"Many people think that having dry skin is a result of having diabetes. It’s true, but it’s important to know there are other factors that may cause your skin to be dry such as the environment and other underlying conditions. Sure, diabetes can cause havoc all over your body, but it’s not always the cause of everything that may be going wrong. Many times there are other causes. Sometimes your problems may be related, sometimes not.
Diabetic neuropathy can cause you to sweat less which can be drying to your feet.
Certain skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.
Side effects of certain medications
See a podiatrist routinely and for anything that bothers you.
Use a humidifier in areas with low humidity and during the winter months.
Be a detective. Talk with your healthcare provider about other causes for dry skin, such as those listed above. Once you’ve detected what the problem is, together you can make up a plan to improve your skin.
Age healthfully. There’s nothing you can do to turn back the clock, but you can prevent complications and live a healthier life by managing your diabetes.
You can also keep your skin moist but applying your moisturizer while your skin is damp to “lock in the moisture.”