Julia Schofield and colleagues examined surveillance data collected in the weekly returns service of the RCGP during 2006 and trends for subsequent years. The data used covered a representative population of 950,000 people.
New episodes of skin disorders exceeded incidences of all other major disease groups.
In total, 23% of the population consulted for a skin condition.
The researchers said the finding emphasised the need for appropriate education and training in dermatology of all medical students, and continuing education for primary care health professionals.