Diabetes Skin Care
According to the American Diabetes Association, about one third of all people with diabetes will have a skin problem
as a result of the disease at some point in their lifetimes. Often, the
skin issue is the reason that the diabetes is identified in the first
Most skin problems occur because of poor blood circulation and high blood glucose levels.
Many diabetics are also not able to fend off bacteria that can infect
the skin. Therefore, many diabetics have an increased risk of getting
infections, dry skin, and slow-healing wounds.
However, there are simple steps you can take in order to ensure that your skin stays healthy regardless of your Diabetes.
- Tips to Keeping Your Skin Healthy
- Eat nutritious meals, including plenty of vitamins and minerals.
- Drink plenty of water through out the day
- Keep skin dry and clean. Use powder in your armpits and groin to avoid chafing.
- If your skin is dry, take warm showers and baths.
- Try using moisturizing soaps on dry skin like a super-fatted or glycerin soap
- After gently patting your skin dry, apply an oil-based lotion
- Do not moisturize in the groin, armpits or between the toes.
- Avoid chapped skin by wearing gloves and oil-based lotions in the winter.
- Tend to cuts and open wounds immediately by washing the area with clean water and an antiseptic solution.
- Keep your home humid during dry winter months.
- Avoid using perfumes and other feminine hygiene sprays.
- Visit a dermatologist if you have skin problems that you cannot fix on your own.
- Check your feet daily for cuts and sores.