Skin rashes from allergic reactions caused by contact of metals is common. But sometimes our body reacts chemically with our ornaments that results not in allergies, but in the infamous skin staining. The nature of stains depends on the kind of metal in question. Some precious metals are hypoallergenic while others are not. Some metals our body gets used to, while others not so much. If you are seeing signs of skin stains around parts of your body that are in constant contact with a metal, here is how you can avoid getting a skin stain.
- Ideally, you are not supposed to get a skin stain from gold because gold is one metal that hardly leaves a stain. But, it is possible with some varieties of gold where other metals are present in the composition. Presence of nickel, copper and even silver can foment such problems of staining. These metals, when in direct contact with body perspiration form a bluish green crust on the metal that can leave a nasty stain on the skin. Over a long time, it can cause the skin to discolor, and even develop hives and rashes. In this case, switch to purer karats of gold. If you love diamonds, then pick jewelry not below 18K. 18K gold and above contains pure gold in greater quantities which reduces the chances of reaction.
- For people who are allergic, yellow gold is more advisable to wear permanently then white and rose gold because of the alloy.
- If you are a platinum person, you never have to worry about skin stains because platinum is hypoallergenic. It hardly ever participates in a reaction with the skin. So, it’s the best option you have when your skin shows discomfort with other precious metals.
- If you absolutely love white gold, then ask your jeweler to give the pieces a quick rhodium bath for a clear protective covering.
- Pick from pieces that are treated and labeled to be hypoallergenic. These metals are treated in the laboratory to prevent causing any kind of staining on sensitive skin.
- Staining can also happen from wearing unclean jewelry for a long period of time. So, make sure that you clean your everyday jewelry weekly to get rid of all the dirt and grease that it collects from its surroundings.