Health Tip: Caring for a Diabetic's Skin
People with diabetes may be concerned with their heart, eyes and nerves. But don't forget the body's largest organ.
As many as one-third of diabetics develop a skin disorder, the American Diabetes Association says.
The association offers these skin care suggestions:
- Make sure your skin is always clean and dry. Sprinkle some talcum powder in areas where skin touches other skin, such as under the arms and in the groin area.
- Take lukewarm, not hot, showers and baths, and always use a gentle moisturizing soap.
- Moisturize your skin with a good lotion, just not between the toes, which can encourage fungal growth.
- Promptly wash any cuts or scrapes with water and soap, and protect them with a gauze pad.
- See your doctor about any skin wounds that appear serious or that don't seem to heal.
Health Tip: Strive for Beautiful, Healthy Skin
It takes some work to keep skin clear, moisturized and looking young and healthy.
The Cleveland Clinic offers these skin care suggestions:
- Drink a lot of water every day. It will show on the outside.
- Gently but thoroughly wash your face twice each day.
- Always remove makeup before bed.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
- Use a toner after you wash to get rid of any leftover dirt, makeup or oil.
- Always use a moisturizer, even if your skin is oily. You may opt for an oil-free brand.