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How to make sure your Apple Watch doesn’t give you a skin rash

Apple Watch: How to Avoid Skin Allergies

In addition to worrying about when their preordered unit will ship in a reasonable time frame, some Apple Watch buyers might also be wondering whether the device will give them any allergic skin reactions. After all, this wouldn’t be the first time that a wearable device has caused skin rashes. To address the matter, Apple has put together a help page that details the kind of materials used to make the Watch body and bands that might cause skin reactions.

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The company says that every material that touches your skin has gone through “extensive evaluation in accordance with our specification.” The procedure includes thousands of material composition tests, more than a thousand prototypes that have been worn for trial studies, and hundreds of toxicological assessments and consultations with board-certified dermatologists.

The company specifically highlights two kinds of materials that might cause skin reactions. Nickel is found in the space gray Apple Watch Sport and in the stainless steel portions of some Apple Watch bands. Methacrylates, meanwhile, are found in the Apple Watch case, the Milanese Loop band, the Modern Buckle and the Leather Loop band. Avoiding these specific Watch and band models might diminish the risk of skin allergies.

Other factors that can cause skin reactions include environmental factors, extended exposure to soap or sweat, or wearing the Watch too tightly or too loosely.

The company advises you to keep the Watch and bands clean and dry and to do the same thing with your skin, especially after workouts. The Watch can be cleaned with a damp cloth, as it’s water resistant.

Any skin reactions should be treated accordingly and a physician should be consulted before wearing the Watch again.

More details about wearing the Apple Watch are available at the source link.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.