Diabetic Skin Care

How diabetes effects the skin

Managing diabetes is about eating right, exercising, and following your doctor’s recommendations. But there are other considerations. For many people, skin issues are often the first sign of diabetes. Higher than normal blood glucose levels pull fluids from your body, causing dry skin. When skin is overly dry, it can crack and peel, making it more susceptible to infection.

Skin care tips for people with diabetes that have dry skin

  • Keep skin clean & dry. Ensuring that skin is always clean and dry is important for those with diabetes.

  • Avoid very hot baths and showers. Hot water can remove natural oils from skin making it itchy and dry. Try showering or bathing with warm water and limit your time in the water to 10 minutes or less. If your skin is dry, don't use bubble baths. Moisturizing soaps may help.

  • Hydrate your skin. Apply moisturizers immediately after bathing to help trap moisture in the skin. Keeping skin hydrated with a moisturizing lotion helps relieve itchy, dry skin. Do not apply lotion on open wounds.

  • Drink lots of water. It’s wise to cut down on alcohol or caffeine, since these substances can dehydrate the body, robbing the skin of fluids.

  • Remember to wear a sunscreen. Sun exposure can damage your skin’s ability to protect itself, so choose a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection (UVA and UVB) with an SPF of 30 or higher and water resistance.