You can see plethora of numbing brands on the shelves of a drug store. Furthermore, there are lots of local anesthetic products available on ecommerce sites like Amazon. Numbing products are formulated for reducing the pain and discomfort occurring in tattooing.

Like any skin application product, numbing products are available as gels, creams and sprays.

Here, we have reviewed the top tattoo numbing creams and sprays based on their reviews and ratings on several online platforms, social media outlets and e-commerce sites. Besides, we’ve explained the ingredients, directions to use and how these numbing products work.

Let’s check out which numbing gels, creams and sprays have made it to our list.

Top Numbing Creams for Tattoos in 2017:

Numbing cream is the most common type of local anesthetic product and is widely used for body modifications, piercing, and tattooing. The cream is used anywhere between 45 minutes and 1 hour before the process so that it is absorbed by the skin.

Here we have reviewed the best numbing creams for tattooing this year so far.

Dr. Numb:

Dr. Numb is a popular numbing cream and is recommended by tattoo artists and dermatologist alike. The cream contains 5% lidocaine and ensures the numbing duration of one hour or more. Whereas the cream is mostly used for tattoos, it is ideal for piercing, waxing and laser treatment.

Use Dr. Numb cream one hour before the tattooing and wrap the area with a plastic.

Numb Master:

Numb guarantees a numbing effect of one hour. Like Dr. Numb, Numb Master contains 5% of Lidocaine as its main anesthetic agent. Use the cream one hour prior to your tattooing.

Greencaine Numbing Cream:

Greencaine is packed with the goodness of aloe vera and jojoba oil, meaning that it promotes skin healing. The cream has 3 years of shelf life. Apart from tattooing and piercing, Greencaine is also used for minor irritations, burn and insect bites.

Top Numbing Gels for Tattoos in 2017:

There is a difference between numbing gel and numbing cream in terms of absorption and texture, although the function remains same. Numbing gel contains less or no oil and is a jellylike substance, unlike numbing creams. Most of the numbing gels are water based and look transparent. It is also believed that gels are absorbed by the skin faster than the creams.

Let’s check out the best numbing gels for tattoos:

Topicaine 5% Lidocaine Gel:

Topicaine is considered as one of the efficient numbing gels for tattooing. The gel contains 5% lidocaine and can be easily wiped off. It doesn’t interact with the tattoo process. You can also use it to reduce the pain of burns, cuts and skin irritations, in addition to the tattoos.


Hush is specially formulated to minimize the pain, skin irritation and redness. It is available in gel form and can keep the skin numb for an hour or more.

Its website claims that Hush is “specifically engineered for tattoos with both the client and artist in mind.”

Besides containing 4% lidocaine, the gel contains the mixture the herbs like green tea and aloe.


Topicaine is the topical anesthetic gel formulated for tattoos and laser treatments. It is a water based and non-translucent gel that won’t interfere with the tattoo ink. Use it nearly an hour before the process.

Top Numbing Sprays for Tattoos in 2017:

Numbing sprays are easier to use than numbing creams and gels as you don’t need to use your fingers to apply them. Just spray on the desired area before the tattooing. Icing on the cake is that you can use the spray over hard to reach area. The only downside is that they take it longer to set in while their effects are short lived.

Hush Tattoo Anesthetic Spray:

Hush is one of the leading manufacturers of anesthetic solutions including numbing sprays. Its numbing spray is considered best in the category. The spray contains 4% lidocaine and botanical extracts like aloe, menthol, green tea, comfrey root and chamomile for a soothing effect.  Good thing is that it is suitable for sensitive skin also. It guarantees a numbing effect lasting for 30-40 minutes.

Vasocaine Numbing Spray Painless Anesthetic Numb:

On the basis of the reviews and ratings on Amazon, we have reached on the conclusion that Vasocaine numbing spray guarantees long lasting numbing effect. It guarantees to work within 15 minutes of application. No prescription is needed. Vasocaine numbing spray contains 5% lidocaine.

Derma Numb Tattoo Anesthetic Spray:

Derma Numb Tattoo spray not only numbs that skin but also ensures skin healing, cell rejuvenation and relief. It contains the goodness of yarrow root and yucca glauca. It starts working within 90 seconds of application.

So these are the top numbing brands according to the users’ feedback on various platforms.

Which one is good for you?

Well, you can choose any brand that suits your budget, requirement and convenience.

However, make sure to read and follow the guidelines given on the pack to avoid complications or inefficiency. Talk to your doctor if you are sensitive to lidocaine or other ingredients used in a numbing brand.