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[Top 10] We Found the Best Tattoo Numbing Cream

Almost everyone knows about tattoos. It’s not a new concept. It has been practiced since ages almost all over the world. Tattoos were used as marks of rank, status, bravery decorations, love pledges and others. But today, tattoos are symbols of art, cosmetic, religious, memorial, and even magic. Tattoo remains on mummies also prove the fact that it has a history. Japanese indigenous people, Ainu and Austroasians also had a tradition of facial tattoos. Tattooing has also been famous in the U.S. due to the Japanese and Polynesian tattoo amateurs.

Tattoos are done all over the body as per the person’s requirement or wish. It also requires skill to tattoo one’s body. Specialists were present earlier and are present even now to tattoo on bodies. Hence, it is very important to know exactly what it is made of. It is made of the outer layer of the skin using dyes, inks or pigments which can be temporary or non-erasable. It also changes the pigment of the skin.

Best Numbing Cream For Tattoos

The process of tattooing is quite painful. It requires a pigment to be placed into the dermal layer of skin. Once the pigment is injected, it spreads homogeneously through the dermal layer. During the healing process, epidermis, the upper damaged layer flakes away. After the healing, the tattoo remains permanently on the skin. Tattoos can be removed using laser treatments and are more painful than applying them. Some tattoos are temporary like Mehndi applied in India. Modern Mehndi uses papers which transfer the ink to the skin.

Traditional tattoo process was used by some tribal cultures which were done by cutting designs into the skin and then the wound was rubbed using ashes, ink, and other agents. This was quite painful.

Best Numbing Cream/Gel & SprayReview Score(Out of 10)Your Turn
HUSH Tattoo Numbing Gel
(Editor’s Choice)
Non-oily Numb Master
(People’s Choice)
Numb 520
Vasocaine Numbing Spray
(Best Numbing Spray)
Hustle Butter Deluxe
More Numb
Lidocaine Blue Gel Tattoo Numbing
Maximum/Extra Strength Numb

Modern tattoo process uses an electric machine and also use some numbing creams to alleviate the pain. They also have studios for such tattoos now and are maintained very clean to avoid any health risks associated with the process. Also, people are now trained and certified and use new techniques and designs to artistically complete their tattoo process.

Top 10 Skin Numbing Cream

The tattoo process is not only painful but can also cause allergic reactions and infection. Dermatologists have seen instant and delayed reactions to tattoos which are quite severe too. In amateur tattoos a lot of infections very possible like herpes, hepatitis, staph, HIV, tuberculosis, and tetanus. But nowadays, precautions are taken by professional tattooists to avoid such problems. Sterilizing the equipment before use is one of the most important precautions taken nowadays.

Since pain is inevitable during the tattooing process, alleviation of this pain is very important. There are many numbing creams available out in the market. Some of the best numbing creams are discussed down here.

1. HUSH Tattoo Numbing Gel

HUSH is a gel which was made keeping the clients and tattoo artists in mind. This is a very good pain relieving gel. It is supposed to be used before the tattoo sessions. It is made of aloe vera and other botanicals. It helps in reducing the redness of the skin and inflammation.

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Effectiveness – It helps in speedy healing of the skin and very safe to use even on sensitive skins. This gel can also be used before performing any broken skin procedures. This includes piercings and tattoo removals. This gel does not affect color ink. The best part of this gel is that it does not need a prescription and is paraben and epinephrine-free.

How to use HUSH anaesthetic – Tattoo numbing gel?

  • Apply the gel thickly on the part of the body where you are going to tattoo on. Now spread the gel lightly but ensure you do not rub it. Rubbing may lead to evaporation of the gel.
  • Now wrap the tattooing area with a plastic and let it absorb the gel for an hour. After an hour, remove the plastic wrap. Prepare your skin for the most awaited tattoo session but without pain. Use a foam soap to clean the gel after the tattoo session.
  • The gel can stay up to two hours after removal of the plastic wrap. So you have the whole two hours for your artwork to finish.

2. UberNumb: 5% Lidocaine Topical Anesthetic Cream

This is also one of the best tattoo numbing cream in the market. It is a local anesthetic mainly used to relieve temporary local pains and problems related to anorectal disorders. Lidocaine HCI is the main active ingredient of this cream which penetrates deep into epidermal and dermis layer where the pain receptors reside.

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Effectiveness – It is very effective in relieving local pains and anorectal disorder discomforts.

How to use UberNumb?

Using warm water and a mild soap, clean the area affected. Rinse properly. Dry using a soft cloth or toilet tissue. Externally apply the cream six times a day.

Warnings: First of all this cream is only for external use and cannot be used internally. Secondly, do not use more than the recommended dosage per day unless prescribed by the doctor. Thirdly, it should not be used inside the rectum through any device or fingers. Lastly, consult the physician if using for children below the age of 12 and keep it out of reach of children.

You should not use this cream if – the symptoms get worse or do not better within seven days of using. Also, if bleeding, irritation, redness, pain or swelling occurs, you should stop using this cream immediately.

3. Clinical Resolution Non-oily Numb Master

This is a Lidocaine based cream. It is non-oily. Facial cleanser and water are sufficient to remove the cream. It is used for cosmetic skin procedures like tattooing and needling. Lidocaine ensures the numbing process through penetration to the pain receptors. It is also used to relieve any discomfort caused due to anorectal inflammation.

Numb Master

Effectiveness – Long hours of effect means 1 hour in case of this cream. The effect is initiated within 25 minutes of application. For better results, post application wraps it with a plastic.

How to use Clinical Resolution Non-oily Numb Master Cream?

Consult a doctor for application on children below 12 years.

For adults – clean the affected area with a mild soap and warm water. Pat dry with a soft cloth or tissue. Apply on the affected area up to 6 times in a day.

4. Numb 520 (1.35oz / 38g) 5% Lidocaine

This is a very active cream which works fast and is very strong. It provides numbing effect within 2-3 minutes of applying. It is made by liposome which encapsulates Lidocaine. It is a OTC drug.

Numb 520

Effectiveness – the numbing effect starts within 3 minutes of application and stays as long as 1 hour since the peak time of numbing effect.

How to use Numb 520?

  • First of all, clean the skin and exfoliate it lightly. Some skins may be allergic when exfoliated so exfoliation is optional. Apply the cream layer of medium thickness. Leave it on for 22 minutes. A liposome is also included in the package which helps in quicker activation.
  • Before tattooing, clean the cream with a baby wipe. Disinfect the area of treatment with alcohol pads. Subdivide the treatment area and apply the treatment solutions into one of the sections where you prefer to start tattooing.
  • Microneedle the first subsection to create some microchannels. You can apply more solutions as required. Massage the solutions gently to let the microchannels absorb the same. Now repeat the process to other subsections.

The numbing effect will start within 22 minutes as already discussed above. So you can wipe the solution now.

5. Vasocaine Numbing Spray Painless Anesthetic Numb

This is a numbing spray. It is an anesthetic like other creams and gels available in the market. This is available to professional users only. It can relieve anorectal disorders and used during other cosmetic procedures except for the eyeliner. The vascular constrictor in this spray helps reduce bleeding and swelling.

Vasocaine Numbing Spray

It is a secondary anesthetic used during procedures. Even on open skin contact, it does not burn. It acts fast and is powerful. It should be used for external purposes only. It is used during piercing, tattooing and broken skin procedures.

Effectiveness – it works within 90 seconds of spraying. It is very effective for broken skin.

How to use Vasocaine Numbing Spray Painless Anesthetic Numb?

  • During procedures, where strong anesthetics are required, just spray and let it sit for 90 seconds. Then you can continue your procedure hassle free.
  • If you are tattooing, remove the spray properly before the process. You can use it during tattooing and this does not affect the healing process of tattooed area.

Warning – Avoid contact with eyes. Do not swallow. If swallowed then seek medical attention quickly.

6. Hustle Butter Deluxe: Tattoo Butter (Natural Skin Numbing Cream)

One of the most luxurious tattoo care products loved by both tattoo artists and their clients all over the world. It can be used at every stage of the tattooing process – helps to prepare the skin for tattooing process, gives a good glide during the process and also helps in healing the tattoo area just like daily moisturizer post the process.

Tattoo Butter

Effectiveness –  it is paraben and petroleum free so it does not build up and clog tubes, unlike other creams it does not remove the stencils, helps to keep the skin workable – whites and yellows go in at the first time, highlights need not be overworked and colors go in very easily.  It is also effective in reducing the swelling, bleeding, and redness upon contact. Also, healing starts immediately after applying.

How to use Hustle Butter Deluxe?

It can apply as required, be it before or during the process. It also needs to be used after the process to promote healing of the skin. Also, after healing it can be used as a moisturizer.

7. Tattoo Cream Numbing Cream More Numb 2-3 Hours

This is one tattoo cream which provides numbness of skin for around 3 hours which means you can get bigger and bigger tattoos done on your body without pain. It numbs the skin completely, so you do not feel the pain during the whole tattoo session. You can apply repeatedly for staying numb long hours. This cream can be used before tattoo sessions, body piercing sessions, hair or tattoo removal laser, and hair removal wax.

Tattoo Numbing Cream

Effectiveness – it needs to apply only 25 minutes prior to the tattoo session. It is good even for sensitive skin. It does not require many movements to apply and gives good results. Every needle puncture increases the relief from pain. The cream stays on the skin for up to 3 hours depending on the location of the body and the skin type.

How to use Tattoo Numbing Cream More Numb 2-3 Hours?

Wash the area where you want to laser treatment or tattoo using soap and water. Pat dry. Apply a thick layer of the cream and rub well. Apply up to 2-3 mm in thickness and wrap it with a plastic. The cream gets activated within 25 minutes of application. Apply the cream 2 hours ahead of the tattoo process. Remove the cream through the normal cleansing process, else it will affect the tattoo. You can apply the tattoo immediately after cleaning the cream.

If you have long procedures, then apply on large areas and remove the cream in portions as the process progresses.

8. TOPICAINE 5 – Lidocaine Anesthetic Anorectal Numbing Gel

This is an anesthetic gel. It contains 5% Lidocaine which has the ability to penetrate the skin and soothe it. This is an over-the-counter numbing gel. It is used for anorectal discomfort and pain and numbs the skin immediately after applying. It should be used only for external application. You can check with a nurse or physician to see if the gel will serve your purpose.

Numbing Gel

Effectiveness – It numbs the skin soon after the application. This is due to the active ingredient Lidocaine which penetrates the skin to the pain receptors and reduces the pain. Where the skin is a bit thick, it will take the time to penetrate, else sensitive areas receive instant numbing.

The numbing stays for twice as long as you keep it applied. For example, if you apply the gel and leave it for 1 hour, then the numbing remains for 2 hours.

How to use Topicaine 5?

Clean the area of application. Apply a medium thick layer of gel over the affected area. Too thin or too thick layers may either not work or provide adverse effects on the skin accordingly. It should not be used on large areas of the body.

9. Lidocaine Blue Gel Tattoo Numbing Topical Anesthetic Cream Gel

This is an anesthetic gel. It tightens the vessels and reduces bleeding and swelling during procedures. It is safe to use this gel and can be used during all broken skin procedures. It is supposed to be used after the procedures.

Lidocaine Blue Gel Tattoo Numbing

Effectiveness – it is effective only on the broken skin and not on tight skin. It can be used after tattoo process, during permanent makeup and other sensitive procedures. It keeps the skin numb for 2 hours.

How to use Lidocaine Blue Gel Tattoo Numbing Topical Anesthetic Cream Gel?

Always use gloves to apply the cream gel. For painful procedures, this product can be used to continue the numbness of the broken skin. Use an applicator to apply the gel on the area where you have to carry on the procedure. Wrap with a plastic and sit for about 5 minutes or until the numbness occurs. Clean it off before the procedure. For continued effect use Vasocaine or SJ3.

Warning – do not swallow the product or bring it in contact with eyes. It should not be used – if you are pregnant, if you have allergies to any ingredient mentioned on the product, and if you have suffered from some serious liver diseases.

10. Tattoo Numbing Cream – Maximum/Extra Strength Numb

This is a superior product which is better than Lidocaine products available in the market. This is mainly due to the NatureCaine ingredient which is a mixture of many natural numbing agents. This ingredient reduces pain and reduces the recovery time significantly. The natural ingredients help in reducing bleeding, swelling, and infection. It also tones the skin for easier tattooing. Propolis, a recovery agent, is a must have for tattoo recovery and is present in this cream. It also contains Lidocaine as per FDA regulations. It is also very economical as compared to other tattoo numbing creams.

Healing Tattoo Pain Killer

Effectiveness – it relieves up to 75% of the long-term pain. It should be applied just 10 minutes prior to the tattoo. It also promotes faster and healthy recovery of the skin. It also protects the skin from infection.

How to use Tattoo Numbing Cream – Maximum/Extra Strength Numb?

Clean the area where you want to tattoo. Apply the cream in thick layers. Massage until the skin absorbs the cream. Repeat the process until you get the required numbness up to around 6 layers. Cover it with a plastic wrap for better absorption. Tattoo after some time. You can use the spray once the process has begun as you cannot reapply during the process.

Final Conclusion:

These are the best numbing creams available in the market. Only 2-3 creams/gels are prescription based. Rest of them are all OTC creams/gels. Be it OTC or prescribed, it is always better to be cautioned while using them.

There are more creams/gels available in the market. However, they are not as good as the ones mentioned here. Whether you are looking out for normal tattooing or any other cosmetic procedures or piercing, for a painless tattooing procedure, it is always advisable to choose the best numbing cream available.

So are you planning to tattoo today? Just go for one of the above creams/gels and experience a painless tattoo session. Happy tattooing. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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