Like a solid pair of pumps or an expensive handbag, the right pair of earrings can make an outfit. But if you end up with skin irritation, redness and swelling from that pair, it will likely be the last time you wear it. The best earrings for sensitive ears are gentle on your skin—and gorgeous to look at. Interestingly, you don’t need to have sensitive skin to react to jewelry. Dr. Geeta Yadav, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Facet Dermatology, says cold, dry weather, and eczema can also be possible culprits. However, the most common causes of earlobe irritation are piecing infections and contact metal allergies—specifically to nickel, copper and cobalt.
The best earrings for sensitive skin are made from pure metal; specifically gold (14 carats or higher), sterling silver, titanium and platinum. Since those materials also tend to be expensive, we consulted jewelry experts for their advice on the safest and most stunning options. The top pick overall is Mejuri Dôme Hoops for their comfort-first fit, timeless design and high quality materials. For an affordable pair, consider Quince’s Silver Croissant Hoop Earrings, which are equally stylish and cost less than $30. Ahead, 9 of the best earrings for sensitive ears that we highly recommend.
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Here at Forbes Vetted, we’ve researched, tested and written extensively about the jewelry market, from evaluating the most trusted sources for lab-grown diamonds to hunting down the best jewelry stores online. As a contributor, I interviewed multiple experts for this story, including Dr. Geeta Yadav, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Facet Dermatology, and Aroom Han, the senior vice president of merchandising at Studs. I also read reviews, tested products and researched materials and metals to find the best earrings for sensitive ears. As a freelance writer, my work has appeared in publications including Instyle and Well and Good, and I’m the former beauty editor for Real Simple and Health magazines.