6 Creams & Gels That Will Help Relieve Your Muscle Pain

Whether you're sore AF after starting a new workout routine or you pulled a muscle trying to carry all of your groceries inside at once, we're all gonna have to deal with muscle pain at some point. Luckily, whatever you're stuck with, there are products out there that'll help ease your pain — with or without the need for actual painkillers.
When your muscles are sore, it's because you've done something to tear the muscle fibers. Repairing them takes patience, and no cream can really speed the healing process along. But they can certainly make you feel better — and able to function like a normal human — while you wait.
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In particular, over-the-counter creams, gels, and sprays tend to use ingredients that cool the skin (e.g. menthol), warm it up (e.g. capsaicin), and provide some level of temporary pain relief (e.g. lidocaine, camphor, or arnica). Essentially, all of these work by overwhelming, dulling, or changing the pain signals your body is sending via receptors your skin. Pretty neat, huh?
Of course, every cream isn't going to work for everyone. So continue on to see some of our favorites and find one that's perfect for you.
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Biofreeze is one of the most popular soothing gels for muscle and joint pain because it works fast.

Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, $11.67, available at Amazon.
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This classic cream uses a combination of camphor and menthol to soothe pain.
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A relative newcomer to the pain relief world, Rock Sauce is unique in that it's specifically created to be used with the brand's kinesiology tape at the same time.
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This cooling gel goes on just like deodorant.
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Along with menthol and magnesium, this gel uses the go-to natural muscle pain remedy arnica.
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Tiger Balm is a pain-relief staple, and this version is formulated specifically for your aching shoulders.
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