Proper application of topical numbing creams is a key factor for peak efficacy (positive effect). When applied appropriately, you will get the most out of your anesthetic cream. Therefore, it is important to know how to apply topical lidocaine cream correctly.
How to apply topical lidocaine cream – massage it in real good until fully dissolved. Not too long, 30 – 45 seconds. – NeuroMed 7 begins its peak within 10 – 15 minutes, half the time as the rest!
While it is very important to know how to apply lidocaine cream correctly, it is also important to use an effective numbing cream. Not all topical anesthetics are created equal.
This article will address two primary points, one is how to apply topical lidocaine cream correctly and the other, how to choose an effective topical numbing cream. We have supplied with two links for proper application so you can see how to apply topical lidocaine the best ways. One of the links goes to a video of a doctor and medical educator showing and explaining how to apply topical lidocaine cream effectively. The other link goes to a page with our manufacturers protocol explaining how to apply topical lidocaine cream effectively.
These links should provide you with all the tools that you will need to learn exactly how to apply topical lidocaine cream most effectively, while still maintaining safety. There are a few tricks that some people use, including some doctors, to make their topical anesthetic cream more effective. Some of these include removing the barrier layer of the skin using skin taping techniques, while other include the use of pre-heating to increase the absorbance capability. We do NOT recommend these techniques and suggest you speak with your doctor before trying these out. Some medical clinicians use laser and ultrasound to improve penetrability if the product into the skin. Experienced physicians who have this equipment in their offices may employ one or more of these methods as well. These methods are well documented in formal approved studies and have been shown to increase the efficacy of topical anesthetic products. However, for most home applications these are not necessary steps required to ensure adequate effect.
A few of the things that help you to determine how to choose the best topical anesthetic lidocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine and/or prilocaine products are:
There are ingredients commonly known as skin penetration enhancers or also known as drivers. Driver help to improve the formulation deliver the active pharmaceutical ingredient, also known as, API, into the skin where it can do its job. The job of a numbing API, is simply, to numb the skin in order to reduce sensations of pain, burn and/or itch where it is applied locally to a specific surface area.
The most well known safe and effective drivers are:
Singly or in combination, these ingredients are know to help small therapeutic (pharmacologically effective) molecules, such as lidocaine, enter the skin in order to affect the nerves. By including the appropriate drivers, formulators can work to enure that the product will be at its peak performance level.
Always check the inactive ingredients to see if any or all of these drivers are included in your product before you decide to buy it.
Another helpful tip when searching for an effective topical anesthetic cream is the form of packaging. The reason for this is because those products supplied in single-use, sanitary packets tend to have a higher sanitary, aseptic presentation as opposed to those other products contained in packaging where the risk of contaminants entering due to the opening and reuse of a jar or tube of product may allow for contaminants to enter and be passed on.
Tattoos can be painful. Many use topical lidocaine cream to reduce the pain caused by tattoos procedures. Knowing how to apply topical lidocaine cream properly can help you to reduce the pain most effectively.