People with diabetes are prone to a myriad of skin problems. The primary cause of these skin problems is high blood sugar levels. That’s because when blood sugar is chronically high, the body becomes dehydrated through excess urination which leads to dry, irritated skin that can ultimately crack, peel and become infected. High sugar levels in the blood also create and ideal environment for bacteria and fungi, and can reduce the body’s ability to heal itself. Diabetes can also lead to neuropathy, a condition that appears when the nerves fail to send a message to keep the skin soft and moist. Other conditions like skin tags, yellow skin, flushing and rosacea are thought to be a result of insulin which acts as a growth hormone.