As of 2014, some top-rated pain relief creams were Bengay arthritis cream, Myoflex odorless pain-relieving cream, Aspercreme odor-free topical analgesic gel and Capzasin-HP arthritis cream, according to Healthline. These pain-relief creams are effective in temporarily relieving arthritis pain.
The main ingredients of Bengay arthritis cream are salicylates, camphor and menthol, according to Heathline. Menthol is a counter-irritant that distracts an individual from the pain by warming the skin. Myoflex is odorless and provides pain relief without making the skin greasy. The salicylates in Aspercreme penetrate the skin to reach the source of the pain. Capzasin-HP arthritis cream contains capsaicin, which is a component of hot chili peppers. Capsaicin works by blocking the pain receptors in the body.