Are you scheduled for a tattoo, laser hair removal or waxing in upcoming days? Well, it’s obvious that you must be worried about the pain and looking for the ways for pain relief. Numbing creams are the best to provide no pain effect within few minutes.
Most numbing creams available in the market contain lidocaine and prilocaine as active agents. Both these agents are local anesthetic which work by blocking nerve signals in your body. Lidocaine and prilocaine are combined in numbing creams to help you bear the pain during tattoo, laser hair removal, waxing, or other dermal procedures.
Here are top five numbing creams that contain lidocaine and prilocaine in the formulation to provide you the best results.
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Dr. Numb is one of the most popular and trusted numbing cream. It can be used before a laser hair removal, tattoo or piercing to provide you the instant effect. It is safe and FDA approved. This topical ointment contains 5% Lidocaine and prilocaine and comes with non-greasy gel. It works by obstructing the nerve conduction in the area where the cream is applied. This further leads to temporary loss of sensation, so you feel nothing when the needles are being punctured into the body or hair are being removed during waxing or laser hair removal session.
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EMLA cream is a local anesthetic, which works by blocking nerves from transmitting painful impulses to the brain. Each gram of EMLA (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream contains lidocaine 25 mg and prilocaine 25 mg. These two are the main ingredients that are used to numb areas that would otherwise feel pain. For minor dermal procedures, apply the cream on the skin surface for at least one hour. EMLA Cream is an OTC (Over the Counter) product, available in all pharmacies. But it’s better to consult a physician before applying on the affected areas.
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Topicaine is another widely distributed numbing gel across USA. The cream contains 4% Lidocaine, which makes it perfect for laser hair removal or tattoo session. Developed by ESBA Laboratories Inc., the cream’s non-oily formula and transparency don’t let it interact with the laser or the tattooing needle. So, it keeps your skin remain numb and comfortable. According to its manufacturers, the numbing effect lasts up to one hour. Since it is an OTC cream, you don’t need doctor’s prescription to use it. But it’s always better to consult your physician or tattoo artist before using it.
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LMX 5 is one of the popular numbing creams for laser hair removal, as well as, recommended by tattoo artists. It is manufactured by Ferndale Labs, which is known for its line of dermatology products. LMX 5 numbing gel has been formulated with ingredients like Lidocaine, Benzyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Myristate and Vitamin E Acetate. All these ingredients make it one of the best numbing creams. To get the better results, leave the cream on your skin as long as possible but not more than one hour. It is easily available at many drug stores and can be bought online.
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Dolocaine Cream is used for normal intact skin for local anesthesia. It provides the numbing effect to the skin area where it’s applied and helps relieve pain during the dermatological procedures. Dolocaine Cream contains lidocaine (2.5% W/W) and prilocaine (2.5% W/W) as active ingredients. These ingredients work by providing the dermal analgesia in the vicinity of pain receptors and nerve endings; stabilizing the neuronal membrane via suppressing the ionic fluxes.