About 35% of people suffering from diabetes have a skin condition or disorder of some kind. Diabetes, be it type 1 or type 2, affects our internal organs of the body and can result in a wide array of conditions that affect the skin. Fortunately, most of these skin conditions are easily treated or may disappear once the blood sugar level is brought under control.
When there is too much sugar in the blood, the body tends to eliminate it from our body through our kidney with increased urination. Frequent urination reduces the water level in the body and sometimes may lead to dehydration. It also reduces the water supply to the skin thus diminishing its moisture content which is essential to maintain healthy skin. Lack of moisture content in the skin can lead to skin cracks, yeast infection and itching due to dryness in the skin. Cracks in the skin allow bacteria and other infectious agents to enter the body. If these infections are not treated at the initial stage serous medical conditions can occur.
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Diabetic neuropathy leads to lack of sweating resulting in dry skin. Dry skin can be treated by applying skin lotion or homemade hydrating recipes, masks or packs. One of the facial mask recipes to replenish your dry skin and its deeper layers, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and looking healthy and glowing, is given below.
Egg and Honey Hydrating Facial Mask for dry skin
A. 1 egg.
B. 1/4 cup of coconut oil
C. 1 teaspoon of honey
Scramble the egg and gradually add honey and coconut oil. The mass should look like mayonnaise. If it is too thick, add more coconut oil. If it is too runny, add a bit more honey. Pour the mass into a plastic cup, close the cup tightly, and leave in the fridge overnight.
This mask is ready to be applied the next day. Scoop up some of the masks and freely apply all over the face. Leave it to rest for 10 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Keep the rest of the mask in the freezer and use any time your dried and tired face needs a moisture boost. Get more facial recipes.
Diabetes dermopathy results in changes in small blood vessels that supply the skin causing light brown patches/ shin spot or pigmented patches similar in appearance to the age spots. These patches usually found on the lower legs of people with diabetes. These patches do not hurt, crack or itch. Due to high blood sugar blood vessels are narrowed which results in decreased blood supply to the skin and other body areas resulting in thinning and hairless skin in the legs and prone to developing an ulcer. This skin condition is called atherosclerosis. In these conditions, the healing process of a wound is slowed down and can even develop gangrene.
Vitiligo is another skin condition that is linked to diabetes type-1. Vitiligo is a condition that affects skin coloration. With vitiligo special cells that control skin color are destroyed, resulting in patches of discolored skin. Treatment options for vitiligo are steroids, ultraviolet light treatments, and micro pigmentation. You should apply SPF 30 or higher sunscreen to prevent sunburns on discolored skin. Get more information about the treatment of pigmentation and vitiligo.