If you think you might be allergic to copper, you might want to reconsider.
A study published in the British Journal of Dermatology found that people who wore copper masks to protect themselves from copper-containing chemicals during work were more likely to suffer from allergic reactions and to develop skin lesions.
“We found that a range of exposures to copper were associated with more severe reactions and skin lesions,” lead researcher Dr. Daniel Nettle said in a statement.
“It was clear that exposure to copper was a risk factor for developing these reactions.”
So, the next time you’re in a meeting, a doctor’s office, or any other workplace where you’re likely to be exposed to copper-based chemicals, be sure to wear the copper fit masks.
And be sure you have the proper mask to wear.
“In terms of a full-face helmet, we have the masks, but in terms of masking the copper, that is an individual choice,” Dr. Nettle added.
“There are other things you can do to mitigate these potentially serious reactions.”
If you’re concerned about your skin, though, you should also avoid using copper-contaminated materials in the workplace.