“Diabetes effects over 20 million Americans and more than 40 million have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic” (Campbell, 2013). There are two main types: Type I (the body makes little or no insulin) and Type II, the most common form (cells cannot use insulin properly).
Diabetes can have a profound effect on the skin, causing it to be dry due to loss of fluid. Common areas are hands, feet and elbows that can develop cracks and fissures in the skin if left untreated. Other areas where bacteria and fungal infections can grow: nails, hair follicles, armpits, groin and corners of the mouth.
Skin care treatments to avoid due to poor circulation, possible bruising or tearing of the skin:
- Chemical peels
- Permanent makeup
- Laser resurfacing
- Laser hair removal
- Hot stone or paraffin treatments
Individuals can have facials and a massage if the pressure is light. Massage can also decrease glucose levels. Be sure to inform your therapist that you have diabetes so they will make sure to have juice on hand if you feel dizzy or become clammy to the touch.
To read more on this topic, look at these two articles:
Currin, M. (2013, February). Skin, Inc. “Diabetes: Health-Challenged skin Part 1”, pp. 58-60.