Owww, wedding ring rash.
You either get it, you don’t, or you end up getting it later, sometimes years after wearing the same piece of jewelry or, in this case, wedding ring, for many months or years.
As someone who has experienced wedding ring rash once, I know how annoying it can feel when your ring causes your finger to itch or get a red rash. This rash usually occurs only under your ring, on your ring finger, and can be itchy, red, or bumpy, sometimes all three (like mine was!)
Most times, wedding ring rash has a quick and easy fix, which may even cause the rash to go away quickly and on its own. For me, the rash went away and didn’t come back again (at least not yet, ring fingers crossed!)
Here are a few tips + tricks to fix wedding ring rash.
And obviously, before going further, your skin rash or irritation should always be seen by a doctor or medical professional first, just in case. If it is a simple jewelry allergy or skin irritation, it usually goes away within a week or so.
1. Use a ring allergy shield on the inside of the band.
Thankfully, this isn’t an actual shield you have to wear under your ring, but more like a clear coating that is similar to clear nail polish. I’ve heard of clear polish recommended to coat the inside of your ring, but this nickel coat by Nickel Guard is actually designed to prevent skin irritation and is backed by great reviews.
If your ring rash is being caused by an allergy to some component in the metal itself (usually nickel), some swear by a bit of this polish on the inside of the band. This will coat the ring on the portion that touches your skin, preventing the metal from causing irritation.
2. Take a mini-break from wearing your ring.
If you’re newly engaged, perhaps your ring finger is all, hey! This is a lot of work wearing this gorgeous sparkler all day and night! I know your ring finger can’t talk, but hey, it is a big adjustment spending years wearing no ring to suddenly this gorgeous and sometimes heavy ring on your finger, day-in-and-day-out. So, maybe take off your ring and place it in a ring dish like this to keep it safe for a few days. By then, your skin may have had time to relax, adjust, and get back to wearing that ring sans the wedding ring rash.
You can also wear a silicone wedding band in the meantime. They’re very stylish and quite affordable, i.e. UNDER $10 for most styles at ThunderFit.
Men experiencing wedding ring rash might find these breathable silicone wedding bands to be more suitable, even if just as a temporary fix. By GrooveLife.
3. Clean your ring.
Sometimes, dirt and debris on your ring can be causing the rash or irritation itself. Give your ring a good cleaning with one of these for cheap or take it to a local jewelry to get it professionally cleaned.
I feel like my wedding ring rash was largely due to my skin being dry, and it seemed like the cold winter season aggravated it more. Moisturizer really helped me. This one in particular was very helpful, and I still use it to this day as hand cream because it works great.
If you’re still having trouble, see your dermatologist! He or she can suggest topical creams or treatment to make that annoying itch or wedding ring rash go away.