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Learn about numbing cream effects on the skin!

Posted on March 08 2018

For people with low pain threshold, now getting tattoos, laser skin treatments or other skin procedures have become easier - all thanks to a wide range of numbing creams, gels or sprays available in the market. The major purpose of a numbing cream is basically to numb the area that needs to have a painful skin procedure. There are certain water-based numbing creams that don’t affect the quality of tattoos or any other skin procedure. So, you don’t have to worry about any hindrance caused by such numbing creams.

Learn about numbing cream effects on the skin!

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Numbing cream effect

It is important to consider the effect and safety of the cream to ensure that what you are would definitely work and provide the expected result.A numbing cream usually maintains pH of your skin neutral so that there is no chemical counteract within your skin during any procedure. We usually use a numbing cream on for our tattoo procedure especially to those sensitive areas such as the back of your knee, collarbone, face, ribs, private area, armpit, knuckles, etc. These areas have been avoided by tattoo artists for the reason that they know how painful it will be. But for customers who want to get a tattoo on any of these areas, they recommend customers to use numbing creams in order to lessen the pain and for them to be able to concentrate on the tattoo session itself.

When looking for a numbing cream or numbing gel, make sure you choose the one which is water based to be certain that it does not affect the tattoo quality and healing time. However, it will be best to consult your tattoo artist prior to the session. You also need to consult your physician to ensure that you’re not allergic to any anesthetic agents.

What is lidocaine?

Many numbing creams like Dr. Numb, EMLA, etc. contain lidocaine as the active ingredient to numb your skin. A topical lidocaine cream reversibly obstructs nerve conduction close to their site of administration. Due to this, these creams are able to produce a temporary loss of sensation in a limited area. Nerve impulse conduction is blocked by eliminating nerve cell membrane permeability to sodium ions. This change in permeability results in reduced depolarization and an increased excitability threshold that further prevents the nerve action potential from forming.

Topical lidocaine cream can be used for a variety of skin and mucous membrane conditions, including tattooing, hair removal, and laser tattoo removal. The ideal choice of lidocaine cream and particular concentration depends on the intended use. A skin numbing cream is more effective only if properly applied. Some of the users might not be following the correct directions on how to apply the cream and that can result in a lower numbing effect or health hazards. So, it is essential to follow the given instructions as directed to achieve the full effect.

How To Apply Topical Anesthetic Cream:

1. Firstly, wash the targeted area with soap and water. Dry it completely so that the cream is absorbed properly.

2. Apply a thick amount of numbing cream to the area and rub in thoroughly. A good amount is when the cream fully covers the area to be treated.

3. Cover the cream with plastic wrap. The heat under the plastic wrap will help in activating the cream and also keeps the cream form drying off.

4. Leave it on for one hour. Some users try to shorten the time but it can reduce the effective duration of the numbing cream.

5. Remove the plastic wrap and wipe the cream off, only when you start to feel the numbness in your skin.

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