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Hair Removal (cont.)

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Do any prescription medications or products stop hair growth?

There is a prescription medication, eflornithine cream (Vaniqa), that inhibits hair growth by inhibiting an enzyme in the hair follicle that is required for hair growth. This does not result in a permanent hair removal since after the medication is no long applied the enzyme reestablishes hair growth. Of note, many prescription medications for illnesses and conditions can affect the growth of hair as side effects.

Which hair-removal method provides the longest lasting results?

Epilating methods are the only techniques likely to produce long-term permanent results. Those are electrolysis and laser hair treatment.


Fernandez, Alexandra A., Katlein França, Anna H. Chacon, and Keyvan Nouri. "From flint razors to lasers: a timeline of hair removal methods." Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology 12 (2013): 153-162.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/13/2016


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