Diabetes and the Skin

March 9, 2012 | posted by Justin Skeesuck

The outer appearance of your skin is a key to your internal health.  Abnormal glucose levels of diabetes and inadequate insulin regulation can have a negative impact on your skin.  People with diabetes tend to be predisposed to fungal, yeast and bacterial infections as well.

When your skin barrier is compromised, immune and healing responses are hindered.  Epionce can help restore and repair the skin barrier to help the body’s natural protection system work better.

Skin Conditions Related to Diabetes:

Round Purple Patches, known as Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum, appear with a red border and orangish brown center.  This condition involves dilated blood vessels and a shiny skin surface – usually found on the outer lower legs.

Dull Red Bumps that form scab-like plaques and thins the skin is known as Diabetic Dermopathy.

Blistering, usually non-inflammatory and painless, can be found on the hands and feet and is called Diabetic Bullosis.

Waxy Skin is common for people with diabetes.  The skin appears shiny and yellowish over hands, feet fingers and toes, sometimes with little bumps.  Ulcers often occur simultaneously.

Thickening of the Skin in a V-shaped pattern on the upper back extending from below the neck is called Scleredema Diabeticorum.

How Epionce can help:

Use Extreme Barrier Cream or Medical Barrier Cream 2-3 times daily on areas with dry patches, deep cracks or sores to help heal and prevent recurrence.  These are all symptoms of an inflamed and damaged skin barrier.  Medical Barrier Cream is the best option for skin with open sores and fissures.

For skin with scales or bumps, wash with Lytic Gel Cleanser before applying a Lytic product.  Lytics are anti-microbial to help with infections and smooth skin texture by clearing pores and loosening dead skin cell build-up.  Wait 5-7 minutes while the Lytic penetrates, and then apply Medical Barrier Cream or Extreme Barrier Cream.

Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Ultra Shield Lotion SPF 50 to prevent additional damage which is exacerbated by sun exposure.

*The information provided is not intended to treat, diagnose or take the place of physician recommendation regarding skin diseases.  Talk with your physician about all available treatment options and what is right for you.