A Tattoo Numbing Cream will Ease your Pain, but is it true?

Have you ever thought about how tattoo numbing cream works? What are the benefits and limitations? Many people would love to get some stylish tattoos carved on their body but thinking about the pain makes them reconsider.

This article will uncover what are your options when it comes to easing the pain from tattoo machines and long sessions.


This is not medical advice of any sort. People’s bodies and skin can react differently, so it is imperative that you visit a general practitioner if you have concerns before using a specific product.

Six (6) Best Tattoo Numbing Cream for Tattoos

Talking about numbing creams, it’s time to take a look at some of the best tattoo numbing creams on the market.


Tktx numbing cream

Tktx numbing cream for tattoo

– Brand: TKTX.

– Composition (main ingredient): 7% Lidocaine.

– Time of application: Apply the cream 25-50 minutes prior to the procedure for best results.


Tktx numbing cream is an excellent product for reducing skin sensitivity before getting a tattoo. It is a fast-acting cream, which starts working between 10-20 minutes, and its effects can last up to 3-6 hours.

It can also be combined with other vasoconstrictors for increased effectiveness. Like any other numbing ointment, your tattoo artist will never recommend it to you, but most people seem to love this product.


It’s easy to use and pocket-friendly.


There are different versions of the cream. Each version provides specific effectiveness, so check their website for more details.


Dr. Numb Cream


Dr Numb creamRead public reviews and rating

– Brand: Dr. Numb.

– Composition (main ingredient): 5% Lidocaine.

– Time of application: Leave cream on one (1) hour before the session.


Here is one for people who want to get carved in sensitive places.

Dr. Numb Cream is 100% hypoallergenic and fast-absorbing and starts its work in about 15 minutes.


The effect can last up to 4 hours.


It is suitable for lengthy procedures, and unlike other oil-based creams, it gives your skin a smooth and silky feel.

This numbing tattoo cream is clinically proven to relieve pain, and most users highly recommend the product.


Tattoo Goo Kit

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– Brand: Tattoo Goo.

– Composition (main ingredient): Olive Oil.

– Time of application: Use the cream after getting a tattoo. For usage instructions, consult an expert.


Tattoo Goo is perfect for serving the numbing purpose. It is naturally made and filled with vitamins known for soothing the skin, which also helps to relieve the pain caused by the process.

The natural moisturizing chemicals also replace the lost moisture and aids in a faster healing process.

The cream can start functioning within 10 minutes after you apply it, and in no time, you will begin to feel the effect.

Many people approve of Tattoo Goo creams and after-tattoo kits because of their healing and skin-repairing properties.

One drawback that needs to be mentioned is that it feels a bit sticky, which may gross some people out.


Numbskin cream

NumbSkin tattoo numbing creamRead public reviews and rating

– Brand: Numbskin.

– Composition (main ingredient): 5% Lidocaine.

– Time of application: Based on its composition, it can start working within 30 seconds of usage, with a lasting effect of around 4 hours.


Numbskin cream is an excellent product for temporarily blocking nerve signals from passing through your skin.

It’s made of 5% pure lidocaine, one of the few water-based products that don’t affect the smoothness of your skin.

You don’t have to worry about feeling any pain, even if you plan to get carved on sensitive areas.

Numbskin has been providing its customers with the best products, and many call it the best numbing cream in the world.


Hush tattoo numbing gel

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– Brand: Hush.

– Composition (main ingredient): 5% Lidocaine.

– Time of application: Apply the gel 1 hour before the tattooing session and cover the area with plastic wrap.


This is a fantastic product from one of the top emerging brands in the numbing cream industry.

Hush tattoo numbing gel is a unique blend of botanical ingredients that enhance the numbness of the skin.


Besides relieving the pain, it can also decrease skin inflammation and redness.


The effectiveness of this gel can last up to 3 hours after application.

Customers love how the cream feels on their skin and recommend it because it’s safe to use in sensitive areas. What’s the con? It may be a little overpriced when compared to similar products.


Mithra numbing cream

Mithra numbing cream for tattoos

– Brand: Mithra.

– Composition (main ingredient): 10% Lidocaine.

– Time of application: Apply on the skin before 25-50 minutes of the tattooing procedure.


Last but not least, it is the Mithra Numbing Cream. This cream blocks nerve impulses, making you feel no kind of pain (apparently).


The effect of the cream is also incredible, lasting up to 5 hours.


It contains 10% lidocaine (higher than the previous cream), making it suitable for numbing nerves and reducing redness.

For added effectiveness, you might combine it with other nerve blockers. Experts and customers say this tattoo numbing cream doesn’t allow them to feel anything except a slight tickle.

Even though the ointment has a very lasting effect, the process of getting it working is tedious.


How does a Tattoo Numbing Cream Work?

Numbing creams work as an anesthetic that temporarily blocks, deadens, or restricts nerve actions. You can refer to them as the red and yellow light traffic signals for your nerves.


The time of effectiveness lasts from a few minutes to hours. The most potent numbing cream can stimulate the nerves for many hours or a few days.


Based on the active ingredient and working type, tattoo numbing creams can be distinguished into three (3) main categories:

– Nerve deadeners: They restrict the nerves from feeling pain by temporarily deadening their connection with the rest of the body.

– Nerve blockers: As the name suggests, they block nerve impulses from reaching your brain, but still, your nerves trigger some level of pain. They are generally combined with nerve deadeners for increased effectiveness.

– Vasoconstrictors: These are the most potent tattoo numbing creams and can temporarily slow down and reduce blood flow from your blood vessels.

A tattoo numbing cream is made with chemicals, so you must be cautious before using it. If you have any skin allergies or rashes, you should consult a doctor (or dermatologist) before using them before or after a tattoo session.


Things to Consider Before Getting a Tattoo Numbing Cream

Many people question the effectiveness of numbing products in calming skin pain. But, you know, things are different depending on the manufacturers, main ingredients, and what people say. So let’s dig a bit deeper into some of these factors.


Known brand

The pharmaceutical market is flooded with different brands that promise to have the best products for skin care.

Check their main active ingredients and public say. Some of them are more specialized in what they do, so the prices are higher. More expensive is not an indication of the quality of the cream or spray.


Active ingredients

As you have learned before, numbing creams work as local anesthetics. The main thing is how potent they can work on the affected area.


Lidocaine, the main active component, is what you should at least have present in the product.


Some other creams and sprays will have Prilocaine, which will generate a more substantial numbing effect in conjunction with lidocaine.

Other elements are included to moisturize or protect the skin from UV light (like zinc). You will need to be careful since they could affect the colors of the ink.


Before and after the tattooing session

There are different schools of thought about applying the numbing cream before or after the tattooing process.

If you haven’t tried it ever before, and if you feel confident that the cream is the right for your skin, you can give it a go.

Personally, I would try it 20 minutes before the session, not after.


Tattoo artists and people’s thoughts

Some tattoo artists don’t like to recommend the use of numbing creams. Why? First, every person and skin could react differently; second, they are not general practitioners.


You know, they don’t want to get a client back complaining that the cream is messing with the tattoo’s ink.


On the other hand, maybe a good source of information could be your friends. You could have first-hand details about their experience with the cream but still, be careful.


Downsides of Numbing Creams and Sprays (this is not medical advice)

Like everything, tattoo numbing sprays and creams also have their limitations. Let’s talk about a few of them:

– Using too much numbing cream may lead to health problems like irregular heartbeats, slowed breathing, nerve damage, and in severe cases, it can also cause respiratory problems.

– If you may be allergic to some of the components used to manufacture the creams or sprays, you should never use them. They may cause swelling making the pain even worse.

– Some of them could affect the look of the final tattoo. For instance, tattoos could lose the intensity of colors.

– The tattoo artist may not be able to see the natural skin condition as the cream could mask it. At least, this is what my artist said to me the first time.


Frequently Asked Questions

Does numbing cream work for tattoos?

As mentioned above, numbing creams are made to provide relief and give you a pain-free experience. Despite working great for tattoos, some limitations and variables can change the cream’s effectiveness.

Some of those variables are:

– Skin condition where the tattoo is going to be done.

– Size of the tattoo.

– Number of hours involved to get the piece.

– The body area involved (over the bone?).

Last but not least, and possibly something that not many people think about, is the hand of the artist and the tattoo gun used.


Does numbing cream affect tattoos?

It depends on the type of cream you’re using. If the quality is not okay, your tattoo may be affected in the wrong way. On the contrary, if you are applying a high-quality cream, it can make your tattoo look better.

Also, it is known that some creams may have zinc. This component works well for certain things, but a vast majority of people say color can be affected by it.

On the other hand, it also may not directly affect the ink, but it may affect the tattoo artist’s ability to see the color grades (some say this).


Can you use numbing cream before a tattoo?

Yes, you can use them before a tattoo. Truth be told, there is no clear evidence that using an ointment to numb your skin will affect the tattoo.

Ask your artist what they could “recommend” if they feel comfortable with you using it, and most importantly, check with a doctor.


Does numbing cream work for tattoo removal?

Not only getting a tattoo but removing one may also be severely painful. Regardless of what the cream can do for the pain, it is advisable you ask this question to the person doing the tattoo removal procedure. It may minimize the discomfort caused during the process.

Why? In this case, they are using other methods to remove the ink, which could burn the skin.

Some chemicals contained in numbing ointments could react to specific high temperatures, which could involve the removal.


Final Thoughts

Getting a tattoo may be scary for many people, and obviously, they don’t want to change their minds to escape the pain.

As you have seen so far, we have listed only six (6) of the most renowned tattoo numbing ointments in the market.


There are more of them out there that you may hear of.


Regardless of what you feel like using (if using them), please do your investigation with friends, the tattoo artist, and especially, your trusted doctor.

This tattoo numbing cream article is just an “article.” Again, it is NOT medical advice of any kind.



Hi!, I'm Thomas, the driver of TMA. Tattoos are a way to express our thoughts, right? but how can we do it without the right tattoo machine? Thanks to my tattoo artist friends, I can transfer their point of view about their experiences in the industry.

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