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.
This legislation dictates the required maximum threshold for a range of harmful elements; however, these legislation 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.
DermaKind™ goes some way to providing a solution. By testing through DermaKind™, retailers and manufacturers can be confident that their jewellery ranges will be kinder and safer for sensitive skin.
They will also have scientific data to support these claims.