It’s important for people with diabetes to prevent dry, cracked skin on their feet so as not to develop foot ulcers or infections, which is why applying foot cream should be an essential part of any diabetics' skin care routine. Dr. Karl Nadolsky, with whom Bustle spoke for this article, says that the best foot creams for diabetics contain moisture-attracting humectants, such as urea and glycerin, and occlusive ingredients, like petroleum, ceramides, and shea butter, to seal all that moisture in. "Ingredients to avoid include alcohol, parabens, synthetic fragrances, and perfumes, though there are likely others. Sticking to the basics is always a wise idea," Dr. Nadolsky says.
After showering, dry your feet thoroughly and then moisturize using plain petroleum jelly or an unscented foot (or hand) cream. Dr. Nadolsky cautions against "putting oils or creams between your toes as extra moisture can lead to infection. Soaking your feet can also dry [out] your skin, so that should be avoided.” Check your feet daily, and speak with your doctor immediately if you see signs of infection.
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