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Preventing Dry Skin

People with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing skin problems. Up to one-third of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder related to diabetes. Regularly examining skin and moisturizing daily helps prevent most skin conditions.

Dry Skin

Raised blood glucose levels can cause a lack of moisture in the skin, which can cause itching and cracking. This can cause infection, which can be slow to heal.

Preventing Dry Skin

Properly cleaning and moisturizing dry skin are simple ways to prevent dry skin. Use a daily hydrating lotion all over and an intensive moisturizing cream for areas prone to dryness.

A patient’s healthcare team gave him the following tips to keep his skin moisturized:

How To Keep Skin Moisturized

Tip 1: Use a mild soap.

Tip 2: Rinse well.

Tip 3: Moisturize all over with layer of lotion.

Tip 4: Do not put lotion or cream between your toes because moistness might cause an infection.

Quick Tip

Check places where water can hide, such as under arms and the breasts, between legs and toes, and be sure you have dried thoroughly.

Source: NICO-3686 & MKT0555

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