If you’ve got an uncomfortable procedure coming up - like a tattoo, a waxing session, or maybe you’re getting an injection or a blood sample, you might be thinking of ways to help reduce the pain. …read moreSee less
So, why not take the sting out by applying numbing cream beforehand? It’s anaesthetic in a tube and works by stopping the pain signals from reaching your brain, keeping you pain-free for up to two hours.
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How does numbing cream work?
The ingredient in numbing cream is usually lidocaine which is an anaesthetic.
Numbing cream works by blocking the sodium channels so that the nerves can’t send signals to the brain to let it know that the body’s in pain.
Does numbing cream have any side effects?
Like everything, a numbing cream may produce side effects in some people, but they’re usually mild.
You may experience a skin reaction, a sensation of burning, itching or tingling.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, seek medical assistance immediately.
When is it not suitable to use numbing cream?
Numbing cream is suitable for most people, but it shouldn’t be used on infants under 37 weeks old.
If you have any open wounds, rashes or active eczema you shouldn’t apply a numbing cream to these areas.
Don’t put the product near your eyes, the inside of the nose, ear, or mouth, in the anus, or on the genitals if it’s for a child under 12.
When should numbing cream be used?
Getting a painful procedure done doesn’t necessarily need to cause you pain - try a numbing cream to take the sting out of uncomfortable treatments.
Using a numbing cream before a wax, tattoo, injection or blood sample can effectively minimise pain.
You should be pain-free for up to two hours after each application.