Tips for Healthy Skin with CGMs

Tips for Healthy Skin with CGMs

Maintaining healthy skin is essential for individuals using insulin pumps or continuous glucose monitors (CGMs). Skin damage and infections can occur if proper care is not taken. Here, we've compiled practical tips and solutions from expert sources to help you safeguard your skin while using these devices.

Common Skin Issues and Precautions

Skin may become damaged due to various factors, including reactions to adhesive tapes, tight sensor placement, or improper removal techniques. Here's how you can prevent and address skin problems:

  • Start with clean, dry skin, and remove old tape marks before applying new devices.
  • Rotate sites regularly and give recently used areas a rest to prevent overuse.
  • Be mindful of skin reactions such as redness, itching, or swelling, and seek advice from a healthcare professional if symptoms persist.
  • Use water-based adhesive removers and gentle removal techniques to minimize skin damage.

Barrier Films and Solutions

Barrier films can provide additional protection against adhesive irritation. Consider using products like ESENTA Barrier Spray to create a protective layer before device application. These films help prevent mild skin irritation and promote comfortable wear.



Professional Tips and Considerations

  • Cleanse skin with oil-free, antimicrobial soap and avoid moisturizers before device insertion.
  • Consider using solid or spray antiperspirants to minimize sweating and enhance sensor adhesion.
  • Trim excess hair with a dry razor if needed to ensure proper device attachment.
  • Follow manufacturer instructions for barrier films, patches, and bandages to ensure optimal performance and comfort.

Remember, what works for one person may not work for everyone, so don't hesitate to experiment with different products and methods to find what works best for you. Consult with your healthcare professional for personalized recommendations and guidance tailored to your specific needs and skin type.

By prioritizing skin care and adopting preventive measures, individuals can maintain healthy skin while effectively managing their diabetes with confidence and comfort.

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