Manage Dry Skin
Sometimes the warning signs of diabetes appear on your skin. People with diabetes are particularly prone to dry skin, which can be caused by high blood glucose. Dry skin also leaves you more vulnerable to infection. To prevent dry skin, avoid hot showers, spas, and bubble baths (they often have drying detergents). Try using moisturizing soaps and mild shampoos instead, and keep the shower water warm, but not too hot. When you get out of the tub, check your skin for red, sore, or dry areas that may be more prone to infection. Moisturizing after your bath or shower can help.
There are more potential skin problems for those with diabetes. Red, brown, or yellow skin patches that start as solid, raised bumps can develop. This is called necrobiosis lipoidica, and while harmless, can lead to more serious complications. Diabetes can also cause your skin to darken at creases under your armpits, at the groin, or on the back of your neck. This can be a sign your insulin is too high. Some people with especially difficult diabetes cases may develop hard, thick skin known as digital sclerosis. This skin condition mainly on the fingers and toes is described as giving your skin an orange peel texture and stiff joints.