In a few cases, problems with skin have actually been the first indication that someone is suffering with diabetes. Skin-related impediments are a well-known occurrence for those living with diabetes and can cause disruptions in day-to-day life due to the discomfort that they bring with them. Itching, flakiness, redness and burning sensations can be caused for a variety of reasons.



Taking medication designed to keep blood-glucose levels under control or treat any other aspect of diabetes is a necessity for those who are living with diabetes. Like any medication, adverse effects and allergic reactions can happen, which often result in itchy skin. Speak to your doctor to first rule out medication as the cause of your skin discomfort.

Increased Susceptibility

A weakened immune system, nerve damage and poor blood circulation as the result of high blood sugar levels leaves diabetics more vulnerable to infections that could affect anyone. These infections include ones that affect and infect the skin such as fungal infections like ringworm, athletes foot and yeast infections.


Other Skin Conditions

Necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum (NLD), Eruptive xanthomatosis, bullosis diabeticorum, Diabetic dermopathy and bacterial infections can cause a wide range of symptoms on the skin including rashes, blistering, itching, peeling, discoloration, raised skin, lacerations and carbuncles. It is important to consult with a medical professional if you are experiencing these symptoms, and equally important to have preventative measures in place if you have been diagnosed with diabetes.

Preventative Measures

Maintaining optimum sugar levels (as set out by your doctor) is crucial for the prevention of skin problems in diabetics, as is the use of medication if necessary as well as the proper nutrition.


Applying a moisturizer that replenishes the skins natural oils whilst creating a protective barrier will also ease symptoms of any existing conditions and give your skin the best chance against future infections. For a dry skin remedy that does all of that and more, contact the team at Gloves in a Bottle or visit their website for more information. Gloves in a Bottle products are available at Dischem, Clicks & leading pharmacies countrywide.