Do you have an Apple Watch rash? There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the recent release of the Apple Watch and the adverse skin reactions some people have been having to it. Critics have been taking to twitter showing off their rashes and posing the question. What is causing this rash?
— Don (@DonDonconn) December 3, 2015
Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. Not only do the causes vary but also, not all of the reactions are the same. This guide will walk you through both the irritants and also the reactions helping you further understand what is going on with your wrist.
The Materials that are used in the Apple Watch were hand chosen by a special team. According to Apple every material that comes in contact with skin went through rigorous evaluation including:
- Thousands of material composition tests
- More than a thousand prototypes worn for trial studies
- Hundreds of toxicological assessments
- Consultations with board-certified dermatologists
Although all of these tests were done there are still cases of reactions. In some cases this is due to some of the materials.
In the space gray Apple Watch Sport and some portions of stainless steel on the bands and the magnets there are traces of nickel. The amount falls below the nickel restriction set by European REACh regulation. Meaning that there is potential for a person that is allergic to nickel to have a reaction, but it is unlikely to be the problem.
The fit. According to Apple one of the main causes of irritation is how tight a person is wearing their watch. When the band is tight it can cause skin irritation. Your watch should be snug so that the sensors are accurate. Wearing it correctly also prevents the loose band rubbing your skin and causing further irritation.
Cleaning. The Apple Watch is designed to be worn all of the time, ensuring accurate measurements. What many people don’t realize is the importance of taking your watch off and cleaning it – often. When sweat, lotion, sunscreen, and other liquids buildup under the band from lack of cleaning they can irritate your skin and cause contact dermatitis (see this blog we wrote about Fitbit and their issues).
Apple suggests that you clean your Apple Watch with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth. Since, the apple watch is water resistant you can dampen the cloth and clean with water.