Current Dermatology Reports

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 14–25 | Cite as

Nanotechnology for Psoriasis Therapy

  • Emily C. Murphy
  • Samuel W. Schaffter
  • Adam J. FriedmanEmail author
Psoriasis (J Wu, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Psoriasis


Purpose of Review

To summarize the use of nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems for psoriasis therapies, focusing on recent studies of treatment efficacy in humans and murine models.

Recent Findings

Both topical and oral psoriasis medications, in addition to alternative psoriasis therapies and siRNAs targeting genes involved in the pathogenesis of psoriasis, have been incorporated into nanocarriers. Numerous studies demonstrate that nanocarriers can enhance the efficacy and reduce side effects of their included drugs through increased skin retention, sustained release, and decreased systemic absorption. However, the number of studies in humans is limited and while the short-term use of nanocarriers appears safe, long-term outcomes are unknown. Additionally, few studies compare different types of nanocarriers, making it difficult to recommend which types of nanocarriers are the best.


While recent research has demonstrated the benefit of nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems for psoriasis, more research, especially in humans, is needed to optimize drug-loaded nanocarriers for clinical use.


Psoriasis Nanotechnology Transdermal drug delivery Nanomedicine Nanocarriers 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors of this paper have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Human and Animal Rights

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emily C. Murphy
    • 1
    • 2
  • Samuel W. Schaffter
    • 3
  • Adam J. Friedman
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyThe George Washington School of Medicine & Health SciencesWashington, DCUSA
  2. 2.School of MedicineGeorgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA
  3. 3.Department of Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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