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Numbing Cream for Tattoos

The areas that are most sensitive to tattoo needles are the stomach, abdomen, ears, lips, and hands. Some people view pain as part of the process, while others don’t. Some people are more sensitive to pain than others.

What Is the Effectiveness of Numbing Creams?

Creams can take 20-60 minutes to work on and can last up to four hours. The strongest numbing effect can be felt within the first two hours. It can reduce up to 80% of pain reported.

These creams are effective and safe in most cases. Each cream comes with warnings about certain conditions. Before applying numbing creams, it is best to read them.

Pro tip: Look for a trusted brand that has a high level of lidocaine. It will work well with a dosage of 4% to 5%.

Make Sure to Clean the Entire Area

Apply the cream to the inked area with gloves. It is best to leave about 1 mm of the skin layer.

This is something that very few creams will mention, but you can wrap the cream in plastic wrap to activate it and speed up the numbing process.

The plastic wrap should be removed within 30-90 minutes. Before the session begins, wash the area thoroughly.

Are You Considering Using These Pain-Free Options or Not?

Everybody is unique, so there’s no need for you to worry about what other people think. It’s okay for some people to not be able to endure the pain of a lengthy tattoo session. Talk to your tattoo artist prior to the session and explain that you aren’t comfortable with the pain. They will then advise you based on their experience.

Many tattoo artists suggest that numbing gels or creams be applied towards the end or middle of the session. They know from experience that certain colors, needles, and techniques can increase pain. A numbing cream or gel is an excellent way to move the session along.

This post was written by J Michael Taylor. J Michael Taylor is an artist and owner of Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery. Black Amethyst is the best amongst St Pete tattoo shops. They provide an art-first approach to custom tattooing in a gallery setting.