By Leighton Nord, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Learn early detection signs and skin care tips
November is National Diabetes Month and at Pinnacle Dermatology, we believe that healthy skin reflects a healthy body. Leighton Nord, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, who serves patients in our Tennessee region, shares with us how diabetes can affect your skin.
Caring for your skin and early detection
Your skin is your largest organ and can provide warning signs when something is happening to your body. Changes in your skin, like color or texture spots, may be a warning that your body is experiencing a reaction. Acanthosis Nigricans, which looks like dark velvety patches on your skin, can be a sign of high blood sugar levels in your body. For more information about Acanthosis Nigricans, visit our page on diabetes-related skin conditions: https://pinnacleskin.com/our-services/conditions-treatment/diabetes-related-skin-conditions/.
Daily skin care for diabetics
Remember that diabetes can cause dry skin, which affects your skin barrier. It is important to keep your skin moisturized daily with a fragrance-free moisturizer to maintain and restore the skin barrier. This daily skincare routine can help prevent the possibility of ulcerations or even infections. Annual Total Body Skin Exams with a professional skincare clinician can help with the early detection or treating an existing skin condition.