Skin Disorders that may Qualify for Social Security Disability
(light sensitivity, burns)

This list of conditions which may qualify one to receive Social Security disability benefits is not intended to be authoritarian in nature and is provided only for your information. This information may not be the latest rulings provided by the SSA. Detailed information can be obtained from the Social Security Administration's website where this information was obtained. You may also fill out the form on this page for a FREE Social Security disability benefits claim evaluation.

On the outset, one may wonder how Social Security disability benefits could be provided for someone simply due to a skin condition. Yet, as skin disease sufferers can attest, some skin conditions can be extremely painful, sporadic in their flare-ups or caused by simply being exposed to other environments which greatly limit the sufferer's mobility and ability to work.

Upfront, the Social Security Administration will require medically documented proof that the skin condition has lasted for at least three months. They will want extensive documentation as to the severity, extent, duration, prognosis, location and size of the condition. Be sure to note each location on the body that the skin condition appears on and if the location affects your function. Skin diseases around joints, palms of the hands or soles of the feet could be extremely uncomfortable and prevent you from being able to work. It may be necessary to document two extremities (either both arms or  both legs or one arm and one leg). Also document if any environmental conditions or other factors make the condition worse. One other area the SSA would like to see documented is if you have been exposed to any toxins, allergens or other possible causations of skin problems. Be prepared to document the inability to do gainful activity for the last year or that you are not expected to be able to do gainful activity for the next year.

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As written on the SSA's website, the key to winning Social Security disability benefits for skin problems rests in your successfully documenting the following to the satisfaction of the SSA's disability criteria:

Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) and Photosensitivity Disorders

Sensitivity to light can be cause for  a depressing, hermitic and difficult life-style. Complications of Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) can be so severe that its confirmed diagnosis may automatically qualify you to receive Social Security disability benefits.

Other photosensitive disorders vary in their limitations and severity, therefore if you suffer from any photosensitive illness other than XP then your case will be evaluated on your specific limitations. According to the SSA you should be prepared to document extensive skin lesions or that your condition prevents you from working unless the environment is highly protected. Any special considerations you must take to prevent a worsening of your skin condition should be noted. These may include the need for shielded fluorescent lighting, sun block lotion, protective clothing, eyeglasses and the avoidance of ultraviolet lighting from any source. Obviously, the more detrimental effects of light on your skin that you can provably document as well as the lengths you have to go to to prevent light from affecting your skin the better your chances will be to obtain Social Security disability benefits due to photosensitive (light sensitive) skin.


Not only can burns be severely traumatic at the time of the injury, they can have a life-long affect on the victim. Due to the type, variety and extent of injuries from burns, the SSA may view your case under several different classifications other than just skin. The key to obtaining Social Security disability benefits due to burns is the documented affect of the burn on multiple body systems and or the prevention of your obtaining gainful employment due to the burn.Burns and skin disorders may qualify for Social Security disability benefits

Other Skin Conditions

There are many skin conditions that might cause someone to be unable to work. The SSA admits on their website that the number of ailments is too large to list, so if you have a skin condition that prevents you from working you should apply for benefits, even if it is not on the official list.

Skin conditions on the list include Ichthyosis, Bullous disease, chronic infections of the skin or mucous membranes, dermatitis and hidradenitis suppurativa.


It is important that your skin disorder be persistent, meaning it has been documented by lab work or other methods to have existed for at least three months. Some skin diseases require documentation of  treatments that may have been given up to  one year prior. As with some other impairments, some skin problems can be part of multiple medical conditions. Each problem by itself may not be adequate for you to obtain Social Security disability benefits, but a combination of problems may be more than enough for you to receive your Social Security disability payments.

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Social Security Disability List of Injuries and Illnesses

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Respiratory System
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Digestive System
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Hematological Disorders
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Endocrine Disorders
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Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
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Special Senses and Speech
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Cardiovascular System
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Genitourinary Impairments
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