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  • Published In : May 2024
  • Code : CMI7011
  • Pages :135
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  • Industry : Consumer Goods

Market Size and Trends

Global tattoo numbing cream market is estimated to be valued at USD 940.4 Mn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 2,014.8 Mn by 2031, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.5% from 2024 to 2031.

Tattoo Numbing Cream Market Key Factors

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Global tattoo numbing cream market is witnessing growth due to rising popularity of tattoos among millennial population globally. Wide availability of these products online along with increased social media marketing by key brands boosts product awareness. Moreover, advancement in formulation technologies have helped to launch more effective products that are long lasting and provide more comfort during tattoo application process. Manufacturers are also introducing novel formats such as roll on applicators and sprays to increase customer convenience. Further, rising disposable income levels in developing markets can expand the overall customer base for tattoo products including numbing creams.

Tattoo Numbing Cream Goes Mainstream

The growing popularity and social acceptance of tattoos has led to a significant rise in the global tattooing industry over the past decade. As more individuals opt for tattoos not just as a style statement but also due to diverse self-expression and customization needs, the associated pain and discomfort experienced during the tattooing process has also become a major concern. This increasing tattoo pain awareness among people has opened doors for new innovations like tattoo numbing creams to enter the market. Tattoo numbing creams containing lidocaine or prilocaine work by blocking the sodium channels in nerve cells, thereby preventing the conduction of pain signals from the skin to the brain. Their easy and safe application on the skin a few minutes before the tattoo work significantly reduces pain during the process. Several celebrities and influencers on social media platforms openly sharing their tattoo experiences with the help of these creams has massively driven their popularity in mainstream markets over the past few years. With more individuals getting comfortable with the idea of adorning body art and looking for techniques to enhance their tattooing comfort levels, the demand for specialized topical numbing creams is expected to steadily rise in the coming years. Technological advancement leading to development of long-lasting formulations, innovations in delivery methods for enhanced efficacy and growing overall health-consciousness among millennials and centennials will further support the strong market performance of tattoo numbing creams. Their increasing social acceptance as a mainstream method for tackling tattoo pain indicates highly optimistic growth projections for players in this evolving segment.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Tattoo Numbing Cream Market Concentration By Players

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Rise of At-Home Tattoo Aftercare

Getting a tattoo was once seen as a rebellious act confined to die-hard enthusiasts and those in certain subcultures. However, as tattoos move into the mainstream of self-expression, these are increasingly considered fashionable body art. Instagram and other social platforms play a big role in normalizing tattoos amongst younger generations as a means to reflect personality and experiences. During lockdowns, many people turned to at-home tattoo kits and created their own designs as a creative outlet.  This has boosted demand for effective at-home aftercare products to support proper healing. Traditional methods like using petroleum jelly are now deemed, outdated and inadequate. Dedicated numbing creams have emerged as a trusted option for those caring for new tattoos at home. These provide strong yet gentle numbing for the inevitable itching, peeling and soreness during the 2-week healing period. Young people especially appreciate the discretion and control that numbing creams afford over the recovery process. With tattoos pursued more independently, these products empower individuals to manage their self-care independently according to growing best practices.

Key Takeaways from Analyst:

Global tattoo numbing cream market is expected to witness steady growth due to growing awareness among people about using numbing creams to reduce pain during tattooing. As the stigma around tattoos has reduced significantly over the years and more people are openly getting tattoos, there has been huge demand for topical numbing products. However, stringent regulations pertaining to the ingredients used in numbing creams may hinder the market growth.

North America region dominates the tattoo numbing cream market and is expected to continue its dominance over the forecast period due to high acceptability of tattoos and the presence of numerous tattoo parlors in the region. Asia Pacific region is poised to be the fastest growing market due to increasing adoption of Western tattoo culture and rapidly improving disposable incomes in developing countries such as India and China.

Market players could focus on advancing their product formulations to provide better numbing for extended periods. Developing innovative applicator designs for ease of use can also drive the market growth. Furthermore, tapping the burgeoning male demographic through specially targeted marketing campaigns can boost sales prospects. However, companies must ensure compliance with regulations pertaining to lidocaine and other ingredients used.

Market Challenge: Stringent regulatory policies

Stringent regulatory policies by various government agencies on the ingredients used in tattoo numbing creams are proving to be a major roadblock in the growth of the global tattoo numbing cream market. Many countries have strict rules regarding the types of active ingredients that can be used in topical numbing creams meant for decorating or covering tattoos. Regulatory bodies like the FDA in the US closely monitor any cream or lotion containing lidocaine or similar topical anesthetics meant for tattooing. Any new products need to undergo extensive clinical trials and approval processes before being allowed to hit the market. This increases the research and development costs significantly for new entrants. Even relatively minor changes to approved formulations require re-testing and new approvals.

 Market Opportunity: Geographical expansion opportunities

Geographical expansion offers promising opportunities in the global tattoo numbing cream market. While the use of numbing creams is well-established in developed Western markets like North America and Europe, there remains vast untapped potential in other parts of the world.  As tattooing grows in popularity globally, more countries are gradually relaxing cultural stigmas around body art. younger generations in particular have become more open to self-expression through tattoos. This cultural shift paves the way for the introduction and increased acceptability of numbing creams which help reduce pain during tattoo sessions. Regions like Asia Pacific and Latin America harbor huge populations who may soon embrace tattoos as their societies become progressively more liberal in attitudes.

Tattoo Numbing Cream Market By Application

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Insights, By Application: Growing popularity among younger generations

In terms of application, tattooing segment is estimated to contribute the 71.3% share of the market in 2024, owing to its popularity among younger generations as a form of self-expression. Tattooing has now been increasingly accepted in mainstream culture. More people view tattoos as works of art on the body rather than symbols of rebellion. Social media platforms allow people to share and admire detailed tattoo designs, thus, increasing interests in tattoos. Getting new tattoos or adding to existing ones has become a fun way for people to commemorate important events or honor loved ones. Numbing creams are helpful for reducing pain during long tattoo sessions, appealing to those seeking larger, elaborate designs. The customizable nature of tattoos also satisfies people's desires to constantly update their looks. As a genre of body modification gains wider approval, demand has grown for associated products like numbing creams that enhance the tattooing experience.

Insights, By End User: Women segment dominates due to increasing consumption of tattoo numbing cream by womens

In terms of end user, women segment is estimated to contribute the 61.2% share of the market in 2024, owing to their increasing comfort with displaying tattoos publicly. Traditionally seen as taboo for women, tattoos are now a common fashion statement and expression of identity embraced across gender lines. Women nowadays feel freer to get meaningful designs inked on parts of the body that once thought too revealing. Numbing creams enable sitting longer for intricate, colorful tattoos favored by many female clients. Social norms have also relaxed regarding women in pain, making numbing products a practical option welcomed by tattoo artists and their customers. Peer support from rising celebrity actress participation in the tattoos trend has encouraged everyday women that the modifications can suit any lifestyle.

Insights, By Distribution Channel: Offline distribution captures loyal customers

In terms of distribution channel, offline segment is estimated to contribute the 71.3% share of the market in 2024, owing to customers' trust in knowledgeable staff. Tattooing remains an intimate process where forming a relationship matters as much as the final ink product. Shop owners take pride in their reputations, reinforced by providing supplies ensuring quality work from their artists. Providing numbing creams familiar to regular clients keeps client loyal to the shop returning instead of searching elsewhere. Internet reviews share positive in-store experiences that draw new customers, thus, increasing walk-in traffic. Committed to sanitation with strict guidelines, offline shops emerge as safe havens for expression through permanent body art. Their specialized product assortments and expert guidance match the investment clients make in meaningful tattoos.

Regional Insights

Tattoo Numbing Cream Market Regional Insights

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North America region currently dominates the global tattoo numbing cream market with estimated 34.7% market share in 2024. With the U.S. having the highest number of tattoos per capita in the world, it represents the largest market for products supporting the tattoo industry. The widespread cultural acceptance of tattoos in the region means that more people are regularly obtaining new ink work done. This consistently high demand for numbing creams makes North America an attractive hub for manufacturers. Several leading brands are headquartered in the region and supply shops across the globe. The strong establishment of tattoo shops and artists strengthen awareness and demand for numbing creams during the process.

Asia Pacific region is poised to be the fastest-growing market for tattoo numbing cream. While the social stigma around tattoos remains relatively high as compared to Western countries, attitudes are gradually becoming more liberal especially among younger generations. Major markets like India, China, and Southeast Asian nations are witnessing increasing participation in body art. The overall rise in disposable incomes allows more consumers to pursue tattoos for self-expression rather than just traditional/cultural reasons. International tourism across Asia's popular destinations also introduces foreign visitors to the locally growing practices. This growing popularity of tattooing stimulates the need for pain-management products. The large Asia Pacific population represents high upside potential for manufacturers as the market matures. Several multi-national brands are actively working to strengthen distribution networks and brand awareness in promising emerging markets.

Market Report Scope

Tattoo Numbing Cream Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 940.4 Mn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 to 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 11.5% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 2,014.8 Mn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Application: Tattoo Removal and Tattooing
  • By End User: Men and Women
  • By Distribution Channel: Online and Offline 
Companies covered:

OEK FACTORY, Zensa Skin Care, Salvepharma, Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd, Hera Beauty Ltd, Tattoo Numbing Cream Co., Dr. Numb, Toochi Tattoo, Centura Pharmaceuticals, Bulletproof industries NZ, Painless Topical Anaesthetic Cream, Beardo India, Tattoo Fix care, Cellular cosmetics, Pure Source, Lady Burd, My Skincare Manufacturer

Growth Drivers:
  • Tattoo Numbing Cream Goes Mainstream
  • Rise of At-Home Tattoo Aftercare 
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Stringent regulatory policies
  • Side effects of numbing cream ingredients

Key Developments

  • In May 2024, Branded Legacy, Inc. announced collaboration with celebrity tattoo artist Kat Tat for new tattoo aftercare product
  • In April 2024, Blink 182's Travis Barker launched tattoo aftercare collection
  • In 2023, Mad Rabbit launched the Tattoo Balm & Aftercare Cream
  • In 2022, Mad Rabbit launched numbing cream that alleviates pain in the tattoo process

*Definition: Tattoo Numbing Cream Market consists of various topical numbing creams that are applied to the skin prior to getting a tattoo. These numbing creams work by temporarily blocking pain receptor signals from the skin to reduce sensitivity and discomfort during the tattoo application process. These provide a safe, natural, and effective alternative to prescription numbing injections for those looking to lessen pain from tattoo needles without long-term numbing side effects.

Market Segmentation

  • Application Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Tattoo Removal
    • Tattooing
  •  End User Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Men
    • Women
  •  Distribution Channel Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Online
    • Offline
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Mn, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • Zensa Skin Care
    • Salvepharma
    • Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd
    • Hera Beauty Ltd
    • Tattoo Numbing Cream Co.
    • Dr. Numb
    • Toochi Tattoo
    • Centura Pharmaceuticals
    • Bulletproof industries NZ
    • Painless Topical Anaesthetic Cream
    • Beardo India
    • Tattoo Fix care
    • Cellular cosmetics
    • Pure Source
    • Lady Burd
    • My Skincare Manufacturer

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of global tattoo numbing cream market is projected to be 11.5% from 2024 to 2031.

Tattoo numbing cream goes mainstream and rise of at-home tattoo aftercare are the major factors driving the growth of global tattoo numbing cream market.

Stringent regulatory policies and side effects of numbing cream ingredients are the major factors hampering the growth of global tattoo numbing cream market.

In terms of application, tattooing segment estimated to dominate the market in 2024.

OEK FACTORY, Zensa Skin Care, Salvepharma, Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd, Hera Beauty Ltd, Tattoo Numbing Cream Co., Dr. Numb, Toochi Tattoo, Centura Pharmaceuticals, Bulletproof industries NZ, Painless Topical Anaesthetic Cream, Beardo India, Tattoo Fix care, Cellular cosmetics, Pure Source, Lady Burd, My Skincare Manufacturer are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the global tattoo numbing cream market.

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