Anonymous asked: Thoughts on surgical steel in body piercings

skin-rivets-tyler:

Basically “surgical steel” means nothing to body piercing or quality jewelry. Surgical steel usually contains nickel which is a pretty common allergen/irritant for a lot of people.

When looking for steel body jewelry you want Implant Grade Steel (ASTM F-138); you can also get a similar look from titanium. Same thing for titanium, you want Implant Grade Titanium (ASTM F-136). The implant grade part is the important part!

Now, this can get a lil confusing; Niobium is also a safe material to wear in body jewelry, but it isn’t certified “implant grade”. Same for 14k and higher gold.

Here is a link to the APP brochure for safe jewelry for initial piercings. In the brochure there is a section on materials and it goes a lil more in depth.

https://www.safepiercing.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/APP_Initial_Web.pdf

Hope this helps✌️

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