12 Skin Care Tips for People With Diabetes
Soft, safe skin
Manage your blood sugar
"The No. 1 key is to get your diabetes in check," says Katherine H. Fiala, MD, director of the dermatology residency program at Scott & White Clinic in Temple, Texas. "If you do that first, everything else is so much easier."
Control your blood pressure
Avoid very hot water
A regular moisturizing routine will go a long way toward preventing dry skin. The most important body areas to target are those most prone to drying and chappingyour legs, arms, back, and belly, says Dr. Fiala. There are several diabetes-specific moisturizers on the market, including Gold Bond Diabetic Skin Relief Lotion ($10; amazon.com) and Eucerin Diabetics' Dry Skin Relief Body Lotion ($12; amazon.com). However, there's no need for a diabetes-specific product, says Stephanie Kovacs, a clinical dietitian and diabetes educator at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashvillecoconut oil can also lock in the moisture. But don't put lotion between your toessome body parts need to stay dry.
Keep skin clean and dry
Be cold-weather savvy
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Drink plenty of fluids
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Eat healthy foods
Choose gentle products
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