September 17, 2013

Vlog: Vaniqa

I posted the last video of my vlog series today:

As you know if you've been reading my blog, I'm now only shaving my chin, so overall I'm happy that laser hair removal has done something more tangible for me this time.  I've decided to try Vaniqa next, and most of the video shows me opening the package for the first time and learning how to use it.

Several factors went into the decision.  Though I have been resistant to Vaniqa in the past because it does not remove anything, these latest laser hair removal sessions have taught me that even small improvements in the day-to-day hair removal regimen are worth more than you'd imagine.  An article on The Hirsutism Hub clinched it for me; it talks about how satisfied the author is with her combination of electrolysis, androgen blockers, and Vaniqa.  (Read the article.)  So when I went for my annual check-up, I told my doctor I'd like to try it.  

For those who can't or don't want to view the video:

Vaniqa (eflorinthine 13.9% cream)

What it does:  "Vaniqa interferes with a natural component of the skin needed to promote hair growth."  Basically, it slows it down.

How much it cost:  $72 CAD for a 3g tube.  Ouch.

The laws of Vaniqa:
  • Apply a thin layer twice a day at least 8 hours apart.
  • Do not wash the area for 4 hours.
  • Wait at least 5 minutes after hair removal to apply.
  • Wait a few minutes for Vaniqa to absorb before using make-up, moisturizers, or sunscreen.
  • Wait 4-8 weeks for results.  If it has not helped in 6 months, stop using.
There's a lot of waiting involved.

Side effects:  Burning, stinging, tingling, redness, acne, folliculitis, serious allergic reactions rare

So far, I've noticed that a little goes a long way (thank goodness).  I need a dab smaller than a pea to cover the chin and neck.  It doesn't have a strong smell, and there's been no redness, but a little stinging after shaving, even if I wait more than 5 minutes.

It'll be a while before I notice anything, and the results may not be photographable, so I've ended the vlog series here and will talk about any changes I see with Vaniqa on the blog.  A warm welcome to all who have come here because of the videos, and I assure you I am not gone!  I will continue to answer questions and comments on the videos.



ANU said...

Hi Al,
Its been a long time that I wrote something here on your 'comment' section.. I was a bit too occupied in my studies.. so.. Anyways, I dont understand a simple fact, why is it so, when we are damn busy with something, we dont pay attention to anything else.. I mean.. Not even Hirsutism.. I have a lot of hair growth in the middle of my breast which seemed to be progressing upwards.. I did see a doctor and am on Diane.. Slowly and slowly I am adapting the way it is.. Afterall u cnt do anything about idiopathic hirsutism.. When I saw ur dress in this video, i was really really surprised to believe that u suffer from hirsutism.. U look soo hairfree and soo nice..

Allerleirah said...

Appearances are deceiving! :) People I've told have often been surprised I'm hirsute, too. Reducing the hair with medication and laser makes it much easier to hide the rest.

But yes, keeping busy and keeping your mind engaged and focused on other things can really take your mind off hirsutism and other stresses! It has helped me!