Do you have small (or big) skin problems?
Maybe they are caused by nickel and you don’t even know it…
How do you defend yourself from an invisible enemy: nickel
It is scientifically proven that nickel causes over 50% of allergic contact dermatitis cases.
Every day we come into contact with an invisible enemy: nickel.
Nickel is present in many and various common objects: from coins to printing inks, from erasers to watches and so on; its presence is particularly dangerous in cosmetics and detergents. These products, because of their prolonged contact, make the skin particularly vulnerable to the absorption of the nickel present in them.
In some cases people experienced allergic reactions (even 48 hours later) after having used cosmetic products with a nickel concentration exceeding 0.0001%, even if those products hadn’t previously given problems.
It is therefore very important to first learn about nickel, its side effects and where it is present, so as to avoid contact but above all to use, whenever possible, “nickel safe” products.
Where can nickel be found?
- Coins and banknotes (ink)
- White gold, silver
- Jewelery, earrings, rings
- Piercings, hair clips
- Zippers, buttons
- Hooks, buckles, studs
- Watch straps, lighters
- Keys, scissors, knitting needles, thimbles, needles
- Stationery, rubber, paper clips
- Household utensils, door and window handles
- Fertilisers, insecticides and fungicides
- Metal eyeglass frames
- Colours for ceramics
- Electrolysis, acupuncture, mesotherapy needles
- Toothpaste tubes with metal lining
- Hair dyes
- Cosmetics (creams, cleansers, mascara, eye shadow, pencils)
- Pacemakers and heart valves
- Dental and orthopedic implants
- Intrauterine spirals
Who, how and when does it attack?
A nickel allergy may present itself with objects used for years without any problems
It affects women more frequently
The occupationally exposed categories are housewives, office workers and teachers
More frequently between the ages of 25 and 35 probably for the increased exposure to nickel caused by jeans and the use of cosmetics
Atopics tend to have a higher level of nickel absorption
Individuals sensitive to nickel aren’t necessarily affected by food allergies
The nickel allergy is more frequent in the summer months and in hot and humid climates
Patients sensitive to nickel can transfer particles to the eyelids with their hands (eyelid dermatitis after using the nail file)
What to do in case of sensibility or allergy
- Use only steel kitchen scissors and tools
- Apply several coats of clear nail polish on metallic objects if you can not avoid their contact with the skin
- Use only the safest metals, such as gold, platinum, aluminum and stainless steel
- Do not use earrings that are not specifically nickel free
- Avoid direct contact with hair dyes and use only natural henna or sunstrokes
- Wear clothes without metal zippers
- Prefer light-colored clothing because nickel is used to fix dark colours on the fabric
- Let your doctor prior to surgery involving the use of alloys containing nickel know of your allergy/sensitivity
- Avoid canned foods or foods cooked in metal containers (except aluminum and stainless steel)
- Use “Nickel Safe” cosmetics and make up with a nickel concentrations of less than 0.0001%