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Tattoos are great form of self- expression but it can be really painful. But don’t let this hinder you of from going under the needle. Aside from aftercare products that help you ease the pain you get, there are also numbing creams. 

But first, how does tattoo numbing cream work? 

Tattoo numbing cream contains lidocaine which is a local anaesthetic. The main purpose of Lidocaine, and other local anaesthetics, is to stop the pain signals broadcasted through your nerve endings from reaching your brain. Some numbing creams use benzocaine or tetra Caine as their active ingredient instead lidocaine. Benzocaine and tetra Caine can be used when getting a tattoo but they are normally used to reduce pain or discomfort caused by minor skin irritations, cold sores, toothaches, sunburns or stings. They prevent pain by creating a chemical barrier stopping an electrical signal build up within your nerve endings. 

To help you decide which one to try first, here are the top 5 tattoo numbing cream that does its job best. 

  1. Greencaine

This professional grade topical numbing cream combines a non-greasy Aloe Vera formula with 4% lidocaine hydrochloride. It comes in a large 4oz tube that has been pre-cycled. Pre-cycling means pre-consumer recycling. This “earth friendly” concept allows Greencaine to take advantage of corporate waste, by purchasing unused surplus packaging that would normally end up in landfills. 

Greenecaine is so confident with their results they even offer risk-free 100% refund policy! 

  1. Topicaine

Tattoo numbing cream Topicaine Anaesthetic Cream comes in a handy 30g tube and contains 5% Lidocaine.  Designed to numb the skin before settling under the needle.  

This cream is so easy to apply and has a non-greasy formula.  Simply apply and leave for around 20 minutes while it kicks in. Be patient for best results! It would keep you numb for upwards of an hour.  

  1. UltraNumb

UltraNumb is a maximum strength, water-based topical cream. Contains 6% Lidocaine. This one is highly- recommended by tattoo artists. Numbness can last up to four hours.  One of the strongest pain-free numbing creams on the market.  

  1. Hustle Butter Deluxe

Hustle is the first all-natural 100% vegan alternative to petroleum. Hustle tattoo butter deluxe is not a numbing cream per se, however, it is a great lubricant for before and aftercare. 

It will drastically reduce the bleeding and swelling that is normally caused by a tattoo. 

Simply apply this tattoo butter to your skin, before, during and after the tattoo session. Quicker healing time, less itchiness and overall, a much more comfortable experience.  

Hustle is made from - Organic Shea, Mango and Aloe Butters, Organic Coconut, Sunflower and Rice Bran Oils, Rosemary Oleoresin, Green Tea, Vitamin E Complex and Mint Arvenus Essential Oil with Essence of Papaya and Coconut. 

  1. Dr. Numb

Dr. Numb is an FDA approved cream containing the highest allowed amount of Lidocaine. This is definitely one of the most well-known numbing cream for tattoos. Lasts for around an hour and it really works wonders.   

This health- certified cream is ideal for shorter procedures such as tattoo touch ups and piercings. It is recommended by most tattoo shops and dermatology clinics worldwide.  


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  • Matthew Nelson