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Part I: Health-challenged Skin—Diabetes

By: Morag Currin
Posted: January 31, 2013, from the February 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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There are many other skin manifestations to take into consideration if the skin care professional is working with the appendages of diabetic clients. (See Additional Skin Manifestations.) Dealing with pedicures requires more knowledge about diabetes and risks. Training is available for nail technicians to deal with diabetes through a variety of organizations, such as the International Pedicure Association. There is more and more awareness about diabetes in the professional skin care industry, and more training opportunities are becoming available on the topic.

Some studies have suggested that regular massage may help normalize blood glucose in diabetic clients, as well as reduce anxiety, headaches, depression, work stress and anger. However, further studies are needed to clarify the benefits that massage may have as a complementary treatment for diabetes. Although there is no evidence that massage itself is harmful or contraindicated for people with diabetes, some aspects of the condition mean that massage for diabetics should be chosen carefully to prevent any adverse effects.

Professional skin care treatments must be dictated by the client’s current condition at the time of treatment. The client may require many adjustments to any treatment provided. Only by working hand-in-hand with clients will the right course of treatment be determined.

In Part II of this article, which will appear in the March 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine, the skin issues related to clients with celiac disease and systemic lupus erythematosus will be detailed, along with ingredient and treatment suggestions when working with these types of clients.

Mórag Currin is an esthetic instructor with more than 19 years of spa industry experience, and more than 10 years of training and training management experience. She pioneered the Oncology Esthetics advanced training for spa professionals, and is the author of Oncology Esthetics: A Practitioner’s Guide (Alluredbooks, 2009; www.alluredbooks.com) and Health-challenged Skin: The Estheticians’ Desk Reference (Alluredbooks, 2012; www.alluredbooks.com).