Diabetes Self Care: 10 Ways to Soothe Dry, Itchy Skin
Not only is dry skin uncomfortable, but scratched or cracked skin is also susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections – common medical complications for those with diabetes.
Although eating well and managing your blood sugar is the first line of defense against dry skin, it is often not enough. Taking lukewarm baths or showers using mild, unscented soaps and shampoos may mitigate but not prevent rough, flaky skin.
One remedy is migrating to a more tropical climate where the air is heavy with moisture year-round. If that is not an option, try one (or more) of the following ideas to help soothe and rehydrate your dry skin.
10 Ways to Soothe Dry Skin
Make a point of getting plenty of healthy fats in your diet, including omega-3 fatty acids. Excellent sources of omega-3s are flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, eating fatty fish such as salmon, fish or krill oil supplements, walnuts, tofu, chia seeds, fresh basil, and spinach.
The ideal time to moisturize the skin is after a bath or shower, while the skin is still moist. Frequently recommended lotions are Lubriderm, Cetaphil, Gold Bond, and Curel. For severely dry skin thick, greasy emollients are an option including Aquaphor, Vaseline, Crisco, and SBR Lipocream. Moisturizers containing lactic acid (e.g., Amlactin, Lac-Hydrin) or urea (e.g., Urix, Crmol) may help. Bear grease is likely effective too, but hard to find on store shelves.
During the cold, dry months humidify your home, particularly the rooms where you spend most of your time such as the bedroom and family/living room.
Extra virgin olive oil can help soften dry skin and Continue reading