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Topical Numbing Cream for Electrolysis

Topical Numbing Cream for Electrolysis

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Electrolysis can be very uncomfortable for some people. The multiple zaps the client feels during the procedure can be painful, which is why many clinicians use a topical numbing cream on clients prior to an electrolysis procedure. Using a topical numbing cream on a patient’s skin prior to an electrolysis procedure will make the entire process easier.


Electrolysis is performed by inserting a hair-thin needle or probe into a hair follicle and then applying an electric current to the follicle to destroy it. The procedure works on a hair-by-hair basis. Electrolysis is an invasive procedure and can be painful, most likely on the level of continuous plucking or stinging. Most often performed on sensitive areas like the upper lip or the eyebrows, clients may feel like they need something to help reduce the pain or stinging sensation during the process.

Lidocaine Cream for Electrolysis

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Some Lidocaine topical anaesthetic creams are available over the counter, such as NeuroMed 7. Topical numbing creams work by being absorbed into the layers of skin being treated so that there is no sensation during the treatment. It is important to follow the guidelines correctly when applying lidocaine cream, to insure that it works correctly, but also to ensure that you do not use too much or for too long as this may cause certain side effects.


NeuroMed 7, for example is supplied in single-use, sanitary, metered dose packets. This makes it real easy to know how much to use. The good thing about single-use, sanitary, packets, is that they also eliminate the risk of outside contaminants entering the container, such as is the case with multi-use jars and tubes each time they are reopened for subsequent uses.

Why Use Skin Numbing Cream for Electrolysis?

Electrolysis is the only proven method of permanent hair removal. Everyone at some stage becomes concerned about unwanted hair on their face or body that they want removed. Electrolysis is the only proven method of permanent hair removal. Everyone at some stage becomes concerned about unwanted hair on their face or body that they want removed. Electrolysis is a treatment that can be done quickly to remove those hairs which can possibly involve pain along the way, depending on the tolerance of the person.


The sensitivity of the skin, condition, strength and location of the hair determine the treatment plan. Depending on the area of skin to be treated and whether the hairs are concentrated to a small area, will affect the amount of time between treatments. However these are not the only things you should look into. People with low pain threshold should be given consideration as well. As a result, the latest trend for this procedure is the use of a skin numbing cream for electrolysis. The highly recommended cream for this procedure is NeuroMed 7 skin numbing cream for electrolysis.

Electrolysis Prep Checklist

You must work as close to your client’s pain threshold as possible for the most effective electrolysis hair removal treatment.  Here are some tips you can offer clients to increase their comfort level during your electrolysis procedure:


  • Help your client get as comfortable as possible during the treatment.
  • Ask your client to avoid stimulants like caffeine, chocolate or sugar on the day of your appointment.
  • Remind your client to avoid sun exposure 48 hours prior to your treatment to avoid dilation of the blood vessels.
  • Female clients may find that they are more sensitive during or right before their menstrual cycle and may want to avoid making appointments during that time.
  • Clients should drink plenty of water the day before, the day of and the day after the treatment. Dehydrated follicles are more difficult to treat. Hydration will also help skin heal more quickly.
  • Some clients find a meal just before treatment helps reduce discomfort.
  • Many clients find that taking their favorite pain reliever 30 minutes prior to their appointment makes their treatment more comfortable.
  • Apply a topical pain relief cream prior to the procedure.  The most popular choices include EMLA (by prescription) and NeuroMed 7 (non-prescription).