Dry Skin is a Characteristic of Diabetes
With poor control of Diabetes, the skin becomes dehydrated, dry, and chapped. This lowers the skin's ability to serve as a barrier against unwelcome bacteria and the loss of body water.
- Don’t take too many baths, especially in the cold weather.
- Don’t wash too often with soap.
- Don’t use disinfectants or solvents.
To Add Moisture to Your Skin and Protect It:
- Wear gloves, scarves, and warm socks or stockings when you are out in the cold weather.
- Soak your body in warm water for several minutes to moisturize skin. Pat off excess water, then apply a greasy ointment like petroleum jelly or a good dry skin lotion.
- Try super-fatted soaps.
- If you use bath oil, soak yourself first and then use bath oil so the skin absorbs the moisture first.