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Sensitive Earlobes


Recently I haven't been able to wear earrings because they would irritate my ears. I used to be able to wear earrings everyday without taking them off for months at a time. It seems like every pair I wear makes my skin itchy, red, and angry!

Does anybody suffer from the same problem? Were you able to fix this problem? Or maybe use a brand / kind of earrings that doesn't irritate your skin?
Sep 19, 2007 @ 04:13 pm

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not me but my friend

You probably have a slight allergy to the cheap metals that are used in costume jewelry. My friend switched to 18K gold studs for a while until they healed, then only wore the other jewelry when she was going out. Otherwise, she popped the studs back in until the next time she wanted to dress up. To this day, 10 or so years later, she is still a little sensitive, but using this little trick helps (the alternative would of course be to only wear high-quality jewelry, but that's so expensive). I bought myself a cute pair of gold-plated studs (avail almost everywhere) for $10 and wear them all the time to prevent this very thing from happening.
Sep 19, 2007 @ 06:26 pm

Weird, me too!

I've been having this problem with one ear - and I don't wear cheapies as they bother my ears. I chalk everything up to increased pollution. I wash it every day and it seems to have gotten better.
Sep 19, 2007 @ 06:30 pm

gotta wear nice metals

I stick to my diamond studs (studs are gold). I wear them for months and months, taking them out from time to time to soak them in the jewelry cleaner. But if I change to cheapy earrings for a day, my lobes are talking to me. I usually give them a rest for a day or two, and then put in the fancy studs again. Bottom line for me is I have to wear nice earrings or no earrings.

But it is weird. When I was younger, I could wear stainless steal earrings w/ no problems. I guess my skin has become more sensitive w/ age.
Sep 19, 2007 @ 07:13 pm

Very sensitive ears

I have always had very sensitive ears. For me, the best earrings are sterling silver. I never have a problem with that. Anything else, and within 5 minutes my ears get red and itchy. I get a zit-like bump inside the hole that scabs over the piercing and lasts a few days. A really pure gold is ok, too, but anything less and I still have the problem. But silver is all-around tops. And none of that "safe for sensitive ears" cheap metal you see. Liars!

This affliction I have with cheap metals also applies to some belt buckles and bra straps! I always know when the maker is cutting corners and using cheap materials because I get an itchy rash where it touches my skin.
Sep 20, 2007 @ 11:44 am

I don't know about silver...

I use sterling silver earrings and my ears don't like those either. :(

Good to hear that you ladies have had good experience with gold studs. Will 'white gold' work as well as 'yellow gold'? I prefer it just for the look of it. Also I didn't even know jewelry cleaner actually exists. Maybe I should try that. I just never thought of cleaning cheap earrings with real cleaner before.
Sep 20, 2007 @ 01:08 pm
Ali de Bold

White gold studs

I got a pair of cheapie earrings over the summer, which are really cute but caused instant itchy bumps on both earlobes. Since that happened even my white gold studs can cause the occasional problem. if I wear them too many days in a row. Aside from that I have never had problems with gold or silver. I find that in general not wearing earrings every day helps.
Sep 20, 2007 @ 08:59 pm

White gold vs. yellow gold

Yellow gold jewelry, especially in higher quality, is made from the natural gold; white gold is an alloy (metal mixture).

Yellow gold naturally contains some amount of silver in it, around 10% or so, but white gold gets its color from the white metals mixed into it (e.g. silver, palladium, or nickel) and therefore has a much lower gold content. Nickel is often used in earrings and rings, and apparently 1 in 8 people will have a slight allergic reaction to the nickel content. You can find jewelry without nickel in it, just ask your jeweler.

So to answer your question, yellow gold might be a better bet if you are sensitive to silver or nickel. Check out the articles for white gold and yellow gold on wikipedia for more info.
Sep 21, 2007 @ 10:33 am

bought myself a pair...

Thanks mamaluv. All that information really helped! I picked up a pair of yellow gold studs and I'm crossing my fingers that it won't irritate my skin.
Sep 25, 2007 @ 10:44 pm
Ali de Bold

Really interesting!

Thanks, that was very useful info, Mamaluv! Smart Cookie ;)
Sep 25, 2007 @ 11:35 pm

more like a smart ass, but thanks anyway!

glad to help, girls :D
Sep 26, 2007 @ 07:32 am

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