Friday, December 14, 2012

Q&A: Dark Rings from Jewelry

Q. Why does my gold ring leaves a dark ring on my finger?

A. I have read many reasons for this phenomenon. Gold rings contain alloys (other metals) to strengthen the gold. The skin is reacting with the alloys. The dark mark can happen sometimes but not all the time because the skin is always changing. The reasons for the reaction can be:

An acid pH of the skin
Sweat
Hand cream 
A medication you are taking

I have read that it can be a sign of an iron deficiency, but I do not know that this is true. Wash your hands and dry them well after sweating. Try changing your hand cream. Clean your ring often. You can also try coating the inside of your ring with nail polish to help stop the reaction.

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