Andrea
Super October 2019

Dry skin under engagement ring? Anyone else?

Andrea, on August 13, 2019 at 5:01 PM Posted in Fitness and Health 1 20
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I got engaged 2 years ago and ever since, the skin under my engagement ring is really dry. Sometimes it even cracks. I work with children and have to wash my hands often. I’m sure to dry it really well. I apply lotion constantly. Nothing seems to help. I even asked the people at the jewelry store where FH bought my ring and they had never heard of that happening. The ring is definitely real white gold, so no allergy issues.
What the heck is going on and more importantly, how do I make it stop?

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Latest activity by Andrea, on September 13, 2019 at 4:59 PM
  • Andrea
    Super October 2019
    Andrea ·
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    This is a picture of my ring finger. You can see how irritated it is. Sorry you have to look at my gross finger!

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  • Jeanie
    Super February 2020
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    Maybe you could try different soap or lotion. They could be leaving residue on the ring itself, which is irritating the skin. I would try something for sensitive skin that’s unscented, and lotion that absorbs quickly.
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  • Monique
    Master December 2019
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    If I had To guess it is probably the soap.
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  • Kristen
    VIP June 2020
    Kristen ·
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    Might be an allergy...either to the type of metal in the ring or to the soap
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  • Kristen
    VIP June 2020
    Kristen ·
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    Some people are allergic to even the “hypoallergenic” metas so I’d get that checked out
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  • Jennifer
    Super September 2020
    Jennifer ·
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    Does the ring move around a lot?
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  • Kora
    Expert September 2021
    Kora ·
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    Hmm, maybe when you go to bed at night you take off the ring when you sleep or when you get home?
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  • 2d Bride
    Champion October 2009
    2d Bride ·
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    You might try taking off the ring before showering or washing your hands, and then drying your hands carefully before putting the ring back on. Moisture under the ring can cause irritation like you described.

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  • VIP September 2019
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    I agree it is from the moisture between ring and skin. The same thing happens to me. It gets dry and flaky. I dont have any issue when I wear my silicone ring but that is breathable
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  • A
    Expert January 2020
    Abby ·
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    Maybe trade off every few days between your ring and a silicone ring. It might help it breathe better. Sometimes soap gets stuck in between and can dry skin out. I worked at a hospital for a while so I know that feeling all too well when you’re constantly washing and it gets dry.
    i know that’s probably not what you want to hear I hate taking my ring off, but I do like Enso silicone rings they have pretty stuff!
    Good luck! Hope this helps 😊
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  • A
    Expert August 2019
    Aliciabilly2019 ·
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    Eucerin cream for eczema helps with stuff like that i was a cook for 5 years you have to put it on several times a day but it deff helps and at night take ring off and put a good amount of lotion on and when you wake up put ring back on ...its bc soap gets trapped under your ring and soap drys out the skin ....i had it happen to me for while till i figured it out too..
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  • Yoice
    VIP March 2019
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    You should try removing your ring once you’re home to have it on less time. I would remove it every time you wash your hands and make sure is very dry before you put it on again. I would also change the soap and lotion. My husband has a similar issue but only with his work ring which is not white gold is like a rubber silicone material. He only gets this when he showers with it because the bottom of the ring gets wet and stays wet so the skin gets crack. He doesn’t have that issue with the white gold.
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  • Kelly
    Dedicated October 2019
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    White gold can be composed of different percentages of different metals, but it typically contains nickel, which many people are allergic to. It could be that there is more nickel in the ring and you are reacting to that. You could take it to a jeweler and have the inside of the ring coated or replated so your skin isn't in contact with the nickle.
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  • Jordan
    Just Said Yes May 2021
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    I do not have this problem myself so I do not know if this is right but I do know my skin is very sensitive. Sometimes your skin can build up of bacteria under your ring and since you say it isn't the material then you should try washing your ring every month in jewelery Polish, not only will that help the bacteria but it will help the shine of your ring stay perfect. The build up of lotion can effect that too. I found a website on cracking of the skin but I can't seem to get it to zoom in but my phone is terrible so you might can try. https://books.google.com/books?id=odQ_AAAAQBAJ&pg=PA518&lpg=PA518&dq=is+skin+cracking+where+your+ring+is+normal?&source=bl&ots=AvvaEDxKpe&sig=ACfU3U2rj7qt1t6LZ6HAAOakCiOeVWeHzA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiBlKXF2oHkAhVmiOAKHZTIArgQ6AEwGXoECAUQAQ#v=onepage&q=is%20skin%20cracking%20where%20your%20ring%20is%20normal%3F&f=false
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  • Chrysta
    Master November 2022
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    You could still be allergic to the ring! White gold still contains nickel, which is a common allergy. I am actually sensitive to nickel. I only wear my ring when going out and never wear it to bed. I also take it off every time I wash my hands.
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  • Yam
    VIP September 2019
    Yam ·
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    A lot of people are allergic to white gold, that definitely looks like something worse than just dry skin, the skin is swollen. White gold is a mixture of yellow gold, then white metals such as nickel, silver and palladium to turn it white. You could be allergic to the nickel in the metal or even the rhodium plating.
    Sorry about your finger! It looks painful. 😰
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  • Brittany
    Super May 2020
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    I have that too, just take your ring off every couple of days and moisturize your hands. Don't wear it in the shower or when doing dishes.

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  • Andrea
    Super October 2019
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    It does move around a good bit.
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  • Jennifer
    Super September 2020
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    Is it possible it's the result of friction and not dryness?
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  • Andrea
    Super October 2019
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    Thank you everyone! I started taking my rings off when washing my hands and dry my hands really well. It seems to have calmed down a lot! I appreciate you all!!
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