Copper is often the culprit when discussing jewelry turning skin green. When jewelry is made with copper, it can react with sweat, lotion, and other products on your skin and oxidize. When copper oxidizes, it goes through chemical reactions that create a green type of “film” on the jewelry, which then transfers to the skin. (Did you know the Statue of Liberty’s real color isn’t green? It’s because she’s made out of copper!)
Yes, green skin from jewelry does go away. Some people may confuse this sensation with their skin being allergic to copper, but that’s not the case. “It’s important to note this is an oxidation reaction, not a skin reaction,” says Beatrix Bell of Beatrixbell Handcrafted Jewelry. “It is physical residue left on your skin. It can be wiped off, but can be stubborn at times.”
– Paint the part of the jewelry that touches your skin with a coat of clear nail polish so there is a type of barrier between the jewelry and your skin. Here are some other things you can fix with nail polish. – Clean your jewelry regularly to remove excess lotion, sweat, and dirt. – Store your jewelry in a dry environment. – Keep your skin dry when wearing jewelry. – Avoid wearing jewelry on hot days, since you’re more likely to sweat. – Take off jewelry when swimming and cleaning. – Buy stainless steel or platinum jewelry, or jewelry made from precious metals like sterling silver or solid gold.