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Disability Benefits for Skin Disorders

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What Social Security lists for Skin Disorders

Skin Disorders that qualify for disability benefits are found under Section 8.00 of Social Security’s Listing of Impairments – Adult Listings.

Per Social Security, this includes skin disorders “that may result from hereditary, congenital, or acquired pathological processes.” To qualify for disability benefits, skin disorders are evaluated by based on the severity, how your symptoms, including pain, limit your ability to work, the extent of your treatment and how you treatment affects you or your ability to work.

The kinds of impairments covered by these listings are: Ichthyosis, bullous diseases, chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes, dermatitis, hidradenitis suppurativa, genetic photosensitivity disorders, and burns.”

Examples of disorders under this listing include:

  • Ichthyosis
  • Bullous disease (pemphigus, erythema multiforme bullosum, epidermolysis bullosa, bullous pemphigoid, dermatitis herpetiformis)
  • Chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes
  • Dermatitis (psoriasis, dyshidrosis, atopic dermatitis, exfoliative dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis)
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Genetic photosensitivity disorders (Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP))
  • Burns

Related Disabling Conditions under other sections of SSA’s listing include:

Skin Cancer, Malignant tumors, malignant melanomas, or neoplastic diseases

Loss of sight, hearing, or speech as a result of skin lesions or burns

Affects on mental health, mood, or social functioning as a result of disfigurement or deformity

Tuberous sclerosis with seizures

Tuberous sclerosis with developmental delays or other mental disorders

Pulmonary effects of autoimmune disorders

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)


Sjögren’s syndrome

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection