Best Tattoo Numbing Creams

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 6, 2019
Tattoos have been all the rage lately (over the past decade) and they're definitely here to stay. But, without a proper tattoo numbing cream, getting that ink will hurt like hell. So make sure to read our reviews and pick one of these ointments before paying a tattoo salon a visit. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Numbing effect duration
Formula
Safety
Volume
 
PROS

The cream isn't oily or cakey, so it is really easy to apply. Plus, it isn't sticky either. The formula doesn't have a smell to it. You can use it before waxing as well as before getting the ink. Feel free to use the cream up to 6 times per day. 

CONS

Might require 2-3 layers to get that maximum effect. 

OUR VERDICT

Numb Master from Clinical Resolution is an excellent product from just about every perspective. With it, you won't feel the slightest burning sensation. The bottle comes fitted with a tight cap that no child will be able to open.

detailed parameters
Type

Cream

Numbing effect duration

Initiates within 20-25 minutes;
Duration - about 1 hour

Formula

Fast-penetrating water-based formula, non-oily, non-sticky, non-cakey, contains 5% lidocaine

Safety

Childproof packaging

Volume

1 oz

PROS

Though it can take up to 20-25 minutes to reach the maximum effect, the cream initiates within 2-3 minutes, so you'll be able to begin the produce mere minutes after applying it. The formula doesn't contain additives or harmful chemicals. 

CONS

The redness still shows up. 

OUR VERDICT

Ebanel Laboratories NUMB520 is as much a tattoo numbing cream as it is a topical pain relief gel that can help you with lots of different issues. Plus, the water-based formula won't stain your clothes and/or bed.

detailed parameters
Type

Cream

Numbing effect duration

Initiates within 2-3 minutes;
Maximum effect within 20-25 minutes;
Duration - about 1-2 hours

Formula

Non-greasy formula with aloe barbadensis leaf juice, contains 5% lidocaine

Safety

Childproof packaging

Volume

1.35 oz

PROS

The formula doesn't include epinephrine, so it won't negatively affect the ink. The cream is just as perfect for tattoo removal. You can use it before and after piercing, waxing, laser hair removal procedures, electrolysis, permanent makeup application, the list goes on. 

CONS

It can take up to an hour to fully absorb. 

OUR VERDICT

We would recommend this tattoo numbing cream to people with sensitive, delicate skin first and foremost. Doesn't matter the procedure, it will be able to keep that canvas of yours nice and comfortable, as well as pain-free.

detailed parameters
Type

Gel

Numbing effect duration

Duration - up to 2 hours

Formula

Non-oily formula with a unique blend of botanical extracts, contains 4% lidocaine

Safety

Does not contain epinephrine

Volume

2 oz

PROS

The formula is enriched with Vitamin E, a vitamin known, among other things, for its anti-inflammatory qualities. Thanks to it, the ointment is able to relieve painful swelling. On top of that, the cream aids with moisturizing skin, thus preventing itchy flaking.

CONS

The cream is a little sticky. 

OUR VERDICT

Uber Numb is an effective and cost-efficient tattoo numbing cream, plain and simple. That said, it can also help you with hemorrhoids, anal and/or retain pain, as well as lots of different skin disorders. 

detailed parameters
Type

Cream

Numbing effect duration

Initiates within 3-5 minutes;
Maximum effect within 25-30 minutes;
Duration - about 1 hour

Formula

Non-oily formula with vitamin E, contains 5% lidocaine

Safety

Childproof packaging

Volume

2 oz

PROS

The product can be used before, during, and after the procedure. Making the skin softer and more supple, it gives the needle superior glide, as well as helping moisturize and heal the skin afterward.

CONS

The manufacturers recommend warming it up in your hand for a minute before application. 

OUR VERDICT

Hustle Butter Deluxe won't numb your skin, so you might still experience a little pain and discomfort in the process. That being said, it will treat and take care of your skin arguably better than any of these creams.

detailed parameters
Type

Butter 

Numbing effect duration

Doesn't necessarily numb but rather soothes your skin 

Formula

The all-natural formula includes shea, mango, and aloe butter, coconut, sunflower, rice bran oils, green tea, and other plant extracts

Safety

Certified cruelty-free, 100% vegan, petroleum- and paraben-free

Volume

5 oz

Clinical Resolution Laboratory Numb Master

Become Comfortably Numb

Numb Master from Clinical Resolution lives and dies on its formula. While that can be a slightly general statement since all of these skin-care products are about their formula first and foremost, the difference between this cream's formula and its subpar peers is staggering.

First, the water-based solution acts as fast as the next numbing cream, initiating within 20-25 minutes. It isn't oily or cakey, so the substance is really easy to apply. Plus, it isn't sticky either, making the cream a real pleasure to work with. You can improve penetration by applying a plastic wrap over the cream. This way, you'll be able to minimize evaporation and drying.

The cream doesn't have a smell to it. You can use it before waxing as well as before getting the ink. You'll hardly feel a thing, no matter the body region or the tattoo difficulty.

As far as the product's disadvantages go, we feel a little conflicted. On one hand, it might require 2-3 layers to get that maximum effect. On the other, you can use it up to 6 times per day, which is an obvious plus when it comes to those longer procedures.

All in all, Numb Master from Clinical Resolution is an excellent product from just about every perspective. With it, you won't feel the slightest burning sensation. The bottle comes fitted with a tight cap that no child will be able to open.

Review of Clinical Resolution Laboratory Numb Master Non-oily Topical Anesthetic Cream

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Ebanel Laboratories NUMB520

No Time Wasted

Ebanel Laboratories NUMB520 isn't necessarily the strongest cream on the market today (though it is definitely up there) but that's not where the product's strength lies. No, more than anywhere else, its strength lies with the initiation time and duration.

Starting with the latter, the cream's numbing effect lasts between 1-2 hours, which isn't unheard of but impressive nonetheless. That's not the case with the initiation time.

Though it can take up to 20-25 minutes to reach that maximum effect, the cream initiates within 2-3 minutes, so you'll be able to begin the produce mere minutes after applying the cream.

Now, this is an excellent tattoo numbing cream but that's not the only thing it is good for. In fact, you can use it for different sections, as well as for hemorrhoid, local, and anorectal discomfort.

The formula is about as natural as they come, containing no parabens, harmful chemical, or additives. In addition to 5% lidocaine, it includes aloe barbadensis leaf juice, an ingredient that soothes your skin with its antibacterial properties. That being said, some redness might still show up here and there.

In short, Ebanel Laboratories NUMB520 is as much a tattoo numbing cream as it is a topical pain relief gel that can help you with lots of different issues. Plus, the water-based formula won't stain your clothes and/or bed.

Review of Ebanel Laboratories NUMB520 5% Lidocaine Topical Numbing Cream for Painkilling

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HUSH anesthetic Tattoo Numbing Gel

No Pain Lots of Gain

The people behind this product market it as the only numbing agent formulated to be used before and during the tattooing procedure. Now, let's be honest here for a moment, it is hardly the only gel on the market that fits the said description. But it is definitely one of the more powerful, versatile, and effective numbing ointment out there.

With it, you won't have to break the skin first. Though it can take up to an hour to fully absorb into your skin, the gel's effects will last up to 2 hours after that. Its formula doesn't include epinephrine, so it won't negatively affect the ink or the healing process.

Looking to get rid of the ink? The cream is just as perfect for tattoo removal. On top of that, you can use it before and after piercing, waxing, laser hair removal procedures, electrolysis, permanent makeup application, the list goes on.

Speaking of the healing process, this cream won't just be able to avoid negatively affecting it but works wonders accelerating and improving the process. Including aloe leaf extract, menthol, and chamomile flower, the formula gives it great regenerative properties, soothing the skin and making it heal faster.

In other words, we would recommend this tattoo numbing cream to people with sensitive, delicate skin first and foremost. Doesn't matter the procedure, it will be able to keep that canvas of yours nice and comfortable, as well as pain-free.

Review of HUSH anesthetic Tattoo Numbing Gel More Powerful than Numbing Cream

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UberScientific Numb

Vitamin E (E for Effective)

For the most part, there's nothing particularly interesting about Uber Numb. Sure, the price is nice, especially considering how much cream you get in return. The little container, with its childproof packaging, is alright too. The cream usually takes somewhere between 3 and 5 minutes to initiate and 25-30 minutes to reach its maximum effect. That's not bad at all but it is nothing to write home about either. The ointment lasts for about an hour, which is, again, not bad but not that impressive too.

So, is there anything particularly interesting about this cream? Well, as it so happens, there actually is a thing or two. Not interesting per se but the cream's formula is enriched with Vitamin E, a vitamin known, among other things, for its anti-inflammatory qualities. Thanks to it, the ointment is able to relieve painful swelling. On top of that, the cream aids with moisturizing skin, thus preventing itchy flaking.

The cream is neither greasy nor cakey. It doesn't stain clothes. It doesn't leave an oily residue. However, it is a little sticky, so we still wouldn't recommend wearing clothes over it (at least not until it fully absorbs into the skin, which usually takes an hour).

Again, Uber Numb is an effective and cost-efficient tattoo numbing cream, plain and simple. That said, it can also help you with hemorrhoids, anal and/or retain pain, as well as lots of different skin disorders.

Review of UberScientific Numb 5% Lidocaine Pain Relief Cream

 

Hustle Butter Deluxe Tattoo Butter

Butter's Fine Too

A name like Hustle Butter Deluxe definitely has some clout to it, we'll give the company that much. But, when all is said and done, it isn't particularly great as a tattoo numbing cream. Of course, because it isn't a cream, among other reasons. It doesn't necessarily numb but rather soothes your skin.

As the title suggests, you can use it before, during, and after the procedure. Making the skin softer and more supple, it gives the needle superior glide, as well as helping moisturize and heal the skin afterward.

What really sells the product is its formula. More specifically, the all-natural formula that includes shea, mango, and aloe butter, sunflower, green tea, coconut, rice bran oils, and other plant extracts. It is certified cruelty-free, 100% vegan, as well as petroleum- and paraben-free. There's no grease in it and it doesn't transfer onto your clothes.

The butter is able to drastically reduce bleeding, redness, and swelling, promoting healing upon contact.

The manufacturers recommend warming it up in your hand for a minute or two before application. Otherwise, you won't get its full effect.

Bottom line, Hustle Butter Deluxe won't numb your skin, so you might still experience a little pain and discomfort in the process. That being said, it will treat and take care of your skin arguably better than any of these creams.

Review of Hustle Butter Deluxe Tattoo Butter for Before, During, and After the Tattoo Process

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What Is a Tattoo Numbing Cream?

Looking to get some ink? Great. There are lots of reasons why tattoos have been rising in popularity over the past decade. They tell a story, remind us of the things we went through or the qualities we need to push through, the continuous strength to take on new challenges. A tattoo allows one to stand out from the ink-less crowd. It doesn't have to be deep or particularly meaning though. It isn't necessarily supposed to be making one statement or the other. There's nothing wrong with imagery for the sake of imagery, an embellishment to a surely already attractive canvas.

The point is, tattoos are great. They do hurt, however. Hurt like hell. To make that pain a lot less noticeable and far more bearable, we recommend these tattoo numbing creams. Any self-respecting ink master should have one of these in his salon. Some of these creams are best used as a topical anesthetic, a pre-treatment solution to numb your skin and make the procedure less painful. Others will help you soothe your skin and take care of the tattoo post-factum. Just make sure to read our reviews, keeping in mind the formula and application. This way, you'll be able to choose the right cream.

To jumpstart your career as a tattoo artist, you can look into these tattoo machines.

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Publish Date: 2019-03-06 12:34:46