The tattoo looks good on the skin but is it such an easy procedure to get tattooed. No right. Just the thought of pain withdraws people from getting tattooed. So how do you get over this? People are looking for ways to avoid this pain, and this is where numbing creams play their role. Numbing creams are effective in various other skin procedures. Numbing cream prove to be very useful for many people. For children to adults, who fear the pain of needle poke and minor surgeries, numbing creams are a great relief. If you are too anxious and stressed about the pain, numbing creams can give a comfortable and relaxed session.

Numbing cream serves various purposes. It acts as anesthesia to relieve the pain while injecting, piercing, in minor medical procedures, cosmetic procedures, waxing, and tattooing. Nowadays, people are getting inked to express their passion and interests.

Numbing cream acts as a barrier between skin and nerves in the body. When you apply this cream to a particular area, the area becomes numb, and you do not have to worry about the pain.

The main ingredient of numbing cream is Lidocaine, an anesthetic. Applying this cream with lidocaine makes your skin numb. The cream blocks the pain signals from reaching the brain. There would be no pain felt. If you are using as per doctor’s prescription do follow the doctor or a health practitioner, just do not apply on your own.

If you are applying on your own be very careful and follow the instructions mentioned on the cream. Never apply the cream on a wound, wait till the wound gets completely healed.

Be cautious when applying numbing cream

Use numbing cream with utmost care.

  1. Wash your hands well before starting to apply the cream.
  2. Open the cream tube by piercing with the pointed part on the cap.
  3. Apply a small portion on the area to be numbed.
  4. Cover the area with a plastic bandage to get the cream absorbed well into the skin.
  5. Wash your hands well to remove the residue of the cream.
  6. In case the cream gets into your eyes or mouth, wash it off quickly.

Multipurpose uses of Numbing Cream

  1. Waxing

Waxing is the process of removing hair from the body. It is quite similar to shaving but more painful as the hairs are pulled out from the bare skin. Waxing is done by using wax strips, hot wax, or cold wax. It is very important to feel temperate of the hot wax otherwise it may lead to skin burn. Waxing helps in keeping away the hair for weeks. Even though the overall appearance of the body looks good, waxing is very much painful.

For beginners, waxing could be a horrifying experience. Waxing is very painful in sensitive areas. To overcome this, apply numbing creams on the area 30minutes before waxing. Numbing cream reduces the pain of waxing, and the waxing will not be a painful experience.

  1. Tattooing

Tattooing has become a craze for people. Tattooing is done by pricking and immersing a pigment into the skin. Tattooing can be anything from the name of a person, design, and so on. It is the way of expressing feelings and one should have good patience to get it done. Some tattoos are permanent and some are temporary.

As for waxing, tattooing is also very painful. Applying numbing cream on the area to be tattooed blocks the pain signal from reaching the brain. The advantage of using numb cream is that it takes less time for tattoo completion, so the artist can complete the tattooing in a single session.

  1. Micro-needling

Everybody loves their skin and always wants to have healthy and fresh-looking skin. There is a variety of options to get glowing skin. The texture of skin gets affected by various reasons like stress, improper diet, aging, hormonal imbalance, and so on. Micro-needling is a cosmetic procedure that is a kind of treatment to the skin. This procedure is a skincare treatment and is done using small sterilized needles. Small sterilized needles are pricked on the skin which results in micro-injuries or small wounds on the skin. These micro-injuries or small wounds cause the body to release collagen and elastin to heal the wound. Collagen and elastin are proteins found in the skin.

Collagen helps in improving the strength of the skin cells and elastin helps in the flexibility of the skin and regaining shape. Both collagen and elastin work together to improve the texture and shape of the skin.

Before the procedure starts, numbing cream is applied to the face so that the pain of the pricking with the needle is not felt. Micro-needling is mostly done on the face but can be done on other parts of the body too.

  1. For children

Children get scared seeing needles. It is for sure not easy for children to get needle poke. So, the first thing to be done is to explain to the child about numbing cream and its effect. How the cream is applied and how long the effect of the cream last. In this way, the child will get a bit of relief and the fear of needle poke will come down to some extent.

Things to note when applying numbing creams for children:

  • Numbing creams can reduce the pain of needle poking in children.
  • Apply numbing creams at least 30 minutes prior and cover the area with a bandage.
  • Never apply the cream on open wounds, scratches, or cuts.
  • Call up the doctor, if any skin rashes or irritation appear if the cream goes into the mouth or eyes, or child exhibits any kind of discomfort after applying the cream.

Are Numbing Creams safe?

Some people experience mild side effects like:

  • Itching or discoloration of the skin
  • Swelling or red spots on the cream applied area.

Call a doctor immediately if the person experiences any of the following:

  • Fever
  • Breathing trouble
  • Swelling

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