The Best Hypoallergenic Earrings for Sensitive Ears
What having sensitive ears really means, is that you are allergic to the metals in the earrings you are wearing.
While hypoallergenic earrings, or earrings that are less likely to cause a reaction, sound like they would be the best for sensitive ears, it's actually a very misleading term.
Less likely to cause an allergy does not mean that the product will not cause an allergy. If you have an allergy to something, you want to be 100% sure that the product you are using does not contain materials that will cause an allergic reaction.
Additionally, there are no rules or regulations on using the phrase hypoallergenic earrings. Any company can call their products hypoallergenic, even if there is no truth that there product is less likely to cause a reaction.
So, for someone with sensitive ears, what is the solution?
What you actually want to look for, are earrings made with pure, non-reactive metals. Sometimes these are called non-allergenic earrings or biocompatible earrings, but again, there are no rules or regulations so companies can use these labels misleadingly.
To be totally sure that the earrings you purchase are safe for sensitive ears, you should always verify the metals that the earrings are made with.
There are a couple metals that are safe for sensitive ears because they are non reactive with the human body. This means that even after extended periods of time, the body does not build up an immune response to these metals. The best metals for sensitive ears are titanium, niobium, platinum, and gold. The most important thing to know is that these metals MUST be in their pure form to be considered safe and non-reactive. If these metals are mixed with any other metals, even in trace amounts, the other metals can cause a reaction.
Bottom line: the best hypoallergenic earrings for sensitive ears are earrings made with pure, non-reactive metals. Look for earrings made with pure titanium, pure niobium, 24k gold, or 24k platinum.
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