Dry Skin as a side effect?

By Gingerbutterfly Latest Reply 2016-09-27 13:08:15 -0500
Started 2013-04-15 03:14:31 -0500

I have type 2 diabetes. I am just on oral medication, being Metformin 500mg 3 times a day and Glyburide 5mg 2 times a day. I am now having problems with very dry skin that sometimes itches. It is mainly just my hands. I have tried several lotions like Avon, Bath and Body Works, Baby lotion and Vaseline Intensive Care. None seem to do much good. Can anyone give any other ideas that may help? Have you had this problem as well?

35 replies

melissadodgen 2016-09-27 13:08:15 -0500 Report

I'm prediabetic and have been all of my life. On top of this I have eczema. I have a couple of things I've found out that dry out the skin more so that anything else with these combinations.

First. NO rubber gloves. The latex in the gloves is horrid if you have eczema.
Second, stay away from cardboard.
If you have to do either of these things then use non-latex gloves. This includes when using cotton gloves because the glue particles and cardboard dust will go through the cotton gloves so use the non-latex underneith.

I use Gold Bond Eczema, it's made specifically for this problem, there's no greasiness and it does take a few days of daily use to work but once it kicks in you can feel it. It works especially well on the feet if you have cracking feet. Slather them up (don't rub it in) and let the feet soak in the lotion. Three times of doing this (three consecutive days) and the feet will not only feet better but start to look a lot better too.
Diabetic gold bond doesn't always work for those who have latex allergies or responces, it can make the hands itch. I'm still researching to find out why.
I hope this helps.

IronOre 2013-05-11 00:36:24 -0500 Report

One thing that can cause dry skin is the humidity level in you home . . . especially in the winter with your furnace on.
So you may want to buy a cheap wall meter to monitor it.

margokittycat 2013-04-23 23:15:44 -0500 Report

There are lotions that are available at Walmart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS ect that are made specifically for diabetic gold Bond now even has one. try them they really work. If that does not help then I would go to the doctor. Diabetics are prone to getting eczema.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-23 10:51:21 -0500 Report

Before I got the Aloe Cream, I took Epsom Salt and dove moisturizing cream and washed my hands before bed. I think slathered Diaper Rash cream on my hands and put on a pair of white ushers gloves for the night. I did this every night during the winter and my hands did not chap at all. The Epsom Salt exfoliated the skin. I also use rubber gloves when washing dishes with a little moisturizer on my hands. the hot water really works on the moisturizer. I turn the gloves inside out and wash and hang to dry.

Armourer 2013-04-21 23:07:30 -0500 Report

Big time! I also get small bumps on both my forearms. My doc called it some funky name but it is caused by diabetes. My doc had me use an over the counter cream called Urea. Worked well for me. But he had me go to a dermatologest who said the same thing but replaced the cream with another over the counter one called Cerave-SA. This was even better. Cerave-SA appears to be a new cream, for I only found it at Walmart. Good luck.

eagle01 2013-04-21 07:07:19 -0500 Report

I have experienced the same problem even on insulin but not as bad. I found that the Gold Bond Medicated works for me feels great and my dry skin has disappeared. Got it at Wal Mart.

IronOre 2013-04-20 17:37:04 -0500 Report

Yes dry skin is a side effect of being diabetic, but like those without diabetes drinking water helps reduce your dry skin.

Tommmie46 2013-04-20 15:43:10 -0500 Report

I use Lubiderm. I know it is expensive so when I go to Dollar General I get the generic brand for about $5.00 or so. It seems to help a lot. It has a very light fragrance and it does not feel heavy or have the extra greasy feel to it. I hope this helps!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-19 09:48:26 -0500 Report

I mainly use pure shea butter. I get it right out of the nut or the kind that is whipped. I get it at African Stores or from friends who purchase the nut, scoop out the butter, whip it and add a fragrance. I usually have them make one or two of my favorite fragrances. The pure kind may be hard to get if you are not in a major city. I never buy any products that contain shea butter. Look at the creams and lotions that you purchase, if the first ingredient is water, it is basically no good.

Pure shea butter as well as the whipped is very oily and you only need a tiny bit of it. I use it from head to toe. I suffer from dry skin mainly in the winter. I also use a pure aloe cream that works wonders during the summer months.

Teresa Adkins
Teresa Adkins 2013-04-18 06:55:43 -0500 Report

I use Glycerin. Its usually in the first aid department in drug stores and sometimes hard to find. Dilute with a little water :) Good stuff…

Lentyl 2013-04-16 15:00:23 -0500 Report

A friend of mine has feet that are so dry he gets major cracks, particularly his heels. His podiatrist recommended something called Bag Balm. It also prevented calluses as well. I've never used it but he said that it made all the difference in the world.

jayabee52 2013-04-16 19:56:23 -0500 Report

Bag Balm! I used to use that as a kid on the dairy farm to soothe inflamed udders on the cows. I also used it on my hands when I got cracks in the skin on my hands. The thing I didn't care for was that it was petroleum jelly based and was very greasy. That made it ideal for the udders and teats of cows but I found it to be rather slippery to be using on my hands.

I have recently heard of a product which is lanolin based called Udderly Smooth which I understand does not have the greasy factor. Also the medication in that concoction is not as strong smelling as that in bag balm. I have never had the occasion to use it, though.


Lentyl 2013-04-16 22:36:53 -0500 Report

I've never seen bag balm so know nothing about it. I guess that for feet it would be alright. The greasiness wouldn't matter so much. I've used Udderly Smooth and found it to be quite good. I use a store brand now from one of the drug stores here and it's very good but I doubt that it's available in the United States. I don't remember why I changed from Udderly Smooth. That friend of mine uses Gold Seal. At least I think that's the name and he found it to be very good.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2013-04-16 10:44:17 -0500 Report

I have had "dry feet" for years, before I was diagnosed as having DM II. I asked my GP and he recommended a skin cream containing UREA. So I purchase Ureadin ™ Rx Db "specially prepared for feet of diabetics".

Mommatee62 2013-04-15 07:14:05 -0500 Report

I have just bought Gold Bond Diabetics' dry skin relief. I purchased it at Walgreens but it may be at Walmart as well. Not too expensive. I like it so far.

sNerTs1 2013-04-15 07:05:00 -0500 Report

I recently put up a post regarding this very thing. I had very dry feet and my hands were not far behind that. I have found two things that have helped me more than anything else I have tried. McBlooms skin therapy, thick cream for my hands is very nice, leaving them soft with no signs of dryness behind. It is also NOT greasy. You can find it here ~ http://www.mcblooms.com/
For my feet, I have used an organic cream from MoodySisters (you have to sign up at the Etsy site to order). I use their dry skin cream on my feet at night, put on cotton socks and my feet are so much better by the morning. This cream does seem to be a little bit greasy to me but it works. I also use their face cream as I have dryness there as well. You can find that here ~ http://www.etsy.com/listing/93959500/organic-...
I hope this helps you :)

Scarlet03 2013-04-15 07:00:31 -0500 Report

They have lotions for diabetics Eucerine, if you've heard of it..I believe many of the stores carry it

Sunshine231401 2013-04-15 03:21:44 -0500 Report

You could try a product called Corn huskers its works well..good luck..

Lbjinmaine 2013-04-16 13:53:30 -0500 Report

Tried Cornhuskers' with NO results. Hands as dry as ever - feet, too. Best I've used is Eucerin the heaviest version.

Gingerbutterfly 2013-04-15 03:23:18 -0500 Report

I have not heard of that. Do you know where I could purchase it? I am in Louisville, Kentucky

jayabee52 2013-04-15 04:04:51 -0500 Report

After looking on google I found corn huskers lotion online at Walgreens ~ http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/corn-huskers... Don't know if anyone still carries it in their store, but I think I remember seeing it in Amazon.com as well.

Growing up on the farm in OH in the 50s through 70s it was a staple in our med cabinet.