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Two of the most common problems with body piercings are allergic reactions and infection. Proper care and cleaning of piercings is critical, but the type of metal in the piercing jewelry you choose is also very important. The following are the best 3 best metals for body jewelry and two choices that you should stay away from.
THE 3 BEST METALS FOR BODY JEWELRY:
# 1 Implant Grade Titanium
Titanium is by far the optional metal for body piercing jewelry, and can certainly be used for initial piercings. Implant quality titanium G23 (Ti6al4v-ELI) is the type of titanium used in surgical implants, is biocompatible, resistant to body fluids and nickel-free. Titanium is also stronger and lighter than steel, giving us body piercing jewelry that is both durable, comfortable and close without scratches. Titanium is an expensive metal, but well worth the slightly higher price. Titanium body jewelry is beautiful, it lasts, and will look (exactly the same after years of wear.
# 2 Surgical Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is the most common metal for piercing jewelry, and is just behind titanium in terms of biocompatibility. 316L or 316LVM are the only two grades of stainless steel that are considered safe to wear in leaked piercings. Keep in mind that even the best grades of stainless steel contain nickel and can cause problems for those who are allergic to nickel. Some countries have built the use of stainless steel for first piercings, and it is best to steer stainless steel even after your piercing is complete.
# 3 Gold
Although beautiful, gold is not the best choice for body jewelry, especially for first piercings or long-lasting wear. Because gold is a softer metal and made of metal alloys, there is a certain higher risk of irritation or infection. Gold jewelry is beautiful, but should only be worn in leaked piercings and with care. Replace gold body jewelry with titanium at first sign of irritation.
Sterling silver: Don't buy body items where the part that threads under your skin (barbell, banana, ring) is made of silver. Sterling silver tarnishes when in contact with body fluids can easily get bacterial growth and can contain allergenic metals such as nickel. Body jewelry where a sterling silver "charm" that is attached to or dangles from the end of steel or titanium bar is absolutely fine, as long as you are not allergic to silver jewelry. Just make sure that the part inside your body is made of a more biocompatible metal.
Mystery Metal: Scary. Any "costume" or "plated" body jewelry is a bad idea, and it is bad stainless steel. Stick with the three best alternatives above to make sure your piercing remains irritation and infection-free.
Remember that body piercing jewelry is placed inside you, and should be treated more like a surgical implant than some costume jewelry. While it may be tempting to buy cheaper jewelry jewelry, it is definitely a better way to go in the long run with a little more on higher quality jewelry.