Manage diabetes carefully and prevent blood sugar levels from becoming too high.
Avoid taking very hot baths. Hot water can remove moisture from the skin.
Apply skin lotion while the skin is still damp after a bath or shower. However, a person with diabetes should not apply lotion between the toes, as this can work with moisture to attract harmful fungi.
Avoid moisturizers that contain harsh perfumes or dyes. Look for a product whose label that states that the lotion is "gentle" or "hypoallergenic." Some manufacturers create lotions specifically for people with diabetes.