FitBit Charge wearers suffering from irritated skin

FitBit Charge wearers suffering from irritated skin
Earlier this year, FitBit had to order recalls of the FitBit Force due to skin irritation that was affecting wearers. FitBit CEO James Park had written that less than 2% of Force users were affected by what was believed to be contact dermatitis. There was speculation that users were responding to the adhesives employed in the production of the fitness tracker.

Now, a brand new wearable, the FitBit Charge, is also causing skin irritation. There is some question about whether the rashes are coming from the exact same issue that caused the recall of the Force. The manufacturer says that out of the more than one hundred thousand people who have purchased the FitBit Charge, only a handful have complained about skin irritation. FitBit is blaming sweat, water or soap that might have been captured between the band and the user's skin. The company also says that pressure or friction between the band and the skin could have caused the problem. FitBit says that taking the device off should clear things up within hours or days. The problem is that when the device is put back on, the rash returns.

FitBit states that the problem with the new Charge has nothing to do with the contact dermatitis that caused the problem on the Force. After the latter was recalled, FitBit made some changes, replacing the adhesives that were blamed for the dermatitis, with screws. The company also met with dermatologists when designing the FitBit Charge to prevent a repeat of the skin irritation seen on some Force wearers.

The bottom line is that even if FitBit is right, and the irritation seen on the FitBit Charge has nothing to do with what caused the dermatitis on the FitBit Force, there still remains a problem of some sort that is making the wearable uncomfortable for some consumers to enjoy using. Until a solution can be developed, FitBit is in danger of losing plenty of business.

source: Yahoo



1. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Tisk tisk

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I suppose one day Fitbit is going to mention that these plastic bands are made using BPA and are essentially oozing carcinogens into your wrist all day...

3. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010


4. aledelcastle

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 16, 2014

that irritation in the picture appears to be from wearing it too tight and not due to an allergic reaction.... just sayin'

7. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I had the force before the recall. I was hoping they didn't repeat the mistake...

5. Sirius85

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

It's so weird how when you wear something tight enough to leave groove marks on your wrist, it also leaves red marks. IT'S SO WEIRD. Idiots. Show an example of someone who clearly isn't retarded

6. aaronix

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

FitBit Charge allergy of retard people.

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Mostly it is people who are not so bright who buy a little plastic band and think it is going to make them "fit". Maybe they think the tighter they strap it on, the quicker it will work to make them "fit".

9. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Oh, come on! Just look at the marks in the first picture and you'll see how tight the user is wearing the band! This would happen with *any* watch (smart or dumb). Anyway they should put a warning on the package: "not suitable for idiots"! ;)

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