May 13, 2022 3 min read

Whatever you may need numbing cream for, it’s always important to stay clued up on how to apply numbing cream. Numbing cream is great to use for a range of different cosmetic and medical procedures, this can include injections, tattoos, waxing, epilating and more. Here at Tattoo Numbing Cream, we know everything there is to know about numbing cream; its effect, how to use it, who shouldn’t use it and common side effects that can occur.


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Who is numbing cream suitable for?


The majority of both adults and children can use our Tattoo Numbing Cream. There are some cases where you should tell your pharmacist or doctor before using. These cases include:


  • If you have an allergic reaction to our numbing cream
  • If the skin where you plan on using the numbing cream has cuts, rashes, eczema, bleeding or scabs
  • If you or your child have a rare inherited condition- porphyria, methaemoglobinaemia or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency

What uses is numbing cream for?

There are countless different applications for our skin numbing cream, some of the most common uses for it are:


  • Tattooing 
  • Laser hair removal
  • Waxing
  • Injections
  • Blood tests
  • Vaccinations
  • Dermal fillers
  • Permanent fillers
  • Permanent makeup
  • Piercings
  • Other cosmetic skin treatments 

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How should you use numbing cream?


You should not consume any alcohol 24 hours before applying numbing cream. This could make the numbing cream less effective. 


You should apply a thick layer of numbing cream to the area you want to target and wait an hour before the treatment (waxing, injections etc). 


If you’re having any form of cosmetic procedure, make sure that you tell the person doing it that you have applied numbing cream to the area before they start.

How much numbing cream should you use?


You will use varying amounts of numbing cream, dependent on the procedure you’re having. For example, you would need to apply more numbing cream to a large tattoo than you would have to use for one injection. You may require more than one tube, or just a small amount of the tube, depending upon the requirements.


You should always follow the guidelines that are provided. Alternatively, you can follow the advice of your doctor or nurse.


How to apply numbing cream- step by step?

In order to achieve maximum numbing, please do not drink any alcohol within 24 hours of your procedure, or the numbing may not be as effective or long-lasting.


Please spot test the day prior on a small section of your arm, especially if you have sensitive skin. You should leave the spot tested area on for 10-20 mins to ensure that your skin doesn’t become inflamed. Some minor localised redness is normal.



How to apply numbing cream - step by step:


  • Wash and exfoliate the area that will be affected quite thoroughly with soap, water and exfoliator to remove dirt and dead skin this will help the cream penetrate. Dry area completely.
    1. Apply a thick amount of numbing cream (2mm thick) to the area and rub it in thoroughly.
    2. Cover with cling film. The heat under the plastic wrap helps activate the cream and keeps the cream from drying out.
    3. Leave cream and wrap in place for 90 minutes before the procedure.
    4. After 90 minutes, remove the cling film and wipe the cream away with a paper towel and you’re ready for your pain-free tattoo!

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