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Is Tattoo Numbing Cream Necessary?

Why Use Tattoo Numbing Cream?

Getting a tattoo is such an amazing experience, but it is also a painful experience. Whether you have experience getting tattoos or not, the pain doesn’t ever get better. If you’re getting you’re very first tattoo and you aren’t sure what to expect, using a numbing cream before your session is always recommended – just make sure you tell your artist you used it. Tattoo numbing cream can be applied two ways – by yourself, or by your artist. If you want to learn how to apply skin numbing cream on your own, click here. Otherwise, you can have your artist apply it to the area you are getting tattooed. 

The reason why so many people use a skin numbing cream before getting a tattoo is that it isn’t a pleasant feeling – plain and simple. Getting a tattoo can take hours and you are constantly feeling the pain of the needle hitting your skin. The purpose of tattoo numbing cream is to alleviate the pain you feel during your session. Numbing creams act as nerve blockers so the area you apply it to doesn’t have much sensation, allowing you to sit for a couple of hours without feeling much. 

Now, are you curious if using a tattoo numbing cream is necessary? Let’s chat about that…

 

Is Using Tattoo Numbing Cream Necessary?

Depending on your tolerance for pain, you don’t always have to use a numbing cream. Most people who have a lot of tattoos don’t need to use a numbing cream because they know what to expect and they are used to getting tattoos.

The decision to use a numbing cream or not is really your personal preference. Some tattoo artists see it as being a routine step in getting a tattoo, while others don’t see a need for using it, especially if you already have a couple of tattoos. Getting a tattoo is your own experience, so whether you want to use a skin numbing cream or not is up to you! 

Numbing cream helps to decrease pain and sensation in the area it’s applied to, so if you don’t have a high pain tolerance, well... maybe you should consider using one. Pain tolerance is often built into our genetics, so don’t be ashamed if your pain tolerance isn’t as high. There are people who have hundreds of tattoos and still use a numbing cream to deal with the pain.

Tattoos are beautiful, but the feeling of getting them isn’t. No matter what your tolerance for pain is, getting hit with a needle thousands of times in a short time frame is never fun and it never gets easier. But, with the help of tattoo numbing cream, the experience of getting a new tattoo will be much more enjoyable.

If you’re looking to get a new tattoo but you aren’t sure you can handle the pain, I highly recommend trying out a skin numbing cream! They make the experience much more enjoyable, and it’s sure to make you want to come back for another tattoo!

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