Vaniqa is a topical prescription cream that is FDA-approved to reduce unwanted facial hair. Vaniqa works during the growth stage of the hair cycle by interfering with an enzyme in the follicle necessary for hair to grow. This results in slower growth and improved appearance where applied.

Vaniqa Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

avg. recovery
0 days
$150 - $210

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 07.27.2021

Vaniqa is available by prescription to reduce unwanted facial hair in women. Unlike chemical depilatory creams which dissolve the hair follicle structure, Vaniqa helps to slow down hair growth and needs to be used in conjunction with other hair removal processes such as shaving or tweezing. Vaniqa is typically applied twice daily with at least 8 hours between each application. Vaniqa is only indicated for use on the face and chin. Do not apply the cream on other areas of the body. Before using the product, remove any unwanted facial hair using your preferred method of hair removal. Be sure to wait at least 5 minutes between shaving or tweezing before applying Vaniqa. Wash hands before and after use. Apply a thin layer of cream to areas with unwanted facial hair, completely rub in the product and leave on for 4 hours. Once the medicine dries, cosmetics and sunscreen can be applied as normal. Only use Vaniqa as directed.

The goal of Vaniqa is to slow down the growth rate of facial hair in women.


Vaniqa addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

No recovery needed.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for Vanqia is female and is experiencing unwanted hair growth on the face.

Not Recommended For

Vaniqa is not recommended for use in children younger than 12 years.

Side Effects

Side effects of Vaniqa may include temporary redness, stinging, burning, tingling, or rash on areas of the skin where it is applied. Folliculitis (hair bumps) may also occur.


  • thins hair
  • slows hair growth


  • only for the face
  • does not remove hair

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