Dr. Numb Topical Anesthetic Cream Review
Ever since I started microneedling and epilating, I also started looking for topical anesthetic cream a.k.a. Numbing Cream because those procedures are one hell of a painful experience. People wonder why I would go the extra mile hurting myself when there are other ways available such as facial or shaving.
Well, first of all, facial treatment is totally different from microneedling. With facial, you only deal with what is superficial and that is the dermis, but with microneedling, you are promoting collagen production by pricking tiny needles to your face using a Derma Roller. You can actually see my blog talking about microneedling here.
I also epilate using an epilator, an electrical device used to remove hair by mechanically grasping multiple hairs simultaneously and pulling them out. I use to wax but it’s too much work, from making my own wax to almost burning myself because the wax is just too hot, so I decided to switch to epilating. Mind you, it is a lot more painful than waxing. It is like plucking 10 hairs at the same time. The areas I epilate the most are legs, abdomen, armpit and bikini area
I have already tried 2 topical anesthetic brands and Dr. Numb is the third. The reason why I keep on changing brands is that I want to know what brand works for me that would eventually be my preference for the future. But today, I will be giving my honest review of what I think about Dr. Numb Topical Anesthetic Cream.
Description: Dr. Numb® is an OTC (Over-the-Counter) Topical Anesthetic Cream that contains 5% lidocaine. It produces temporary numbness or loss of sensation of the skin and its surrounding tissues after its application. It is primarily used for relief of pain associated with skin conditions and dermal procedures including:
Dermal Fillers, Electrolysis, Hair Removal, Laser Treatments, Microblading, Microdermabrasion, Microneedling, Mole Removal, Permanent Makeup, Piercing, Spider Vein Removal, Tattoo, Tattoo Removal, Waxing
Biopsy, Cannulation, Catheterization, Dermal Curettage, Drug Allergy Test, Insulin Shots, Glucose Tests, Intravenous (IV) Drug Administration, Immunization, Injections, Lumbar Puncture, Minor Surgery, Surgical Stitches
Abrasions, Desensitization, Hemorrhoids, Insect Bites, Itching, Minor Burns, Minor Cuts, Muscle and Joint Pains, Pruritus Ani, Scabies Itch, Scrapes, Sunburn
- Non-invasive and Hypoallergenic
- Completely reversible and does not produce any residual effect on the nerve fiber
- Rapid onset of action (10-15 mins)
- Duration of action lasts up to 4 hours
- May be reapplied to prolong the numbness as necessary
- Does not cause irritation of tissues and nerves
- Contains Vitamin E for faster skin recovery
- Applicable to all skin types
Verdict: After epilation and microneedling procedure. I have different thoughts about each procedure because they are not all in one spot. When I did my epilation, I did it on my legs which apparently is the less painful area. But it’s another story with microneedling since the skin in our face is thin and more sensitive.
Following the leaflet application instruction, I washed the area with soap and water to soften the skin and open up the pores. Once dry, I applied a thick layer of Dr. Numb cream covering the entire target area, then reapplied another thick layer on top of the existing one. I used gloves to do this to prevent my fingers from numbing. If you don’t have gloves, use a clean spoon and use the back side or a tongue depressor or a popsicle stick that is used in arts and crafts. Never forget that you are not supposed to touch the cream. I then covered the area with cling wrap for an hour.
Leg Epilation. After an hour from the time of application, I can say my epilation procedure went smoothly. The skin in my legs went totally numb that I can’t even feel the pain of hair pulling, though I do feel some tingling sensation but it wasn’t uncomfortable. The procedure that I usually do for 20 minutes was finished in less than 10 minutes.
Microneedling. Following the application instruction and waiting for an hour, the pain of microneedling is less but it did not go away. I have moments when I have to stop and pause because it is becoming painful. If I would rate my pain scale with 10 as the highest when no anesthetic cream is applied, I would say I was at 4 using Dr. Numb. I even reapplied for the third time on the other half of my face and waited 45 minutes, but the lowest pain score I achieved is 3.
Conclusion: Anesthetic cream is a really big help if you have procedures to be done, but bare in mind that the effectiveness will also depend on your pain tolerance. My pain tolerance is low so probably that is the reason why I am still feeling the pain during microneedling regardless if I follow the application process perfectly. Location is also a big factor since there are parts of the body where the skin is thin or more sensitive such as the face.
Price: $64 CAD, currently on sale for $54 CAD
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for review purposes. Opinion is 100% mine.