Unwanted facial hair can cause real problems for women. It is completely natural for a woman to have hair on the upper lip, cheeks, chin or neck, however, if that hair becomes thicker and more visible over time, it can be a source of embarrassment – resulting in low self-esteem.

For those women wanting to rid their faces of visible hair, the first step should be to ensure that the hair growth does not relate to a significant medical issue. The appearance of more coarse facial hair may be attributed to raised androgen (male hormone) levels in the body, which is known as hirsutism. Among the most common causes of hirsutism is PCOS - polycystic ovarian syndrome - while more rare cases may include cancers of the adrenal gland, cushing syndrome or the use of drugs such as anabolic steroids.

Once these issues have been discounted, it is possible to seek treatment in the shape of specific medications. At Express Pharmacy, we recommend using Vaniqa (or eflornithine hydrochloride). Vaniqa works by slowing the growth of facial hair during the production cycle. By disrupting an enzyme in the follicle that is essential to its growth, Vaniqa use typically starts showing positive results as soon as 4-8 weeks after twice-daily treatment begins.

Whilst hair removal treatments such as Vaniqa are perfectly safe, there are still some persistent myths surrounding hair removal and hair removal products that may cause concern among women thinking of seeking treatment.

The most persistent is that removing facial hair will make it grow back faster. It's a piece of established wisdom that's as old as anyone can remember and has been accepted as truth for years. But, in reality, it's completely untrue. This particular old wives' tale seems to have it's roots in the shaving habits of teenage boys, with parents down the decades observing that their son would have a more quickly established and luxuriant moustache or beard as soon as they started shaving regularly.

Contrary to popular opinion however, this accelerated growth speed has nothing to do with the act of shaving or hair removal in general, and is in fact linked to the increasing and fluctuating levels of hormones. Body and facial hair grows at different rates for everybody, and unless you're increasing the levels of testosterone in your body there is no medical basis in the idea that removing hair will make it grow back at a greater rate.

Another common misconception is that removing facial hair can also make it grow back thicker. In fact the opposite can actually be true, with frequent hair removal through waxing encouraging follicles to grow back thinner and finer. Hair that has been cut by a razor may sometimes appear to be thicker as it grows back, but that is simply because hair tapers and the section of hair closer to the skin is thicker than the tips at the end of the hair's length.

As far as creams and treatments such as Vaniqa are concerned, however, there will be absolutely no change in the thickness of hair once it has grown back.

At Express Pharmacy, we believe that all women should have the choice of whether or not to deal with their facial hair without worrying about the consequences, especially when those consequences are just age-old fallacies.

Remove hair with confidence with Express Pharmacy and Vaniqa.