Eflornithine is widely used in hair removal cream Vaniqa.

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Eflornithine creams
Introduction
There are several ways of getting rid of unwanted hair. People use different methods of hair removal. Eflornithine is a hair removing agent that is widely used in the hair removal cream Vaniqa, a hair growth retardant. The cream is applied around the lips or just under the chin. It works by blocking a natural substance in the hair follicle that is needed for hair to grow. According to data submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nearly 58% of women using eflornithine to remove facial hair reported improvement. But there are conflicting reports on whether it has any side effects. Some say this hair removing agent rarely has any, such as follicle irritation, itching, dryness or acne development. Other reports submitted to the FDA, however, deny this and list users who discontinued the use of this cream after the reactions they suffered.

Application tips
Eflornithine is simple to use. It comes as a hair removal cream that is applied on the skin twice a day. You need to wait for at least eight hours between two applications of the cream. Eflornithine should, however, be used only after consulting a doctor or pharmacist and in precisely the quantities that have been prescribed. You must also religiously follow the instructions given on the label.

The important thing to know about eflornithine is that while it slows hair growth it does not completely stop its growth. Moreover, it can take as long as four weeks, indeed sometimes even longer, for the full effect of this method to become visible. It does not give the instant results that shaving does or as chemical depilatories do. You must therefore continue using your current method of hair removal till eflornithine has done its full work. Be warned also that use of a hair removal cream should not be discontinued abruptly and without consulting a doctor. Doing so could cause the hair to grow just as it had been doing before the treatment was begun. The effect of eflornithine becomes visible within 6 months of application. In case there is no improvement, you should consult a doctor for a suitable alternative route to hair removal.

As we just said eflornithine is pretty simple to apply. You wash and dry the hirsute area, apply a thin layer of the cream on it, then rub it in so that it is fully absorbed. Application should be confined to the affected areas to ensure that it does not enter the eyes or mouth.

The treated area should not be washed for at least four hours after application; nor should the hair removal cream be applied on broken skin, as that could cause stinging or burning. You are also advised to leave a five-minute gap between the use of your current hair removal method and application of eflornithine. Wait for the cream to dry up, then apply a cosmetics or sunscreen lotion on the spot.

Precautions
You really can't be too careful when using eflornithine. The first thing to do is to find out whether you are allergic to eflornithine. Your doctor must also be informed of the non-prescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements and herbal products that you have been consuming. More so if you are pregnant or planning to have a baby.

Side effects
Eflornithine application can leave you with a stinging or burning sensation. You could experience a tingling of the skin that, in some cases, erupts in rashes. It could also swell up or redden, or you could develop acne. Should any of these symptoms show up you must immediately discontinue eflornithine use.

How to store
Eflornithine should be stored in a tightly corked up moisture-free container and kept out of the reach of children. The container's temperature should also not be excessively hot. Do not use medications beyond their expiry date.

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