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Handling Diabetes & Dry Skin

I have dry skin, partially because of genetics and most likely, partly due to diabetes. It annoys the crap out of me.

How do I manage and prevent dry skin?

  1. Check blood sugars often and work on managing my diabetes. Continuous high blood sugars creates dry skin, feeds bad bacteria that causes skin infections to multiply. GROSS.
  2. Limit caffeine intake. Caffeine causes dehydration, dry skin, and has the ability to do a number on our blood sugars. I drink 2 mugs of coffee in the morning and a cup of green tea in the afternoon every now and then and that’s it.
  3. Drink a ton of water. Starting with 15 ounces of water before I get out of bed in the morning. I have a 15 ounce travel mug that I fill with water every night before I go to sleep, and drink down as soon as the alarm goes off and before my feet hit the ground. Heck, there are worse ways to kick off your day! Throughout the day I fill up 24 ounce reusable water bottle multiple times with a goal of drinking at least 60 ounces of water. And yes, drinking this much water will make you pee. Also, eating foods that that have high water content (and not so ironically low carb counts) like cucumbers, squash and watermelons.
  4. Moisturize like crazy. A good body moisturizer without perfume or coconut or almond oil when I get out of the shower and before I go to sleep. Also, applying and reapplying moisturizing sunscreens for my face and body throughout the day.
  5. Speaking of showers – for the most part I take short, warm showers. I love the steam, but the hot water sucks the moisture from our skin.
  6. Eat foods loaded with omega 3 fatty acids. Tuna, salmon, occasionally sardines, walnuts, olive oil, flaxseed and more!
  7. Make an appointment with my dermatologist whenever something doesn’t look right or feel right.
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