Using a numbing cream is a good idea if you have a painful skin injury or an invasive procedure that will involve your skin. You can purchase over-the-counter pain creams or buy prescription creams that will be dispensed by your doctor. You can also make your numbing gel for tattoos and painful skin at home.
Lidocaine and benzocaine:
The active ingredients in most numbing creams include lidocaine and benzocaine. Lidocaine is a drug that numbs nerves and prevents the transmission of pain. Lidocaine is available in over-the-counter and prescription products. Some OTC products have higher concentrations of active anesthetics than prescription products. These creams are stronger and may be used for more painful procedures.
Numbing creams are typically used to relieve pain associated with skin injuries, insect bites, and minor abrasions. They are also used to prepare the skin for more invasive procedures such as surgery. It is important to follow the directions on the bottle and to apply the cream with care.
Ice packs may help numb bruised skin. Ice packs constrict the blood vessels in the area, which reduces blood flow to the skin and relieves swelling. Ice packs also help reduce pain associated with minor injuries. However, ice packs are not effective at numbing skin during a procedure. You should also be sure to remove the ice pack after 20 minutes.
Aloe vera gel is another good ingredient to use. It may help numb your skin, and it may also reduce the redness associated with sunburns. Aloe vera can be purchased at a chemist or grocery store. You can also apply a plantain poultice to burns to soothe the pain. Plantain can also be used for insect bites.
You can also use clove oil for pain. Clove oil is used to relieve toothache and is similar to benzocaine in its ability to numb skin. However, clove oil must be mixed with carrier oil before applying it to the skin. If you use clove oil in this way, you will have to be careful not to rub it too hard.
Before applying a numbing cream, make sure to wash the area to remove any dirt or oil. This will make the numbing cream work more effectively. You should also apply a clean cloth to the skin to allow the cream to set.