There are many numbing gels or creams out in the market. Many have been widely used by tattoo artists and tattoo shops that have also been endorsed by laser clinic and other aesthetic medicine services owners. The purpose of numbing cream is to numb the area prior to a painful skin procedure. There are tattoo artists who discourage their customers using anesthetic cream or gel because of the belief that numbing cream affects the tattoo quality and the healing time. The good news is that there are numbing creams that are water-based, so the cream will not affect the quality of the tattoo and even the healing process.
It is important to consider the effect and safety of the cream. You need to make sure that what you are using is something that would definitely work and will be able to help with the procedure you are going to have. Some artists have learned to effectively apply numbing cream for tattoos, especially to those sensitive areas such as the back of the knee, collar bone, face, ribs, private area, armpit, knuckles, toes, and with some people, the ankle. These areas have been avoided by tattoo artists as the most painful areas.
Be sure to look for a numbing cream or numbing gel which is water based to be certain that it does not affect the tattoo quality and healing time. There are tattoo artists who discourage their customers apply numbing cream for tattoos in fear of a potential chemical interaction between ingredients in the cream and the ink.