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Wearable Device Causes Skin Reactions

As with any product use, anyone can develop sensitivity to any of its ingredients (or become allergic). Recently, consumers of the wearable device, FitBit Force reported experiencing skin reactions after its use. One of the consumers reported being diagnosed with contact dermatitis by her doctor. Other users of the FitBit Force reported severe skin irritations including blisters, rashes and peeling skin.

Wearable devices have shown great popularity in last year’s market and continue to grow; making it one of this year's health trends. These devices can help monitor wearer’s heart rate, number of calories burned or even number of steps taken in a given time.

The FitBit Force has an elastic polymer band with a plate made of stainless steel. If the product contains any rubber material, potential allergens in the band could include phenylenediamine, mercapto mix or rubber additives. A potential allergen in the stainless steel could be nickel.

If you find yourself developing any skin irritation or swelling of skin after using ANY kind of product, whether it be a personal care product or a wearable product such as the FitBit, the best idea is to stop using it (like immediately, not a week later).

Here are some helpful tips when dealing with contact allergies

  • DISCONTINUE using the product right away
  • Gently wash skin exposed to product with soap and cool water
  • Do not apply any topical products such as perfumed salves or oils to skin
  • Call your dermatologist for care instructions

Any of the following symptoms can occur with a contact allergy

  • Irritated or reddened skin
  • Skin that is warm or hot to the touch
  • Skin that is itchy
  • Skin that has developed blisters and/ or is oozing
  • Pain or tenderness on skin

If skin irritations or rashes persist beyond the initial episode, consider speaking to your dermatologist about patch testing.

Personally, I don’t wear any of these informational health devices but I have friends who do and say they find them very useful. I went on Twitter just a few minutes ago, there is definite talk going on with the hashtag #fitbit. Happy owners speak of how the device motivates them (while being rash free) and others are warning about possible skin rashes. 

Thoughts to remember: anyone can develop sensitivity to an ingredient in a topical product as well as a wearable one.

Have you ever been allergic to something in a personal care product, or a wearable item, something at work, or while working on a craft project? What was your experience like?

peace out skin ravers,