As the colder weather approaches, your skin can become dry and chapped. Chapped skin causes breaks that can invite bacteria and infections – things that can spell danger for Lymphies. Luckily, it’s easy to keep your skin protected!
- Emollients – such as lanolin or aloe – help to restore natural oils on the skin’s surface (lotions specifically designed for dry skin are a plus)
- Use a moisturizing lotion with a low pH to retain elasticity of the skin and restore some of the normal protective acid mantel
- Never use hot water – just warm!
- Always use a clean washcloth or towel when you bathe – and never share one with someone else
- When drying, gently pat the skin
- You can also use a hairdryer (on the low setting) to dry between folds
- Be meticulous when washing and drying – don’t neglect the space between your toes
- Keep your toenails trimmed
- Wear fresh socks daily, and keep your compression garment clean
- Always wear properly fitted footwear. They should fit you correctly, provide good support, and protect your feet from injuries
These are all simple things you can do that, along with compression therapy, will help keep your lymphedema under control. Happy skin means a happy Lymphie!
How about you? Do you have any tips for maintaining healthy skin?