Taking the hype out of hypo-allergenic

The term ‘hypo-allergenic’ is not scientifically defined; the term is however used widely in retail to provide reassurance to consumers that an item is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction to human skin or that a product is kinder to the skin.

Jewellery sold within the UK and Europe must adhere to regulations as dictated within, for example, REACH or CLP. These legislations dictate the required maximum threshold for a range of harmful elements; however, these legislations do not currently cover all elements known to cause allergic reactions.

The DermaKind™ methodology has the ability to determine which metals are kind to the skin and at what concentration. This serves to strengthen any claims made by jewellery retailers that items sold to consumers are less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

For those who have metal allergies, finding jewellery that does not irritate the skin can be a challenge.

In Europe Nickel, Chromium and Cobalt Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD) prevalence was approximately 20%, 4% and 7% of total population respectively*. This data is similar to that evidenced in the US with a prevalence in the general population of about 14% for Nickel, 4% for Chromium and 9% for Cobalt**.

Elements considered as allergenic, such as Nickel, Cobalt and Chromium, are commonly used in the manufacturing of jewellery.

The large-scale use of these elements, indicates that the overall problem of allergies due to contact and release cannot be solved by systematically excluding all metals, suspected of or identified as being, allergenic from the manufacturing process.

The real solution to the problem lies in the development and management of basic metallurgical processes. The crucial problem to resolve is therefore: How do we ensure that all jewellery products on the market are allergically safe?

DermaKind™ provides that solution. By testing through DermaKind™, retailers and manufacturers can finally provide scientific evidence to support any claims of jewellery being ‘hypo-allergenic’.