Allergic Reactions and Piercing Care: What Metals and Materials Are Right for You?

by Crystal S
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Do you want to know more about what you are putting into your piercings? This is basic information about some of our most popular and commonly used styles. Stop by next week for ongoing information about the variety of materials we use. 

316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel: This high shine, no frills marvel is the perfect combo of function and anti-fashion thanks to its colorless, simple style that makes it the go-to material for ever-changing trends.  If you are prone to allergic reaction and find that you cannot wear “plain” metal body jewelry this may not be right for you. 

Solid Titanium: Grade 23 titanium is high quality and is used for solid titanium pieces which are composed of an alloy of pure titanium and other metals or elements.  The “grade” listed with titanium products is a reference to the exact composition and oxygen content of the metal.  This type of titanium can be heat sterilized and is considered hypoallergenic so its a great choice if you are prone to allergic reaction.

Anodized Titanium: Titanium can be used for both solid titanium pieces as described above or as an outer coating for items plated in titanium.  Like gold plated jewelry, anodized titanium pieces are composed of a hard metal core like surgical steel and a high shine outer coating: in this case, titanium.  This allows for a variety of bright, colorful jewelry. Body Candy is generally able to list the base metal for anodized and plated jewelry. If you are prone to allergic reaction you should choose pieces with a base metal that is right for you. 

Gold Plated: When an item is listed as “gold plated,” the item is not solid gold.  The base is composed of a harder metal like surgical grade stainless steel which is coated with a thin layer of lustrous gold for a shining finish.  This creates the look of gold but with greater stability and a lower cost. Many people can wear plated items but if you are unable to wear stainless steel body jewelry this may not be a good choice for you. 

See April 13th post for info about 14k Gold, Bioplast, and PTFE

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Check back soon for information about Platinum, Acrylic, and Sterling Silver!

 

by Crystal S

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