After an irritating bug bite, a rough wax, or a sunburn, it can be hard to think about anything besides the pain. Fortunately, soothing and numbing creams can take the edge off.
How it works
Buy: At a pharmacy.
New developments: For a long time, benzocaine was the most common topical anesthetic. These days, though, you're more likely to find creams using lidocaine. Lidocaine is frequently injected as a liquid as a dental anesthetic.