Monday, November 23, 2009
Around 22% of women in North America have unwanted facial hair. Other commonly treated areas include armpits, arms, and legs, as well chest and back areas in men. The market for hair reduction in this country exceeds 2 billion dollars, annually. Laser hair removal came onto the hair reduction scene in mid 1990's, pushing aside older techniques including shaving, waxing, depilatory creams, and electrolysis. The older techniques are fraught with numerous downsides, such as pain, dermatitis, hyper and hypopigmentation, and inefficiency. Of note, ornithine (Vaniqa) became approved in 2000 as the first topical cream for hair removal. Results with this cream are variable.
Laser hair removal's goal is permanent hair reduction. According to the FDA, permanent hair reduction is defined as reduction of hair density for a period of time equal to one full growth cycle of hair. Of note, there is no treatment available that provides permanent complete hair removal.
In order to understand how laser hair reduction works, it is important to understand the anatomy and growth cycle of your hair follicles. The hair is composed of a bulb, a stem, an isthmus, and an infundibulum, the infundibulum being the portion of the hair past the skin which we can see. The hair has three growth phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen. During anagen, melanin is produced by the bulb, a dark pigment that is transported up the follicle. This is known as the "growth phase" of the hair. During catagen phase, the bulb degenerates and stops producing melanin. Telogen is the phase of resting for the follicle: the bulb is no longer present. At the end of telogen the follicle comes off and then a new anagen phase starts.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Is there a safe alternative to Vaniqa cream for women wanting to do something about unwanted facial hair?
Yes there is! In fact, this alternative to Vaniqa was on the market some years before Vaniqa was finally approved by the FDA (Food And Drug Administration) for public distribution on prescription in the year 2000.
In the early 1990's a lesser known company operating near Toronto in Canada by the name of Nisim International was carrying out extensive research in its laboratories for a natural herbal solution to hair loss.
In 1993 they released the NewHair Biofactors range which consisted of deep cleansing shampoos and a hair growth stimulator made from natural herbs. It received a positive write up in the Medical Post of 1993 and the article listed some impressive success results from the clinical trials. (See www.4-hair-loss-solutions.com/baldness-medical-post.html for the full text of the article)
In the course of this research the folks at Nisim stumbled on a way to not only stop hair loss and get hair to regrow, they also found a way to stop unwanted hair from growing by interrupting the mechanism for hair growth in the hair follicle.
This led to the release of Kalo Hair Growth Inhibitor in 1997, some years before Vaniqa arrived on the scene.
There are some main differences between this alternative to Vaniqa and Vaniqa cream. For one thing, Kalo can be used by men, women and children whereas Vaniqa is only for women and girls under the age of 12 are recommended not to use it.
Vaniqa is available on prescription only, Kalo is a non-prescription hair growth inhibitor.
Some may raise a question over Kalo being a viable alternative to Vaniqa because it is not FDA approved. While that is true it is important to understand the process of FDA approval.
Vaniqa was brought to the market by two powerful giants in the personal care industry, Bristol-Myer Squibb and The Gillette Company. Will millions of dollars available they put up the necessary funding to get Vaniqa through the many years of tests and trials necessary before the FDA gives approval.
The final clinical trial results showed that 58% of women who used Vaniqa found a reduction in hair growth. That means a fairly large percentage did not see any difference.
The alternative to Vaniqa, Kalo, is produced by a small company without the massive resources available to the major pharmaceuticals. They also rely on word of mouth instead of pouring large sums into advertising. As a result, Kalo has grown in popularity and since the appearance of Vaniqa on the personal care scene, it has proven to be a viable non-prescription alternative to Vaniqa cream.
As with Vaniqa, Kalo doesn't work for everyone. That's why the company offers a money back guarantee. Given the rate of returns and refunds however, no more than about 1%, it is evident the majority of users are satisfied to a degree.
Finding an ideal method of facial hair removal is a matter of experimentation for many women before settling on the method that suits their pocket, skin sensitivity and lifestyle.
Combining the use of Vaniqa cream, or an alternative to Vaniqa such as Kalo, has helped thousands of women make facial hair removal sessions much easier and more convenient!
You can buy Vaniqa easily these days from a number of online sources. However, it pays to be cautious, especially when purchasing prescription drugs over the internet, given the number of unscrupulous vendors operating under what appear to be quite professional pharmaceutical web sites.
Before you buy Vaniqa it is important to realize that although this cream merely inhibits the growth of facial hair, it is a prescription drug. Vaniqa is the brand name for Eflornithine Hydrochloride 13.9%. Eflornithine was originally manufactured to combat malignant cancer and later was found effective against African sleeping sickness. A side effect was observed, namely, hair loss.
This aspect of the drug was utilized by Bristol-Myer Squibb and The Gillette Company to inhibit the growth of facial hair. After many years of testing and clinical trials, it was put on the market as a prescription cream in the year 2000 with FDA approval.
So when you buy Vaniqa or any prescription drug, for your own safety, it should be done under the supervision of a qualified, licensed medical practitioner. The internet however has changed the way some prescription drugs can be obtained.
Some web sites may give the appearance of being a professional pharmacy and offer prescription drugs at greatly reduced prices. However, the FDA warns against obtaining prescription drugs from unqualified sources.
For one thing, the drug may not be genuine.
Secondly, it could be prescribed to individuals with other health complications and cause harm.
The American Medical Association advises against buying prescription items from web sites that merely require the user to fill out an online form. This does not meet the standard requirements of medical care.
A face-to-face consultation with a qualified medical practitioner is recommended who can then give a prescription based on a thorough knowledge and understanding of the patient. The patient can then go online to a licensed pharmacy and submit the prescription information.
Only a small number of online pharmacies are registered and licensed with the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Site. This program comes under the supervision of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy and they have a web site if you wish to check out more information: www.nabp.net/vipps.
True, when you buy Vaniqa it is not like purchasing some prescription drugs which carry severe side effects. Vaniqa's side effects are quite minimal. Some women who used Vaniqa just reported skin irritation and redness.
Pregnant & Nursing Women
Nevertheless, there is insufficient data to suggest Vaniqa can be used without side effects on pregnant or nursing women. Also females suffering from severe cases of inflammatory acne need to be cautious. Additionally, females under 12 years of age are recommended not to use Vaniqa.
Whether you buy Vaniqa or any prescription item online, make sure you do research on the company first. Check out their web site, follow links on their home page that give details of the company, whether they have 24 hour qualified staff answering questions, and whether they are licensed to dispense prescription drugs. You can also check whether they are registered with the VIPPS (see note above).
So when you are ready to buy Vaniqa online, price is not the only qualifying factor. Make sure you are dealing with a reputable, licensed online pharmacy. The resource box below gives further information on where to buy Vaniqa safely online.