Have you ever had a piece of Jewelry turn your skin green, and wondered why it does that? The reason this happens is because of the item’s metal content. It’s either a chemical reaction between the acids in your skin and the type of metal of the jewelry, or it’s a reaction between another substance on your skin, such as hand cream, with the metal.
How to avoid green skin
It doesn’t matter how high-end your jewelry is, many people can have sensitivity to it. Even jewelry made of sterling silver or gold can produce some discoloration for some people. Advice for preventing your skin from turning green isn’t as simple as avoiding less costly jewelry. Keep in mind that cheap metals are more likely to create an allergic reaction. If you have sensitive skin, you may have better luck with stainless steel jewelry, platinum, and rhodium plated jewelry.
Try and keep lotions, soap and other chemicals away from your skin. Remove rings prior to washing your hands, or applying hand cream. Also remove jewelry before bathing as well as swimming, especially if it’s in salt water.
You may find applying a polymer coating to the inside of your jewelry to be helpful. It acts as a barrier between your skin and the metals. Clear nail polish might do the trick, depending on the person. Keep in mind that you’d have to reapply the coating once in a while, as it would wear off.