Solutions For Diabetic Skin Care
- Posted on: Oct 26 2012
For many of us, the days of winter bring more than just cold temperatures and shorter days. They also bring unwelcome dryness to our skin. With the onset of cold weather and a drop in humidity, especially in our home where heaters add to the dryness in the air, our skin tends to lose more water through evaporation. This condition can be particularly extreme for people with diabetes, making it difficult to keep skin hydrated.
For people with diabetes, the existence of excess glucose or sugar in the blood for an extended period of time can lead to skin problems. If blood glucose levels are high, the body responds by converting water into urine in order to remove excess sugar from the blood. This in turn causes the skin to become dry. In addition, nerve and small blood vessel damage can make dry skin worse for Diabetics. Dry skin can be uncomfortable and cause tightness, itching, cracking, peeling or become red and sore. Open cracks in the skin provide opportunity for germs to enter the body and cause an infection.
It is estimated that as many at 1/3 of diabetics will develop some type of skin disorder during their lives. Many of these conditions are the same as anyone else gets, only diabetics tend to get them more easily. Fortunately, most skin conditions can be prevented and successfully treated if caught early. If left untreated or not cared for properly, a minor skin condition can turn into a serious problem with potentially severe consequences. Keeping the skin well hydrated will help prevent cracks and fissures from forming.
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Here are some tips to prevent dry skin:
- Humidify the Air- Central heating systems and heaters push hot, dry air through our homes and offices where we spend most of our time. Humidifiers will put moisture in the air and help prevent your skin from drying out.
- Avoid hot baths and showers which can strip natural oils from the skin.
- Avoid exposure to harsh soaps or cleansers which tend to remove the natural oils from your skin.
- After bathing, pat your skin dry and apply a body lotion that helps replenish your skin’s natural oils. This barrier will also help prevent moisture loss through evaporation. Additionally, use a protective moisturizer on your face like our DermaSpaRx Antioxidant Repair Cream or Hydrating B Serum. Both of these products will deliver superior hydration and a protective barrier to retain moisture. Come in for a consultation if you are unsure which products are suited for your specific skin needs. Call us at 303-761-7797.
- Use a moisturizing balm containing urea on the soles of your feet. Cover your feet with socks to help keep moisture in.
- Protect Your Hands- It is difficult to keep your hands moist in cold, dry weather because the skin on the top of your hands is thinner and
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has fewer oil glands than on most other parts of your body. This can lead to itchy, cracked skin. Be sure to use hand cream and wear gloves when you go outside-avoid wool if possible as it can be irritating. Try DermaSpaRx EQ Hand Therapy. Designed for the dry skin that equestrians suffer after daily exposure to the elements, this hand cream is made with Shea Butter and Vitamin E to deeply hydrate.
- Avoid Wet Socks and Gloves-Wearing wet socks and gloves can cause the skin to become macerated and susceptible to infection. If your hands or feet become moist and sweating, it is important to put a moisturizer on them before they dry off. Otherwise, the skin can dry out and become chapped.
- Avoid putting moisturizers between your toes as this can encourage fungus to grow.
- Certain areas of your body should be kept dry to prevent fungal infections, such as your armpits, between your toes, and other moisture-prone skin-fold areas. Use baby powder to help keep these areas dry.
Schedule an Appointment at the Asarch Center to determine which ingredients your skin can tolerate and to address your specific skin issues and solutions. Call 303-761-7797 or visit us online at www.asarchcenter.com
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