13 Best Tattoo Numbing Creams, Gels & Sprays |
How to Apply Tattoo Numbing Cream Guide
Let’s be honest: no matter where you’re getting a tattoo, it comes with lots and lots of pain…but luckily, numbing creams can easily solve your problem and offer you a pain relief with anti-inflammatory effects. In our article, you are guaranteed to find all the information you need on how to choose the perfect tattoo numbing cream for you, whether you have sensitive skin or would like to choose a product that contains natural, soothing ingredients. Have more questions about the effects, ingredients and lasting time? Keep on reading!
13 Best Numbing Creams, Gels and Sprays For Tattoos
With a 5% lidocaine formula, the Numb Master cream is one of the strongest over the counter numbing creams that work not only for tatttos, but also for injections, laser hair removal, cosmetic procedures and waxing. With its formula, it offers a quick, localized treatment and pain relief. Numb Master works by blocking the neuron impulse channels associated with the sodium ion, preventing signals reaching the brain.
How to use: After applying a thin, even layer of the cream, gently massage it into the epidermis. The numbing effect should reach the optimal level in 20-30 minutes. Because its non oily formula, it can be washed off easily with water or a gentle cleanser.
The Numb Master numbing effect will last 90-120 minutes.
2Vasocaine Numbing Spray
Another numbing spray, probably one of the most popular tattoo sprays recommended by tattooists is Vpasocaine Painless Anesthetic Spray. This spray was designed specifically for tattooing and applying permanent makeup. Once applied, it temporarily relieves pain and won’t affect the intensity of color or the healing process itself. Because it contains 5% lidocaine with citric acid, purified water, methyl paraben, propyl paraben and sodium metabisulfite, it offers a quick and a strong numbing effect.
How to use: Apply the product generously to the broken skin during the process of tattooing, wait for it until it dries and the effect occurs (could take a few minutes) and reapply if necessary.
The Vasocaine Numbing Spray numbing effect will last 20-35 minutes.
3Hush Numbing Spray
As a spray, this Hush numbing product anesthetizes the broken skin right away and makes the tattooing procedure less painful without affecting the tattoo design or color. Because of its ingredients and blend of botanicals, it also promotes a faster healing process and less bruising with an anti-inflammatory effect. The Hush Spray is perfect if you are looking for something that sooths your skin besides pain relief.
How to use: Once the skin is broken and the tattooing process started, apply Hush Numbing Spray generously to the affected area. Can be reapplied anytime.
The Hush Numbing Spray numbing effect will last 30-40 minutes.
4Numb 520 Topical Anesthetic Cream
Created by the brand Ebanel, Numb 520 was specifically created for pains such as tattoos and waxing. Because of its ingredients and formula, Numb 520 is quickly absorbed to the skin, and since it’s more like a liquid lotion rather than a greasy or oily cream, it is easy to remove it after the tattooing. It can also be used to relieve discomfort of other pains such as burning, soreness of itching.
How to use: After cleaning the skin area properly, apply a generous amount of Numb 520, which should start working in 2-3 minutes after application.
You will feel the maximum numbness of the Numb 520 after the first 20-30 minutes and will last approximately for an hour after applying it to the skin.
5Dr. Numb Cream
The brand Dr. Numb has been around for the past decade, and thei numbing product is one of the most popular numbing creams, whether it is applied before a tattooing, minor surgery, waxing or permanent makeup session. It is an over the counter numbing cream that can also work for smaller injuries, burns and piercings, and with its fast absorbing formula, it gets deep into the skin quickly.
How to use: After cleansing your skin and applying the product, you will feel the numbing sensation in 25-40 minutes.
The brand promises to have a long lasting effect of 2-3 hours.
6Hush Numbing Gel
We had to include another Hush product. If numbing sprays are not really for you, the brand also has a popular numbing gel. This pain relieving gel is not oily and was designed for tattoo sessions. It contains aloe vera, which will reduce redness and irritation, while the numbing effect will help through the process of tattooing. This product has a blend of botanicals, which makes it safe to use on sensitive skin.
How to use: Before breaking the skin and starting the tattooing procedure, apply a thick layer of the Hush Numbing Gel and wait for it to dry. Be very sensitive and gentle to your skin and do not rub it straight into the skin, to avoid redness.
The Hush Numbing Gel effect will last for 1-1,5 hours.
7Greencaine Numbing Cream Gel
The Greencaine Numbing Cream has 4% lidocaine, which will help cope with the tattooing process. The formula is a special blend between a cream and a gel with a non greasy texture (which is easier to wipe off). Greencaine contains jojoba oil and aloe vera, which will help the skin recover faster without irritation. It is an over the counter cream and is perfect if you are looking for a mix of strong pain relief and skin caring ingredients.
How to use: Apply a moderately thick layer to the tattoo area and wait up to 60 minutes for the skin to numb completely.
The Greencaine Numbing Cream Gel numbing effect of this cream will last for up to two hours.
UberNumb Cream also has 5% lidocaine and is available as an over the counter medication. It claims to work in 20 minutes to reach the full numbing effect and besides reducing the level of pain, it also reduces inflammation with the help of anti-inflammatory Vitamin E and helps sooth and nourish the skin. Because using any cream before tattooing can influence the results, UberNumb ensures that the cream won’t affect the tattooing in any way with a non-greasy texture. The product is made in the USA.
How to use: Apply the cream after cleansing your skin and let your skin absorb it completely. You will feel the results in twenty minutes.
The UberNumb Cream numbing effect can last up to 2 hours, so it will help out during a longer session as well.
9Hustle Butter Deluxe
Hustle Tattoo Butter is a popular tattoo cream, not only for before, but also during and after the tattooing process, which makes it a universal product, chosen and recommended by tattoo artists worldwide. It helps the skin prepare for the needles, and after the session, it will keep your skin nourished and soft, even in case of redness and irritation. Because of the formula, Hustle Butter Deluxe won’t remove stencils and will reduce the pain and swelling during the process. It is also a cruelty free and vegan tattoo product, so it is perfect if you are looking for an all-natural butter. Hustle Butter is paraben-free, made with aloe, shea and mango butter, rosemary, Vitamin E and essential oils, so there is almost no risk of skin irritation or side effects. It also helps the tattoo colors stay vivid after the healing process, while taking care of your sensitive skin.
How to use: Apply it before or after the tattooing session to prepare your skin and make it softer.
Unlike most numbing products, this one doesn’t completely numb your skin and body, but will help your skin become softer and less irritated.
10Blue Gel Numbing Cream
Containing 4% lidocaine, the Blue Gel numbing cream is a relatively strong numbing cream, offering instant relief from pain during the processes of tattooing, body piercings, laser treatments and waxing. Blue Gel is one of the only products in the market that can also be used for permanent makeup procedures (even mascara or eyeliner), which means it’s an eye-safe product. Before applying it, a sensitivity test is recommended (so apply a small amount on the back of your hands to see if you experience any allergic reaction) to avoid any possible side effects. The formula of the product will not affect the healing process or the colors of the tattoo, and you can get it as an over the counter medication, without any prescription needed.
How to use: Blue Gel should be applied to already broken skin to achieve results. Because of its formula, it should work instantly, after 2-5 minutes after application, and reach a maximum level of numbing in 10-20 minutes. Make sure to remove the product before continuing the tattooing session and do not reapply it because of its strength.
The effect of this cream can last up to 2 hours after application due to its high percentage of lidocaine, which helps the numbing process.
11H2O Ocean Tattoo Care Kit
Instead of only one product, this recommendation features a whole kit of tattoo care, including an antibacterial soap, a moisturizing cream, and a moisturizing foam. Although the H2Ocean is an aftercare kit, you can also use it as a perfect cleansing and skin protecting treatment before getting a tattoo – although it won’t completely have a numbing effect, it will ensure that your skin is cleansed and prepared for the tattoo, and will keep the tattoo clean and in perfect condition afterwards. It is an all natural, water-based aftercare kit that will keep your tattoo bright in three easy steps. It is an unscented product, safe for sensitive skin as well, and is perfect if you are looking for an extended aftercare idea for your tattoo to keep it vivid and in perfect condition.
How to use: Wash your skin with the antibacterial soap to ensure your skin is completely clean. Then, apply the moisturizer to sooth your skin and wash it off before the tattooing process. After getting your tattoo, do these 3 simple steps: use the antibacterial soap, moisturize the area with the Moisturize Ocean Care Cream and lock in the colors of your tattoo with the Moisturizing Foam, which contains vitamins and minerals.
As it is not specifically a numbing product, you won’t feel the regular sensation – but it’s a great kit to prepare your skin for getting a tattoo (whether it’s the cleanser or the moisturizer that you apply), and taking care of it afterwards.
12Original Tattoo Goo
Another perfect aftercare product for your tattoo is the Original Tattoo Goo. This ointment is a natural choice for healing your tattoo fast and taking care of damaged, irritated or scraped skin. With its ingredients, it fastens the healing process while keeping the tattoo colors vivid and beautiful. Don’t be afraid of its color and texture – it is a natural product without any harmful chemicals, and it also smells quite amazing. The Tattoo Goo is non-staining with nourishing ingredients such as olive oil, sunflower oil, rosemary extract, wheat germ oil, cocoa butter and beeswax, which help keep the products its unique texture.
How to use: We recommend using this cream after getting the tattoo or 2-3 hours before the get ready for the session. If you apply it before, make sure to wash it off properly.
As it is also an aftercare product, it doesn’t have a specific numbing effect, but will help your skin recover without any harsh chemicals or irritative ingredients.
13Ora’s Amazing Herbal Tattoo Salve Aftercare Treatment
Ora’s Amazing Herbal Tattoo Salve is a great product for tattoo aftercare, containing organic herbs. To make sure your skin doesn’t get irritated throughout the process, it does not contain fragrances, food coloring, synthetic fragrances and parabens, so it’s perfect if you have sensitive skin. With its ingredients and balmy texture, it keeps the skin healthy and fastens the healing process of scars and tattoos while preserving the tattoo’s original colors. Ora’s Amazing Herbals is an organic, small family business that promotes ethically and environmentally responsible products, so it is also a great choice if you would like to support local businesses.
How to use: Apply an even layer on your cleansed skin after getting a tattoo to keep it nourished, soft and protected. Apply it for a few weeks, until the tattoo completely heals. Besides tattoos, you can also use it for minor injuries and scars.
Ora’s Amazing Herbal Tattoo Salve is an aftercare product. it doesn’t contain lidocaine or any numbing ingredients, but it is a great way to take care of your tattoo afterwards the tattooing session.
14Why We Recommend Using Tattoo Numbing Creams
Using a tattoo numbing cream or spray will not only help you get through the tattooing process easier, it is also good for promoting skin healing after you’ve got your tattoo. Tattoo numbing sprays and creams are perfect if you have a low level of pain threshold or if you have sensitive skin. By minimizing the amount of pain, it can also prevent your body from making small, immediate movements that could chance the natural outline of the tattoo during the process.
15What To Expect
As we mentioned earlier, a tattoo numbing cream is ideal if you have a lower level of pain tolerance: numbing creams will dull the pain of the needle while getting the tattoo, making the process less painful and making the healing process quicker. Before choosing the right product, we recommend reading about the topic as much as possible and consulting your tattoo artist or doctor to ensure there will be no health risks or serious side effects (especially if choosing an over-the-counter tattoo numbing cream).
16How Do Tattoo Numbing Creams Work?
Most over the counter tattoo numbing creams work in a very simple and efficient way, and contain similar ingredients to numb your skin. Ingredients such as lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine and tetracaine are often found in tattoo numbing creams. These ingredients and different mixes (with prescription numbing creams and sprays as well) will temporarily numb the nerve endings in the skin, making the tattooing procedure less painful.
17How to Use and Apply Tattoo Numbing Creams and Gels
The tattoo numbing products are always applied before the tattooing procedure. Depending on the cream, it is usually applied one or two hours prior to the process (but before applying the numbing cream, make sure your tattoo artist approved it).
First and foremost, start off with a washed, cleaned and dry skin area, which is essential for the numbing cream to work. Apply it evenly in one layer (and always wear a glove during application), cover it with plastic wrap and wait for it to completely dry. With the help of the tattoo numbing cream, you should experience a very little amount of pain in the first 30-45 minutes, but the pain will gradually increase, depending on the brand and ingredients.
18How to Use & Apply Tattoo Numbing Spray
Similarly to traditional tattoo numbing creams, numbing sprays contain the same ingredients (mostly lidocaine, but depending on the brand, they can also contain prilocaine and benzocaine) to stop the pain signals from your nerve endings. The application process is usually a bit different though: instead of prior to the tattooing session, the spray is applied during the process. If it’s a smaller tattoo, your artist will only apply it once or twice throughout the session, but for larger tattoos, the spray should be reapplied every 15-20 minutes.
The reason you have to apply during the process is because unlike the cream, the spray is meant to work together with the wounded, “broken” skin. Most sprays also contain gentle, cooling ingredients, such as aloe vera and vitamin E. Besides helping you cope with the session better, numbing sprays will also promote quicker healing once your tattoo is done.
19Possible Side Effects
Because of the lidocaine and prilocaine, you might experience the following side effects, especially if you have sensitive skin:
- Mild burning feeling
- Minor swelling
- Subtle change in skin color
These side effects shouldn’t last longer than a few minutes, and if you experience any bigger swelling, long lasting burning sensation or dizziness/fever, wash off the product immediately.
Some of the tattoo numbing sprays and creams are also suitable for aftercare – of course, not he super strong numbing tattoos creams, but the more soothing, balm based products, that will nourish your skin without irritating it. The general tattoo aftercare can be easily summed up in three steps: keep your tattoo area clean all times, avoid taking long baths and going swimming in the first month and apply a tattoo cream to the tattoo area 2-3 times a day for the first few weeks.
-Tattoo numbing cream FAQs –
Do you Apply Numbing cream Before You Get A Tattoo?
Yes, approximately 1-2 hours before the process, but to get the best results, read through the product description and consult with your tattoo artist (dermatologist if you have hypersensitive skin)
Can You buy Tattoo Numbing Cream Over The Counter?
Depending on the ingredients and the product itself, yes, you can get most tattoo numbing sprays and creams over the counter. If you have any skin concerns (acne, eczema, hyperpigmentation or sensitive skin), we recommend asking your tattooist’s or doctor’s opinion about which cream is the most suitable for you.
What Is The Strongest Numbing Cream?
The strongest over the counter numbing creams contain a maximum level of 5% lidocaine. If you would like to have a stronger numbing cream, you will have to consult with a dermatologist or doctor.
How Long Does Numbing Cream Take To Work?
Most tattoo numbing creams should be applied at least 1-2 hours before the tattooing session to ensure it numbs your body part.
And How Long do Numbing Creams Work For?
Based on the ingredients and formula, numbing creams can last up to 2-3 hours, but you can expect a minimum lasting time of 30-45 minutes, when you will feel the least amount of pain. On the other hand, tattoo numbing sprays have to be reapplied every 15 minutes directly to the broken skin to ensure the numbing lasts.