Skin irritation because of my galaxy watch?
By - Kiyoshix_AC
I have the same problem. It's only directly under the bio sensor. After switching the watch to my right hand for a couple of days the skin on my left wrist is now peeling. Almost looks like a burn.
Yeah. It's exactly the same with my watch. It's also itching a little bit... I need to readjust the watch sometimes. Never had any of those problems with my "normal" watch.
I've worn smart watches for years and never had this problem before.
Huh. That's weird.
Same here with the GW4, I have a red sensor sized circle that looks like eczema (dry, peeling and slightly itchy if I mess with it).
I've worn my active 2 daily for over a year and never had anything similar (outside of slight irritation when I forgot to wash the strap regularly). I also wore a couple mibands since around 2017 so I'm used to the smartwatch+silicon strap combo.
Since I'm slightly allergic to cheap jewelery (probably nickel but haven't had tests for it) it could be linked to that. I've also been using the body composition feature, I've stopped and will see if that helps.
Yeah, mine is a GW4 too. And it's also a circle the same size as the sensor. And I wore the GWA2 and Gear Sport for years before this without ever having an issue.
Do you have any eczema, dermatosis or psoriasis? I have no idea what the metal compositions are or what's on the bio sensor (you can probably find out via Samsungs website.) But if there's nickel, even a trace amount you may be having an allergic reaction to it.
My OH suffers eczema and fitbits always caused her issues. The only smart watch I could find with limited nickel was an Apple watch. (Fitbit offered to refund a 3 year old Fitbit which was tremendous service though!)
Thank you so much for your reply! I didn't think of that. My mother is actually allergic to nickel. Maybe I should investigate on that...
I remember having to change a wristband because my skin showed a similar reaction to it.
But I really hope this isn't the problem, because I'm quite comfortable with my galaxy watch and I have an android phone, so I couldn't use an apple watch.
Glad to have helped. To be honest, the Apple watch still has trace amounts of nickel in it so my OH still gets a reaction from time to time. There really is no solution until manufacturers start using COMPLETELY nickel free materials (even "nickel free" can still contain a trace element of nickel which can create a reaction.)
I'd put my money on it being a metal reaction which annoyingly there's probably not much you can do about. ☹️
God this is so annoying. I don't know shit about technology, but is it really that hard to create options for people with a nickel allergy? It's not that uncommon after all.
Well, I guess I'll plan a trip to my doctor and maybe look for a different watch. Thanks again! 👍🏻
I've spoken to people where it's not necessarily the watch itself but rather the clasp and pins that can cause an issue! So 165 hours later searching for plastic clasps and pins and you'll find virtually nothing online!
Wait... There's a business there somewhere...
Wash the watch and band with anti-bacterial soap at least once a week, more if you workout a lot with it.
The silicon straps make my wrist sweaty and after a few weeks I get major irritation and need to stop wearing the watch for a few weeks at least. I'm going to try a leather or fabric band to see if that helps.
I hope it helps you.
I already have leather one (it was included with my watch), so it probably isn't a solution to my problem.
I have this problem too. I was having to move my watch between arms. As others have said that the irritation and itching happens along with sweat. I eventually opted for a fabric strap which has curtailed the issue quite alot and rarely do I have ott problems 😎
It's good that it helped you, but I don't think it'll do the trick for me.
The skin irritation is right under my watch and nowhere near the wristband itself.
The only other thing I can think of is using antiperspirant or deodorant where you have your watch.
Thanks I'll try that out
Any updates? I just started getting an irritated spot today. It's so weird. I have had a ton of smart watches of all different brands and never had a problem. Watch has been dry and I regularly take it off and wipe off the back. Irritation is almost a semicircle like the sensor area. Anyone find something that helps? I don't want to have to return it.
I used disinfectant on a tissue and whipped the back of the watch carefully... Sadly it didn't really solve the issue...
But the irritation came back slower this time.
I wanted to make a test for any potential allergies but I was too lazy till now. Maybe I'll update the post till then if I don't forget about it.