A Guide to the Best Earrings for Sensitive Ears
Earrings have the power to elevate any outfit while adding a touch of your unique personality to your appearance. However, for those with sensitive skin, the quest to find the perfect earrings can often feel like a delicate dance between style and comfort.
The excitement of creating a new earring stack can soon dissolve when you experience the irritation, itching and redness that comes from selecting the wrong earrings. This makes it crucial to find the best earrings for sensitive ears.
If you unfortunately experience any of these annoying symptoms, remove the earrings immediately and allow your skin and piercings some time to breathe and the irritation to settle down.
Wearing the same earrings again that are the cause of sensitivity will only make matters worse and could lead to a nasty infection.
If you’ve ever faced the dilemma of having sensitive ears, fear not – this blog post is here to guide you through the intricacies of earrings designed with your comfort in mind, enabling you to choose the right type of earrings for your sensitive skin type.
The Challenge of Sensitive Skin
Having sensitive skin, a common issue for many people, can make the simple act of wearing earrings a challenging experience. The culprit is often a high level of nickel, a metal commonly used in jewellery manufacture that can trigger allergic reactions ranging from mild irritation to more severe symptoms.
A high nickel component is often found in lower quality jewellery types. Some of the signs of nickel sensitivity can show up as a rash around the piercing site, or on your neck from long dangle type earrings.
Blistering, swelling itching and burning are other signs of a possible nickel allergy….ouch! According to a study published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, nickel allergy affects approximately 10-20% of the population, making it one of the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis.
Take a Break from Your Earrings
It may be that you don’t have a nickel allergy as such, but you just have sensitive skin prone to reacting. You may also be someone who loves to keep their earrings in at all times, but it’s good for your piercings, your skin, and your earrings to have a break from round the clock earring wear.
Removing your earrings at night before sleeping allows your skin to rest and normalize.
Think of it like removing your latest killer heels after a night out – they look great while you’re wearing them, but oh the relief you feel when you finally kick them off!
To help you form this new and beneficial habit think of it like you’re practicing a bit of ‘earring wearer selfcare’ at night. In the same way you go through the ritual of removing your makeup and applying your latest favourite skin serums, remove your earrings and allow your piercings and the skin of your ears to breathe and rest overnight while you sleep. Your piercings and the skin on your ears will thank you.
The Importance of Choosing the Right Earrings
To avoid the horrors of stinging, itchy redness (or worse) that can develop when you have sensitive skin, it’s crucial to choose earrings made from hypoallergenic materials when buying earrings for sensitive ears. Stainless steel, titanium, platinum, sterling silver, and gold are among the top choices for individuals prone to allergic sensitivity. According to a survey conducted by the International Journal of Dermatology, 80% of respondents reported a decrease in allergic reactions when wearing jewellery made from hypoallergenic materials. So as you can see, choosing earrings manufactured from the right material can have a dramatic effect on your comfort.
The Impact of Design and Coating
Earring design and coating can also influence comfort level if you are someone with sensitive ears. Smooth, rounded edges on earring posts and lightweight designs can minimize friction and reduce the risk of skin irritation. Choosing huggie hoops, studs or charm earrings are not only light weight but super on trend right now. Heavy, dangly chandelier earrings look fantastic with the right outfit but can become incredibly uncomfortable after a few hours of wear. Some manufacturers use brass to save cost as the base metal in this earring style. As brass is a heavy weight in the metal department, we steer clear of using this metal component in our earrings. All of our larger Missana gemstone and statement earrings are manufactured using sterling silver as the base metal rather than brass to reduce the weight of larger earrings, making them more comfortable to wear and reduce the downward pressure on an ear piercing.
Sterling silver is a popular choice for many people with skin allergies as it is affordable and regarded as one of the safer options for earring wearers with a nickel allergy. 925 silver is a metal alloy containing 92.5% pure silver mixed with other alloys to improve its durability and strength as silver alone is quite a soft metal. Some of the other alloys making up the other 7.5% can be platinum, zinc, silicon, germanium and sometimes nickel. However, the proportion of nickel will be so small that it causes no issues for those with a nickel allergy. All sterling silver jewellery is stamped with the 925 mark so you can be sure of the base metal in the design of your earrings.
Additionally, choosing earrings with a protective metal coating, such as rhodium can provide an extra layer of defense against allergens. The majority of our 925 silver earrings are manufactured to a high standard with rhodium plating that not only protects against any skin sensitivity, but ensures a lasting shine without the need for polishing. Our gold earrings are manufactured using either 18K gold plate or 14k gold vermeil which has an extra thick coating of gold over 925 sterling silver.
Choosing the Right Earrings for Sensitive Ears
Selecting the right hypoallergenic earrings for sensitive ears requires a thoughtful approach, considering not only style but also the materials, components, and designs that contribute to a comfortable wearing experience. With today’s trend for earring stacks you don’t want to run the risk of having several piercings become red, itchy and sensitive; a surefire way to spoil the look of any stack.
By opting for hypoallergenic materials, understanding earring components, and paying attention to design details, even with sensitive ears you can confidently rock the latest on-trend earring style without having to compromise on comfort.
As the world of earring fashion continues to evolve, so too does the availability of stylish options that cater to the unique needs of those with sensitive ears. So, go ahead, elevate your look with the perfect Missana earrings and forget about your skin sensitivity.