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Skin Soothers and Numbing Agents

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.


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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.