On a fundamental level, numbing creams are topical anesthetics. Dr Numb skin numbing creams and sprays, for example, have Lidocaine (a topical anesthetic) as one of the main ingredients in the formulation. This ingredient, in combination with several others, produces numbness ‘locally’ on the target skin area.
Pain is in the Mind
Lidocaine is a powerful topical anesthetic. It is known to have strong analgesic and sedative characteristics too. When a numbing cream containing Lidocaine is applied on the skin, it takes roughly about 20-25 minutes in total to block the nerve pain signals. Once these signals are no longer carried over to the brain, a professional (dermatologist or tattoo artist, for example) can easily go on with the procedure.
So, when we said ‘pain is in the mind,’ we weren’t expounding philosophical wisdom. We meant it! The mind ‘feels’ pain as a warning signal generated in order to make you take the steps necessary to prevent possible damage to the body. But, when you want to get a tattoo or piercing done, you just don’t need these signals to make their way to the brain. That’s why a skin numbing cream is used.
Will the Skin Numbing Cream ALWAYS Work?
Well, popular skin numbing creams such as those provided by Dr Numb have been tested for a multitude of different skin procedures including tattooing, waxing, laser skin resurfacing, derma rolling etc. BUT, you need to be aware of the fact that no medical product or solution comes with 100% guarantees, really! While these creams will go a long way in reducing the pain sensation, it may not always make the skin entirely numb. Also, the kind of results you get from a skin numbing cream, depend on the skin type and application of the cream as well.
Skin numbing creams and sprays have worked for people from around the globe who’ve used them so far. But, it’s important that you follow the guidelines listed in the usage manual. In any case, these creams CAN effectively reduce the pain.
Numbing Cream Are Safe unless you do it All Wrong
Safety is no doubt a serious concern for everyone. Some posts have been doing rounds on the internet that skin numbing creams and numbing gels aren’t safe as claimed by experts. The fact is, if you’re using a ultra low quality product and use it incorrectly or in excessive quantities to make the matters worse, you cannot really expect great results, can you?
Do Numbing Creams Affect the Outcome of a Procedure?
No, it won’t. Whether its derma rolling, piercing or tattooing, a numbing cream does not affect the outcome of a procedure! Its limited role is to make you feel comfortable and prevent pain. That’s all. Many people are doubtful whether the application of a skin numbing gel can affect the quality of tattoo colors or overall healing time. Well, nothing changes when you use a numbing cream, except of course the fact that you wouldn’t be frightened to a get a new tattoo few weeks or months later! Really!