Piercings: To Numb or Not to Numb, That is the Question

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous pain,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep; No more in pain; and by a sleep to say we end the heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks with only the very strongest numbing agents.

Quote: Almost Shakespeare

It’s well known that when getting a tattoo, wax, or laser hair treatment that you can relieve a lot of pain with a numbing cream, but what is less talked about is getting piercings.

Body piercing, a form of body modification, is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which jewelry may be worn or where an implant could be inserted. The word piercing can refer to the act or practice of body piercing, or to an opening in the body created by this act or practice. It can also, by metonymy, refer to the resulting decoration, or to the decorative jewelry used. Contrary to popular belief, that piercing is related to visual jewelry only, piercing implants alter body and/or skin profile and appearance (e.g. golden threads installed subdermal, platinum, titanium or medical grade steel subdermal implants). Although the history of body piercing is obscured by popular misinformation and by a lack of scholarly reference, ample evidence exists to document that it has been practiced in various forms by both sexes since ancient times throughout the world.

Unlike a tattoo, a piercing is a wonderful way to express ones personality and fashion sense, that isn’t permanent. Women and men alike flock to jewelry stores, malls and piercing shops to update their look with a piercing.

The nice thing about a piercing compared to a tattoo is that its a relatively quick procedure. The pain comes and goes quickly, and does not generally last for all that long. The downside is that a piercing needle is much larger than tattoo needles, and penetrates much deeper into the skin. This can cause the pain to be more intense, and makes a higher risk of getting an infection if proper procedures are not followed. It is imperative that you choose your place of piercing wisely, and choose a healthier deep penetrating numbing product to help with the pain. This is one of those situations where the wrong product can actually make things worse.

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To start with lets focus on selecting the right person to perform your piercing. I was at the mall a few weeks ago and one of my daughters was watching a young lady perform a few piercings in a booth at a common low cost jewelry store. I walked over to talk to her and saw that she was doing twin sisters who were getting their ears pierced for the first time, and didn’t change the needle in between the two sisters. When asked about it after, the tech shrugged and said “they are sisters, they have the same germs! Besides we only really have to be extra careful during an inspection there is nothing wrong with doing it this way the rest of the time…”

These are the type of problems that plague the piercing industry. Young adults who are left in charge of retail establishments and who view the actual piercing side of their business as a waste of their time, because they have “so many other things to do right now!” When choosing your establishment make sure to ask detailed questions about their piercing procedures, especially the sterilization methods they use. You should only get a piercing from a provider who can thoroughly explain how they keep their instrument safe, and who follow those same instructions. You will find these types of problems less at tattoo establishments that also pierce, because tattoo artists are already more regulated, and require a lot more training. That’s not to say you can’t get a safe piercing at the mall, or that every tattoo place will be safe, you gotta do your homework.

So now that you have a safe place picked out, lets talk a bit about numbing products. There are a lot of numbing agents out there, lidocaine is by far the most popular for tattoos, piercings and other painful skin procedures. The one thing that is important to remember in getting a piercing in particular is that over the counter lidocaine numbing creams are not required to be sterile by the FDA. In fact there is no specification from the FDA as to the amount of bacteria allowed to be in a numbing cream, it is left up to the companies themselves to determine a safe level. While this might not be an issue for many things, piercings are one of the few procedures that penetrate below the protective layers of skin, and if the area is not as sterile as possible, bacteria left behind could be carried right along.

We tested many of the most popular numbing products for microbial content, to see if we could recommend one that would provide the most protection from this risk, and the results were astounding! While some of the bacterial tests showed only 50-100 bacteria per milliliter, others showed hundreds or even thousands. The only product that was completely free of bacteria was a numbing product was called Numbify.

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Numbify is well known to be the strongest numbing products on the market. It is infused with healthy natural ingredients. While we were aware of Numbify.com’s powerful numbing strength, as well as its ability to penetrate deep into the skin (something that is very desirable when piercing that deep) we honestly expected them to have a high microbial count, because of the natural ingredients, but instead it was zero. To be sure it wasn’t a fluke we tested again, and then also tested more of their products from different batches, and every time the microbial count for Numbify was 0.

When picking a numbing cream to help get you ready for your appointment, you need deep penetrating power, and its a great idea to find a product that keeps their microbes in check. Numbify is an example to the industry of these requirements, and we wholeheartedly recommend them. We do recommend in particular their liquid gel product, as we found it to penetrate the deepest of all of their products.

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