How to Treat Dry or Irritated Skin Caused by Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that can affect every organ in your body. What's your largest organ? Your skin!

With this, it's no wonder that dry, cracked, itchy and irritated skin is common in diabetes. Skin problems can lead to other problems, such as fungus or bacteria, which can lead to diabetic complications.

Be pro-active, and take care of your skin to nip any problems in the bud.

Moisturize After You Shower

The best time to moisturize is right after a shower, when your skin is moist and your pores are still open. Sooth your skin with a light moisturizer to keep skin soft. If your skin begins to get dry, use a thick emollient to coat your skin.

Raid the Kitchen

Believe it or not, some home remedies may be the best way to combat dry skin. Soak milk in a towel and let it sit on dry skin-- the lactic acid gently helps exfoliate dead cells.

Slather on some olive oil or coconut oil to help with severely dry skin, or scaly dry skin patches.

Eat plenty of avocados-- the healthy fats help keep your skin hydrated.

Humidify and Hydrate

Winter can wreak havoc on a diabetic's skin. A humidifier can save you a heap of trouble during the cold, dry months of the year.

While you're at it, make sure you're getting your 8 glasses of water per day—staying hydrated keeps you moisturized from the inside-out.

Photo:NYC Cosmetic Dermatology