Fitness band specialist FitBit may make some of the best devices around but they are constantly grappling with reports of skin irritations from their customers. Earlier in February, the FitBit Force was pulled from the market for that exact reason. Now, it seems that more people are complaining that the new FitBit Charge was also causing skin irritation problems.
The FitBit Charge was released at the end of October this year and was meant as a replacement for the FitBit Force, making this situation more ironic. The design of the FitBit Force saw its housing and band held together by adhesive, touted as the main cause of the skin irritation that followed its use. Thus, it is surprising for the FitBit Charge, with all its parts held together by screws, to instigate a similar response. To be fair, the number of cases reported are not as high as the event with the FitBit Force. CEO James Park stated that “The reported cases represent just a few of the over hundred thousand sold and they differ greatly from what we saw with Force.”. He also goes on to assure users that FitBit have developed stringent standards for their fitness bands following extensive lab testing and dermatologist consultations.
Park goes on to suggest that the skin irritation caused by the FitBit Charge is most likely from extended usage of the wearable, a problem that could be faced when using things like jewelry for a long period of time. So for those of you who may have this problem with your FitBit Charge or any wearable for that matter, take it of for a while and let your skin “rest”.