Diabetic Skin Care

Diabetic Skin Conditions

Many of the skin conditions associated with diabetes can affect anyone, but there are a few that are typically are seen in people who do have diabetes. These conditions are usually associated with reduced blood supply to the skin.

Diabetic dermopathy appears most often as scaly patches on the legs, but no worries -- it's harmless [source: American Diabetes Association]. Similarly, necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum (NLD) is caused by changing blood flow. It, too, is relatively harmless, but its patchy spots are bigger and can become open sores, which will require treatment [source: American Diabetes Association].

Scleroderma diabeticorum is specific to people with type 2 diabetes, and it can be identified by thickened skin on the upper back and neck [source: WebMD]. It can be managed by controlling blood sugar levels. Vitiligo more often affects people with type 1 diabetes and is characterized by patches of skin that are discolored, usually on the chest and abdomen, but also on the mouth, nose and eyes [source: WebMD]. It's usually treated with topical steroids or pigment-altering techniques.

Other types of skin conditions associated with diabetes are bacterial or fungal infections. Because of the high amount of glucose in the bloodstream, people with diabetes are more prone to infection. While it's not pleasant to have these infections, the good news is they can be treated with prescription medications. However, if they are left untreated, they could lead to much more serious conditions [source: American Diabetes Association].

These just are a few of the skin conditions associated with diabetes, but rest assured, prevention goes a long way when it comes to diabetic skin conditions. Go on to the next page to find out some simple ways you can help keep your skin healthy if you have diabetes.