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#35838 - 09/09/06 03:54 AM My experience with Vaniqa
Khaleesi Offline


Registered: 09/08/06
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I've been very happy with Vaniqa. I think I have been on it about two years now, can't quite recall.
The background is that I have pcos. I was diagnosed at 15, I'm 29 now. I see a specialist and he's the one who prescribed vaniqa since I had unwanted hair on my face, mostly on the upper lip, sideburns, and chin area. I have pretty sensitive skin, so I was worried I wouldn't tolerate it well. However other than a mild burning for the first minute or so, I didn't have any trouble.
I did find that I didn't see a difference until I waxed all the hair and kept using the vaniqa - and it didn't grow back! I still use it to this day, and it's been effective at keeping nearly all the hair away, other than the occasional stray. I apply it twice a day.
The only potential complication is that occasionally it seems like I get odd little hairs in places that I didn't have them - such as the sides of my nose. But it is still a great improvement, and they aren't too bad.

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#35839 - 09/09/06 01:43 PM Re: My experience with Vaniqa
Arlene R. Batz, CPE Offline

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I see that you know that once you stop using the drug, the hair will return. Why would you want to take a drug twice a day if you can end your unwanted hair problems with electrolysis?

I see that the Vaniqa post was your first and only post here.

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#35840 - 09/09/06 05:03 PM Re: My experience with Vaniqa
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Vaniqa is expensive. A skilled electrologist can "end all the tail chasing" and there would be no continuing expense for the rest of your life. You wouldn't have to be a slave to a routine that requires you to smear it on your face twice a day.
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#35841 - 09/10/06 06:15 AM Re: My experience with Vaniqa
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Registered: 09/08/06
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Quote:

I see that you know that once you stop using the drug, the hair will return. Why would you want to take a drug twice a day if you can end your unwanted hair problems with electrolysis?

I see that the Vaniqa post was your first and only post here.




Hi,
I'm new here, thanks for noticing.
I don't work for some drug company, if that's what you were implying, I'm just a normal person with pcos.

Vaniqa is not a drug, it's a topical cream. Trust me, I wish it was permanent, but when you have pcos you do what you can to avoid the embarassment of facial hair. Haven't done much research on electrolysis - I did some laser hair removal in the past. Electrolysis is not an option I'm pursuing at this time, although it's certainly something I'd consider in the future, thanks for the suggestion.

I thought the tone of your reply was quite unfriendly. Is this how new people are welcomed here? I am not suggesting that Vaniqa is a cure-all, or even the "best" solution, just sharing my experience after a couple of years of use. Not every solution is perfect for everyone, and that includes laser, vaniqa, and electrolysis.

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#35842 - 09/10/06 10:56 AM Re: My experience with Vaniqa
James W. Walker VII Offline

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Welcome to the forum. Feel free to post your experiences.

As for what seemed like a chilly reception... ever get the feeling you have walked into a conversation in progress and you just don't know how far, and deep the thing has gone before you got there, but you really think you need someone to bring you up to speed so you know what is going on? Well, that is what you have here.

Smile, and don't take it personally.
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#35843 - 09/10/06 04:54 PM Re: My experience with Vaniqa
Khaleesi Offline


Registered: 09/08/06
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Thanks, James! I appreciate it

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#35844 - 09/11/06 12:22 AM Re: My experience with Vaniqa
James W. Walker VII Offline

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You are welcome. This is actually one of the most friendly places on the net. It just gets passionate some times.

I look forward to your continued participation.
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#40903 - 04/03/07 05:34 AM Re: My experience with Vaniqa [Re: James W. Walker VII]
alli Offline
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Registered: 11/05/06
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has anyone had luck with Vaniqa used under the chin? I have some dark but mostly blonde long hairs under my chin that I pluck some of just to make sure most are flowing the same way and not sticking out even more obviously, but I hate them. I also have some coarse blonde hairs on the upper chin that bug. I had luck years ago with vaniqa on my upper lip's brown hairs but don't remember much progress with the blonde chin hairs and they weren't half as bad back then.

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#48364 - 12/28/07 08:19 PM Re: My experience with Vaniqa [Re: alli]
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I use vaniqa and it works. I combine it with the electrolysis I have. I can now have a life. I think that there are situations in which you can combine Elec with vaniqa and situations in which you shouldnt. It really depends on the individual person and there is no ONE thing that you should tell someone to do.

I already know the cons of getting the electrolysis done whilst using vaniqa and i did do only electrolysis for 9 months but there was still ALOT of hair left and i was still crazy suicidal over it. So i decided to combine my electrolysis with vaniqa. Lifesaver (although I still get upset generally about the hair all over).

I believe that if you only have a small area to be treated like the upper lip then its probably better not to use vaniqa and just keep up with electrolysis, BUT if you have much a larger area like a full beard and neck and youre desperate for quick hair reduction then do use vaniqa together with electrolysis! There is no harm and I really do not think it costs you a lot more. In the UK especially, vaniqa is actually very cheap when you get it on prescription - I get two tubes for one prescription.

The reason why there is no harm is because there are still hairs that come through even using vaniqa - it only slows the growth of hair it doesnt actually prevent hair from growing (although it does feel like that as there are lots of bald patches). And it doesnt affect the follicles that have already been treated and destroyed by electrolysis. Im trying to get rid of the most stubborn hairs that continue to grow despite the topical. So its not like your wasting your electrolysis treatments and wasting money.

You would be wasting your money if you were having laser and using vaniqa = there would be no point in having laser then. Electrolysis is however different - it is hair by hair treatment not by the patch that can be seen!


And seriosuly if you think putting on a cream twice a day is being a slave to something then I think thats a very wrong way of putting it. It feels more slave like going to an appointment for years and years. On the day I have an electrolgist appointment it wastes at least 3 hours of my day (travelling, treatment time etc) and then another few hours wallowing about the redness etc. Not to mention having to grow the hair in the first place which is true hell esp if you want to have a life or you have a professional career. Sometimes Im couped up in my home for weeks cos I just want to grow all the hair out so i can have an electrolysis appointment!


The message is to just tailor your hair removal methods to what suits you best.

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#48367 - 12/28/07 11:28 PM Re: My experience with Vaniqa [Re: Nur]
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I think your approach to electrolysis is not exactly correct, so this way you will be going for years. What you should concentrate on is getting proper electrolysis treatments where ALL hair that needs to be gone is removed at EACH session. If you do that, there would be no use for Vaniqa. And if you're not doing this, electrolysis will take years for you to complete.

Please take a look at the electrolysis section of this forum and read on the fastest way to get results with electrolysis. You can be done in 9-18 months if you tackle the problem in the most efficient way possible. And that way, you won't need to spend hundreds of dollars on Vaniqa.

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