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Why do the rings turn the skin on my fingers green?

Dec 07,2023 | Juyoyo

Wearing a beautiful ring is an important moment in many lives, however, some people may find that the skin on their fingers turns surprisingly green after wearing a ring, a phenomenon that can be both troubling and disconcerting. This is not an isolated case, but a relatively common problem that few people understand the root cause of. In this article, we'll take a closer look at why rings can cause the skin on your fingers to turn green, analyzing factors related to the material of the ring and your wearer's habits. Through a thorough analysis of the problem, we will provide you with practical solutions and preventive measures to ensure that you will never have to worry about green skin again when wearing a ring.


Why Are the Fingers Turning Green?

ringIn explaining why the skin of the fingers may turn green after wearing a ring, we need to delve deeper into the chemical processes involved. This phenomenon is usually closely related to the material the ring is made of and the wearing habits, both of which are explained in more detail below.

The impact of ring material

Reaction of different metals to the skin: Some metals, such as copper and nickel, contain oxides that may react with sweat and salts on the surface of the skin when they come into contact with the skin. This chemical reaction produces compounds that may be deposited on the skin, causing the fingers to turn green.

Characteristics of different materials such as gold, silver and platinum: Rings made of different materials have different chemical properties. Precious metals such as gold and platinum are usually more stable and less likely to cause skin reactions, while some alloys may contain metal elements that are more sensitive to the skin. Sterling silver is an alloy of 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper. Copper oxidizes with moisture, oils and acids in the skin to produce copper salts that leave green or black marks on the fingers.

Influence of wearing habits

Moisture and Sweat: Dissolved oxygen and other components of moisture may accelerate the oxidization process of metals, especially if the ring is in frequent contact with water or sweat, which contains salts, acids, and other compounds dissolved therein that interact with the ring material, and therefore the ring may be more susceptible to oxidative reactions that can accelerate the process of greening in the event of frequent contact with sweat.

Duration of ring wear: Wearing the ring for extended periods of time may cause friction, increasing the chances of direct contact between the metal and the skin, further contributing to a reaction that may lead to greening.

Method to Settle an Issue

Choose the right material: Know your sensitivity to metals and choose a ring material that is not likely to cause allergies, such as solid gold or white gold.

Apply a coat of clear nail polish: Before wearing your ring, apply a coat of clear nail polish to the inside of the ring to create a protective film and minimize the chance of the metal coming into direct contact with your skin.

Clean your ring regularly: Avoid impurities on the surface of your ring and clean it regularly with mild soapy water to reduce the possibility of oxidation.

 Avoid contact with water or sweat while wearing: Try to avoid wearing your ring during activities such as hand washing and swimming to minimize contact with water or sweat and reduce the risk of oxidation.

Regular inspection of the ring: Inspect the surface of the ring regularly, especially the plating for wear. If problems are found, repair or replace the ring promptly.

Remove the ring when necessary: do not wear the ring while exercising or while doing housework, avoid direct ring contact with sweat and with bleach and chlorine-containing cleaners to reduce the probability of oxidation.

By taking these solutions and precautions, you can better enjoy wearing your ring and avoid the problem of your finger turning green.



Turning green on the finger is a common problem for some people when wearing rings, but by taking a deeper look at the ring material, wearing habits, and the factors that interact with perspiration, we can find effective ways to solve this problem. Solutions such as choosing the right material, adopting clear nail polish for protection, and cleaning the ring regularly can help minimize the direct contact between the metal and the skin, reducing the possibility of oxidation reactions. In terms of prevention, avoiding frequent contact between the ring and water or sweat as well as checking the condition of the ring on a regular basis are effective strategies to prevent the problem of green fingers.

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