Patients often ask me to prescribe something to minimize facial hair. There are only a few products that provide any benefit. Aveeno Positively Smooth moisturizer with soy proteins says that it “helps you shave less often”. The company sponsored study included only 29 women.
Vaniqa, a prescription cream works to reduce hair regrowth. Users still need to continue a method of hair removal. Stopping treatment will result in recurrence after 8 weeks.
The article below, which appeared in the Wall Street Journal Health Page provides a good summary of the available topical reatments.
Laser hair removal, although more costly than either of the above, permanently reduces hair up to 80% after a series of treatments. Most patients are more satisfied with this option.