“No More Dry Skin”—post shared by Upsher-Smith Laboratories, the maker of AmLactin. You can read more about AmLactin as well as skin care tips and advice at www.amlactin.com.
As you may know, a dry skin condition can be extremely uncomfortable, frustrating, and even maddening. For many people, managing the dry skin associated with diabetes can be a daily struggle.
While your entire body is susceptible to dry skin, your lower legs and feet are often the most extreme areas affected. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help keep your skin hydrated, such as taking shorter showers with warm rather than hot water. It is also recommended that you avoid strong soaps and detergents, which can strip oil from your skin. 1 After bathing, pat or blot skin dry with a towel to allow moisture to remain on your skin.
While these simple lifestyle changes can make a difference in your skin, perhaps the most important part of your skin care regimen is to apply a moisturizing cream that’s effective at gently exfoliating your skin. Look for a moisturizer with lactic acid, which gently exfoliates dry skin and then acts as a humectant to lock in moisture, keeping skin hydrated.
As you make some daily changes for softer, smoother skin, we want to hear from you! Leave us a comment below letting us know the steps you’re taking to help relieve the dry skin that’s commonly associated with diabetes.
REFERENCE: 1. Skin care: 5 tips for healthy skin. Mayo Clinic Web site.
Updated December 6, 2011. Accessed August 21, 2012.