How does Numbing Cream Work?
The working mechanism of a Numbing Cream mainly depends on the active ingredients in the mix. Most of the tattoo numbing ingredients fall under three categories:
Nerve Deadeners: The Green TKTX Tattoo Numbing Cream contains a chemical called Lidocaine that deadens the nerves in the skin and thus prevents those nerves from registering pain. Nerve deadeners are great, but they don’t sink much below the surface of the skin. So, Lidocaine alone is not 100% effective for tattoos
Nerve Blockers: Tetracaine is the main ingredient that blocks the nerves. Although the nerves register some level of pain, they don’t send the “OW” signal to the brain. But, Tetracaine cannot prevent the nerves from registering pain on their own. So, in most of the Numbing Cream you will find that the nerve blockers are usually combined with nerve deadeners that prevent involuntary flinching. They can also be used for numbing during permanent eyeliner application.
Vasoconstrictors: The most powerful numbing agent that you will be able to use are Vasoconstrictors. Vasoconstrictors include epinephrine found in Green TKTX Tattoo Numbing Cream which works by causing constriction of the blood vessels and thus reduces bleeding. The absorption process is also slowed down by these chemicals and so when mixed with other numbing agents, they last longer. Epinephrine mixes are great for Tattoo sessions, as they cut down on swelling and bleeding. Green TKTX Tattoo Numbing Cream acts quickly, reduces bleeding, and can be safely used during the session, making it the most effective Numbing Cream available on the market.
How to use Tattoo Numbing Cream?
A little bit of trial and error is required to get the process completely right. Follow the below-mentioned steps to ensure that your clients experience a pain-free session.
(1) Wash the client’s skin with a numbing wash or green soap: Before cleaning the numbing solution, you need to remove all the oil and dead skin. Green soap works fine, but numbing washes keep the skin pH neutral and thus increase the numbing effect of other topicals. Green soap contains a small amount of alcohol, which not only makes the skin more acidic but also slows down or stops some sprays and creams.
(2) Apply the Numbing Cream…and wait: Apply the Green TKTX Tattoo Numbing Cream and then wait for about 5- 30 minutes for the area to numb. The amount of time required mainly depends on the area where it is applied to. Thicker skin takes a long time to numb than thin skin.
(3) Wash off the Numbing Cream and start the tattoo: Once the area is numb, wash off the Numbing Cream and start the tattoo. The cream need not be on the skin to keep working.
(4) Apply an approved spray every 15-20 minutes during the session: The broken-skin approved spray, preferably a vasoconstrictor, will keep the area numb throughout the session. You can transfer the spray to a small spray bottle with a nozzle which will make it easier to bag.
Common Numbing Cream Myths Debunked
Myth 1: Cleaning the skin before applying the Numbing Cream makes no difference: False. One of the most effective things you can do to help out the absorption of your Green TKTX Numbing Cream is to clean and exfoliate the skin before you apply it. This is because the epidermis is the toughest layer for a Numbing Cream to absorb through. The absorption capability is greatly enhanced when you remove its outer layer through exfoliation.
Before your appointment, make sure to thoroughly wash the area with skin-care products that are fragrance-free and exfoliate. For micro-blading or hair removal procedures, exfoliate before the 48-72 hour window prior to the appointment.
Myth 2: Tetracaine, Lidocaine, Benzocaine, and Prilocaine all work the same way: Although all these caines are numbing agents, each type has its unique qualities. They vary greatly in their speed of numbing, strength of numbing, and toxicity. The Green TKTX Numbing Cream contains Lidocaine which is the most widely used caine on account of its strong numbing properties. This is the least toxic out of all of them and also works the quickest.
Myth 3: All topical anesthetics are meant to be applied the same way: A specific application method is required for every Numbing Cream formula for optimal absorption. The topical anesthetics are available in a variety of textures, like ointment, gel, and cream-based options with distinctive ingredient compounds. While some topical anesthetics require them to be refrigerated, there are some that work better when covered with saran wrap.
Always listen to a professional at the local studio and follow the instructions on the packaging of the Green TKTX Tattoo Numbing Cream for complete info on the cream you are using.