Understanding the Ingredients of a Numbing Cream

July 24, 2017   925

What make numbing cream so powerful to reduce your pain? This is because of the ingredients that are listed here.Understanding the Ingredients of a Numbing Cream

Have you ever wondered how numbing creams dull your pain?

They contain anesthetic ingredients that dull the pain receptors beneath the skin so that they can’t send pain signals to the brain. Numbing creams are widely used in reducing pain and discomfort caused by tattooing, piercing and surgical incisions.

Here we have broken down the essential components used in numbing cream.


Lidocaine is the most used anesthetic in numbing creams, gels and injection shots. It is considered as a powerful numbing agent and can keep your skin numb for over an hour. Discovered in 1946, Lidocaine has been listed as “an essential medicine” by W.H.O. Besides being prescribed by a doctor, lidocaine is available as an OTC product.

The ideal percentage of lidocaine in numbing cream is 5%. Given that it is a water soluble agent, it is easily absorbed by the skin.


Benzocaine is another widely used local anesthetic in creams and gels. Besides being used in tattooing and piercing, it is recommended for easing the sensation in burning and mosquito bites. It is less efficient than lidocaine as it takes time to absorb into the skin and can’t keep skin numb for longer than the former. It delivers very mild numbing effect. This is why it is not somehow recommended for more intense and long dermal or surgical processes. It is good for post-surgical pain relief. It is also used for mucus membranes like gums, check or anus due to its mild numbing effect.


Also known as amethocaine, it is used to numb the eyes, nose or throat. One of its popular forms is available as eye drop used to numb the eyes for certain procedures.


It is a type of local anesthetic used for an epidermal or spinal block and dental procedures. Its anesthetic structure is similar to those of lidocaine, having onset and moderate duration of action. For an epidural or spinal block, Mepivacaine shot is injected into an area of your lower back near the spine. The injection is given by a medical professional in a hospital. In case of dental procedure, Mepivacaine is injected into the gum area inside the mouth at dental clinic. It is also available as topical ointment.

So there we have it: types of numbing ingredients or local anesthetic used in a numbing cream. Though they different, they are used for a solo purpose—to reduce pain and discomfort. These ingredients are either mixed with other agents or available as individual product.

However, you must choose the right one for your process. For example, you like to choose lidocaine for your larger tattoos to keep pain dull for longer. Use a mild numbing cream like benzocaine for mucus membranes. Always read the guidelines given on the pack. Consult your doctor if you are allergic to the above listed local anesthetics.




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