Hair Removal (cont.)
In this Article
- Hair removal methods
- Shaving unwanted hair
- Plucking unwanted hair
- Depilatory creams
- Hot waxing
- Laser hair removal
- Oral medications to inhibit hair growth
- Find a local Dermatologist in your town
Oral Drugs and Unwanted Hair
If none of these hair removal methods seem to address your particular problems, ask your doctor about oral drugs to inhibit hair growth. Spironolactone is a pill that may slow or reduce hair growth in areas that you don't want hair. It will not get rid of the hair on your scalp and may actually stimulate hair growth on the scalp.
Learn more about: Vaniqa
There is a topical cream called Vaniqa, approved by the FDA for the slowing of facial hair growth in women. This cream slows growth, but will not remove the hair. It is applied to the area twice a day. Once you stop using the cream, the hair will regrow.
WebMD Medical Reference
American Academy of Dermatology: "Laser hair removal."
American Academy of Dermatology: "Treating excess body hair could remedy a hairy situation."
FDA: "Removing Hair Safely."
Reviewed by Emmy M. Graber, MD on June 20, 2012
Last Editorial Review: 6/20/2012
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