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Finding attractive earrings can be a daunting process if you have sensitive skin or allergies. A skin reaction is frustrating and potentially painful when trying on new jewellery for the first time. Many people with sensitive pierced ears choose to avoid earrings altogether, but this does not have to always be the case.

What is causing your sensitivity to earrings?

Up to 15% of the population have a nickel allergy. Severe reactions cause many to avoid nickel which is often present in a wide range of jewellery. Cobalt, brass and copper can also cause sensitivity so attention needs to be paid to the base metals in your earrings. The plastic and rubber backings on earrings can also affect some people.

Simple steps for choosing your ideal pair of sensitive earrings

- Choice of material

Precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum are a popular option for those with sensitive skin. These metals are naturally soft and malleable so are often alloyed with other metals which may cause a reaction.

Ensure you are not buying coated nickel as this can wear off and cause an allergic reaction.

More affordable metal choices include titanium, niobium, nickel free earrings or surgical steel. Certain plastics and even wood may be better tolerated.

- Metal testing

Where skin reactions are recurrent or severe, a metal testing kit can help you be absolutely sure of the metal content of your earrings.

- Search online for a specialist retailer of hypoallergenic jewellery

Searching for hypoallergenic jewellery or a specific type of material can save time in your search for your ideal pair of earrings. Hypoallergenic jewellery is specifically designed for people with allergies and these retailers should be able to tell you the exact composition of their products.

Hypoallergenic jewellery for sensitive pierced ears by Solace Jewellery

We specialise in fine hypoallergenic jewellery, including an extensive range of stunning allergy free earrings. Our high quality and unique range have something for all styles, occasions and tastes. We work hard to keep our collection on-trend. Our earrings are made from surgical steel and we pride ourselves on high standards of quality, design and craftsmanship. Our customers find it liberating to be able to browse and buy with confidence from a range of earrings where everything can be tried.
July 03, 2019 by Lindsay Sheard