Pain is a part of life. But we don’t have to suffer. There are many ways to treat pain. One of the best ways is to use a numbing cream. Here are some great ways to use the cream to alleviate pain and keep life moving forward.
Numbing Cream for Waxing
Waxing is a fast and effective way to get rid of unwanted hair just about anywhere on the body but if you’ve found yourself covered in hot, sticky wax before, you know how unpleasant the process of removing it can be. Can you imagine smooth results without any of the pesky pain?
Next time you head to the salon, pick up some numbing cream. Apply to the area as directed and your waxing experience should be much more enjoyable. If you’re unsure of what to get, call your salon beforehand for a recommendation.
Numbing Cream for Tattoos
Whether you’re getting your first or tenth tattoo, you can expect a little bit of pain. While some tattoo artists frown upon the use of numbing cream, it’s the best way to enjoy your tattoo experience if pain makes you a bit queasy.
It’s important to use the right kind of numbing cream for your tattoo. One without epinephrine won’t last through the entire session and you’ll still have to deal with the pain if you want to finish your new ink.
Numbing Cream for Piercing
If you’re considering a body piercing, pain might be on your mind as a concern. Some parts of the body hurt more than others but regardless of the location, the right numbing cream can make all the difference. A cream with both lidocaine and prilocaine will work best to ease the sting. If you want to increase the effectiveness, try applying ice for a few minutes after the cream.
Numbing Cream for Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is becoming more common as it becomes more affordable and effective. But it still can be uncomfortable and when you have to undergo several sessions for full results, going back each time can get harder and harder. Enter the numbing cream!
Make sure that it’s long lasting because it’s recommended that you apply it one hour before your session for best results. Here’s a bonus tip-avoid caffeine the day of your appointment as well.
Numbing Cream for Shots
For some people, a fear of needles is pretty serious. Whether you need a single shot to prevent a common illness or find yourself receiving regular medication via a needle, you might never get used to the pain that such a small needle can pack.
The next time you need to head to the doctor’s office, apply a little numbing cream about an hour before your appointment. Again, the best combination is part lidocaine and part prilocaine.
Numbing Cream for Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are caused by swollen veins. Suffers can experience bulging, burning, pain and excessive itching in the rectal area. If you’ve ever suffered from this condition, you know that you’ll do just about anything to get rid of these pesky lumps.
Many reach for an over the counter hemorrhoid cream. However, while these creams will help to bring on recovery, they don’t always contain a pain relieving ingredient.
Before you grab any cream, make sure that it contains lidocaine, which is safe and effective for the sensitive area. Most creams also include hydrocortisone but remember that this will only help with associated itching. Always check the ingredients before purchasing.
Numbing Cream for Derma Roller
Have you ever used a derma roller? It’s an instrument made from a plastic roller head that’s covered in tiny titanium needles. The idea behind the procedure is that as the needles penetrate the skin, channels are created which allow for easier absorption of skin care products. The procedure also gently exfoliates, helping improve the appearance of scars and turning back the effects of aging by minimizing wrinkles and fine lines.
Even though the benefits sound amazing, let’s not forget that you’re rolling needles over your skin. There’s going to be some pain associated with the procedure. Some can tolerate it but if you’re not one of them, a basic numbing cream will allow you to use a derma roller without discomfort.
Numbing Cream for Ear Piercing
While we’ve already covered body piercing, ear piercing is a little different. Because our ears are mostly made from cartilage, it can be a little more difficult to numb the area. Make sure that the cream you use includes lidocaine. It should be applied in a thick layer to the lobes, at least a half hour before the piercing.
In order to make sure that the cream is working, wrap the lobes in plastic wrap. Before piercing, be sure to wipe off any excess cream.
Numbing Cream for Nipples While Breastfeeding
There’s no doubt about the benefits of breastfeeding but for the dedicated breastfeeding mom, the pain associated with feeding times can be too much.
The most important thing to consider when choosing a numbing cream in this situation is whether or not the cream is safe for the baby. Some include ingredients that should not be ingested and even if you can no longer see the cream, a baby could still be exposed to its ingredients during a feeding.
For this reason, it’s best to speak with your doctor or your child’s physician. There are some creams available only by prescription that might be your best option. If you have an over the counter option in your medicine cabinet, always discuss the ingredients with a medical professional before applying it.
Pain goes hand in hand with certain elective procedures. But we don’t have to suffer through them. The next time you need a shot, schedule a waxing or find yourself heading out with a group of friends for a tattoo, remember that numbing cream can help to soften the pain and allow you to focus on what you want to and enjoy the experience.