Earring Alert

By Nicole Duncan

Your hoops, studs, or dangling earrings may be the perfect fashion accessories—until they make your earlobes all dry and flaky. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology warns that earrings containing nickel can cause earlobe dermatitis—AKA eczema. The authors tested 277 pairs of earrings and found that 30 percent of them contained nickel. So next time you get all dolled up, complement your outfit with earrings labeled “nickel-free” or “hypoallergenic.” Other safe choices include stainless steel, platinum, or gold.