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Skin, Hair & Nails

Hi

I am 64 years old & a diabetic for 23 years already.

I have very dry skin on my hands & legs.

What remedy (creams, lotions or supplements) is suitable for me.

I would prefer simple solutions as I am already retired with not much income.

Thank you.

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Hello CLST – for very dry skin, budget yet effective solutions would be to go to a polyclinic/NSC and get a prescription for a super big pump bottle of QV or aqueous cream – I think those come by the litre. They are also sold pretty cheaply if you pick it up at the pharmacy.

Click this link for what QV cream pump bottles look like.

I have 2 of those at home for when I have dry skin myself – just apply liberally after you shower, and up to 3 times a day or more. Avoid very hot baths and showers as well, which can dry your skin.

If that still doesn’t work, you may need an oilier solution (pun unintended) like liquid paraffin. Examples you can buy in Singapore are white soft paraffin at the NSC, and E45 cream. It’s a bit messy though and inconvenient especially where clothes are concerned, which is why some patients prefer not to use them

Because you are diabetic – it’s all the more important you take good care of your skin as any skin infections can be a pain (diabetes cause poorer wound recovery). It’s a common condition for diabetic patients to have dry skin, as high sugars cause water to leave your skin at a faster rate.

Hope that you get better soon!

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