Skin Problems with Diabetes

While skin complaints can be a curse for many of us, those who suffer from diabetes can be particularly prone to certain types of skin problem. High blood sugar levels can cause fluid loss in the body, which in turn can lead to dry sensitive skin which is easily damaged. Neuropathy, or nerve damage, is a common complaint for those with diabetes and interferes with the skin’s ability to produce sweat, which can help to keep skin supple.

This, combined with a slower rate of healing that is another side effect of elevated blood sugar levels, means the the skin of a diabetes patient requires extra tender loving care.

Protecting Your Skin

As a diabetes sufferer, you must always do what you can to shield your skin from the elements of nature. Wear sunscreen and lip balm during the summer months, and be sure to wrap up well in winter. Wind and rain can be very harsh on your dry skin, so be sure to dress suitably when the weather is bad.

Caring for Your Skin with Diabetes

Always use gentle cleansing products with diabetes, even if you have a skin condition such as acne; your doctor or dermatologist can recommend products that are suitable for use by diabetes patients. Do not soak the skin for long periods of time; take quick showers or baths, and be sure to use lukewarm water. Do not dry skin vigorously; instead pat dry. Using moisturizer can help keep your skin supple, but try to use unperfumed if you can, and be sure to massage it fully into the skin.