It's time to treat skincare
More like healthcare
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), nearly 8% of the population in the U.S. has diabetes—that’s approximately 23.6 million children and adults. In Type 2 diabetes, which is most common, the body cannot process insulin properly, leading to high blood glucose levels. This imbalance in the body creates imbalances in the skin, and people with diabetes commonly develop skin disorders, including fungal and bacterial infections as well as dry, itchy skin.
Something as simple as dry skin can be dangerous in persons with diabetes—abrasions and lesions caused by scratching can increase the risk of infection. Long-term diabetic patients can experience symptoms like nerve damage and loss of feeling in the lower limbs. In these cases, a sufferer can be unaware of cuts or ulcers until they’ve become infected. In some extreme cases, skin infections to the extremities can lead to wounds that do not heal and may even result in the amputation of the infected limb.
CARE & TREATMENT
To maintain the health of their bodies and skin, it’s vital for persons with diabetes to take precautions and establish a daily skincare regimen. Monitoring their skin regularly and checking for any skin breaks is critical, as is using moisture-rich cleansers and lotions to maintain skin’s healthy protective barrier. Moisturizers that gently exfoliate and provide intense moisture are ideal for diabetic skin conditions, as they help turn over skin cells to renew the skin’s surface and bind water to the skin.
Cleanse with warm (not hot) water and a mild, non-soap cleanser. Keep baths or showers short (less than 15 minutes) to avoid drying out your skin. Gently pat dry with a soft towel and apply moisturizer while your skin is still damp, to seal in moisture. To help prevent fungal infections on your feet, dry skin between your toes thoroughly and don't apply moisturizers there.
Medical treatment and daily lifestyle modifications can help manage diabetes and the skin conditions associated with diabetes. Your doctor or dermatologist can prescribe treatments that help alleviate symptoms and avoid the risk of infections.
The information provided herein is not intended to be medical advice. Nor is it intended to treat the underlying skin disease or condition. The information is provided solely to:
1. Improve the appearance of the skin or
2. Achieve healthier looking skin