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What medications are available to remove facial hair?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you want to remove unwanted facial hair, your doctor may prescribe a topical cream containing eflornithine, a chemical that blocks substances in the hair follicle needed for the hair to grow. When applied as directed by your doctor (usually twice a day) to areas of unwanted hair growth, the facial hair gradually becomes softer and lighter and less visible. Side effects of eflornithine may include skin irritation and acne, and you should alert your doctor if you experience them. In some cases, a doctor may prescribe oral medications that block the effects of male hormones in the body, alone or in conjunction with use of oral contraceptives. Talk to your doctor for more information about removing unwanted facial hair.

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