Diabetes affects many parts of the body, including the skin. One-third of people with diabetes develop a skin disorder caused by diabetes at some point in their lives. Luckily, most of these skin conditions can be easily prevented or treated if they are caught early on. Some skin conditions can affect anyone while others happen mostly or only to people with diabetes.

In today’s blog, we will discuss some of the common skin problems that individuals with diabetes experience. You can look forward to our next post for some good information about how to prevent conditions and treat your skin well.

Bacterial Infections

There are several kinds of bacterial infections that affect people with diabetes. Styes are among the most common. These are infections that occur on the gland of the eyelid. Boils, inflamed tissues and carbuncles are other types of infections that individuals with diabetes are susceptible to.

Diabetic Dermopathy

Diabetes often causes changes in small blood vessels which can cause skin problems. Dermopathy often appears as light brown, scaly patches. The patches do not hurt, open up or itch so treatment is not usually necessary.


Atherosclerosis is the thickening of the arteries that can damage the skin on the legs. People with diabetes tend to get it at younger ages than those who don’t. As atherosclerosis narrows the blood vessels, the skin becomes hairless, thin, cool, and shiny. Exercise may cause pain because the muscles aren’t getting enough oxygen.

Fungal Infections

Common fungal infections include jock itch, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and Candida albicans. Candida albicans is a yeast-like fungus that creates itchy rashes surrounded by tiny blisters. These infections occur in the warm, moist folds of the skin.

There are many different ways that diabetes can harm your skin. You can learn more about diabetes in our Resource Center and, as always, feel free to contact Creative Technology with any of your concerns.