Expert skin care tips to manage scleroderma

Caring for the skin, especially the hands and feet, is essential. Preventing skin breakdown is very important since skin for people with scleroderma may be slow to heal.

 

Some skin care tips to help you manage scleroderma:

  • Be gentle. Your skin needs to be managed with a minimum of friction. Harsh soaps can strip your skin and leave you vulnerable to breakdown and infection.

  • Inspect your skin daily, especially your hands and feet. A telescoping mechanic’s mirror will enable you to see your toes and the bottom of your feet easily. Be alert for any signs of discoloration, poor circulation or breakdown.

  • Cleanse your skin gently. Avoid harsh soaps and shampoos! Since your skin no longer contains the natural oils and bacterial barrier that protect you, a gentle, pH-balanced, no rinse skin cleanser, like Welmedix HomeCare PRO No-Rinse Cleansing Foam is ideal for skin and scalp.

  • Next, apply a moisture barrier protective ointment, like Welmedix HomeCare PRO Protective Ointment to your hands and feet before putting on gloves and booties. This will help soften, moisturize and protect vulnerable parts of your skin.

  • Protect your head, face, arms and legs from the sun with a hat and clothes with ultraviolet protection built in. This can be a big help keeping your skin as healthy as possible.