How to Avoid Copper Jewelry Turning the Skin Green

By Cassie Tweten

Copper jewelry is widely available, as copper is a fairly inexpensive metal that can easily be formed into bracelets, rings, necklaces and other fashionable items. However, copper leaves a green residue when it oxidizes, according to Newton Ask a Scientist. Chemicals in soaps, lotions and other skincare products, along with the natural acids released as we sweat, can cause copper jewelry to oxidize and leave green marks on our skin.

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Copper jewelry can turn your skin green.

Step 1

Apply a small drop of nail polish to your skin and allow it to dry. If no allergic reaction appears, proceed to Step 2.

Step 2

Coat the inside (any area that touches your skin) of the copper jewelry with a layer of clear nail polish.

Step 3

Allow nail polish to dry before wearing jewelry.