- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
Why Do Diabetes And Dry Skin Occur Together?
Diabetes and dry skin seem to be two things that just occur together. And that is because diabetes can cause dry skin. While not all diabetics may suffer from dry skin, it is a very common issue for those with the condition. Due to issues with blood glucose levels, skin conditions are more likely to occur in diabetics.
Dry skin happens because of very high blood sugar levels. If the levels are too high, fluids will leave the body, leaving the skin dry. Blood sugar levels not only cause dry skin, they can also cause many other skin conditions in diabetics as well such as Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum, Diabetic Blisters, and Disseminated Granuloma Annulare, as well as many others. Those with neuropathy (nerve damage) can also experience dry skin because if nerves that control the release of sweat are damaged, the skin cannot be naturally moisturized.
Fluids getting to the skin, mainly as sweat, is used to naturally moisturize your skin and keep it soft. If you are not getting these fluids, you will have to moisturize your skin in other ways. This may mean washing with warm (not hot) water. You should be using a moisturizer to hydrate the skin, but not between toes as these areas are hotbeds for fungal infections like athlete’s foot. We suggest Dr. Hess’s Diabetic Care Cream to help relieve and moisturize your dry skin, and talcum powder for moist areas like between your toes. It may feel nice to take a long hot bath or shower, but it will dry out your skin. Also avoid soaking your feet as well.
You should keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water. This means avoiding too many caffeine-fueled drinks, as well as those with lots of sugar. Make sure to keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, and especially blood glucose levels under control. All of these things can help ensure your skin has the proper circulation. Out of control blood glucose levels is a main cause of skin conditions in diabetics.
Diabetes and dry skin don’t need to be two hassles in your life. Dry skin can be hydrated and moisturized at home, and keeping your diabetes under control will help prevent dry skin occurrences.
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Written by MARKIT Group, a proud member of the Dr. Hess herd.