Things to Consider When Using Numbing Cream

June 03, 2016   631

Pain is one of the prime factors why many people refrain from getting tattooed. People may have the desire to wear a tattoo but often the associated pain of being inked is what keeps them away from a tattoo artist’s desk. This is a primary reason why numbing creams and gels have become so popular in the tattoo word. With numbing creams, the skin becomes receptive to pain and the tattoo artist can go about doing their job freely.

Things to Consider When Using Numbing Cream

The basic idea of applying numbing cream before tattooing is to numb the area where the inking procedure will be carried out. There are some tattoo artists and tattoo studios that discourage the use of numbing creams believing that numbing cream affects the quality and healing time of a tattoo. Most tattoo artists and tattoo shops however encourage the use of numbing creams and endorse a host of topical numbing medications. These artists endorse water based numbing creams which do not have any effect on the quality and the healing time of a tattoo.

Using a topical numbing cream/gel is as simply as applying any other cream. It is vital however to be informed about its use and its side effects and safety before using. The numbing cream you’re using should be useful in helping you achieve a painless procedure. Generally, numbing creams are safe and approved by government agencies. Using approved numbing cream ensures you will not have any kind of side effects (unless you’re allergic) and the tattoo will respond well.

There is no hard and fast rule as to where you can use the numbing cream, but tattoo artists largely recommend numbing cream when tattoo procedure is carried out on the collar bone, face, behind the neck, in the groin area, on knuckles, toes or even on the ankles.

How does it work?

Numbing creams contain Lidocaine – a local anesthetic, which stops the pain signals emitted by the nerve ending from reaching to the brain. 

The numbing cream prevents pain from tattooing by creating a sort of chemical barrier that greatly improves your comfort level during the tattooing procedure.

Most numbing creams are made to be applied before the tattooing procedure begins, but there are some numbing creams which can be applied during the procedure.

Using a numbing cream

  • Chose the right numbing cream for your body. You can be allergic to a some ingredient in the numbing cream so chose cautiously
  • Before applying the numbing cream, wash the area thoroughly with soap
  • Apply the numbing cream after drying up the washed area and wait for a few minutes (time depends on the cream you’re using) before the skin is numb

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