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Anesthetic numbing products can make all the difference for clients who hate pain but love tattoos. These products, many of which are designed specifically for the tattooing industry, can safely minimize the pain of tattooing, allowing you to give your clients the best possible tattooing experience.
You and your clients have several options to help lessen the pain from tattoo and piercing procedures. While they’re all applied topically and work similarly, they do have different purposes and are used at different stages in the tattooing process. For example, many tattoo numbing sprays and gels work only on broken skin, meaning they can add additional relief once the tattooing process has already begun. Most numbing creams, on the other hand, can be applied to unbroken skin so that the numbing effect has already set in before the first few passes with the needle. Of course, each product is different, and there are exceptions to this general rule. Be sure to read the instructions and specs to make sure you know the numbing product you’re looking at does exactly what you want it to do.
Numbing creams, sprays, and gels are the three most common types of tattoo anesthetic products. Some industry favorites include Ink-Eeze B Numb, Zensa, Recovery Numb, Bactine, and the Original Blue Gel – just to name a few. Nearly all popular topical anesthetics use lidocaine, a powerful numbing agent, as the active ingredient. Some also contain additional numbing agents for added pain relief, natural ingredients for increased comfort or healing, antimicrobial agents to prevent infection, and epinephrine to reduce bleeding and swelling. Whatever you’re looking for in a numbing product, you’ll find the ingredients and usage you’re after in our wide selection of tattoo anesthetic creams, gels, and sprays.
Anesthetic numbing cream is usually the first step in the numbing process. Most are lidocaine-based and should be applied approximately 20 minutes before the tattooing begins. Some also contain vascular constricting agents to reduce bleeding, swelling, and bruising.
Numbing gels usually have similar active ingredients to numbing creams, but most are meant to be applied to broken skin after tattooing has begun. Some can be a fantastic addition to an aftercare routine to reduce pain and itching, while others have ingredients that should only be applied once.
Like numbing gels, numbing sprays are usually used on broken skin after the tattooing process has begun. They’re an ideal way to provide pain relief during tattooing while minimizing contact with sensitive broken skin.
Painful Pleasures carries a variety of topical numbing creams, sprays, and gels made especially for the tattooing industry. With proven active ingredients, they effectively numb the nerve endings closest to the surface of the skin, making the pain of tattoos, piercings, and other body mods far more tolerable for your clients. Because we only carry quality products that have earned a high reputation in the tattoo industry, you rest assured that you’re getting a numbing product that is safe, effective, and trusted by tattoo professionals everywhere.