Updated: Feb 27, 2019
As you may already realise, it is illegal to sell or use any sort of medicine on your client unless you are a medical professional or qualified to do so. Some microblading technicians ask their clients to obtain and apply their own numbing creams (which is perfectly legal), but many people don't realise that using even weak, non-prescription creams could invalidate your insurance and may leave you open to prosecution under the Medicines Act 1968.
It is difficult to do a good job if your client is uncomfortable but the microblading treatment doesn't have to be a painful experience. Effective numbing of the skin keeps your client relaxed and allows you to work without rushing. For maximum numbing effect, you need to obtain prescription strength anaesthetic cream, apply it correctly and have the right training to ensure your client's safety. Allergic reaction to topical anaesthetics is not uncommon, you need to be prepared and know how to administer first aid should this occur.
As a Semi-Permanent Makeup Artist there is only one way to legally and safely use prescription strength numbing creams as part of your treatment, and that's to become ACTfast qualified. This allows you to obtain both anaesthetic creams and epinephrine vasoconstrictors (to reduce bleeding) via their online chemist and use them to reduce client discomfort, safely and effectively.
Some local authority regulators are now asking for a statement on your policy for the use of numbing creams before granting a licence. This VTCT endorsed qualification demonstrates your professionalism and ability to comply with regulation.
ACTfast training is one day course attendance in which you'll learn not only; how to safely and effectively use anaesthetic creams but also, how to use topical Epinephrine to reduce bleeding, speed up healing and increase pigment retention. You'll also learn how to deal with adverse reaction to medication and, if necessary, administer first aid in the case of an allergic response.