How to coat earring backs for sensitive skin

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If you suffer from metal sensitivity but still want to wear stylish earrings, you can coat your earring backs with a hypoallergenic protective coating. Itchy, swollen piercings will be a thing of the past! This guide will get you started.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Earrings
  • Hypo-allergenic protective coating (various brands)
  • Tray or dish partially filled with uncooked white rice
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swabs

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  1. 1

    Buy the hypoallergenic coating from a speciality jewellery store, salon or online. The coating is usually packaged similar to nail polish and is sold under a variety of brand names. Do not just use clear nail polish.

  2. 2

    Read all of the directions on the coating.

  3. 3

    Clean the posts or wires on your earrings with the swabs and rubbing alcohol.

  4. 4

    Coat the metal area which will touch your ears with a generous (but not ridiculous) amount of the coating. Be sure to keep the coating out of any hinges.

  5. 5

    Gently place the earring in the rice-filled dish, with the coated portions facing up. Make sure the earring will stay upright when you let go.

  6. 6

    Let the coating dry. Drying time is usually about thirty minutes.

  7. 7

    Enjoy your earrings!

Tips and warnings

  • Coating the separate earring back usually doesn't work very well. Consider using a plastic or rubber earring back sold especially for sensitive ears.
  • Allergies are potentially life threatening. If at any point your symptoms seem severe or your throat feels tight, please seek immediate emergency medical attention.

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