What is the best thing you can take to avoid pain when tattooing? We give you two simple super effective methods.

If you have arrived at this article, you certainly intend to get a tattoo, it is clear, and you are worried about the pain if you will be able to resist a full session or not. Well, first I will tell you what peace of mind, a tattoo you do where you do it hurts but the pain is acceptable because your body supplies a substance that calms this pain to make it more sustainable. Anyway, don't be fooled, no matter how much you want to avoid it, a tattoo hurts, more or less intensely ... but it hurts. And if the question you ask me is: "What can I do so that it doesn't hurt to get a tattoo?" ... my answer is simple ... don't get a tattoo.

Cosmetic procedures such as waxing, tattoos, and body piercing can cause skin pain. When this happens, the skin can be numbed with the application of ice or topical anesthetics. Ice causes blood flow to decrease and the skin to go numb. Topical anesthetics are chemicals such as benzocaine, lidocaine, and prilocaine, which act on nerve endings in the skin creating a numbing effect. We will show you some ways to ease the pain.


Method 1 of 2: EMLA Topical Cream

Let's put the straw aside focusing attention on a method that for me is the most effective, and for the record, emla's do not pay me, lots of tattooists have been using it for 10 years and although it is not 100% effective , at least it gives the desired results. My tips before using this cream are: apply topical anesthetics only to the area you want to numb. You can do this to numb the skin before you get a tattoo, but it also works for body piercing or removing hair from the skin.

Follow the manufacturer's instructions when using topical anesthetics. Reapply the cream after the procedure to relieve pain.

This will be applied abundantly over the area to be treated, being even necessary a tube of 30 grams. if the area is extensive (legs, thorax, abdomen, ...) and emphasizing the areas of greatest sensitivity. The area will be occluded with Osmotic Film or the plastic transparent film used in the kitchen, and it will not be removed until the time of treatment.

The application of the cream will be done 1.5 to 2 hours before going to the appointment, not being necessary a longer time if the amount of anesthetic has been sufficient and taking into consideration that if the area to be treated is extensive, it implies a high amount of EMLA, which, although rare, could produce side effects such as drowsiness, excessive cushioning of the area, ... In areas such as facial (micro pigmentation), this protocol is not necessary, being enough to apply the cream repeatedly times, from half an hour before going for the treatment.


Brevity. This method has a short effect of one hour, and many people wake up the area in the middle of the tattoo, but for this I recommend stopping and replacing EMLA, covering again the area that we have not yet tattooed, avoiding removing the decal.

Major bleeding, I am not a doctor but I have verified that the area that we have treated with this cream bleeds more, or to be correct in the term: the wound coagulates much worse than without EMLA.


Method 2 of 2: Ice Method

Ice is nice. Numb the skin with ice before undergoing tattoos, or piercing a part of your body, it should be used after shaving the skin, not "before", the ice closes the pores of the skin, making it more difficult to remove hair. And this will cause more pain on the skin. Of course once the hair has been removed the ice is nice again.

Put the ice in a plastic bag if you want to numb the skin. This will prevent frostbite, and it is much cleaner.

Rub or hold the ice for 5 to 7 minutes. The area will feel cold and after a few minutes it will turn red, you may have a slight pain and a burning sensation. This will quickly turn into numbness.

Remove the ice. Don't keep the ice on for more than 10 minutes as it could cause frostbite. This occurs when your skin is exposed to very low temperatures for too long, which could damage your skin.



Don't use heating pads after you've applied numbing creams. When the skin heats up, it allows more anesthesia to enter your bloodstream.

Do not apply topical anesthesia to open skin because the chemicals in the cream will enter the bloodstream more easily and delay healing.

Don't use ice to numb your skin if you've had frostbite before. Because the skin will be even more sensitive to the application of ice.

Applying ice decreases blood flow. Do not use it if you have circulation problems.

Do not use a topical anesthetic on large areas of the skin, this will increase the number of chemicals that enter the bloodstream.

If you develop a skin rash after applying topical anesthetics, stop using them immediately.


Besides, if these two methods still make you uncomfortable, how about trying our tattoo stickers? You can choose your favourite piece and no need to worry about any pain that tattoo will bring you. Further more, our stickers are made from all nature materials, can last for 1 to 2 weeks on average, and can be removed easily by body oil.