Good Skin Care is a must for people suffering from Diabetes.
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder which is manifested due to increased levels of blood sugar. Uncontrolled levels of blood sugar may lead to several complications.
Diabetes produces effects on several organs such as kidneys, heart, eyes, skin, etc. One-third of the people suffering with diabetes may suffer from skin conditions caused due to diabetes as high level of blood sugar has a tendency towards dry skin and reduced ability to defend the harmful bacteria thus, accelerating the risk to infection. Hence, people suffering with diabetes need to take extra care of their skin.
Few tips to help to keep the skin healthy and in preventing skin conditions in diabetes:
1. Control blood sugar levels.
2. Control blood pressure and cholesterol levels as it shall enhance circulation and keep the skin healthy.
3. Keep the skin dry and clean.
4. Avoid long hot baths, showers and bubble baths. For bathing, use warm water not hot water and a mild, moisturizing soap. Mild soaps that do not attain strong detergents should be used, as they may dry the skin or cause allergic reactions which may lead to scratching followed by cuts.
5. After bathing, pat dry the skin, avoid rubbing it.
6. After bath, apply standard skin lotion; avoid putting lotion in between the toes as the excess moisture can enhance the growth of fungus.
7. Moisturize skin to prevent dryness as scratching dry skin can lead to infection & further complications.
8. Apply a dusting of cornstarch to areas that tend to perspire, so that they can be kept dry.
9. To keep the skin dry, wear cotton underwear as nylon and other synthetic fabrics lock in moisture.
10. Use mild shampoos.
11. Take good care of feet. Check your feet daily for sores, bruises and cuts. Wear well-fitting footwear.
12. Avoid delay in treatment of cuts. Minor cuts can be washed with soap and water and covered with sterile gauze.
13. Use lip balm to prevent chapped lips.
14. Use room humidifier, to add moisture to the heated indoor air to prevent dry skin when the temperature drops.
15. Restrict the use of skin products to reduce the chances of acquiring a reaction.
16. Consume plenty of fluids to keep your skin healthy and moist.
17. Avoid caffeine rich and sugar rich drinks.
18. Avoid smoking as it can worsen the skin condition.
19. Consume foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish, flaxseeds, walnuts, soyabeans, etc.
20. Protect your skin, feet and hands from extreme temperatures. Wear clothing accordingly to protect the skin.
21. During rough activities, always wear gardening gloves or work gloves to protect your hands.
22. Use sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or higher to protect your skin from sun. Wear warm gloves and shoes during the colder months.
23. These tips shall help you in keeping your skin healthy and in averting several skin complications of diabetes.