Many people often complain a green or black stain around their finger as they remove the ring. Mostly people get confused over this as they don’t have enough knowledge about the problem. So is it the time to give up on your favorite accessory? Or there is some solution to the issue.
Why Ring Turn Your Finger Green
The green circle is actually the result of a chemical reaction between your skin acids and the metals (other than gold) used in the making of the ring. The higher your body acidity level, the easier it stains. The main reason behind it is the secretions that our skin produce. These secretions could be perspiration or greasiness on your skin by using some lotion or moisturizer. People who sweat more or exercise on daily basis are most likely to face this problem. Or in some cases, getting stress also cause perspiration.
These skin chemicals contain salt (sodium chloride) or other acidic properties (lactic acid). And when these skin secretions dissolve with the ring chemicals, the gold ring turns finger green. With each chemical used in the ring, you will experience different colors. If the alloy material is copper, you will have green or blue color on your skin. And pure green would result if the ring is made of nickel mostly. This color formation around the finger is not harmful and can be washed away with a bit of effort on your part.
Except the secretion of our body, if the ring has too much copper in it, it could turn your skin green. The copper reacts with the salt in your perspiration, tarnishing itself (and you) with a green or bluish-green tint.
This happens because these metals oxidize and can cause green discoloration that rubs off onto your skin. You can usually wash off the jewelry gently with a toothbrush and then coat it with clear nail polish. The nail polish acts as a barrier between the ring and your skin and protects it from oxygen in the air, as well as water.
Most people will have no problem wearing sterling silver. However, 2-3% of the population have a higher acidity in their skin. This, combined with their city or town environment and the food they consume, can cause a reaction with the copper and result in a green tone on the finger. The green comes off fairly easily.
Other Tips To Stop Ring Turn Your Finger Green
- Keep ring away from water.
- Try your best to keep your ring away from sweat or perspiration.
- Coat with rhodium, which is a metal closely related to platinum; it forms a bright silvery barrier that prevents the chemical reactions that turn your skin green.
- Remove your rings before doing your household chores just in case, and wash your hands thoroughly with mild soap and water before putting rings back on.
- Clean with soft clothing regularly, and keep them in ring box when you don’t wear it.
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