Skin on swollen limbs, affected by lymphoedema, is often stretched which means that oil secretion is reduced. Those who suffer this condition find the skin not only thickens but can also becoming stiffer and less flexible and is more likely to crack. Breaks in the skin’s surface can become an entry point for bacteria and the resulting infection can worsen lymphoedema in the affected part of the body.
Skin affected by lymphoedema can also be dry and rough which means it often needs additional care and TLC. It’s crucial to avoid soaps and harsh detergents that can strip skin’s natural oils and use a natural moisturiser for fast absorption. Skincare that is designed to increase skin elasticity, strengthen and improve skin’s resilience, and increase moisture levels will assist those who suffer from lymphoedema.