Diabetic Dermopathy

Diabetic dermopathy is a skin condition that causes small lesions or spots on the skin. These spots are often red or brown and appear on the front of the legs, or shins. They don't hurt, itch, or open up. 

Diabetic dermopathy patches usually start to fade after 18 to 24 months, but they can remain on the skin indefinitely. Better blood sugar management doesn't seem to have an effect on how diabetic dermopathy progresses once you already have it.

After specific spots fade, new spots can appear. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to manage your blood sugar and moisturize frequently to prevent these lesions from forming. 

Diabetic dermopathy (Pigmented pretibial patches of diabetes mellitus) -  Dermatology Advisor

Treatments for diabetic dermopathy include: 

  • Applying makeup to cover the spots
  • Applying moisturizer like Factor X to improve the appearance of spots. 


Diabetic dermopathy is thought to be caused by diabetes affecting the small blood vessels. This causes the vessels to harden and leak out. 

Regular exercises, wearing compression socks and moisturizing your skin daily with Factor X moisturizer can help prevent diabetic dermopathy.

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