Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Your Skin & Diabetes: Common Issues and Smart Skincare Tips

“Diabetics know that their life post-diagnosis will include managing their diet, administering insulin shots, and checking their blood sugar. However, many diabetics don’t anticipate the skin disorders that are common among diabetics, affecting one-third of diabetics at some point in their lives,” explains Skinfo.com.

* See the info-graphic below for all the different types of diabetes-related skin conditions!

“Diabetics are more likely to contract skin disorders for a variety of reasons; high glucose, for example, often leads to dry skin, and dry skin is a precursor to other skin disorders, like itching, cracking, difficulty with healing wounds, and infection. Similarly, a weakened immune system and restrictive blood flow to certain areas of the body can lead to bacterial and fungal infections; insulin injections, meanwhile, can cause rosacea or, in rare instances, yellow skin.”

There are many skin disorders that people with diabetes can experience but many of them can be prevented through both healthy blood sugar management and smart skincare for any skin issues that do arise!

3 Simple Tips for Smart Diabetes Skincare

To avoid dry skin, bathe with mild soap and warm (not hot) water. Use moisturizing soap and lotion or cream to retain moisture. In the dry winter months, keep your home humid, and check your skin regularly for red dots, bumps, or other abnormalities.

It may also help to keep a first aid kit for your skin in your home. Make sure to include, antibacterial ointment, clean petroleum jelly, gauze pads, hypoallergenic tape, cleansing towelettes, and Coban self-adherent elastic wrap.
Diabetics may also be prone to foot problems, such as blisters, cracked feet, infections, and skin conditions from a lack of circulation or diabetic nerve damage. To prevent these problems with your feet, wear shoe inserts to prevent changes in your foot shape that diabetic nerve damage may cause. Examine your feet daily for any damage, and see your doctor for a foot examination at least once a year.
Although diabetics may face many difficulties, with proper skincare and prevention, skin disorders don’t have to be one of them. See your dermatologist for more information and visit Skinfo.com to learn more!


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