Diabetes and Skin Care

Diabetes and Skin Care

If you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t produce insulin, doesn’t produce enough of it, or doesn’t process it well. You need insulin to change food into energy, so when it's absent or malfunctioning, your whole body suffers, including your skin.

At Easton Dermatology Associates in Easton and Salisbury, Maryland, our team of skin specialists understand the direct connection between diabetes and skin health and can help you recognize the signs that your skin problems may be related to your chronic condition. Here’s what you need to know.

How diabetes affects skin health

When you eat a meal, your body breaks down the food and turns it into glucose, a type of sugar, and releases it into your bloodstream. Once your blood sugar reaches a certain level, it triggers a response in your pancreas to send insulin, which allows the sugar to leave your blood and enter your cells. 

Diabetes interferes with your insulin production, which means that the sugar stays in your blood. High blood sugar, especially if sustained, causes a long list of health problems, including nerve damage, heart disease, kidney problems, and eye damage. It can also lead to several skin conditions.

Poor circulation and uncontrolled high blood sugar make it difficult for your skin to maintain its protective barrier and fight off pathogens, so people with diabetes are far more susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections than those without diabetes. 

Types of skin conditions related to diabetes

Often, one of the first symptoms of diabetes appears on the skin. Here are some of the diabetes-related skin conditions you may get.

Although those are the most common skin reactions to diabetes, others are rarer and typically occur when the disease is severe. Allergic reactions to diabetes medications or insulin can also occur at the site of injections.

Diabetic skin care

The best thing you can do for your skin is control your blood sugar. Keeping it stable helps prevent and solve many problems. Beyond that, here are some guidelines for caring for your diabetic skin:

Managing diabetes is a big job, and it helps to work with your primary care physician to manage your disease. In the same way, our specialists at Easton Dermatology Associates would love to partner with you as your skin team to keep a close eye on your skin and catch and treat any problems early. 

If you have diabetes-related skin issues, don’t try to solve them alone. Schedule an appointment at Easton Dermatology Associates in Easton or Salisbury, Maryland, today. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

Signs That Your Skin Condition Is Eczema

That rash on your skin may stem from an infection, insect bite, heat, sweat, allergies, or disease. With so many potential causes, how do you know if you have eczema? Keep reading to learn about the telltale signs of this skin condition.

I'm an Adult and I Still Have Acne

You once naively believed that your teen acne would go away when you grew up — then you grew up and realized you were wrong. Here’s what you need to know about adult acne.

Triggers and Treatments for Psoriasis

When you have psoriasis, those raised patches of scaly, itchy skin are embarrassing and inconvenient. Knowing what triggers flare-ups can help you predict and avoid them. Here are the most common culprits and the best treatments for psoriasis.

When Is a Rash a Reason to Worry?

Rashes are pretty common, and they typically fade as soons the irritant that triggered them goes away. But when they stick around and cause problems, you may need to seek medical attention. Here are some signs it’s time to seek help.

All About Vitiligo: Causes and Treatment Options

Most people get dark patches on their skin as they age, but some get light patches instead, caused by a skin disease called vitiligo. In honor of Vitiligo Awareness Month, we’re taking a closer look at the causes, treatments, and latest research.