From my personal experience, I can say that waxing is painful and causes discomfort. It can be bearable for some people while can produce a hell like pain for others. But going through the pain is sure for both type of people.

However, you can bring down the pain and discomfort occurring in the waxing by using a numbing cream. A numbing cream is the topical anesthetic that dulls the pain receptors so that they can’t send a signal to the brain.

But that doesn’t mean you pick any numbing cream randomly. Not all numbing creams are same. This is because some numbing creams’ effect doesn’t match to the long process of the waxing.

Don’t worry!

Here I have listed tired and tested numbing creams that are really useful for waxing at home.

Dr. Numb:

Dr. Numb is the most recommended topical anesthetic brand across the world for waxing, tattooing, piercing and minor incisions. It contains 5% lidocaine and keeps your skin numb for over an hour. Dr. Numb is approved by FDA, besides being certified by Health Canada. It indicates that the cream is safe for the health. Although the cream is widely used for tattoos, it is efficient for hair waxing due to its powerful numbing formula. The numbing cream is very simple to use and doesn’t react with your skin.


Hush is an FDA approved topical anesthetic product that is proven to reduce pain in tattooing, piercing and waxing. It is USA made product and is recommended by some big tattoo studios in the nation. It is equally beneficial for the people undergoing hair waxing at the home. You will love to know that HUSH is not tested on animals. It is a non-oily and clear gel that contains several herbs like aloe vera. It is 4% lidocaine topical anesthetic product.

No Scream Cream:

Name sounds quite attractive! Let’s see if the cream does justice to its title.

No Scream Cream belongs to the lineup of products owned by Deborah Merhar, a licensed aesthetician and waxing expert.

Not only this cream is idle for waxing, but also compatible for laser treatments due to its 20% benzocaine. Good thing is that it fits into budget.

Its key ingredients, as mentioned on the pack, include Benzocaine 20%, Glyceryl stearate SE, imidurea, methylparaben, PEG-8, PEG-75, petrolatum, propylene glycol, propyl paraben, sodium lauryl sulfate, stearic acid, stearyl alcohol, trolmine, and purified water.

Make sure to place the layer of the cream on the skin, instead of rubbing it briskly.

GiGiHonee Anesthetic Numbing Spray:

The great thing about the numbing spray is that you don’t need to rub them on the skin with your hands. Just spray them and the job is done. GiGiHonee anesthetic numbing spray is the reliable brand in numbing spray category. It contains 4% lidocaine. However, the spray doesn’t work immediately.

Lidocaine Plus:

Lidocaine Pluscontains aloe vera extracts and a water soluble base. It has 4% lidocaine hydrochloride, making it an efficient numbing solution. Despite being not so effective, the cream can deliver the results. The cream guarantees a numbing effect lasting for nearly an hour. The aloe vera extracts in the cream sooth the skin with its cooling effect.


Topicaine contains 4% lidocaine, meaning that it goes well with laser hair removal and waxing at home. The cream is non-sticky and smells good.

Make sure to follow the instructions given on the pack.

So, these are my pick of the best and efficient numbing creams available in the market. Choose the one that goes best with your requirement and budget. Whatever cream you choose, make sure to follow the instructions given on the pack. Some of the general instructions to use a numbing cream for waxing are:

  • Wash the skin area with soap and water and pat it dry
  • Apply the thick layers of a numbing cream.
  • Rub the layers so that they absorb into the skin
  • Wait for 1 hour so that your skin can achieve numbness