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Best Piercing Numbing Cream


We’ve tested and trialed more than a few numbing products over the years. And only one has consistently worked the way it’s advertised.

It’s the numbing cream from Tattoo Numbing Cream Co. and its what we personally use and recommend.

We’ve put the cream from Tattoo Numbing Cream Co. through its paces. We’ve gone and tested the numbing cream with a brutal blackout tattoo sleeve.

It will make you numb and you won’t feel any type of needle. If it can make my whole arm numb during a full session blackout tattoo sleeve (including armpit) it can definitely numb smaller piercings and tattoos.

But before we discuss why Tattoo Numbing Cream Co. has the best product let’s answer the two most common questions asked about numbing products –  What is better, a spray or cream? and what’s in numbing products? 

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What is better for piercings, a numbing cream or a numbing spray?

Numbing sprays do not numb as effectively as a cream. The spray will not penetrate as deeply as a properly applied cream. And in most cases you will still feel the sharp pain associated with a body piercers needle.

Yet the downside to creams is that they must be applied a little while before your appointment. And you should apply numbing creams 30 minutes to 1 hour before your piercing appointment for best results. 

What is in numbing products? 

The active ingredients most commonly found in numbing products used for tattoos and piercings are Lidocaine, Prilocaine and Epinephrine.

Lidocaine and Prilocaine are numbing agents. And Epinephrine reduces swelling.

Most numbing products have either Lidocaine or Prilocaine at 5% and if they include the second its always at 1% or lower.

Lots of numbing products also forego the addition of Epinephrine. And this reduces their effectiveness.

The numbing cream by Tattoo Numbing Cream Co. has both Lidocaine 5% and Prilocaine at 5% and it includes Epinephrine at 1%. It has all the key ingredients at their maximum allowable levels for the greatest pain reduction.

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The numbing cream I use and recommend.

What is the best numbing cream or spray for piercings?

With Lidocaine (5%), Prilocaine (5%) and Epinephrine (1%) the numbing cream by Tattoo Numbing Cream Co. is the strongest available product.

When applied 30 minutes to 1 hour before getting a piercing or tattoo the entire area will be completely numb. You will not feel any sharp pain. And the included Epinephrine will reduce any swelling.

I’ve personally tested other numbing creams because they were available near me. I opted first for numbing creams available near me because they seemed more convenient. And yet they did not work as advertised.

The best numbing cream for piercings and tattoos is the product from Tattoo Numbing Cream Co. The cream is available direct from Tattoo Numbing Cream Co. via their website.

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If I can sit through a brutal blackout sleeve without feeling any pain the numbing cream will definitely work for you. 

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My own sleeve getting tattooed with numbing cream

Numbing Creams FAQ

What Does A Numbing Cream Feel Like?

While some sites will claim that a numbing cream can be ‘luxury’ or that it ‘feels closer to our favorite moisturizer than a topical anesthetic’ that’s an indication those reviewers haven’t used the numbing creams that they’re reviewing.

A numbing cream correctly applied should start to make the area to which it’s applied begin to go numb in under 5 minutes. Reaching full effect in about 20 minutes.

Should Numbing Creams Include Vitamin E?

As any tattooist will tell you, always avoid Vitamin E creams before, during and for 2-3 weeks after your tattoo session.

A numbing cream containing moisturizers and Vitamin E is not advisable for tattoo procedures. 

Is Zensa Numbing Cream With 5% Lidocaine the strongest available?

While Over The Counter (OTC) numbing creams are limited to 5% Lidocaine Zensa numbing cream is not the strongest.

Tattoo Numbing Cream Co. contains both 5% Lidocaine and 5% Prilocaine. Prilocaine is a second numbing agent.

Tattoo Numbing Cream Co. also includes 1% epinephrine a powerful vasoconstrictor.

What Does Epinephrine Do In Numbing Creams?

As a powerful vasoconstrictor epinephrine in numbing creams decreases swelling and increases the effectiveness of numbing creams.

Constricting the blood vessels near the area to which a numbing cream with epinephrine is applied prevents the active numbing agents from being carried away by the blood vessels.

Creams without epinephrine do not numb for as long as creams with epinephrine. Because the Lidocaine is carried away from the site by the blood vessels. Reducing the effectiveness of creams without epinephrine.

Should I Wear Gloves While Applying A Numbing Cream? 

You should always wear gloves when applying a numbing cream. Using your hand to apply numbing creams will make your hand go as numb as the spot to which you’re applying the cream.

To avoid the unintended numbing of your hand while applying a numbing cream always wear gloves when applying a numbing product.

Where Can I Not Use A Numbing Cream? 

Numbing creams including Lidocaine, Prilocaine or epinephrine are not intended for internal use.

You should not put numbing creams in your mouth or directly onto your eyes. Doing so can have adverse affects.

Are There Contraindications For Numbing Agents?

Lidocaine, Prilocaine and Epinephrine can have undesirable side effects for those allergic to them.

You should ensure you have no allergies to topical anesthetics before using numbing creams.

You should also test all numbing creams including topical anesthetics on smaller areas before applying them to larger bodily surfaces in full for the first time.

To test for allergies to the topical anesthetics contained in numbing creams put a small dab of cream on your forearm.

If the area begins do develop a rash you should discontinue usage until you have been tested for allergies by a medical professional. Consult your doctor.

**This advice applies to all numbing creams with topical anesthetics irrespective of the brand.**

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