks tops. I was a little worried that I would spend $178 for this cream and it wouldn't work, but I was desperate at this point. I sucked it up and paid for it. I usually shave morning and night before this cream. I usually shave before work, and by the end of my shift (8 HOURS), the hair would grow back. This cream is A LIFE SAVER! I only have to shave ONCE A DAY, and the hair on my face is not as thick as before. It's only been 2 weeks. Can't wait to see what the progress is by the end of the month. I was getting really depressed over this hair growth, but this stuff is AMAZING!"

10 / 10
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  • lmc
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • May 11, 2014

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "I'm writing a second review on Vaniqa. I started using this in February this year. Twice a day, although some days/times I do forget. I just want to say how delighted I am to have found this. It has totally and completely changed my life! I had terrible male pattern hair growth all over my cheeks, chin, upper and lower lip and starting to grow down my neck. I used to pluck for up to 2 hrs at a time every 3rd day but was never hair free. I wouldn't kiss anyone hello or goodbye as even plucked the stubble could be felt under my skin. 3 months on I'm not scared of being caught in bright sunlight. I pluck around once a fortnight and it takes around 10 mins. The hairs that are coming through are soft and downy. My life is transformed."

10 / 10
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  • Jen
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • July 27, 2019

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "I have been using Vaniqa for just over 4 weeks now. I was plucking my upper lip/chin/neck every single day. This was causing my skin in these areas to be red, irritated, and PIH on my upper lip. As you can imagine, my self esteem was affected negatively. In the 4 weeks, I can see a major difference in not only the frequency of having to remove hair, but the hair itself. The hair comes in finer, lighter, and easier to remove. I now pluck once every 1-2 weeks. I use it with Meladerm on my upper lip for the hyperpigmentation. I have not noticed any scalp hair loss - the only side effect I have experienced is small, acne in the area where I apply it, but that was only in the beginning. It works, you just have to be patient! The only reason I give it 8 stars is because of the price. It's not covered with my insurance. It's a shame that this company charges so much for a medicine that helps women seeking an answer for a very embarrassing condition when they are the only company to make it."

8 / 10
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  • Curley
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • January 30, 2019

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "I’ve been using since the product first came on the market. Almost 20 years I believe. Luckily it worked for me. I rarely pluck my chin, maybe a hair or two a week. Used to take an hour a day. Saved so much embarrassment. I don’t need makeup. Derm is now trying to convince me to do laser before my hair turns white and it won’t work. I really don’t want to stop using and have to shave which I never did. Vaniqa got expensive, so I’ve been ordering from India online for 2 years now. It’s under the generic name. I was afraid at first, but I pay by e-check and have had no issues. I get 3 tubes, maybe 1.5 each for $70. I probably order 3 times per year for $210 total, shipping free over a certain amount. Not bad at all. And it works exactly the same. No increase in growth with the change!"

10 / 10
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  • SSRS
  • July 24, 2016

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "I have had problems with facial hair since my mid-20s. I am now 54. This medication has been LIFE-CHANGING. I have tried electrolysis and laser. Both work, but only for a limited time as the professionals who do this have told me that NEW hair follicles darken and cause problems, even though the hair follicles they have treated are dead. I have plucked 'forever,' causing hairs to get coarser, causing nearly constant breakouts on my chin from ingrown hairs. Bottom line: It took about 4 weeks to notice a big difference. I use it on chin and upper lip. It changed the amount and texture of hair. Excellent product! I no longer obsess about my facial hair."

10 / 10
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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • April 30, 2016

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "Miracle cream. I have suffered with excessive facial hair since I was 13. I'm now 58. It started working almost immediately. In less than 2 months, I am completely free from facial hair, and I am no longer afraid to let people hug me for fear of scratching them. Wish it would have been available years ago; it would have saved me a lot of grief..."

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  • 1237
  • March 30, 2016

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "I have suffered with coarse chin and upper lip hair for such a long time, causing me to feel embarrassed and just not good about myself. I would pluck on a daily basis, making my skin blotchy and sore. I took the plunge after months of research on Vaniqa and bought the cream. I've been using it twice a day for 6 weeks now and I'm thrilled with the results. Smooth skin, hardly any hairs. So pleased. Ladies, don't suffer like I did, get this product. It's the best ever."

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  • FlGrl
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • August 8, 2014

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "Life changing. Amazing. I was doubtful having tried laser two separate times. I've been using this for about 2 months and it has reduced the facial hair growth so much I am shocked. I just got my second tube. It's expensive, and my insurance would not pay for any of it, but it's worth it."

9 / 10
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  • deser...
  • September 20, 2009

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "Loving Vaniqa so far! Some details on my facial hair situation. I don't have PCOS, yet have severe facial hair issues (full beard if I let it go, especially around chin and on neck). Spent thousands of dollars on laser hair removal, and as soon as I stopped getting the laser treatments, the hair all came back, worse than before. Using Nair or Veet only worked for the soft hair on my cheeks, irritated my skin horribly, and didn't do ANYTHING for the prickly chin and neck hair. I've never been brave enough to shave (except my mustache area), for fear of even worse beard-effect. Waxing didn't touch the problem. Vaniqa, after about 4 weeks of faithful twice a day use, has significantly slowed the growth. Now pluck a few minutes a day only!"

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  • Hairn...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 2, 2016

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "Been suffering hirsutism since I was 17, coarse, dark hairs on my neck, chin, and up the sides of my face. It's got worse as the years have gone on. I'm now 25 and couldn't cope any longer. I kept this to myself and it drained the life out of me. I didn't go out; I suffered depression. I had to shave twice a day depending on what I had to do on that day. If I wasn't at work, I wouldn't shave and stayed at home because shaving every day was ruining my face with so many rashes. I finally got the courage to visit my GP, and she prescribed me this. I've been using this cream for 4 weeks, and I'm already seeing an improvement. Don't suffer, ladies, get Vaniqa!"

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  • Anonymous
  • January 9, 2015

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "I've suffered all my adult life with facial hair and had tried all other methods of hair removal but no good. I'd been plucking 2-3 times a day with a tweezer literally in every room and handbag. About 4 weeks ago, I went online and read about this cream and decided to give it a go. It has changed my life. In 3 weeks, the hair, though still there, is finer and there is slower growth; now only plucking every few days. I know it's early days, but felt I had to share my experience."

9 / 10
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  • GEano
  • July 14, 2016

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "I am 86 years old and have been using Vaniqa for one year with excellent results and no bad side effects. Prior to this, I had electrolysis treatments every 2 - 3 weeks for over two years with no end in sight. My excess hair problem is on the upper lip and chin area and though my electrolysist was well certified, the problem persisted (although treatments in my early 30's had been successful). I strongly encourage anyone considering this product to give it a try - it has changed/improved my life beyond measure."

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  • lmc99...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • February 16, 2014

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "I have always had facial hair but after my menopause started prematurely the hair growth became very much like a man's. I would pluck at least 2 times a week and each session would last 2 hrs. I started using Vaniqa 2 weeks ago. I plucked whole face the same day and 2 weeks later I have only just had a few small areas that have needed plucking today which is the first time and even those hairs are fairly soft and finer. I love Vaniqa and feel like its changed my life!"

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  • Emmy
  • June 16, 2014

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "I have hirsutism due to polycystic ovarian syndrome. So I started using this product 5 days ago and oh my! I don't want to tempt fate but wow, it's working already. Over the past couple of days I've seen the biggest improvement. The stubble that's growing through isn't coming in nearly as quickly and when I shave you can barely see the little black hairs under the skin. I would normally have to shave at the very least, once a day and again if I was going out in the evening. Evening comes and my razor is still attached to my bathroom wall. I will say that I am using slightly above the recommended dosage. Sometimes three times daily, rather than two and a slightly thicker than thin coat. I live in the UK where a 60g tube on prescription is only "

9 / 10
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  • Anonymous
  • March 4, 2012

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "I'm in the UK and get this on prescription - just have to pay the usual £7.45 each time I get it, which is approximately once per month. I think it is brilliant. In the past couple of years, I seemed to have a lot more peach fuzz and some coarser hair on my neck. This has slowed growth down to the point where it has almost stopped, and I only occasionally have to pluck the odd hair rather than spend an hour every evening. It has given me my life back."

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  • Anonymous
  • April 2, 2012

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "I have had excess facial hair since I was 17. I was tweezing at least every other day before I discovered Vaniqa. I have been using Vaniqa for about 6 weeks and have noticed a big difference in the amount of facial hair that has grown back. I am now tweezing only a couple of times a week. This cream is pricey, but is well worth it! I wish I had discovered it years ago!"

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  • KayFTL
  • August 6, 2011

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "I have PCOS so I've been unfortunate enough to have the ugly facial hair situation. Mostly on my chin, and it's really coarse hair. My doctor put me on Vaniqa, and I have to say, after all these years of struggling with facial hair removers, waxes, creams, this is the best by far. I've only been on it probably around 2-3 weeks and I saw an immediate difference. Even without using a facial hair remover, it's cleared up my skin, the hair doesn't come back as quickly and it's really made a huge difference. Granted it is expensive. Hope this helps!"

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  • Mandy...
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • February 20, 2017

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "Having had extremely dark facial hair all my life and having tried just about everything on the market, I decided to give vaniqa a go. I was so unbelievably surprised to see a noticeable difference within 3 weeks! My hair growth had slowed down and some hair follicles looked faint compared to before. I've now been using it for 6 months and can honestly say that it's the best thing I've ever tried. From having to remove my facial hair every 3rd day, I can now go 2 full weeks without having to remove it. This has made me so much more confident about my face. I no longer feel like people are staring at my facial hair when talking to me. The hair growth has not only slowed down but in some areas, it hasn't come back. A God send!"

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  • FortL...
  • May 28, 2008

Vaniqa (eflornithine) "Works great for me. Only apply once per day because it is expensive and not covered by insurance. I am very light-skinned with light hair, but a few patches of ugly dark facial hair - chin, neck, etc. Need to pluck a few every now and then, but for the most part a huge difference. Maybe my imagination, but also notice my skin is tighter. I'll like it."

10 / 10
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