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What can you do to protect your skin if you have diabetes?

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To shield your skin from the cold or wind, cover your ears and face, including your nose, and wear a hat. Also, wear warm gloves and shoes or boots.

Follow these guidelines, too:

  • Use lip balm to prevent chapped lips.
  • To prevent dry skin when the temperature drops, use a room humidifier to add moisture to heated indoor air.
  • When you bathe or shower, use warm (not hot) water, and a mild, moisturizing soap.
  • Don't take long baths or showers.
  • Pat skin dry -- don't rub it.
  • After washing and drying off, use a mild lotion to prevent dry skin.
  • Avoid scratching dry skin. Apply moisturizer instead.
  • Keep a bottle of lotion near the sink so you can use it after washing your hands.
  • Limit products you use on your skin to lower your chances of having a reaction.
  • If you're prone to acne, talk to your dermatologist before choosing a facial moisturizer. Some can cause acne or make it worse.
  • Use products labeled "noncomedogenic" or "nonacnegenic."

From: Diabetes: A Skin-Care How-To WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association.

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 21, 2017

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association.

American Academy of Dermatology.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 21, 2017

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