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Does numbing cream affect tattoos? Read this before using it

Updated: Dec 21, 2023


Does tattoo numbing cream work?

Does numbing cream affect tattoos, either in the quality of the work or in the healing process? The answer is complicated, and it is dependent on both the product and the artist.


Many people are anxious about the pain associated with getting a tattoo, and there are numbing solutions available that can help reduce the discomfort. However, it’s important to remember that not all numbing solutions are created equal, and it’s essential to ask your tattoo artist before using one.



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Firstly, the ingredients in the numbing solution can have an impact on the tattoo process. Some artists may advise against using numbing creams as they can temporarily alter the skin’s texture, making the artist’s job more difficult. Additionally, the tones of the tattoo may appear different than intended once healed, compromising its appearance. It’s essential to consider the application process and the effectiveness of the numbing solution.

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Furthermore, it’s important to be aware of how long the numbing will last. If it starts to wear off during a long appointment, the pain may be more intense than normal. Some clients may even experience reactions to the numbing solutions, especially those with sensitive skin. If your tattoo artist approves of a numbing method, it’s crucial to follow the instructions closely.


However, not all artists are against numbing solutions. Some even partner with quality manufacturers to create their own tried and tested products they can safely offer clients. If your tattoo artist approves the use of a numbing cream, it’s wise to bring the product to your appointment just in case you or your artist have any questions or complications.



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When it comes to purchasing a numbing solution, it’s crucial to do your research and ensure that you’re buying a legitimate product. Unfortunately, knock-off products are prevalent in the market, so be sure to purchase from reputable sources.


Remember that at Hon Tattoo Studio we offer free estimates: in your consultation or even in your call you can ask your artist if he/she recommends using numbing cream for the specific tattoo you want to do, and if so, which one. If you don’t know the studio, stop by one of our locations, Vaughan, North York or Downtown Toronto. Or explore our website and discover the fabulous work of our artists.



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