When someone says “Tattoo Cream,” it can mean three different things: a numbing cream to make the tattooing process as painless as possible; an after-tattoo cream designed to keep the newly tattooed area moist and to promote healing; and lastly, for those with regrets, it can also mean a cream to help remove the tattoo design that no longer pleases its owner. Tktx numbing cream Uk
Let’s look at these various types of tattoo creams individually:
This allows you to get a tattoo without (or at least with a reduced level) of pain associated with the procedure. One popular cream called “EMLA” is a mixture of lidocaine/prilocaine and comes both in cream and in topical disk form. The cream is applied under a dressing, and the disk is applied to the area of the skin to be numbed and in about 60 minutes time, the area is ready to be tattooed. The effects of the cream or disk last about 2 hours.
In the U.S. and Canada, EMLA is only available via prescription.
A non-prescription alternative to EMLA is LMX-4, which has a 4% concentration of lidocaine as it’s active ingredient.
Both are pricey. LMX-4 will set you back approximately $41.00 for a.05 fl. oz. tube, while EMLA in a 2.5% concentration can run up to $65 for 30 grams of the cream.
Another non-presription alternative numbing cream is “Dr. Numb” Pre Procedure Tattoo Numbing Ointment, which is a 13% lidocaine cream that retails on Amazon.com for $39.03 for 30 grams.
Lastly, there is Vasociane Tattoo Numbing Ointment 5% Lidocaine, which comes in spray form, and costs $30 for 4 oz. on Amazon.
It should be noted that there are many other similar products on the market available online or at your local drug store.
Although instructions for aftercare generally vary from tattoo technician-to-technician, they all agree on the need to keep a fresh tattoo out of the sun, and well-moisturized to avoid scabbing and cracking which can affect the final look of a healed tattoo.
Some will recommend products specially formulated for aiding healing of tattoos such as Tattoo Goo, or simple OTC ointments such as A&D Ointment, Bacitracin, Aquaphor or Eucerin lotion. The important thing is to keep your new tattoo well moisturized at all times. Applying ointments or lotion also help with the itching associated with the healing of the tattoo.
Before investing in any tattoo removal creams, you should know that there is an FDA alert against them.
Why? Because one such cream called Tatex received complaints that the product caused acute inflammation, and secondary infections of the skin. Because of this complaint, the FDA does not recommend any tattoo removal product to be safe.
Most dermatologists will tell you that removing tattoos via a cream is virtually impossible. You may see some fading after a number of months’ of using a product faithfully, but your patience and money will run out long before your tattoo is gone. Laser therapy is by far the most effective means of removing unwanted tattoos, but even laser treatments cannot always successfully remove 100% of all tattoos.
In summary, think carefully about your decision to acquire a tattoo, as they are nearly impossible to remove without expensive and painful laser therapy. Always follow your tattoo technician;s recommendations for after care, and for the timid, think about using a numbing cream or spray to make your inking less painful.
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