Diabetic Skin

Jim Edwards
By Jim Edwards Latest Reply 2011-07-08 20:10:50 -0500
Started 2011-07-05 12:35:44 -0500

Because our bodies are already compromised, this may apply more to us than it does "normal" people. Some of this is from a mag I receive from my health insurance co., some from my back of useless trivia information. Harlen posted "you are what you eat", might we also be what we touch? I use some skin creams (RX) that warn about damage to your internal organs. This translated to the cream is not only on your skin, but in your system. I work in maintenance. My skin often comes in contact with paint, thinners, pesticides, vegetation killers, bleach, cleaners and other chemicals. Guess what? I think these too, are being absorbed into the body. I have often thought of the skin as a barrier to many things, I am beginning to see it as a sponge. I have begun to wear protective gloves more often and hopefully it will become a healthy habit. What do you absorb? Petroleum jelly also comes to mind as it is an oil by-product.

30 replies

Mistletoe 2011-07-07 12:51:09 -0500 Report

After being diagnosed with diabetes type II, I began having Eczema on my nose and around nostrils at times. It itches like crazy and is unsightly. My doctor gave me a steroid cream for it that works great; but I have found that it is worse when my BS is high. I am thinking that the excess blood sugar also accumulates in the skin, thus causing these types of problems…??

lmkilday 2011-07-07 15:33:54 -0500 Report

When I got eczema on my hands and arms, my doctor didn't want me to use a steriod cream. She said it thins out the skin. She had a prescription mixed for me that has no steriods. It cleared the eczema within a week. It has Aquaphor, menthol and a third ingredient, but I don't remember what the third ingredient is. Only a few pharmacies are able to compound ingredients to be able to fill the prescription.

Mistletoe 2011-07-07 16:47:20 -0500 Report

I may ask my doctor about something without steroids in it next time I see her. She did say that the ointment may deteriorate the skin…but have been using it for 7 years, couldn't stand the itching without something for it.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-07 16:57:22 -0500 Report

I know I have 3 creams for itching, I will need to check and see if they are steroid free or not. I am pretty sure my BS goes up when I use them, but never made the connection before. always an education here on DC

cavie2 2011-07-07 12:24:28 -0500 Report

Thanks very much for that piece of information Holly M. I retired in April and was given a present of a set of Royal Jelly and honey face day cream and night cream, body lotion and body scrub which was Royal Jelly and honey with sugar and have been scrubbin ma skin like naebodies business for the past 3 months. Now you tell me am gonnie start lookin like Jim Edwards. (has God no mercy) geezo whit his a wumin got tae dae roond here jist tae look good

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-07 15:50:45 -0500 Report

If He made you look like me, it would invalidate Him being a merciful God! You would look mighty funny going bald!

cavie2 2011-07-07 16:15:56 -0500 Report

Am jist aboot there a hiv been tearing ma hair oot for the past 3 hours since a typed that post. Am lookin mair like you as each minute goes by

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-07 16:30:37 -0500 Report

I can't believe it. Even your profile picture is changing! Quick, do something. Hold your head underwater for 10 minutes and see if that helps.

Holly M
Holly M 2011-07-07 09:34:34 -0500 Report

Something we should also be aware of as Diabetics, our skin absorbs SUGAR that is in a lot of lotions, body scrubs, etc. I realize this when my numbers jumped after using some new Honey Lavendar lotion that someone gave me. I read the ingredients and low and behold, it had sugar in it. Go figure … Crazy howucj we have to watch out for. Hugs to all of you!

GabbyPA 2011-07-06 10:33:29 -0500 Report

Our skin does absorb so many things around us. That it why there is such a push to eliminate a lot of the chemicals in our shampoos and bath soaps as well. It is also encouraged to be a portal for good minerals and treatments. So I have to say that it is very true. You are what you touch.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-06 10:52:16 -0500 Report

The trick I think is in the balance. Example: A new "green" paint thinner will clean brushes fairly well, but nowhere near as well as the old type thinner. I use the "green" thinner in the house, then when I am done with the brush, I take it outside and use the old stuff to get it clean enough to store and re-use. In both cases, I use double cleaning. The first container is "dirty" the 2nd clean. It helps to keeps the thinners cleaner longer. With the old type paint thinner you can leave it sit for a while and all the solids go to the bottom. You can carefully pour off the clean thinner and pour the dirty onto newspapers and allow it to dry before disposing of it. Heck, and you thought this was a site for diabetic information only! :) JIm

cavie2 2011-07-07 17:39:23 -0500 Report

That has pit me in the mood fur decorating think a will start on the spare bedroom the morra

GabbyPA 2011-07-06 11:15:08 -0500 Report

We are just people who have diabetes. We do other things in life that we are known more for. Sometimes I think we forget that and we become diabetes. It's good to be more well rounded.

MrsCDogg 2011-07-06 09:40:00 -0500 Report

Our skin is indeed a barrier to many things. But, it has pores too. So it just HAS to absorb some things too. I think you are right about absorbing some of the bad stuff we come n contact with. As well as some of the good stuff. I've always wondered about bathing in chlorinated water! What about water with flouride? We know that if we expose our skin to too much sunlight we will get a painful sunburn. So yea I do think we absorb much more stuff than we really know.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-06 10:47:02 -0500 Report

Hello MrsCDogg! good to hear from you! I have read and heard that our bodies have no way of getting rid of the chlorine (CL2) that we take in. I am required to chlorinate the water here at camp, but all of the drinks we serve the kids go through a carbon filter to eliminate the CL2. The kitchen also has a filtered source that they use for getting their water to cook. If you are on a city water system, it is chlorinated. My suggestion is either to get a water filter on your kitchen faucet or to run your water through something like a Brita filter. If your refrigerator dispenses water and ice, it is likely filtered. Jim

LauraS 2011-07-05 14:59:23 -0500 Report

I do belive our skin is like a sponge. I know a man who died a few years ago from cancer tumors on his liver. He was an old time painter who carried the tupintine rag in his back pocket. My boyfriend, also a painter, once plunged his hands into a bucket of paint thinner. All the hair on his hands came off and took two years to grow back.

cavie2 2011-07-07 12:28:45 -0500 Report

Hey do you think that jayabee52 knows aboot that, not that am implying that jayabees 52 stuck his heed in a bucket 'o' paint thinner. God forbid!!!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-07-05 15:12:22 -0500 Report

Maybe that is what happened to the hair on my head! Never had that happen with regular paint thinner, but nothing would surprise me with some of the others, like lacquer thinner and Xylol. Scarey stuff! Love your pig pic. Must be small as I can see the hand holding it in place!

Harlen 2011-07-05 13:50:11 -0500 Report

I know what you mean I always use sholder high gloves and if spraying gloves and gogles with a resporater ,
I love me way to much to risk it .
Bes wishes

cavie2 2011-07-07 12:38:19 -0500 Report

A cannie use shoulder high gloves am only five feet one and an half inches and if a wore them things it would look Harry Potter's invisible cloak on me. A wid disappear in a puff 'o' smoke

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