Body jewellery can be made from a wide range of materials including different metals, plastics such as acrylic and Bioplast and a wide range of natural materials. The material you choose is important because you skin will react differently to different materials. The degree to which a material is acceptable to the body is known as ‘biocompatibility’. Highly biocompatible materials do not cause irritation and are suitable for prolonged wear, whereas materials with a lower biocompatibility may only be suitable for occasional wear. Everyone reacts differently to these materials, so it is important to know the difference between them and which ones will be suitable for your piercings.
From this page you can learn about the different materials that are used to made body jewellery. Finding out which jewellery materials work well with your body is also a case of trial and error, so if you are unsure about these materials we recommend speaking to your piercer. If you are experiencing irritation due to piercing jewellery this can often be reduced by choosing a more biocompatible material such as titanium or Bioplast and by keeping the piercing clean and dry. If however you experience prolonged irritation we always recommend getting the advice of a professional body piercer. No matter which material you choose for your jewellery the most important thing is to listen to your body. If your piercings react badly to a particular material do not just put up with it. The chances are that this particular material is just not compatible with your body, but there will be plenty of materials that are. With the help of information pages like the ones below you can find the ideal piece of body jewellery for any piercing.