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Stop Putting Clear Nail Polish on Your Earrings

By Jacqueline Burke

 

If you Google "Clear Nail Polish Earring Hack" you will get thousands of search results telling you that coating your earring posts with clear nail polish will solve all of your problems with cheap, reactive earrings. In fact, Into The Gloss just posted an article, here, that tells their readers to try this trick. I'm here to say: please stop trying this, it doesn't work! 

 

I have to admit that years ago when I was looking for a solution to my metal allergy problem (before I knew that I had a metal allergy), I tried the "clear nail polish hack."

 

I had tried wearing gold, gold filled posts, sterling silver, and stainless steel earrings and they all bothered my ears. I wanted to find a way that I could wear earrings without any pain, irritation, or itching.

 

The gist of the clear nail polish hack is that you paint your earring posts with clear nail polish and the coating will serve as a barrier between your skin and the earring post so that you won't be irritated by the earrings. 

 

Firstly, nail polish can contain toxic ingredients, so it is not a good idea to put it near your sensitive piercings. As we all know, nail polish chips very easily, and if it chips inside your ear it can become trapped in the piercing, potentially causing additional irritation or infection.

 

Secondly, if you have sensitive ears or a metal allergy, you ears are reacting to the metal in the earring post. Even a trace amount of contact with the metal can cause you to have a reaction.

 

So if you happened to miss a spot on the post, or if the polish wears away or chips you will be exposed to the reactive metal.

 

We all know from painting our nails that nail polish sometimes starts to chip the same day you apply it. Nail polish will start to chip on your earrings at the same rate if not faster. This "hack" is all around not hygienic and not safe, and most importantly, will not save you from the pain of wearing cheap, reactive earrings. 

   

Bottom line: A coating of clear nail polish on your earrings is not enough to protect you from reactive metals. If you have sensitive ears you need to wear earrings made with non-reactive, biocompatible metals like pure titanium and pure niobium

  

Want to learn more about earrings that are safe for sensitive ears? Check out our blog, here.

  

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Rae'Shannon Lee 8/24/2020

Shelby Everybody’s skin is different, nail polish doesn’t work,for me. I actually have a reaction to it when I sweat and the jewelry still faded.

Jenny 2/20/2020

By this logic I really hoping you’re not wearing any nail polish because it’s just as dangerous on your nails and getting on your skin as it would be on your earrings.
I feel like this was just an advertisement for your earrings rather than actually trying to help people. Also where are your sources?
Don’t make claims without sources.

Linday 12/27/2019

I have been using clear nail polish for along time. I’m 38 years old and have been doing so since I was 16. I even put it on my buttons to my jeans. So I totally disagree with this. I’ve never had any problems. Obviously you have to replace the clear nail polish every few weeke or if they start to bother you again. But I believe this to be a genious idea!!

Linday 12/27/2019

I have been using clear nail polish for along time. I’m 38 years old and have been doing so since I was 16. I even put it on my buttons to my jeans. So I totally disagree with this. I’ve never had any problems. Obviously you have to replace the clear nail polish every few weeke or if they start to bother you again. But I believe this to be a genious idea!!

Shelby 12/15/2019

If I put on a coat of clear nail polish onto my necklace, will my sweat react with the nail polish and release harmful chemicals?

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