A new diet, insulin injections, blood sugar levels- diabetics have a lot to manage after being diagnosed, but what many people don’t realize is that diabetes is often linked to various skin disorders. One-third of diabetics will develop a skin disorder related to diabetes at some point in their lives;
however, preventative steps can be taken to lessen the chances of contracting such a disorder.
There are many potential skin issues that diabetics might face. Dry skin, for example, comes from high glucose levels and may lead to itching, cracking, difficulty healing from wounds, and infection. Weakened immune systems and low blood circulation may lead to bacterial and fungal infections, and changes in small blood vessels can cause diabetic dermopathy. Insulin injections may lead to rosacea, skin tags, or, in rare occasions, yellow skin.
Luckily, diabetics can prevent many skin disorders through basic skincare techniques. Diabetics should wash with mild soap and warm (not hot) water regularly while making sure to keep their skin moist post-shower with lotions and creams. During the winter months with cold, dry air, keep your home humid and continue to moisturize regularly. Wash cuts and scrapes with mild soap and water, and wrap them with a sterile bandage to facilitate healing. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water and sugar-free caffeinated drinks.
Diabetics may also consider keeping a first aid kit for the skin in their homes. This kit could include antibacterial ointment, petroleum jelly, non-stick gauze pads, hypoallergenic tape, cleansing towelettes, and self-adherent elastic wrap.
Foot problems are also common among diabetics with skin issues. Diabetics may suffer from blisters, cracked feet, infections, and other skin conditions caused by a lack of circulation or diabetic nerve damage. You can prevent these problems by wearing shoe inserts, avoiding dry skin, and seeing your doctor regularly for foot examinations.
Skin disorders from diabetes may seem overwhelming, but with basic skincare techniques, you can decrease your chances of developing a skin disorder and retain smooth, healthy skin.