Have you ever attempted to wear a piece of cheap (or expensive) jewelry, only to discover that it caused a rash of small red, itchy bumps to form on your skin? If so, you aren’t alone. Skin allergies (known medically as allergic dermatitis) is an all-too-common condition that affects million of Americans.

Allergic dermatitis is the direct result of the body’s autoimmune response to what it believes is a foreign invader. When you wear jewelry made of certain metals (we’ll cover that later), your immune system may try to attack the area, thus creating a range of nonfatal, albeit unpleasant, symptoms

Symptoms of Skin Allergies: 

  • Itching
  • Patches of small, red bumps
  • Skin feels tough and leathery
  • Formation of pimple-like clusters
  • Severe cases may include blisters and cracked skin
  • Flaking skin

If you suffer from skin allergies on a regular basis, you should choose your jewelry carefully. Pay close attention to both the metal (or metals) it contains along with the purity. You’ll eventually learn which metals trigger allergic reactions and which ones don’t.

Watch the Nickel

The metal that triggers allergic dermatitis in most people is nickel. Now, you probably aren’t going to wear a 100% nickel ring, necklace, bracelet or any other piece of jewelry, however, you might wear a 14 karat gold ring, assuming it’s safe and hypoallergenic. Unless it’s 24 karat, though, gold jewelry likely contains at least some nickel, and this may result in an allergic reaction.

If you’re going to wear gold jewelry, stick with pure 24 karat. 24 karat gold jewelry is made with pure gold and no other metals, so there’s less chance of experiencing an allergic reaction while wearing it.

Tungsten Carbide is Hypoallergenic

Tungsten carbide is one of the few hypoallergenic metals that’s used to produce jewelry. The term “hypoallergenic” refers a metal or material with a low risk of triggering an allergic response. Tungsten rings are an excellent choice for people living with allergic dermatitis, as there’s a very low risk of triggering an allergic response.

But that’s not the only reason why you should choose tungsten carbide jewelry. In addition to its hypoallergenic properties, tungsten carbide is also incredibly strong and durable. In fact, it’s actually stronger than gold. You can rest assured knowing that your tungsten ring isn’t going to damage while wearing it on a daily basis.

Click here to find a great selection of tungsten carbide rings that you likely won’t be allergic to!

List of Hypoallergenic Metals: 

  • Tungsten carbide
  • 24 karat gold
  • Platinum (higher karat, the better)
  • Palladium
  • Argentium sterling silver