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Why Does Diabetes Cause Dry Skin?

It’s not so much that diabetes itself causes dry skin -- it’s the dehydration that results from poor blood sugar control. When your blood sugar level is high, that causes your body to lose fluid. In turn, that causes you to become dehydrated. The solution, of course, is to keep your blood sugar in check -- which you want to do for many other reasons besides dry skin. So, control your diabetes, and you can control your dry skin! [There are good tips here if you want to add more: Diabetes may dry your skin because having high sugar levels in your blood causes your body to lose fluid, including moisture from your skin. Also, nerve damage caused by diabetes may interfere with your ability to perspire normally, lessening the amount of moisture on your skin. Dry skin can crack and become more prone to infection. To help keep your skin moist, avoid very hot showers and baths, use mild cleansers and apply moisturizer to your skin while it is still damp. Examine your skin daily, and if you notice any signs of infection, such as red or sore spots, see your doctor. Dry skin is a complication of diabetes. It is caused by high blood glucose (high blood sugar) levels in the blood which zap m Continue reading >>

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  1. nolly53

    From time to time I develop a skin rash for want of a better description on my face. I get red lines running out from the edges of my mouth to my chin (approximately mutton chops shape) and the skin along my chin becomes extremely sore, itchy, dry and flaky. This occurs quite suddenly. I moisturise heavily and it usually goes away within a week or two. See attached photos.
    The first time it happened, I had just returned from 2 weeks in Africa during which I had excellent blood sugar control and put it down to the Doxycycline anti-malaria tablets.
    This recurred last week. I had experienced very good blood sugar control for over a month since I had been working and very active. At a party in my honour I had a jam doughnut and other sweet stuff, which of course I know I should not have eaten. It flared up almost immediately.
    My current theory now is that it is diabetes related and occurs if I have a sudden increase in blood sugars after a period of good control.
    I would be interested if anyone else has had a similar experience and any tried and tested treatments.
    Of course - if my theory is correct, I know how to avoid recurrence.
    Nolly53

  2. Nidge247

    Hi @nolly53
    I find if I let my BGs climb into the 7's, my skin will rapidly dry and split - starting with the backs of my hands and spreading elsewhere. Hence if this happens I treat immediately with Diprobase cream which will restore it to good health within 2 days.
    The moisturiser my GP prescribed did me no favours and aggravated the issue - we are all different skin types so you need to find what works best for you. It was my pharmacist who suggested the Diprobase cream, and I've never looked back since.
    LCHF helps massively in keeping my BGs down, but a cold/illness/stress or a higher carb intake can lead to a rise in those figures.

  3. miszu

    Nidge247 said: ↑
    Hi @nolly53
    I find if I let my BGs climb into the 7's, my skin will rapidly dry and split - starting with the backs of my hands and spreading elsewhere. Hence if this happens I treat immediately with Diprobase cream which will restore it to good health within 2 days.
    The moisturiser my GP prescribed did me no favours and aggravated the issue - we are all different skin types so you need to find what works best for you. It was my pharmacist who suggested the Diprobase cream, and I've never looked back since.
    LCHF helps massively in keeping my BGs down, but a cold/illness/stress or a higher carb intake can lead to a rise in those figures.
    Click to expand... same symptoms for me too, starts on the back of my hands, skin dries out and tears apart bleeding (bcoz its so dry). but i learnt what causes it is the cold. does this happen to u during summer ? i generally have dry skin, but its only so bad that my skin tears apart during the cold times.

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