Insulin Toxic Skin Disorder – Insulin Dermatitis
Majid Ali, M.D.
Insulin in excess is toxic. Insulin toxicity stresses and then injures all cells in the skin. Insulin excess (insulin toxicity is my preferred term for it) is fattening, fermenting, and inflaming. In the skin, specifically, it makes the cells lining the blood vessels sticky and so inteferes with free flow of blood in them. It irritates and tightens the muscle cells in the wall of arteries and further decreases blood flow. It bloats fat cells in the skin with rancid fats, It irritates nerve endings and causes numbness, tingling, and burning (neuropathy by another name). By all these actions, it causes inflammation of the skin, which makes the skin dry, rough, lose its luster, change its pigmentation pattern, and develop rashes with changing colors.
Below, I present two photographs of insulin dermatitis involving the chin and upper neck of a woman in her later thirties with peak insulin level about three times as high as the optimal level of under 20units.
Insulin Toxicity Course