For many tattoo enthusiasts, the pain associated with the procedure is one of its greatest pleasures. But in addition to the enthusiasts who love the feeling of tattoo needles puncturing their flesh, there are tattoo newcomers (and even not-so-new-comers) that find the idea or the sensation of tattooing pain intolerable. After all, one of the most common concerns and questions tattoo artists hear is, “How much will it hurt?”
Luckily, there are plenty of tattoo anesthetic options for those people who want to get a tattoo but are worried about the pain. While the general anesthesia methods most common in medical and surgical procedures are not used in tattooing, there are a range of effective topical anesthetics that can take the edge off of tattooing pain. The four most common ingredients found in tattoo anesthetics are lidocaine, tetracaine, benzocaine, and epinephrine. In addition to these active ingredients, some tattoo anesthetics also incorporate natural ingredients like menthol, tea tree oil, or camphor to provide further comfort and relief during the tattooing process.
Tattoo anesthetic creams
Because the active ingredients take some time to be absorbed by the skin when administered via a cream, it is best for clients to apply numbing cream at least 15 minutes before the session begins. You should apply a thick layer over the area to be tattooed, and then either cover it with medical film or gently massage it into the skin for maximum effect. We carry a variety of topical numbing creams designed specifically for use in tattooing and body modification, such as Recovery, Zensa, and Super T.
Tattoo anesthetic sprays
Unlike tattoo anesthetic creams, tattoo anesthetic sprays do not have to be rubbed into the skin. It does still take the skin some time to absorb them, however. Bactine is one of the most popular and commonly-used anesthetic sprays in tattooing, since it also doubles as an antiseptic. We also carry high-quality anesthetic sprays from Ink-Eeze and Vasocaine.
Tattoo anesthetic gels
Most of the time, anesthetic tattoo gels are applied in addition to a cream or spray in order to boost their effects during the tattoo procedure, but they can be used as independent topical anesthetics as well. Just like creams and sprays, it takes at least 15 minutes for the skin to absorb the active ingredients in an anesthetic tattoo gel. We carry some of the most popular and trusted anesthetic tattoo gels on the market, including Ink-Eeze, Tattoo Soothe, Blue Gel, and Blue Ice.
Tattoo Anesthetic - If you're preparing to get a new tattoo and want topical anesthetic to soothe your skin during the tattooing process, we offer a full selection of tattoo numbing cream, gel and spray options. Choose from products like Dr. Numb, Derma Numb, Tattoo Soothe, Hush tattoo numbing spray and gel, H2Ocean Nothing pain-relieving soap with lidocaine, and other over-the-counter lidocaine cream and numbing spray topical anesthetic. Topical tattoo anesthetic can be a real life saver for clients with lower pain thresholds, so it's a good thing to always have on hand in your tattoo shop.