Numb Master is one of the strongest over-the-shelf numbing agents on the market. The main active ingredient is lidocaine (5%). Numb Master’s formula is designed to be fast acting and non-oily.
You can purchase a 4oz. jar of Numb Master on Amazon for $60.93 (or 1oz. for $20.48). This pre-treatment numbing agent is specifically marketed to relieve anorectal discomfort. It’s also used for dermarolling and other common procedures like:
- Laser hair removal
- Permanent makeup
- IV injections and blood drawing
For optimum results, Numb Master cream should be applied 20-30 minutes before the procedure. The numbing effect should last about 1 hour.
According to user reviews, Numb Master is most commonly used for hair removal procedures. “A must-have product for waxing!” writes Stacey J. Numb Master is an esthetician’s favorite for dermarolling. Users agree that it is more effective than Dr. Numb for use during tattoos.
The main complaint about Numb Master is that it is pricier compared to other products. Other downsides are that the jar is not as convenient as a tube and the cream tends to dry out more quickly than other numbing products.
HUSH anesthetic is the only numbing gel specifically formulated to be used before and during the tattooing process. In other words, there is no need to penetrate the skin before use.
HUSH is FDA compliant and does not have a negative effect on the ink or on the healing process. It was designed for use during tattooing, but can also be used for piercings, laser hair removal, tattoo removal, waxing, permanent makeup, electrolysis, and minor burns.
HUSH claims to provide pain-free tattooing for up to four hours. Amazon sells a 4oz. tube of HUSH for $37.99 (or 2oz. for $28.99).
HUSH does not contain epinephrine, but is slightly mentholated. Do not use HUSH if you are sensitive to menthol. In addition to the main active ingredient lidocaine (4%), HUSH gel contains a number of natural oils and herbs to promote healing.
Actual numbing experience varies by user. Tattooing over boney areas (like the ribs and knees) tends to cause more pain than other areas, and HUSH seems to be ineffective in these areas. On non-boney areas of the body, some users report numbness lasting 2-3 hours; other report numbness lasting 4-5 hours; and many users noticed no numbing effect whatsoever.
Most users report an “icy hot” sensation upon application. HUSH is appropriate for sensitive skin (but not if you are sensitive to menthol).
According to instructions, HUSH should be applied in a thick layer roughly one hour before the tattoo or hair removal process. Wrap the area in plastic wrap/saran wrap to allow the gel to absorb into the skin. HUSH’s numbing effect will lessen significantly if you do not follow these instructions.
While the product claims to speed the healing process and reduce irritation, tattoo artists will tell you something else. Many tattoo artists complain that numbing creams make the tattooing process far more difficult (the skin has already absorbed the cream and is less able to absorb the ink). This may result in numerous sessions or the artist having to go over the same area multiple times – which can cause later infection and additional pain.
Users agree that Dr. Numb is better than HUSH for most uses, but that HUSH is unbeatable for cosmetic applications.