Best Numbing Cream For Laser Hair Removal Guide

6 Best Numbing Cream For Laser Hair Removal Reviews 2018

What to look for in the Best Numbing Cream For Laser Hair Removal

While laser hair removal provides excellent results, it can be painful. What can you do to make it less painful? Simply get the best numbing cream for laser hair removal and learn how to apply it.

Top 3 Numbing Creams

4.5/5

  • Soothes skin irritations
  • Very easy to apply
  • Cream is recommended by the Baylor College Medicine's Department of Dermatology

4.2/5

  • Reaches numbing effect in 20 minutes
  • Allows you pain-free hair removal
  • Price friendly

4.1/5

  • Real pain reduction gel
  • Leaves pleasant scent on your skin
  • Great for laser tattoo removal too

Laser hair removal has long been one of the most popular cosmetic treatments for both women and men. Although not as painful as laser resurfacing or a deep chemical peel, laser hair removal can be really uncomfortable, to say the least.

Many clients who are having laser hair removal need to apply the best numbing cream for laser hair removal or a numbing lotion to make the procedure as painless as possible. The best numbing cream for laser hair removal is a triple anesthetic cream available at a compounding pharmacy.

If you are looking for a numbing cream for waxing or epilating, you should know that laser numbing cream will also work for you.

Lidocaine vs Benzocaine vs BLT

There are a couple of different types of numbing cream that you can buy. The main two types are lidocaine cream or benzocaine cream. Both act as an anesthetic and are often used to treat soreness, minor burns and small wounds.

The lidocaine for laser hair removal creams numb the applied area quicker as the cream is more water soluble and tends to last longer than the benzocaine.

Lidocaine

Lidocaine works by blocking your nerve endings. When your nerve endings are stimulated, sodium is produced. This causes an electrical signal build-up.

If this build-up becomes too large, the electrical signals start to travel to the brain, where they are interpreted as pain.

Benzocaine and Tetracaine

Benzocaine and tetracaine work as a chemical barrier. They prevent the electrical signals from building up within your nerve endings. This prevents your nerves from sending pain signals to the brain and you feel little to no pain.

If these two ingredients are so similar, why don’t the cream manufacturers simply use either lidocaine or benzocaine? Well, although both are tolerated well by the people using them, some of us may be allergic to one or the other or to some of the cream ingredients.

We do recommend that you do a patch test with the creams before applying to a large area to see if you are allergic to the ingredients.

BLT numbing cream contains benzocaine, lidocaine, and tetracaine. The most common formulation is a cream with benzocaine 20%, lidocaine 6%, and tetracaine 4%. The higher-strength combination creams can only to be obtained from a compounding pharmacy which specializes in anesthetic formulations.

Does numbing cream work for laser hair removal?

A short intro: laser hair removal involves using a concentrated light beam that focuses on pigment in hair follicles.

The surrounding skin should not be affected because it is not the same color as the hair. This is why it is recommended that you avoid tanning for six weeks before treatment. Tan skin will make the laser less effective at targeting only the pigment in the hair.

There’s another advantage of laser hair removal. Unlike shaving, which cuts the hair at the surface of the skin, the laser targets the hair follicle. As a result, repeated treatments make it possible to get permanent or semi-permanent hair removal.

Now, repeated treatments mean more pain unless you apply numbing cream for hair removal using laser. And to answer the question, yes - lidocaine cream for laser hair removal as well as benzocaine numbing cream both work!

What should you do before the treatment and how to apply the numbing cream?

For best results when using skin numbing cream for laser hair removal, follow the steps below:

  1. First, wash the treatment area thoroughly to remove any dead skin, bacteria or dirt.
  2. Apply the first layer of commercial or prescription numbing cream for laser hair removal to your skin for about 45 minutes to 1 hour before the treatment.
  3. Rub the first layer of skin numbing cream for laser hair removal into the skin until it completely soaks in.
  4. After that, apply the second, thicker layer to the skin but this time, don’t completely rub it in. You want it to sit on top of the treatment area.
  5. Just before your treatment, you should scrape off the second layer of cream, and rub any of the remaining cream into the skin as much as you can.

It’s worth mentioning that although a triple anesthetic cream, also called BLT cream, is by far the most effective, you’ll be fine with the best over the counter numbing cream products in our lineup, like hush numbing cream, unless you are super-sensitive to pain.

 There is no commercially available formulation that contains these three anesthetics together but we’ve rounded up the six best numbing creams available on the market.

Numbing Creams For Laser Hair Removal

Nobody said you have to endure pain to get your skin smooth and hair free. There are topical numbing creams you can buy over the counter and even get the whole process done at home. The main problem is getting the right cream that will keep the pain away 100%. Here are top six hair numbing products based on effectiveness.

This is the kind of product that has all the necessary ingredients that will shut down the nerves on your skin during laser hair removal. Lidocaine and Benzyl Alcohol do a good job in numbing the numbs.

However, you have to wait for some time before the cream starts to take effect. LMX5 is also not a cream per se. It kind of behaves like a gel which means it percolates through to the nerves easily. If you want a good cream at a fair price I would definitely recommend LMX5.

Things We Liked

  • Soothes skin irritations
  • Very easy to apply
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    Cream is recommended by the Baylor College Medicine's Department of Dermatology

Things We Didn't Like

  • It might work differently on various skin types

Numb master stands up to its name when it comes to allowing you pain-free laser hair removal. The cream also contains Lidocaine as the active ingredient which means it does its work effectively.

Numb Master also has micro-needling properties which mean it will give you more in terms of skin care. The price for this cream is also fair considering its superb qualities.

Things We Liked

  • Reaches numbing effect in 20 minutes  
  • Allows you pain-free hair removal
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    Price friendly

Things We Didn't Like

  • Applying is a bit complicated due to small container

This cream works well although the percentage of Lidocaine is slightly lower than LMX5 and Numb Master. I never had a problem leaving it for hours on my skin because it smells nice.

For the best results, you have to apply a really thick layer and leave it to sit on the skin until you are sure of numbness. It also washes off easily leaving you with a pleasant scent on your skin. As compared to other numbing creams this one is easy on the pocket.

Things We Liked

  • Real pain reduction gel 
  • Leaves pleasant scent on your skin 
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    Great for laser tattoo removal too

Things We Didn't Like

  • Applying is a bit complicated due to small container

The effectiveness of Lidocaine plus is slightly lower than the creams reviewed above. Perhaps this is because it contains low Lidocaine content. Furthermore, Lidocaine is not pure but comes in a Hydrochloride compound.

However, if you really want a product that is easy on your pocket then you should opt for this creams because it is one of the cheapest in the market. The cream also contains mint and aloe which have a soothing effect hours after washing the cream off.

Things We Liked

  • Formulated in a naturally derived and water-soluable base
  • Mint and aloe scent have soothing effect on your skin
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    Easy on your pocket

Things We Didn't Like

  • Light numbing effect

Dr. Numb is good but I have ranked it fifth because it more inclined to the tattoo industry as compared to hair removal.

Furthermore, it costs more than most creams in the market. When it comes to effectiveness, it does the job perfectly. The only shortcoming is that it does not last as long as most creams.

Things We Liked

  • Proven to numb 2-3 hours
  • Recommended for any kind of pain relief
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    Stable and consistent formula

Things We Didn't Like

  • One package might not be enough

Hush comes last in the list because it has low Lidocaine content and works slower as compared to the creams reviewed here.

However, it has aloe and a number of ingredients that makes it easy on the skin. It also absorbs well because it is more of a gel.

Things We Liked

  • Effective for tattoo removal, waxing and piercing
  • Safe for sensitive skin
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    FDA compliant 

Things We Didn't Like

  • If it last a bit longer would be better

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