Do you know how numbing creams are different from numbing gels? Or why numbing spray are better than numbing ointment? Find out your answers here.

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When it comes to reducing or dulling pain occurred in tattooing, piercing or vaccination, many people count on topical anesthetic.

Topical anesthetic dulls the pain receptors located beneath the skin. This way, the pain receptors are not able to send pain signals to the brain.

Topical anesthetics are available as gel, cream and spray. Have you ever thought the difference between these forms of topical anesthetic?

While all numbing forms do the same job, they are different from each other in terms of formulation and efficiency. This is why it is important to learn about how each form works.

Here we have rounded up each form of topical anaesthetic along with their functionality.

Numbing Cream:

Numbing cream is the most common form of topical anesthetic. Just like any ordinary skin cream, it is applied to the skin.They are widely used for a range of dermal processes like piercing, tattoos, body art and minor surgeries. A numbing cream is generally used 40-45 minutes before the process. It keeps your skin numb for 1-2 hours. Some of the popular numbing cream brands are Dr. Numb, Hush, Greencaine and Topicaine.

Numbing Gel:

Many people think gel and cream are the same things. Actually they are not.

From absorption, locking effect to textures, both local anesthetic products are different from each other. But the function remains same.

Numbing gel has a jellylike substance without oil, unlike numbing creams. Many numbing gels are water based and look transparent. They are said to be absorbed by the skin much faster than the creams. Plus, numbing gel won’t leave residue on the skin.

Numbing Ointment:

Numbing ointment is a greasy substance and is different from numbing cream and gel regarding the purpose of use. Most ointments are used on the skin after the process. They protect the wound from infection and deliver cool and calming effect.

Numbing Spray:

Numbing sprays come in an aerosol can and store the numbing content in air compressed form within them.

Given that the numbing content is tightly compressed, it releases in the form of mists or tiny drops on your skin. (Think about your perfume bottle.)

It is easy to use without requiring you to use your fingers, unlike numbing creams or gels. Just spray it on the skin patch!

So these were some commonly used forms of topical anesthetic to choose from. Whatever you choose, make sure to choose the right one. Here’s how…

Check the Ingredients:

Make sure to check the ingredients of numbing cream. For example, lidocaine is the main numbing agent widely used in many topical anesthetics. It can keep your skin numb for 2 hours.  Benzocaine is also a popular numbing agent which is an ester based topical anesthetic. It is good for mucus membranes like lips, gums and rectum portion.

Check if the Cream is certified:

Some numbing creams are approved by the drug regulatory body of the nation. For example, Dr. Numb is approved by FDA and Health Canada. It will give you an extra assurance that the product is safe for health.

Know the User’s Reviews:

Checking the user’s reviews will give you an idea about the efficiency of the cream. You can check the reviews on its websites and social media profiles. However, it is better to check reviews at ecommerce platform like Amazon. Besides, you can ask your dermatologist which topical anesthetic is good.