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Diabetic skin

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Diabetic skin

Diabetic skin is much less able to retain moisture than healthy skin. Learn more about the symptoms, causes and care of diabetic skin.

Symptoms and causes of diabetic skin

Diabetic skin has significantly reduced sweat and sebaceous gland activity, resulting in a lack of moisture retention in the skin. The skin’s own oil production is reduced, which disturbs the skin’s barrier function. The urea content is significantly reduced, which means that the skin is no longer able to store moisture as well. When having a diabetic skin, the skin dries out, becomes flaky, is rough, itches unpleasantly and looks unhealthy.

Proper care for diabetic skin

Regular care improves the condition of diabetic skin. This includes daily cleansing with mild, soap-free washing lotions that are especially suitable for dry skin. These contain intensively lipid-replenishing lipids or moisturising ingredients such as urea, which prevent further dehydration. Afterwards, a rich skin care lotion should be applied.

Furthermore, diabetics should pay special attention to foot care. The moisture content of the soles of the feet is determined by foot perspiration. If this decreases or even stops altogether, the skin of the foot dries out, becomes brittle and cracked and thus offers an ideal surface for bacteria to attack. As a result of the increased blood sugar level, diabetic skin has a reduced body defence anyway, so that inflammations can quickly occur.
If the affected person does not notice this, the wound can become inflamed and lead to a diabetic foot ulcer. In order to prevent this, dry feet should be regularly cared for with moisturising products from the numis® med UREA series to rebuild the defensive power of the foot skin. When treating dry feet, the toes should be well cared for and the spaces between the toes should not be left out.

Product recommendations for diabetic skin