Skin Care Tips for Latinos with Diabetes

Skin Care Tips for Latinos with Diabetes

Hola Beautiful! Today is World Diabetes Day which is especially important to us at Conffianz because over 50% of Hispanics are expected to develop type 2 diabetes at some point in life. It can affect pretty much any part of the body, including the skin. About 1/3 of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by the disease. Many of these skin conditions can be prevented or easily treated if caught early.

 Skin health is our area of expertise so we thought we would share a few helpful points for anyone living with diabetes:

  • Diabetic patients tend to have dry skin and less ability to fend off harmful bacteria. Compromised skin is susceptible to infection so keep it clean, dry and avoid scratching.  Use mild cleansers and high quality fragrance free moisturizers to help repair the skins natural barrier function.
  • Try to bathe a little less often during winter and keep your home more humid. Over showering can actually rob the skin of its natural moisture. Also, try to use mild soaps and shampoos and avoid feminine hygiene sprays.
  • Treat cuts right away. Wash minor cuts with soap and water. Only use an antibiotic cream or ointment if your doctor says it's okay. Cover minor cuts with sterile gauze. See a doctor right away if you get a major cut, burn, or infection.
  • See a dermatologist (skin doctor) about skin problems if you are not able to solve them yourself.
  • Pay attention to your feet and check them every day for sores or cuts. Wear broad, flat shoes that fit well. Check your shoes for pebbles or foreign objects before putting them on.
  • See a dermatologist (skin doctor) about skin problems if you are not able to solve them yourself.

 Finally, it is important to keep diabetes well managed. If the condition is under control, skin conditions are less likely to occur and easier to treat.

Best, Your Conffianz Family

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