Are There Cons to Wearing Jewelry?

Are There Cons to Wearing Jewelry?

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Are There Cons to Wearing Jewelry?

While jewelry can enhance one’s appearance, there are some  potential cons and considerations related to weaning jewelry that can affect the condition of the skin. This blog post will be walking you through some of these potential cons just so that you can keep them in mind and be cautious of what jewelry brands you choose to purchase from.

Some Cons of Jewelry 

The first major con that is possible is for people to have allergic reactions to their jewelry. Many people are allergic to certain metals, particularly nickel, which is commonly found in inexpensive jewelry. This can lead to contact dermatitis, causing redness, itching and irritation on the skin where the jewelry comes into contact. It’s important to choose hypoallergenic or nickel-free jewelry if you have mental sensitivities. Secondly, some cheaper jewelry could lead to skin discolouration. Certain metals, such as copper or brass, can react with the natural oils and sweat on the skin, leading to discolouration or greenish stains on the skin. This is more likely to occur with lower-quality or cheap jewelry brands, one of the main reasons why it is always recommended to invest in good quality jewelry to protect your skin. Next, jewelry also has the potential to cause irritation or chafing on the skin, especially around you fingers when wearing rings. Jewelry that fits too tight or contains rough edges can cause irritation and chafing on the skin, especially in areas where it rubs against the skin, such as rings, bracelets or even sometimes with necklaces. This can result in redness, soreness and sometimes the development of blisters on the skin surface. Another con is the reality of infection risk that comes with wearing jewelry. Pierced jewelry, such as earrings or body piercings, can increase the risk of skin infections, particularly if proper hygiene and care are not maintained. Bacteria can accumulate around the jewelry, leading to irritation, inflammation and potential infection. Lastly, wearing jewelry on certain areas of the skin, such as the face or neck, can interfere with the effectiveness of skincare products. Jewelry may create barriers that prevent proper absorption or even rub off products, limiting their benefits. 

How to Minimize these Cons

One of the best ways to minimize these  cons is opting for higher-quality jewelry made from hypoallergenic or skin-friendly materials, such as sterling silver, gold, or surgical-grade stainless steel. Another good practice to implement is taking regular breaks from wearing jewelry to allow the skin to breathe and recover from any side effects you may be experiencing. Additionally, it is important to keep your jewelry clean by regularly washing it and ensuring it’s dry before wearing. We also recommend just trying to avoid wearing jewelry in areas prone to friction or moisture together, as it can exacerbate irritation or skin problems. Unfortunately, this often means trying to minimize wearing rings, particularly those of poor quality, as much as possible. Lastly, it is important to practice good hygiene, such as cleaning pierced jewelry and ensuring proper aftercare for piercings to reduce the risk of infection. 

PAUME Takeaways

If you experience persistent skin irritation, redness or other skin issues related to wearing jewelry, it's advisable to consult with a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and guidance. As much as it is important to be aware of these possible cons when it comes to wearing jewelry, we all love some good accessories and are in no way telling you to throw it all away! Just make sure that you are practicing precaution when it comes to which brands you choose to buy from as higher quality products are always the safe way to go!