And while this isn’t a huge problem if you follow very careful methods, if you don’t, you could end up with itchy, dry skin that ends up cracked and infected.
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to take extra good care of your skin to prevent any skin problems.
Cleanse Your Skin Properly
The heat will dry your skin out fast. Moisturizing is imperative when you have diabetes, so even when you’re showering or bathing, you need to be sure you’re dealing with a mild, moisturizing soap.
Then, when you’re finished bathing, thoroughly dry yourself, using patting motions, making sure you’re completely dry, especially between your toes.
Use the Proper Moisturizer
Because moisture is extremely important for taking care of your skin, you should be diligent about using lotion. Find a mild moisturizing lotion and use it all over your body, except for between your toes.
If during the day you start to feel your skin itch, be careful not to scratch it. You can alleviate the itching by applying an over the counter moisturizing lotion, such as Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream or CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion .
Some have found that lightly patting itching areas also helps. To keep your lips from drying out and cracking, apply lip balm to them liberally.
Make sure to carry some with you so you can reapply it at any time during the day. If you find these products are not helping, see your physician to determine if it’s related to diabetes or not.
Speaking of moisturizing our skin, milk is a great ingredient to moisturize dry skin, here’s a milk mask recipe you can do at home to to alleviate dry skin:
Be Thorough in Checking Your Skin
The same thing is true about the rest of your skin. If you notice any little red spots or blisters, you might need to increase how well you keep your skin moisturized.
While minor at first, these skin abnormalities can lead to infections. If you develop an infection, or you get any kind of wound, wash it thoroughly and apply a first aid antibiotic such as Neosporin.
Pay Attention to Your Diet
Finally, what you put in your body is almost as important as what you put in it. Adjusting your diet is one of the best ways to take care of your skin when you’re a diabetic.
Start by drinking a lot. Water is the best choice, but if you have a sweet tooth, a few fruit juices are okay. Try to avoid too much sugar.
Try to eat meals that have a lot of omega-3. This includes fish, such as salmon and tuna. If you’re not a fan of fish, flaxseed, walnuts, and tofu are also high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Finally remember, while it might be tempting to buy several different types of products to keep your skin protected, it’s actually best to use one or two.
Your skin might react if too many products are used at one time. If your lotions still aren’t keeping your skin hydrated enough, try adding a humidifier to the room you spend most your time in.
The extra moisture in the air will keep your skin, eyes, and nose from drying out.