Here we have answered some frequently asked questions about tattoonumbing cream.

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Many people use numbing cream to make their tattooing less painful. The cream is a topical anesthetic which dulls the pain receptors that carry pain signals to the brain. This way, you don’t feel pain or sensation throughout the process. Apart from tattooing, numbing cream is used for piercing, waxing, surgical incisions and other skin processes.

However, there must be some questions in your mind regarding a numbing cream, especially if you are a new customer.

Here we have rounded up such questions about numbing cream that we frequently receive from our readers.

How Does Numbing Cream Work?

This is one of the most asked questions about numbing cream. Well, it is no magic. A numbing cream contains topical anesthetic that dulls your pain receptors so that you can’t feel anything happening to your skin.

Which Numbing Cream is best for Tattooing?

Given the plenty of numbing creams in the market, it is not always easy to choose the one. Some numbing creams deliver mild effect which doesn’t match the intensity of tattooing. You should choose the one which is especially made for tattooing. A right numbing cream contains lidocaine in 5% which keeps you skin numb for 2 hours. Some of the most popular numbing cream brands for tattooing are Dr. Numb, Topicaine and Hush.

How Long Does the Cream Work?

A right numbing cream keeps you skin numb for 1-2 hours. During this time frame, you won’t feel pain or discomfort. However, you may feel the slight sensation or vibration caused by the tattooing machine over your skin.

Does Leaving the Cream for Longer Increase the Numbing Effect?

No. The cream will keep your skin numb for maximum 1-2 hours based on its strength. The numbing effect remains on the peak during this time period. After that, it starts fading which makes you feel the skin.

However, wearing numbing cream for longer can also trigger side effects. So, put the cream for the time period as mentioned on the pack.

Should I Tell My Tattoo Artist About the Usage of Numbing Cream?

It is important as a tattoo artist may use his own numbing cream which costs may be added to the bill. Besides, you may have to wait for another one hour if he applies his own cream to your skin. Some artists decline on the basis of not using the cream.

Should I Wear Gloves While Applying the Cream to the Skin?

Yes. This is because touching the numbing cream will numb your fingers. See if your tattoo artist has worn the gloves as tattooing can’t be done appropriately with numb fingers.

Does It Make Sense to Check Ingredients?

Reading the ingredients will give you an idea about the efficiency of numbing cream. Generally, a numbing cream contains Lidocine, which is the main numbing agent. Apart from that, a numbing cream may contain Benzocaine, an ester based topical anesthetic. Make sure your numbing cream has the good percentage of Lidocaine, which is not less than 5%.

Water Based or Glycerin Based—which is the Best?

Water based cream goes well as it doesn’t interact with the inking of tattooing. Greasy cream, on the other hand, may affect the movement of the ink over your skin surface.