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Getting skin irritation from your Apple Watch? Apple says you might be wearing it wrong

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If wearing the Apple Watch irritates your skin, Apple says you might be wearing it wrong

If wearing the Apple Watch irritates your skin, Apple says you might be wearing it wrong


It appears that some Apple Watch users are experiencing a skin irritation from wearing their new smartwatch. Rashes and ugly looking red welts have appeared on the wrists of those who are allergic to the materials that are being used to produce the watch and bands. One Apple Watch owner who had an allergic reaction on his wrist after wearing the device called Apple. The tech titan spent about 20 minutes on the phone getting medical history voluntarily, for research purposes.

Apple says that every metal that touches your skin goes through tests. In addition, the company consults with board-certified dermatologists. Even so, some people are sensitive to the materials employed by Apple. "If you have a problem with nickel, the material is used on the Apple Watch, the space gray Apple Watch Sport, the stainless steel portions of some Apple Watch bands, and the magnets in the watch and bands." The amount of nickel used by Apple is reportedly not enough to cause problems, but those very sensitive to the material should say clear of the above-mentioned products.

Similarly, if you have trouble with the adhesive used on Band Aids, you might want to stay away from the Apple Watch case, the Milanese Loop, the Modern Buckle, and the Leather Loop. All of these contain small amounts of methacrylates, which is the same material used on bandages. Apple says that any part of the Apple Watch or its bands that contain methacrylates do not touch the user's skin. Still, if you are sensitive to the material, your best bet is to stay away from it.

Similar to Steve Jobs' comments that Apple iPhone 4 owners were holding their phone wrong, the company says that some Apple Watch users are wearing the timepiece incorrectly. Apple says that if you have the band too tight, it can cause irritation, and if you wear the band too loosely it can cause rubbing. Apple says that you need to have the band tightened just right. If you're not Goldilocks, this means that it should be snug, but comfortable.

Apple says that if you are experiencing irritation from wearing your Apple Watch, you should consult your physician before putting it back on your wrist.


Thanks for the tip, Suzanne!

source: Apple via iClarified

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posted on 03 May 2015, 23:32 13

1. waddup121 (unregistered)


Skin Irritation from a Watch. That's a killer!

posted on 03 May 2015, 23:35 5

3. Sauce5 (unregistered)


That stinks. Depends on your body unfortunately. My friend can't wear any stainless steal watches or jewelry on his wrist or neck. Bummer I guess for those who love watches etc.

posted on 03 May 2015, 23:37 14

5. waddup121 (unregistered)


Oh so its more like a medical problem, but then people take the fault to Apple. Haah.

posted on 03 May 2015, 23:52

10. orphant (Posts: 33; Member since: 22 Oct 2014)


Well, it's certainly understandable where these unhappy customers are coming from. I'm personally not in the market for any smart watch, but I'm very allergic to Nickel. I'm assuming then that I wouldn't be able to use the watch, which is kind of a bummer to people that DO want to wear it and are allergic to nickel. It's a very cheap material employed to save money; nickel is used in budget low-end jewelry and it's sad to see that Apple couldn't be bothered to use premium materials on their new watch.

posted on 04 May 2015, 00:15 11

18. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


It is Apples fault because people have been wearing watches, including android wear, for ages without issues.

posted on 04 May 2015, 00:21 2

22. Sauce5 (unregistered)


Wrong.

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:34

35. elitewolverine (Posts: 5076; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Wrong, would you like us all here to do the worlds simplest google search and prove you wrong so hard a nokia will fly from the sky and knock your momma up with some bastard child call a mokia?

Seriously though, pebble, smart bands etc, have all caused irritation to skin. This is NOT uncommon by any means.

posted on 05 May 2015, 22:37

56. ecmedic4 (Posts: 324; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Yes because Apple can totally predict everyones allergies that buy the watch. Give me a break. Its not Apple's fault some ppl are allergic to the materials used. Its not the users fault either, as they can't control what they are allergic to. Its really no ones fault, its just an unfortunate issue that some ppl may encounter if they are very allergic to the materials used.

posted on 04 May 2015, 09:54

46. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4807; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I have owned watches all my life, stainless steel, titanium, & leather, never have I ever got a rash...Why would a watch do this?!?

posted on 04 May 2015, 15:14 2

50. aahmed215 (Posts: 163; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Congratulations. You don't have allergic reactions to certain materials. Not everyone is like you. I've had stainless steel and rubber bands for regular watches and the Moto 360. I sometimes get skin irritation if I wear it for too long (both the normal watches and Moto 360).

posted on 04 May 2015, 05:04 2

31. nwright94 (Posts: 192; Member since: 14 Oct 2014)


My Pebble's original strap irritated my skin so much because of the steel clasp, it would almost burn my skin. I had to switch to a cloth band. Also, it's only natural that a watch sliding up and down your skin is going to irritate it. This is what any other watch manufacturer would tell you if you complained about their watch irritating your skin.

posted on 04 May 2015, 08:05

41. j2001m (Posts: 2788; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Problems is with Apple, you can not just change and any change is going to cost you big time

posted on 03 May 2015, 23:35

2. mahima (Posts: 116; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


ouch!!

posted on 03 May 2015, 23:36 11

4. RoboticEngi (Posts: 583; Member since: 03 Dec 2014)


Omfg, why use nickel in skin touching metals? Then you are asking for it (or didn't do your homework)

posted on 04 May 2015, 21:40

53. ibend (Posts: 3507; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


they need to learn more about wirstwatch before making one...
they already recruited one executive form TAGheuer, and he turn out to be vice president of sales from TAGheuer.. it look like apple only care about sales, and dont care about any watchmaking art -_-

posted on 03 May 2015, 23:40

6. gaming64 (unregistered)


Well that was unexpected

posted on 03 May 2015, 23:46 7

7. Commentator (Posts: 3665; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


"An overly tight band can cause skin irritation. A band that’s too loose can cause rubbing."

These seem like pretty basic watch-wearing guidelines. It'd be like a clothing company suggesting that someone to not wear their shirt inside-out or backwards.

Clever title though, I'm sure it'll drive the clicks!

posted on 03 May 2015, 23:50 1

8. gaming64 (unregistered)


Exactly what I'm thinking right now. Blame the material you used Apple!

posted on 04 May 2015, 00:01 3

14. Commentator (Posts: 3665; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Oh they do. The source material can be found here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204665

Apple mentions that a small number of people with nickel allergies may be at risk.

PhoneArena couldn't be bothered to link to it though. Apparently the thirty seconds it took to find on Apple's website was a bit too much digging, so they settled on citing another third-party source instead (which ALSO doesn't link to the original source. Journalists, right?)

posted on 04 May 2015, 00:11

16. orphant (Posts: 33; Member since: 22 Oct 2014)


This is good, thank you for linking the source.

posted on 04 May 2015, 00:20 1

20. Commentator (Posts: 3665; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Update: The source is now posted. You're welcome PA, I guess...

posted on 03 May 2015, 23:54 1

12. orphant (Posts: 33; Member since: 22 Oct 2014)


Unfortunately the "shirts" in this situation are causing irritation due to the materials used, and are going to illicit allergic reactions no matter how tightly they're worn.

posted on 04 May 2015, 00:13

17. Commentator (Posts: 3665; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Some people are allergic to the nickel in watches and some people are allergic to polyester in clothing.

The "wearing it too loose/tight" instruction has little to nothing to do with people getting rashes due to an allergy, but the point is that some people may be getting a rash due NOT to an allergy, but instead to how they are wearing the watch. Apple covers both bases here.

That they chose to build their product this way is another story...

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:50

36. elitewolverine (Posts: 5076; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


My MS Band when i wear the watch face out instead on the inside, the heart rate monitor burned a irritation spot that lasted like 4 weeks on me, a fun little square. Does not hurt the top. I notice irritation if i wear it to tight.

But this is certainly normal for people with sensi skin or just not used to a watch.

posted on 04 May 2015, 00:19

19. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Lots of people like wearing the watch really loose or really tight.

Go to any watch board like watchu seek and you see tons of those including myself. My wrists expands a lot throughout the day and I just wear it loose enough that I never have to adjust it and no watch has given me issues yet.

Although some mechanical watch manuals say that I run the risk of early service if I wear it too loose,

posted on 03 May 2015, 23:52 2

9. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Smh apple i expected more from you. I might not like your products but i always thought they were made from high quality materials but i guess not now.

posted on 04 May 2015, 22:40 1

54. ibend (Posts: 3507; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


apple product is made in china and 80-95% of material they use also from china, what will u expect :P

posted on 05 May 2015, 22:46

57. ecmedic4 (Posts: 324; Member since: 02 May 2013)


A lot of things ppl buy today are made in China, not just Apple products. Im sure you own lots of things that are made in China, but of course you don't criticize them since they are not Apple products. Haters will be haters I guess.

posted on 03 May 2015, 23:54 3

11. seven7dust (unregistered)


crazy , looks like the Apple watch is turning out to be a bad launch , too many models and too many materials ,can't buy one physially , this is not the way Apple usually operates. maybe they should go back to the steve jobs philosophy.

personally I'd prefer if they used aluminium for the entire range and made a space grey verson would have been lighter scratch free and more unique to stainles steel watches , which are so common. aluminium linkbracelet would have been awesome and new.

posted on 03 May 2015, 23:57 1

13. gaming64 (unregistered)


If they went back to Steve Jobs philosophy, then no iPhone 6 and no grand sales. Steve Jobs shaped the company to what it is today but his leadership also made downsides.

posted on 04 May 2015, 00:24 1

23. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


we can't tell.

posted on 04 May 2015, 03:09

28. seven7dust (unregistered)


nope you never know , remeber the ipod video , He used to say the same thing about video and then became the biggest contibutor to online video sales with itunes movies and tv.

It usually Apple's way of telling people don't buy other products until we come out with one.

posted on 04 May 2015, 00:36 1

25. Commentator (Posts: 3665; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


They're trying to do too much too quickly, and yet they're still the last to the smartwatch party. Maybe they were caught off-guard by how fast Android Wear came out?

From the launch to the battery-life to the interface and now apparently to the design, the whole thing feels half-baked.

posted on 04 May 2015, 00:07 5

15. StanleyG88 (Posts: 231; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


Is ANYTHING ever Apple's fault???

posted on 04 May 2015, 00:20 4

21. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Apparently not to commentator and the sheep army. Lol

posted on 04 May 2015, 00:25 2

24. Commentator (Posts: 3665; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Hmm?

No, I absolutely think Apple dropped the ball on how the product was made. A $350 watch shouldn't be giving you a rash when you wear it, especially since according to Apple itself the issue is only present in the space gray model. It just makes the product look rushed and untested.

They're being up front about it though, and doing what they can to help.

Nice to see you too, Taters.

posted on 04 May 2015, 00:40 1

26. jibraihimi (Posts: 750; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


After holding it wrong to wearing it wrong......Apple why do u make such things, for which people have to take tution to learn how to hold or wear it........

posted on 04 May 2015, 02:53 2

27. jokensy (unregistered)


Another reason NOT to buy that piece of crap!!!

posted on 04 May 2015, 03:42 1

29. ZeeNasir (Posts: 101; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


Poor apple. Late iwatch launch plus skin issue. Apple should not consider luxury first, but functionality must be foremost.

posted on 04 May 2015, 04:53

30. 99nights (Posts: 1152; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


Any problem with apple, they claim "you're doing it wrong" honestly i don't think there is a wrong way to wear a watch besides upsides down.

posted on 04 May 2015, 05:26 2

32. Denco (Posts: 118; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


I have never seen a watch or even smart watch with so many complaints and problems like the Apple Watch.

Scratches and scuffs on its stailness steel. Crappy apps. Queasy face. Battery drain. WiFi inconsistency. Charging problems. Digital Crown getting sticky and stuck. Erratic taptic engine. Now skin irritations.

Yet, people praised the problematic Apple Watch over rivals' brands that have been in the market without so much complaint.

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:54

37. elitewolverine (Posts: 5076; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


You are actually seeing what a popular watch with everyone watching it will say. One report online (not saying it is one) and all of a sudden the whole apple watch is bust?

If that was the case, the samsung products i deal with on a daily basis and have to exchange on a daily basis would make this apple watch fiasco a piddle party.

This week alone i have exchange s6's for overheating, battery pop, power button fall out, scratches on the screen upon opening, not turning on out of box even after 'charged'. And this is just me. And when other bands sell as many as the watch...then you have an argument. Even the gear S has given me problems on a weekly basis.

posted on 04 May 2015, 05:49

33. SIGPRO (Posts: 1371; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Apple Apple Apple......Please die!

posted on 04 May 2015, 06:14 2

34. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 155; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)


It's like the body is saying - you are too intelligent for this stupid thing on you... get up and use your brain...

posted on 04 May 2015, 07:00 1

38. mrej201 (Posts: 226; Member since: 04 Feb 2015)


¡rritation

posted on 04 May 2015, 07:09 1

39. Scott93274 (Posts: 4066; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Oh good grief, "You're wearing it wrong"? This sounds just like their response to the iPhone's antenna issue from a few years back, "You're holding it wrong".

posted on 04 May 2015, 07:21 2

40. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Sorry to those people but you simply have heat rash. Your skin is just not used to being under heat and moisture for a long period of time. I so want to say something bad about the Apple Watch but it's all those wearer's problem not the watch itself.

posted on 04 May 2015, 08:23

42. ibap (Posts: 752; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Apple, of course, doesn't have anything to learn from anyone else. Heard of Fitbit?

posted on 04 May 2015, 08:28

43. _PHug_ (Posts: 443; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


@Alan F.

The title made me LOL, nice call back, made my day.

posted on 04 May 2015, 08:31

44. Scott93274 (Posts: 4066; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Well, whatever the cause may be (friction, heat, moisture, all of the above), at least it's not burning the user's wrist like the first LG Android watch to make it to the market.

posted on 04 May 2015, 08:45

45. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Fascinating that with all of the other issues people complained about with the Moto 360 and other watches, this wasn't one of their complaints.

posted on 04 May 2015, 11:22

47. Leo_MC (Posts: 1042; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


The gold watch edition should be ok ;).

posted on 04 May 2015, 12:02

48. gadget_lover (Posts: 35; Member since: 30 Jun 2009)


AllergyGate

posted on 04 May 2015, 14:26

49. Elusivellama (Posts: 73; Member since: 26 Aug 2014)


Apple: "Your skin's ph-level is wrong."

posted on 04 May 2015, 15:24

51. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8344; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Some people are allergic to cheap shiznit.
Am curious as to why Apple always has to use some no-name, cheap material that has a fancy name vs just using standard stuff like everyone else.

Everyen Else uses a rubber/plastic band that has been used on watches for yearsand no one has had any problems.

Apple uses some fancy name cheap rubbery plastic junk and people are having physical issues.

This watch has so many cant do's until its not even funny.

I am glad I am dark skinned as I have never had a reaction to watch bands ever.

posted on 04 May 2015, 17:15

52. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Now we know why Apple created their health app.

posted on 04 May 2015, 22:44

55. ibend (Posts: 3507; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


you'r not wearing it wrong, u just buy the wrong smartwatch..

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