Skin health is extremely important with lymphedema. Any breakdown can aggravate our lymphedema and put us at risk for cellulitis (potentially very serious bacterial infection).
Moisturize your skin at least once a day to help hydrate and protect it. Make sure whatever moisturizer you use is pH balanced to help ensure the integrity of your skin.
Because I’m always short on time, I like to use body oil in the shower before I towel off. My all time favorite is SheaMoisture Bath, Body & Massage Oil - Argan Oil & Raw Shea with Frankincense and Myrrh. I use it everywhere except for my face.
I also love to use:
- Organic, raw/virgin coconut oil for my face, knees, elbows and feet. It’s known to be a natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal. Plus, I love how it smells and feels!
- Organic, raw shea butter. It's known to be anti-inflammatory and is incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin
Wear rubber gloves when washing dishes and cleaning the house. This keeps your hands from drying out and cracking, protects your hands from small cuts and limits your exposure to cleaning products. Win, win, win!