Published on 22 January 2023 at 12:41

Topical anesthetics, more familiarly known as skin numbing creams can be used during skin penetration procedures such as tattooing, body piercing, laser treatment, tattoo removals or aesthetic work to reduce pain or sensitivity in the areas they are applied. 

Some people have high pain tolerance and see the pain as a part of the process, others don’t. There is nothing wrong with wanting to stay as comfortable as possible during the session, numbing creams can help with relieving any discomfort from your procedure.

Not only does it reduce pain and sensitivity, the creams also contains beneficial ingredients that can prevent swelling and inflammation during- and after the process.


The most sensitive zones in your body when it comes to (tattooing) needles are the soft areas, such as; the stomach, face, ears, lips, hands, feet and neck. Also parts that are close to the bones and tendons like the ribcage, chest, spine, armpits, and even the ankles are soft to say - delicate.

Numbing creams differ depending on the active ingredients that they contain. For now we will focus on the active ingredient in the majority of numbing creams including our TKTX numbing cream - Lidocaine. Ingredients like Lidocaine, prevent pain by blocking the signals at the nerve endings in the skin. It basically stops the nerves from sending pain signals to your brain.


Using numbing cream is a great way for people who might have a low pain threshold and want to reduce the pain of their procedure. Apart from the physical aspect, numbing creams can also be very beneficial for people who are prone to anxiety or persons that worry about being in discomfort which again keeps them from getting the tattoos, piercing or aesthetic work they want. In those cases, reducing the part of physical pain can really help with the psychological pain.

And did you think about the benefit on the side of the artist? As they can concentrate on finishing the tattoo and not have to give you constant breaks or continue the tattoo in another session, win-win! 


Hence numbing creams are the perfect solution on reducing local pain while getting a tattoo, piercing, minor surgery such as semi-permanent make up or micro blading, hair-, laser removal treatments and injections.


Our numbing cream penetrates deeper into the skin for up to 40% more effect than other creams. Here at TKTX we have a wide assortment of numbing creams varying in strength and length that can be suited to different situations and procedures. The cream composition can vary depending on the colour type you are choosing. (For example: the TKTX Green numbing cream 40 - and TKTX Green numbing cream 55 are the most potent we offer, which numbs in 1-2 hours and lasts 3-5 hours. While the TKTX Blue numbing cream numbs the skin in 1-2 hours and only lasts 1-2 hours and fast numbs such as TKTX White numbing cream are effective in 25-35 minutes with an duration of 30 min to 1 hour).

You should apply the numbing cream a certain amount of time before starting the session or procedure. The time in advance depends on the area you are applying the cream on and the desired length of time of duration. Hence it's important to make sure you are choosing the right numbing cream applicable to you and your procedure. For more information and instructions on how to use our TKTX creams visit this page.

All of the TKTX are water based instead of oil based so no need to worry about it affecting the ink from your tattoo and the healing process. Tattoo artists can trust the cream doesn't leave a slippery surface on the skin.

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