common skin disorders

14 Common Skin Disorders

There are a number of disorders that can affect the skin. Some are temporary. Others are permanent.

Some are just cosmetic and don’t cause any discomfort or pain. Others can be extremely uncomfortable to deal with.

Some can be caused by things we encounter in our environment. Others may be due to genetics.

And while some skin disorders are relatively minor, there are some that can be life-threatening.

Below you’ll find an overview of 14 of the most common types of skin disorders.

14 Types of Common Skin Disorders

1. Acne

By far the most common skin disorder. It affects over 50 million Americans. It usually starts in the teen years but can continue into middle age for some.

2. Eczema

Also known as atopic dermatitis. It’s more common in children. It usually presents itself as dry, scaly patches that cause itchiness.

3. Psoriasis

The most common type is plaque psoriasis. The skin disorder results in scaly patches of skin, usually on the elbows, knees, scalp and/or lower back.

4. Warts

Warts are non-cancerous skin growths that appear as rough bumps that typically grow on the fingers or hands. Usually they are due to a virus like human papillomavirus (HPV).

5. Hives

Hives are due to an allergic reaction. They are usually very itchy and appear as numerous red welts.

6. Blisters

A blister is a raised bit of skin that’s filled with fluid. They are often caused by a burn, friction and crushed/pinched skin.

7. Cold sore

Cold sores are also called fever blisters. They are a blister (or a bunch of blisters) that appear on the lips or around the mouth. They are usually caused by a virus (HPV being the most common).

8. Rosacea

Rosacea is chronic, longer lasting skin condition that affects the face. It causes redness, swelling and/or pimples to appear on the face.  

9. Carbuncle

This is a collection of boils that is usually due to a bacterial infection. They can become painful if they are not treated.

10. Cellulitis

Cellulitis is another bacterial skin condition. This one causes redness, swelling and pain. It can also feel warm to the touch.

11. Latex Allergy

This allergy to rubber latex proteins can cause hives, itching, redness and more. It can be quite serious and cause chest tightness and difficulty breathing.

12. Lupus

Lupus is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks healthy cells. The skin is one of the most common areas affected.

13. Carcinoma

This is a form of skin cancer that has two main types – Basal cell and Squamous cell. Most of the time they are a curable form of cancer.

14. Melanoma

Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. It can be life threatening, especially if not caught early. That’s why frequent screening by a dermatologist is highly recommended.