Diabetes can affect every part of your body, especially your skin. Do not worry, skin problems are common if you have diabetes, but are treatable and preventable with good skin care routines.
Your skin can be affected regardless if you have Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. It is always important to protect your skin to keep from having complications due to diabetes. The term “feeling comfortable in your own skin” is usually used to describe self-confidence or self-acceptance. But when your skin itches, flakes, breaks out, or just doesn’t feel or look the way you want it to, it is almost impossible to feel comfortable about yourself.
As many as a 1 in 3 people with diabetes will be affected by a skin condition. While some of the skin conditions can seem unique to only people with diabetes, others are simply more common to people with diabetes. GOOD NEWS is a big number of these skin conditions are treatable and managed, to even preventable by maintaining good control of your blood sugar (blood glucose levels) and taking care of your skin on a daily basis.
Be sure to always use skin care products like Belli Skincare, which are formulated to be used on sensitive skin because they are free from harmful chemicals and additives like chemical based fragrances and dyes (coloring that can irritate your skin, or cause an allergic reaction).
Diabetes can affect your skin in the following ways:
Dry, Flaky Skin
Why it happens: If your skin is itchy, it is usually because of dryness, but with diabetes being a factor, it can be related to poor circulation, especially in your legs and feet. Skin dryness usually leads to itching (and we can’t help but scratch for relief), cracking, and ultimately peeling. It’s very important to keep your skin moisturized and hydrated as any small breach or break in your skin can leave it more exposed to injury and infection.
Let’s Fix It:
Keep your skin from becoming too dry. If dry body skin care is needed, apply a healthy lotion that is
free of harmful type chemicals that could irritate your skin. We suggest using
Belli All Day Body Lotion, after baths or showers, especially in cold, dry
weather. This will seal in the benefits of water that are present on the skin
from the bath or shower. Skin that is extremely dry should be moisturized 2 to 3
times a day. For dry skin on your face, use Belli Healthy Glow Hydrator as it has vitamin C boosting, and chamomile which is great for sensitive skin care needs, along with a calming affect for irritated or dry skin that is prone to redness.
Do not put lotion between your toes. Moisture between your toes could lead to skin breakdown.
Loving the Skin You are In
A huge part of making sure your skin is staying as healthy as possible involves following lifestyle practices that are best practices for your whole body, these include eating a healthy balanced diet, drinking lots of water, de-stressing your life, and of course maintaining good control of your blood sugar levels. By practicing healthy lifestyle habits and keeping an eye on your skin, you can avoid or prevent further diabetes skin complications and truly be happy with the skin you’re in.
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