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Why does fake gold turn skin green?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Copper is the most common metal mixed with gold to make inexpensive "gold" jewelry. When you perspire, the copper in the "gold" jewelry reacts with the acid in your sweat to form green tinted salts that are absorbed into the skin.

 

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