3 Wedding Ring Rash Home Remedies
You’ve uncovered an unsightly and uncomfortable red ring on your skin under and around your wedding ring. Cue frantically searching online for the “why” and the “how” to get rid of it. Luckily, you came to the right place.
You’ve uncovered an unsightly and uncomfortable red ring on your skin under and around your wedding ring.
Cue frantically searching online for the “why” and the “how” to get rid of it.
Luckily, you came to the right place.
Many refer to this issue as wedding ring rash.
Wedding ring rash can pop-up out of the blue. It doesn’t matter if you said your vows yesterday or celebrated your tenth wedding anniversary last week.
No need to panic – this is a fairly common issue and can be treated.
Disclaimer: If you want to use this as an excuse to not wear your ring 24/7, you may need to stop reading. This blog provides practical solutions that may bust this excuse.
Wedding ring rash symptoms
First things first: how do you know if you have wedding rash?
Here are some common symptoms to watch out for:
- Red, itchy, or scaly skin under and around your ring
- Abnormal swelling or burning sensation in your finger
- Dry skin concentrated around your ring
If your symptoms match up, there could be a few underlying causes.
It may be wedding ring dermatitis.
You may have heard of the term dermatitis. It is basically a fancy way of saying, “skin irritation.”
The culprit for the rash under your ring may be contact dermatitis. As the name suggests, contact dermatitis occurs when your skin comes in contact with something it doesn't like.
There are two main triggers of contact dermatitis: allergies and irritants.
- What could I be allergic to?
According to Medical News Today, about 10 - 15% of the population has some type of metal allergy.
That’s not good news considering most wedding rings are made of some form of metal.
Your allergy may be to the gold itself or, more commonly, to nickel. Many gold wedding rings have a trace amount of nickel in them to help harden the gold.
- Those pesky, sometimes unavoidable irritants.
Sometimes irritants make their way between your ring and your finger, causing the rash.
This could be caused from irritants like a detergent, or any kind of chemical you have to use on the job or around the house.
Do you wash your hands a lot? Something as simple as soap can build up under your ring and cause a reaction.
Now you know what may be to blame for the rash. The good news is that there are some things you can do at home to treat and avoid the issue in the future.
Our top three wedding ring rash treatments – the home remedy version:
- Put you or your wife’s clear coat nail polish to good use.
This remedy is specific to allergy-induced ring rash. Simply coat the inside of your ring with some clear nail polish. This adds a protective coating between you and the allergen in your ring.
You may have to do this on a regular basis, as the nail polish can chip away over time.
- Keep your rings squeaky clean.
Although you wear your ring when you wash your hands or even shower, it may not be as clean as you think.
To avoid gunk getting stuck under your ring, you should take it off your finger and wash it regularly.
All you need is a small bowl, warm water, and some dishwashing liquid. Let your ring soak for a bit in its bath, and you are all set!
A small, soft-bristled brush may come in handy, too, if you have settings or accents on your ring.
- Use a gentle, hypoallergenic hand cream.
To help a current case of ring rash disappear, you may need to apply hand cream every night.
Don’t forget! You’ll want to take your ring off before applying. If you keep it on, more debris may collect under the ring, causing further irritation.
These may be temporary fixes. We’ve got a permanent one.
In time, these remedies can help clear up your wedding ring rash.
The problem with these fixes? They are temporary. You have to keep cleaning, moisturizing, and applying a clear coat.
If you are like us, you are thinking, “There has to be an easier solution.”
For us, that solution is a silicone ring. Here’s why:
- SafeRingz silicone rings are hypoallergenic, meaning it is pretty unlikely you’d develop an allergy to the material.
Thanks to its medical-grade, biocompatible material, you can avoid skin irritation.
- They are much easier to clean.
Alright, you still have to do some cleaning with a silicone ring to avoid debris collecting between the ring and your finger. (Sorry! We wish cleaning wasn’t a part of life either.)
But, instead of creating a special bath for your ring to soak in, you can clean it quickly while washing your hands.
Every so often, simply take your ring off, wash your hands and then rub some soap on your ring, too. Rinse and dry both your hands and ring separately before putting it back on your finger.
Don’t trust any silicon ring. Invest in the original, high-quality rubber wedding band.
If we’ve convinced you a silicone ring is the way to go, the next step is to look for a high-quality ring from a brand you can trust.
That brand is SafeRingz.
We started SafeRingz back in 200510 and were the first in the market to offer safe, silicone rings. Since then, the market has been flooded with other brands.
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- Our rings are 100% made in the U.S.A.
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