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Dermatology Research

Finding ways to better understand how skin works

Three scientists add samples to a beaker, representing dermatology research at Scripps.

Finding ways to better understand how skin works

Scripps physicians and researchers are working to better understand how the skin works and develop better ways to treat disease.


We are studying new psoriasis treatments, as well as photodynamic therapy, which uses specific light wavelengths and photoreactive agents to treat cancer. In addition, we are researching new treatments for acne, scarring, rashes and other conditions.


Since we are based on Southern California, diagnosing and treating skin cancer is a very high priority. Scripps physicians have helped pioneer Mohs surgery, which uses a microscope to remove cancerous lesions and continue to research new ways to refine the procedure.


For more information about current dermatology research at Scripps, visit the active studies page.