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Diabetics and chronic dry skin conditions

Products for use with Diabetes 

Nemidon Hydration Gel
Ultra Hydration Gel, Footcare & Deodorant

Diabetes Associations stress how important it is to keep skin moisturized, dry and clean to help prevent cracks and fissures of the skin which may lead to bacterial or fungal infections. Serious problems can arise including ulceration and gangrene.

Nemidon Ultrahydration Gel and Footcare & Deodorant hydrates the skin, maintain a moistures balance and are long lasting yet leaves skin clean and dry. With diabetes, the normal balances between glucose in the blood and lipid content in the cells are disturbed, and this leads to a number of other disturbances to normal equilibria. A specific problem relating to the skin on the feet is that the concentrations of water and/or the osmotic pressure in the middle skin controls the shedding of dead outer skin, with the result that skin renewal is impeded. The resultant loss of balance leads to the drying of the outer skin, with cracking. When this happens, the ability of the skin to keep infection at bay is compromised.

The solution to this problem is to ensure that the water content of the outer skin must be maintained to ensure good skin plasticity, but sweaty pockets within the skin, which may support bacteria, must be avoided. Accordingly, the skin should be kept dry, that is, fluid contact should be avoided and fluid should not be permitted to accumulate, but the water contact within the skin must be sufficient to maintain plasticity within the skin protein. The way Nemidon addresses this problem is to avoid blocking the sweat pores and to ensure sweat is not the moisturizing agent. (Most moisturizing agents simply block the escape of sweat and/or water to prevent dehydration.) Instead, Nemidon applies a film a few nanometers thick above the skin, and this maintains a desirable water vapour pressure over the skin surface. This film appears to provide the appropriate moisture levels to prevent the loss of water from the skin proteins in dry air, yet permits excess water to flow through it, thus helping to avoid the enhanced water transport caused by prolonged water contact. The film is quite tough, it is non-greasy, but it is also insoluble in cold water, hence it is not eroded away by sweat.

Practical Advantages 

  • These products will moisturise quickly, leaving a clean dry skin. Adhesive strapping can be applied immediately after application. Both Gels assist to prevent infection by maintaining skin integrity, plus Footcare & Deodorant has the added advantage of Tea tree and Lavender essential oils which assist mild bacterial and fungal infections.
  • Can be used between the toes.
  • Nemidon hydrating gels do not need to be applied after bathing or showering to improve the ability to hold water onto the skin as a traditional barrier treatment may do. Nor is a greasy residue left. The gels are fast working and are long lasting.
  • Medical Double Blind Studies show that application of the gel is only required twice daily, then reduce to once every 2nd or 3rd day to maintain the skin’s integrity.

Nemidon Chafe Block 

  • Ideal for the diabetic patient to help prevent chafing and possible infection. Chafe Block will not irrigate off with sweat.
  • Ideal to use under skin folds, and other sensitive areas prone to chafing. Chafe Block will wash off with warm soapy water.