Diabetic skin – The causes and symptoms and how best to care for it

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Noticeably dry, itchy and tight skin can be a warning sign for Diabetes. Up to 40% of those affected suffer from it. It is caused by a disturbed nutrient supply to the skin which:

  • makes it harder for skin to retain the moisture it needs, so it dries out faster
  • interferes with the natural balance of sebum and sweat gland production
  • damages the hydrolipid film which coats the epidermis so it no longer provides reliable protection to the skin
  • reduces skin’s barrier function which can compromise the body’s immune system
  • increases the chance of skin suffering from cuts and wounds which may be susceptible to infection
  • can lead to nerve disorders (a condition known as neuropathy) which prevent the skin from feeling when it is being damaged

Skin and neuropathy

Skin can become brittle and cracked as a result. This not only feels uncomfortable, it also represents a health risk. Simple scratches can lead to minor injuries that don’t get the attention they need to help them heal. Skin condition deteriorates, and this can lead to physical and psychological problems. However, with proper care, you can prevent serious damage.

If you are diabetic it’s important to protect and care for your dry, rough and damaged skin with quality products that are proven to be suitable for people with Diabetes. All the products in the Eucerin UreaRepair PLUS range are clinically and dermatologically proven to be both highly effective on, and well tolerated by diabetic skin.3


Thorough, regular care can significantly improve skin condition. Skin looks and feels better and the risk of infection decreases.

The 5% Urea product has been specially formulated for very dry and rough skin. If your skin is extremely dry, itchy and flaky we recommend the higher concentration of Urea that comes with the 10% product.


Both products contain a unique and highly effective combination of active ingredients that work together to combat several of the main causes of dry skin.


The key actives in the formula are Urea, Ceramide and other Natural Moisturising Factors (NMFs). The Eucerin UreaRepair PLUS Lotions deliver immediate relief and intense moisturisation, delaying symptoms of dryness for up to 48 hours.



For foot care, we recommend Eucerin UreaRepair PLUS 10% Urea Footcream which has been developed in collaboration with Diabetologists (medical experts in Diabetes) and Dermatologists. The key ingredients of Urea, Ceramide and other Natural Moisturising Factors (NMFs) are combined in an active formula that allows skin to breath and does not clog pores. It provides intense moisturisation for up to 48 hours, strengthens skin’s resilience, significantly reduces skin’s vulnerability to injury and improves overall condition.


A regular cleansing and moisturising routine will help to care for diabetic skin, and medical skincare products.


Such as those in the Eucerin UreaRepair range – can be used daily to relieve the symptoms of dry, diabetic skin, improve skin resilience and leave it looking and feeling soft, smooth and supple.

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