For some people, lotion and body oils are merely a suggestion. While keeping skin hydrated is of primal importance for retaining moisture and a youthful glow, for patients who struggle with diabetes, maintaining moisture is a necessity to prevent them from developing painfully dry, cracked skin. African Americans and almost twice as likely to develop diabetes than Non-Hispanic Whites; and according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a new case of diabetes is diagnosed every 30 seconds, with more than 1.9 million cases being diagnosed each year. The issues diabetics face extend well beyond diet and insulin—their skin is also effected. Patients who struggle with type 2 diabetes may experience issues like scleroderma or issues of severe discoloration experienced with vitiligo, to severely dry, cracked hands and feet.
In an interview, Dr. Elise Brett stated, "Diabetic peripheral neuropathy, as well as poor circulation in the legs and feet, can make it difficult to notice skin damage. If skin irritations are not cared for properly they can leaf to infections. Keeping skin properly cleaned and moisturized needs to become a daily ritual for people living with diabetes."
Illness and medication indirectly affect the efficacy of traditional skincare. However, patients with eczema and diabetes can breath a sign of relief and drugstore favorite, Skinfix is releasing a line of products formulated to cater to those who suffer from dry, cracked skin that is the result of diabetes. Skinfix Diabetic Relief Skincare Regimen is line of four products—a body wash, a lotion, a cream and a foot & leg balm, each priced under twenty dollars. The line is natural, fragrance-free, as well as sulfate, gluten and paraben free; and its packed with skin-loving and healing ingredients like coconut, jojoba and apricot kernel oils.
Skinfix Diabetic Relief Skincare Regimen, $15.99-$19.99 available in store and at riteaid.com