When you have diabetes, finding time for skin care can seem like a luxury. Monitoring your glucose level, sticking to a meal plan, finding time to exercise, and managing stress can definitely take priority.
Dermatologists caution that skin care also plays a key role in helping you manage diabetes. The right skin care can prevent a serious skin condition, such as an infection, open sores, or non-healing wound.
Skin care tips that dermatologists recommend
By taking good care of your skin, you can treat and prevent uncomfortable changes to your skin. Diabetes often causes extremely dry skin, which can itch. Cracks in your skin can develop, grow deep, and bleed. These deep cracks increase your risk of developing a serious infection.
You may also notice that your skin is easily irritated or heals slowly.
To treat and prevent these skin changes, dermatologists recommend the following:
Moisturize every day. Keeping your skin moisturized helps to make it flexible and prevent cracks that often lead to infection.
For best results, dermatologists recommend that you:
- Use a cream or ointment rather than a lotion. Creams and ointments do a better job of healing dry skin than do lotions.
- Choose a fragrance-free cream or ointment that contains ceramides. You want to avoid products labeled “unscented” because these contain fragrance that has been masked so that you cannot smell the fragrance.
- Apply your cream or ointment after bathing, swimming, and when your skin feels dry or itchy.
- Carry your moisturizer with you so that you can apply it to your hands, which often become dry due to the need to wash your hands before checking your glucose level.
- Applying DIABETOLINE cream daily soothes your skin and alleviates chronic itching and pain by strengthening the epidermis layer of the skin, protecting it from dryness, replenishing skin moisture, and improving peripheral circulation. Its natural active ingredients offer powerful skin cell regeneration while visibly reducing the appearance of irritation and dryness leaving your skin feeling soft and moisturised.
A dermatologist or podiatrist can provide the care you need to treat corns or calluses.
If you notice any of the following on your skin or under a nail, get immediate medical care:
- Skin looks swollen and discolored
- Tenderness or pain
- Wound that is leaking pus or other fluid
- Honey-colored crusts
- Build-up beneath a fingernail or toenail or a nail is starting to lift up
- A thickening or discolored nail
If the wound fails to heal or worsens, seek immediate medical care.
Good skin care is a necessity rather than a luxury
Following this basic skin care can help you feel more comfortable and prevent a serious or life-threatening condition.
If your skin still feels uncomfortable or fails to heal, seek a certified dermatologist that can help. It can take a bit of detective work to find out why your skin feels uncomfortable. Some people develop a skin reaction to injecting insulin or taking diabetes medication. A little bit of insight can go a long way toward helping you feel better. And that’s not a luxury.