How to pick The 10 Best Hypoallergenic Earrings for Sensitive Ears

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Wearing a stylish pair of earrings can completely transform your outfit and make you feel more put together. We're big fans of ear accessories, and we have the jewelry boxes packed to prove it! Unfortunately, for some buyers, wearing earrings isn't as easy or simple as it is for others. One word - allergies.


Why am I allergic to jewelry?

Because of the natural corrosion, metals release metallic ions, which, when they come into contact with our body, can cause hypersensitivity, even an allergic reaction. Indeed, our immune cells will mistake these ions for microbes or bacteria and will therefore attack them.

The most common reaction is contact dermatitis. It results in a reddish, itchy rash. Because of this, dermatitis is often confused with eczema.


What are hypoallergenic earrings?

The term hypoallergenic stands for the fact that the composition of the alloy minimizes the risk of allergies. We must be careful with this term since it does not guarantee that someone will not have an allergy.

 In many cases, cheap jewelry is made with nickel. This is a very strong metal that is inexpensive to produce, so naturally, a lot of brands use it in their jewelry. The downside? Nickel is among the worst metals that can come in contact with your skin if it is sensitive. In fact, the CDC estimates that up to 20% of the country's population is allergic to nickel - so if you have noticed your ears turning red or itching while wearing a pair of earrings, it may be due to the presence of this metal. To avoid any inconvenience related to the presence of this metal, we advise you to always check if the mention nickel free is present. Hypoallergenic jewels (earrings, bracelets, or necklaces) are designed to help by using metals known to cause less extreme reactions.

 Many people who want to buy a pair of earrings may not be able to wear all pairs because of sensitive or irritable skin. Some metals simply do not mesh well when they come in contact with the skin. This is an unpleasant truth to deal with if your skin tends to be more sensitive. Thankfully there is a solution to this issue! We are here to help you if you are looking for earrings that don't irritate your skin, as well as explain what to look for and how to buy smarter. We have found many earrings that are made from hypoallergenic metals, in other words nickel free, so they are less likely to cause redness or other irritations when you wear them. Oh, and our choices are all incredibly affordable to boot!

 

What materials are best for sensitive skin?

Before talking about the earrings below, we made sure to check out the metals they are made from. One of the best metals to look for are gold, sterling silver, surgical steel, titanium or platinum.

However, sometimes, gold may have small traces of nickel - which is mixed in to make the metal itself more durable. If your skin is ultra-sensitive, this is something to consider when shopping. But if you want to buy gold jewelry, check it for nickel if you're concerned about allergic reactions. And if you are buying gold-plated jewelry, make sure the base metal is not nickel. Also be wary of stainless steel - it is a metal made of nickel and, while it may seem safe, it can certainly cause an allergic reaction.

 We hope those informations will help you when buying jewels that won't trigger your skin.

Check out our favorite picks below and enhance your collection with pairs that are as stylish as easy to wear.

 

10 of the best earrings pairs for sensitive ears

 Heart shaped earrings

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These hollow heart earrings, crafted with 14K rose gold, will look absolutely exquisite with any outfit. The perfect gift to express your love.

 

14k gold huggie earrings

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This pair of adorable creoles is made of brass, a relatively safe metal to wear. There are instances where brass may contain nickel, but it shouldn't be an overwhelming amount that irritates the skin.

 

 Diamond huggie hoop earrings

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These small diamond hoop earrings are so versatile, you will wear them every day. Crafted in 14K white gold with lines of brilliant round diamonds set in pavé, these tiny hoop earrings offer subtle sparkle and essential style.

 

 Heart dangle earrings

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With a classic design, these delicate heart-shaped earrings are highlighted by their 14K gold setting.

 

 Gold bar earrings

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Here is an example of a gold-plated earring that you can wear easily. The majority of the metal used is sterling silver. Then, even if some of the gold-plated fades, your ears won't react to the silver underneath!

 

 Gold and pave bar earrings

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No way to stop these dazzling studs! They are made from high-quality materials that won't irritate your ears. Plus, they will sparkle so beautifully under the light!

 

 Circle diamond earrings

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These are timeless diamonds studs set in plated gold. In fact, these earrings may be one of the most affordable diamond earrings we've seen to date, and they are a classic pair that everyone should own!

 

 Gold ball earrings

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These earrings are suitable for all occasions. To enhance your outfit, you can wear them every day. Combined with regular outfits for work or an elegant dress for a date, they will bring a note of originality to your look.

 

 Flash earrings

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The size of these earrings is ideal because it is suitable for both large and small ears. This model is neither too bulky nor too discreet.

The comfort of this pair is linked to its lightness. Its presence on your ears is not likely to bother you, thanks to this feature.

 

 Triangle earrings

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These earrings have a minimalist design, which supports well layering for piercing addicts.

Adorable and stylish, these jewels will accompany your outfit with elegance. They are distinguished by a careful design.

 

But isn't there a way to detect metals that cause allergies?

 Indeed, it is possible and in the following section you will find examples of metals that are known to cause allergies.

 NICKEL

 Nickel is certainly public enemy number 1 for people who have allergic reactions to jewelry. In fact, it is one of the most toxic metals used in the jewelry industry. Although it is usually found in costume jewelry, traces of it can be found in metals used in jewelry. This is particularly the case for brass, but also for some white gold alloys.

To avoid any inconvenience, we advise you to always check if the mention nickel free is mentioned.

 Apart from the toxic aspect, it is also necessary to be careful from a legal point of view. Indeed, in the USA and in most of the Western countries, the presence of it in the jewels is very regulated. In fact, its release rate must not exceed 0.5μg / cm² per week. And for earring posts, it should not exceed 0.2μg / cm² per week.

 It should also be noted that cadmium and lead are also subject to strong regulations.

 COPPER

 Copper and its alloys can also cause allergic reactions. When some people say they are allergic to silver jewelry, it is in fact, an allergy to copper. The silver alloy used in jewelry, 925 silver, contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. Other copper alloys to consider are brass (copper + zinc) and rose or red gold. Indeed, in these colored gold alloys, copper is present in greater quantity since it is it that allows giving a pinkish color to gold. Finally, it is better to advise a person allergic to copper to choose jewelry made of 750 yellow gold (18K gold). Even if they contain a little copper, it is generally not present in large enough quantities to cause an allergic reaction.

 

 What if I already bought earrings and I want to wear them anyway?

 If you have an allergy to a piece of jewelry, it is a contact allergy. It is, therefore, best to create a barrier between the metal and the skin. You can wear the jewelry over a fabric (a necklace over a sweater, a bracelet over a t-shirt), but this is not easy in summer.

 The solution: Transparent varnish! Very discreet, clear coat allows you to apply a protective film between the metal and the skin. You can use this varnish behind a watch face or on the buckle of a belt. It is possible to put varnish behind a jean button, a pendant, and even on the buckle in contact with your ear.

 

This method is effective but requires patience because the varnish wears off quickly. For a piece of jewelry worn every day, repeat the operation every three or four days.

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