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.

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.

Medically reviewed by Norman Levine, MD; American Board of Dermatology


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 7/6/2015

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