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Max-freeze vs Biofreeze - Topical Gel for Pain

Updated on September 11, 2014
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BioFreeze, Max-Freeze, Bengay, or Cryoderm - Which One Is the Best Analgesic

Muscle and joint pain sufferers, find a detailed comparison between the best topical analgesics on the market. Buy what works for you and don't start to try every product on the market. The topical analgesics are the safest pain relievers for muscles and joints, and some of these products really work. Find out which ones work better, and which one works best for your case.

Muscle and joint pain is a new chapter in my life, but I took this very seriously, and I made some research, and some testing, before drawing my conclusions about topical analgesics.

Biofreeze Gel

This product is famous, and initially it was not intended for home use. Previously, you couldn't get this anywhere but in a massage office, or chiropractor. Now you can buy it on Amazon, and this is great. When I told my massage therapist that I used Biofreeze on my shoulder she was impressed about it, and actually she put on herself some of this magic stuff on it.

If you don't know what to expect from Biofreeze, here is a little info: it works similarly to an ice pack, by stimulating certain receptors. When you put it on you feel like a burning/cold sensation, and it numbs your pain for a while. So its action is temporary by taking away the pain, and reducing the inflammation.

Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 4 oz. Tube, Cooling Topical Analgesic for Arthritis, Fast Acting and Long Lasting Pain Reliever Cream for Muscle, Joint Pain, & Back Pain, Original Green Formula, 4% Menthol
Biofreeze Pain Relief Gel, 4 oz. Tube, Cooling Topical Analgesic for Arthritis, Fast Acting and Long Lasting Pain Reliever Cream for Muscle, Joint Pain, & Back Pain, Original Green Formula, 4% Menthol

Topical relief for muscles and joint aches and pains. It is very effective in relieving back, shoulder, neck pain, sore muscles, arthritis pain, and joint pain in general, (hip, ankle, elbow, knee). It also works to relieve muscle sprains and strains.

Contains ILEX, and a herbal extract from Yerba Mate, for a quick action and deep, long lasting, pain relief.

It is grease-less and stainless.

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Biofreeze Ingredients

Active Ingredients:
Menthol USP - 3.1 %Cooling Pain Relief

Inactive Ingredients:
Carbomer , FD&C Blue #1, Glycerine USP, Ilex Paraguariensis Extract, Isopropyl Alcohol USP, Propylene Glycol USP, Methyl Paraben, Purified Water, Silicon Dioxide, Triethanolamine

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Biofreeze vs Max-freeze

The Best Topical Analgesic

To be honest, the battle is between the two major competitors on the market Biofreeze and Max-freeze. OK let's not forget the old Bengay and Perform, but Perform is actually produced by the same manufacturers as Biofreze. In 2006, Hygenic Corporation acquired Performance Health, the company who developed Biofreeze and continued the great work.

Max-Freeze Pro and Zim's Max-Freeze are manufactured by Perfecta Products, a company based in North Lima, OH.

The two products look very similar and the ingredients base is almost the same. Both of the products list as the active ingredient the Menthol and the Camphor. The menthol is the cooling agent, the one that is responsible of soothing the pain. The camphor, is also a cooling agent, which numbs the pain locally.

The old Biofreeze, (which was the best topical pain reliever), didn't contain the Aloe Vera extract, and the Arnica extract, and Max-Freeze did contain those ingredients at the time of its apparition. The new Biofreeze contains these two ingredients too. The Aloe Vera is only to give an extra protection to the skin, the menthol and camphor can irritate a bit the skin. The Arnica extract, although there is no scientific evidence, it is said to heal muscles and joints.

The Ilex extract, which is an extract of Yerba mate, the famous South American tea, it is listed as non-active ingredient, serving as a potentiator for the other ingredients, and even though the science does not have enough evidence to support this claim, the plant is used by the South American aboriginals as a potentiator in their herbal medicines.

Which one works best? Which one to buy? Well, the products have the same ingredients and they should work the same. Yes they do, however Biofreeze is the product with the best reputation and the better sales. Should this matter for you? For me it doesn't matter, but to be honest I bought the Biofreeze anyway. I had a shoulder pain after a muscle sprain, that lasted forever. When I started on Biofreeze the healing sped up a lot.

I have a friend who told me Biofreeze worked better for her. I believe this could be a little subjective, but in the end it your choice... MaxFreeze is a little less expensive than Biofreeze.

Max-Freeze Muscle And Joint Pain Relief Gel

Zim's Max-freeze Gel, 4-Ounce
Zim's Max-freeze Gel, 4-Ounce

Contains menthol and camphor for immediate pain relief, and Ilex, tea tree and arnica montana extract for long term results.

Works on painful joints and muscles due to injuries, arthritis, etc...


Max-Freeze Ingredients

Active Ingredients
Camphor - 0.2 %Topical Analgesic , Menthol - 3.7 %Topical Analgesic

Inactive Ingredients
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Certified organic) , Arnica Montana Extract (Certified organic) , Carbomer , FD&C Blue #1 , FD&C Yellow #10 , Ilex Paraguariensis Leaf Extract (Certified organic) , Isopropyl Alcohol , Methylparaben , Tea Tree Oil , Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate) , Triethanolamine , Water

CryoDerm Analgesic Cryotherapy Roll On

As the other two contestants on the category, Cryoderm contains two ingredient classes, a fast pain reliever, in this case is the menthol, a peppermint extract, and the healing agents that act in time. The concept is the same as with Biofreeze and MaxFreeze. Many people prefer the roll on format of the CryoDerm, because is very convenient to apply, and easy to carry around.

As the other two products it is used to manage muscle and joint pain, it is excellent for arthritis sufferers, athletes can also benefit from its use, long-lasted relief for muscle sprains, spasms, and back pain.

Massage therapists can also use it to aid in effective pain management of their clients.

CryoDerm Analgesic Cryotherapy 3.0 oz Roll On - Pain Relief
CryoDerm Analgesic Cryotherapy 3.0 oz Roll On - Pain Relief

Ingredients: Menthol, Arnica extract, Ilex, MSM, Boswella


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"Bengay Original" Ingredients

Many people think that Biofreeze and Maxfreeze are just another version of the Bengay. Here are the ingredients of the original Bangay for an easy comparison.

Active Ingredients

15% Methyl Salicylate, (Wintergreen oil), and 10% Menthol

Inactive Ingredients

Lanolin, Microcrystalline Wax, Purified Water, Synthetic Beeswax

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      Dawn 18 months ago

      Max freeze worked so much better for my daughter she is a gymnast and always had sore muscles she strained the muscles in he back we tried everything nothing helped and then I bought max freeze and she loved it we use it faithfully now .

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      Jenn 19 months ago

      Max freeze seems to work better, but it could be my imagination. However, MaxFreeze is clear & bio freeze stains your skin. Why they would put blue & yellow colorant? Stupid - it's pointless. Not to mention the fact that it can irritate the skin for some people.

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      Eric 2 years ago

      Had some biofreeze that the wife had. Used it up, I really liked the way it worked. I went in search of it locally when I ran out. I had no luck finding it. I ran across maxfreeze and it works about the same for me.

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      MMM 2 years ago

      love biofreeze for my neck/shoulder/back

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Interesting, this is a first for me, but thanks for commenting. The readers need to know that this could happen.

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      Ash 3 years ago

      I prefer Max-Freeze over Biofreeze because in the past I've purchased some apparently old or bad batches of Biofreeze that didn't cool my skin at all.

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      mel-kav 4 years ago

      I've never heard of Biofreeze or Max-Freeze, but they sound like great products.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Ive never heard of Biofreeze before, I'm not sure if we have it here in Canada, but it's good to know it's available online. :)

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      Calliesue15 4 years ago

      I'm definitely going to try the Biofreeze for my lower back pain. Very informative lens!

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      Sicilian 4 years ago

      Biofreeze has a new product out called Perform. It's available at Walmart and most grug stores. Biofreeze releives my bac, neck and sciattic pain very well. It is also great on arthritis.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks for the tip. I will try this when I get home tonight.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I find that when I use Bio-Freeze that I put it on then I wait 5 minutes and put it on again and it goes even deeper and relieves so much better..

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      It looks like biofreeze wins hands down.

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      jericho911 lm 4 years ago

      I've had the best results from biofreeze

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      Cassandra Kuthy 4 years ago from Ohio

      I am a biofreeze kinda gal.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      I have been through a number of pain relieving creams and gels. I am now stuck on BioFreeze. It helps a lot and I like the spray bottle.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was introduced to BioFreeze in 2002 while going to a pain clinic for a neck & back injury. It was part of the massage therapy. Since then I have used it religiously! I have recommended it to many family members as well as friends who weren't happy with the products they had tried. ALL if them LOVE it & now they recommend it to others. No way would I try anything else because this WORKS & if it ain't broke don't fix it! I was diagnosed with RA in 2005 & BioFreeze is awesome for relieving joint pain as well!

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      texan203 lm 5 years ago

      I am a biofreeze guy

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      ericsdorsey 5 years ago

      Interesting topic for a lens. Helpful information for me as a nurse. I use biofreeze all the time.