Skin Care Do’s and Don’ts

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Skin Care Do’s

  • Check your skin daily for dryness, cracks, sores, bruises, reddened area and blisters.
  • Cleanse the skin with a mild, pH balanced product. Remember, some people do not require overall cleansing on a daily basis.
  • Use warm-to-the-touch (on elbow or inner wrist) bathing water.
  • Treat the skin gently without stretching, tugging or pulling.
  • Remove all residue of the cleanser from the skin.
  • Use a very soft brush for nails and crusty skin.
  • Dry all skin folds and creases with special attention to the areas between, under and around the toes.
  • Moisturize the skin after cleansing. Leave a light film or moisture on the skin just prior to applying lotion or cream.
  • Lubricate dry skin with a heavy (barrier) product after moisturizing.
  • Wear soft clothing. Wear white socks for feet and gloves for hands, if indicated, for extra protection at night.
  • Use baking soda powder or equivalent powders for foot care if perspiration is a problem. It will help with odor and moisture control. Sprinkle on hands, dusting off excess and gently rub into the skin.

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Skin Care Don’ts

  • Don’t neglect new areas of irritation, soreness or discomfort on the skin.
  • Don’t soak for more than ten minutes in the tub.
  • Don’t bathe in hot water.
  • Don’t use abrasive or rough wash-cloths on the skin.
  • Don’t apply lotion or creams between, under or around the toes or nails.
  • Don’t use lanolin, coal tar or petroleum-based products if you have sensitive skin.
  • Don’t use skin care products with alcohol and/or extensive lists of preservatives.
  • Don’t apply tape of any kind to dry, sensitive or fragile skin