Diabetics are prone to many skin conditions and problems and this is especially true when their blood glucose levels run high. So good skin care for diabetics is very important. When the blood glucose is high it causes the body to lose fluids and the skin becomes dry which is one of the most common problem for diabetics. It is necessary to keep the skin soft, moisturized, clean and free of cracks, cuts and abrasions. Controlling your blood glucose is the key but extremely good hygiene is very important to reducing many of the skin problems that you could suffer from.
Good Skin Care for Diabetics is very easy and should be kept simple.
- Shower and bath in less than 40C – hot showers will add to drying out the skin.
- Wash with mild soap/cleanser and rinse thoroughly
- To prevent fungal infection dry thoroughly in every nook and cranny of your body. During this time inspect your skin especially your feet for any blisters, cracks, cuts or abrasions and ensure your do not have and red spots or sores that could lead to infection.
- Use a good moisturizer that will hydrate and protect the skin – a body butter is great for keeping the skin soft.
- Do not moisturizer between your toes – make sure that they are dry.
- Also avoid soaking your feet as extended exposure to water softens the feet which makes the skin more prone to being accidentally pierced. This is why great care must be taken when doing or having a pedicure.
- Treat cuts and abrasions right away using antibacterial cream.
- Always use zinc base sunscreen to protect the skin from sunburn.
- Drink plenty of water and reduce caffeine and sugar drinks, to help keep your skin hydrated and help with the blood glucose levels.
- Eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which nourish the skin. This includes fish like salmon, sardines, albacore tuna and mackerel, walnuts, flaxseed and other foods high in omega-3.
- Keep your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels as close to normal as possible.
- Good Skin Care for Diabetics includes knowing when you need to get professional help. If any skin abrasion, cuts and rashes do not heal in normal time seek professional medical advice asap.
- Visit your Podiatrist and Skin Specialist at least twice a year to ensure your skin and feet are staying healthy.
Skin Care for Diabetics is easy it just about taking a little extra care and time to inspect your skin and by doing these simple things you will reduce a lot of the usual skin conditions suffered by diabetics.
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