How to Pierce With Numbing Cream

Written by susan reynolds
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EMLA cream was originally designed to take away the sting associated with medical injections. Since then, it has evolved into a tool used by people who want to numb their skin for tattoos and body piercings. EMLA cream is a topical anaesthesia made of lidocaine and prilocaine that must be prescribed by a doctor. You cannot buy it over the counter at a drugstore. When applied to the skin, it will effectively numb the area for up to an hour.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • EMLA cream
  • Cling film
  • Piercing kit

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Visit a physician and ask for an EMLA cream prescription.

  2. 2

    Get your prescription filled at a drugstore.

  3. 3

    Go home and squeeze some EMLA cream onto a cotton ball and rub a thick layer over the area you want to numb.

  4. 4

    Cover the layer of EMLA cream with cling film and leave it on for an hour.

  5. 5

    After an hour, remove the cling film, and wash off the EMLA cream with soap and water.

  6. 6

    Rub a topical disinfectant like rubbing alcohol over your skin to clean it and kill any germs. Your skin should be totally numb for up to an hour after removing the cling film.

  7. 7

    Go to a professional piercing studio or pierce your skin with a hollow piercing needle that has been sterilised in an autoclave, and insert your sterile body jewellery.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear sterile rubber gloves and only use professional piercing tools if you are body piercing at home.

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