One of the best parts about getting a tattoo is how painless it is..said no one…ever. On the contrary, the process of getting tattooed is very well known for being painful in the name of art and beauty. Some tattoos are more painful than others depending on certain factors. Although there is no real solution to completely get rid of the pain while getting tattooed, there actually are a couple of ways to lessen the amount of pain while you’re on your way to permanent success.
Why Does Getting A Tattoo Hurt?
Needles are are used to implant ink into the second layer of skin known as the dermis, which is what allows the tattoo to become permanent. This process also damages the skin and causes blood clots, which in turn can cause bruising. The body’s natural defense is to swell the skin which can make the area more tender.
What Affects Pain When Getting Tattooed?
There are some factors that can determine how much pain one may experience versus another. Different areas tend to be more painful to get tattooed than others. Places with the thinnest skin, least fat and the most nerve endings such as inside the upper arm/ elbow, feet, ankles, armpits, and the side of the calf are known to be the most painful. Those with less body fat and those who may be heavier with looser skin may experience more pain. Older skin may also be more prone to bruising. Biological men are also naturally dispositioned to experience pain differently from biological females because of their chemical makeup.
Lessening The Pain
Taking breaks during sessions can help if you’re having trouble dealing with the pain. Over the counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen can help to lessen the amount of pain experienced as well.
Lidocaine is a topical anesthetic that is well known and widely used in the tattoo industry. It blocks nerve signals in the brain to reduce pain and discomfort. H2Ocean’s Nothing Pain Relieving Foam Soap contains 4% max lidocaine and is specifically formulated to numb and disinfect your skin during the tattoo process. It is enriched with soothing aloe vera and is perfect for those with sensitive skin. This all natural antibacterial and antimicrobial soap is not harsh and it prevents the onset of excessive drying and scabbing. Nothing is impossible to tattoo with H2Ocean Nothing products. The sea salt and aloe start the healing process while you tattoo!
One of the best things you can do if you’re concerned about the potential pain of getting tattooed is to do your research and be prepared. Knowing the location and what is involved with your particular design can be helpful in making any decisions about your tattoo.