Adult Acne and Diabetes?

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2009-02-02 00:16:32 -0600
Started 2009-01-29 19:26:18 -0600

I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes several months ago. Since then, my face has broken out like crazy. Has anyone else had this problem, be it Type 1 or Type 2? I didn't have this problem as a teenager and it is literally driving me crazy! Would love to know if this has happened to anyone else. I am on insulin, could that be the problem? Thank you…

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LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-01 16:00:02 -0600 Report

Angie, I just posted an article I found on this topic. I think you'll find it very interesting.

2009-02-01 16:36:14 -0600 Report

Thank you Diane! I appreciate you doing research for me! I have been out of town so I am looking forward to reading it! Your friend, Angie

Bluebutterfly 2009-01-29 22:46:26 -0600 Report

I have been diadetic type II since 1993. I have not had that problem. I have had a problem with dry skin.

MISS PAM 2009-02-01 23:32:10 -0600 Report

My skin is so dry it's driving me crazy. I never thought it was because of my diabetes, but it didn't use to be like this. I use extra dry lotion. Is there something else that can better help?

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-02 00:08:57 -0600 Report

There are a lot of great products out there for dry skin these days. You might ask your doctor for advice, or the local pharmacist.

A big thing right now is something called a shielding lotion that rapidly absorbs into, and bonds with, the outer layer of skin creating a protective layer while retaining the natural moisture from within. This makes it the perfect dry skin care product.

It does not wash off, but comes off naturally with exfoliated skin cells. It has to be reapplied every few hours, I think. Information can be found by doing a search or, again, asking the doctor or pharmacist.

These shielding lotions provide the protection needed (supposedly- have not tried one) from all the harsh chemicals to which our skin is exposed.

I was just reading somewhere that keeping the skin clean is as important as moisturizing. Using sunscreen ALL the time is important, as is staying healthy and hydrated. Caffeine, unfortunately, dehydrates. If you drink a lot of caffeine products it is important to drink water as well.

Constant use of moisturizers, etc., makes the body think it has enough moisture and it cuts back on producing its own moisture. Drink water.

A shielding lotion is a moisturizer which is designed to bond with and protect the skin. It seals the skin to prevent the loss of your own natural moisture as well as providing additional moisture. Most skin products are simply oil based or lanolin based and so they sit on top of the skin where they can wash right off when you clean your hands or do the dishes.

I've used several products over the years that seem to work well for me personally.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-29 20:27:00 -0600 Report


I've had diabetes for quite a long time with no problems. Even after beginning Lantus in 2008, no problem. So I guess I lucked out. I haven't read anything on the subject, but I can see how any illness could mess your system up and cause breakouts, etc. I think meds have a lot to do with it too, affecting different people in varying ways.

You might check with a dermatologist to see if there's something good for you to use. Now that I think of it, most diabetics have problems with dry skin, and that can cause skin problems just as having oily skin can.


2009-01-29 21:07:30 -0600 Report

Thank you Diane. I have dry skin from the neck down but it tends to be oily on my face. Even with the oily face, I don't remember any problems with acne. Diabetes or nerves??? Could be a combo of both. Why did I study math and not medicine????? LOL Thank you my friend!

2009-01-29 19:50:06 -0600 Report

I have joined the acne club too. I have had major problems with this since I started on insulin shots. I'm glad someone ask this question because I would love to find a solution for this gross problem! Take care, Angie

rbergman 2009-01-29 20:19:18 -0600 Report

Not sure how much help this will be, I'm a type 2 on insulin as well, but the only time I have breakouts is when "mother nature" comes a calling. However, I have another relative in her late 50s, on same insulin as I am for type 2 and has the acne issue, she was actually put on a birth control pill to control the acne, not sure if that is any help to all of you but that's what they did for her. She has also had a hysterectomy in the past the pill is only for acne control in her case.

2009-01-29 21:01:59 -0600 Report

Thank you very much for the information. I had a total "hissy" at 29 and I'm 43 now. This is a trip as it's never happened before. It must have something to do with the insulin. Birth control pills, I would do anything that would help this! Thanks again! Angie

highlandcitygirl 2009-01-29 19:34:06 -0600 Report

that is interesting that you would ask! my daughters husband has a nephew just recently diagnosed with type 1 and she told me he started breaking out with acne. she asked me if the diabetes caused it, but i didn't know.

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