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The Penn State Health Approach to Dermatology

Penn State Health provides complete care for a full range of skin conditions, from acne and rashes to skin cancer. Our dermatologists and skin care specialists are the trusted choice of families throughout central Pennsylvania.

We’re committed to delivering personalized care and offering the latest medical advancements. As an academic medical center, we’re continually seeking new ways to find and treat skin conditions. We also educate our patients and the community about sun protection and skin cancer prevention. We offer free skin cancer screenings annually, hold a monthly clinic dedicated to serving the health needs of underserved people in Harrisburg and support Camp Discovery, a summer camp for young people with chronic skin conditions.

Our dermatologists have advanced knowledge and experience to treat dermatological conditions in people of all ages. We develop a personalized solution to give you the best results possible.

When you come to Penn State Health, you can count on the highest level of care to treat skin, hair and nail conditions.

Complete Care for a Full Range of Dermatological Conditions

Our dermatology team offers the latest treatments for a full range of skin, hair and nail conditions - from laser treatment and light therapy to Mohs surgery for skin cancer. We have the expertise to treat routine conditions such as allergic rashes to skin problems caused by lupus or genetic diseases.

You benefit from comprehensive services from a team of specialists. Our dermatologists work closely with the cosmetic services team to offer the latest skin rejuvenation approaches. They also work collaboratively with plastic and reconstructive surgeons and Ear, Nose and Throat to restore appearance after surgery, cancer or another illness. You get the combined knowledge, experience and wide range of treatments you won’t find anywhere else nearby.

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Conditions Treated

Skin Cancer and Aging

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are associated with 90% of all non-melanoma skin cancer and 65% of melanomas. A person’s risk for melanoma - the most serious form of skin cancer – doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns. More than 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with melanoma annually. In addition to skin cancer, up to 90% of visible changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun.

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Sun Safety

  • Schedule outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon. Seek the shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is most intense. Use your umbrella!
  • Apply and reapply a full ounce (two tablespoons) of sunscreen to the body, including a nickel-sized dollop to the face.
  • Cover-up with UV-blocking clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

Mohs Surgery: A Precise Method for Treating Skin Cancer

Skin cancer can appear as a small spot or abnormal changes on the surface of your skin. It’s important to examine your skin often and ask your dermatologist about any suspicious lesions.

Once skin cancer is diagnosed, your dermatologist may recommend Mohs micrographic surgery. Surgeons use this specialized procedure to remove skin cancers completely while preserving as much normal skin as possible.

Mohs surgery spares healthy tissues and offers higher rates for the complete removal of skin cancers when compared to other treatments, according to the National Institutes of Health. Mohs procedures also help to minimize scarring or unsightly results that can occur after less precise tumor-removal methods. 

Penn State Health has eight board-certified Mohs surgeons who all completed rigorous fellowship-level training in skin cancer and its treatment. They have exceptional skin cancer diagnostic and surgical expertise, including cosmetic and reconstructive surgery skills. Learn more about the Penn State Health approach to Mohs surgery.

Healthy Hair Made with Care – Dermatology Health Initiative

When she was growing up, Dr. Claire Hollins saw women around her who wore hairstyles so tight it caused them pain. 

Those hairstyles never appealed to her, she said, because of the discomfort she witnessed.

Today, Hollins, an assistant professor of Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Dermatology, regularly sees the long-term impact of those tight hairstyles. Women come to her for help with traction alopecia, or hair loss caused by repeated pulling on the hair, especially in conjunction with hair chemicals or heat.

Read more about how dermatologists are educating girls that they don't need tight, damaging hairstyles to be beautiful.

Inspired Community Service

Penn State Dermatology at Hershey Gardens

Penn State  Dermatology partnered with Hershey Gardens to help protect the community from the dangers of sunlight. We've donated fifty umbrellas for visitors to use, free-of-charge, during their visit to the Gardens. Their specialized fabric protects visitors from the sun’s harmful rays (UVA and UVB) while enjoying the picturesque scenery.

2022 Sun Protection Hero Contest

Our second Sun Protection T-shirt Contest was another great success thanks to our own pediatric nurse practitioner Laurie Krnjaic. The fourth and fifth grade students of Bear Creek Elementary School in Elizabethtown, Pa., submitted a total of 454 Sun Protection Hero entries. The students made the judging very difficult with their creative drawings. 

Educating all age groups about the importance of sun protection is at the forefront of our community health mission.

Thank you to Laurie and all the members of the Community Service Committee for making this project a great success.

    The first place winning poster is pictured center with the second place winner on the right and the third place winning poster on the left.
    First place winner from fourth grade “Reapply So You Don’t Fry” (center).
    Second place winner from fifth grade “Safety First” (right).
    Third place winner from fourth grade “Fight Back” (left).
    The six student finalists are standing holding their poster. Members of the Penn State Health Dermatology Clinic, Community Service Committee are standing behind them.
    Featured are the six student finalists along with members of the Penn State Health Dermatology Clinic Community Service Committee.

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    Support Groups

    Hope for HS – Hidradenitis Suppurativa Support Group

    Hope for HS is a support group for people with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). Meet other individuals and their loved ones and exchange ideas about the...

    Hope for HS is a support group for people with Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). Meet other individuals and their loved ones and exchange ideas about the general management of HS such as wound care and social support. Facilitated by Penn State Department of Dermatology clinicians, researchers and staff, the support group is free and open to patients with HS and their family and friends.

    There is the option to call into the meeting for those unable to attend in person. Please contact the HS chapter director at for additional information.


    Melanoma Support Group has been created to provide support to Stage 3 and 4 melanoma patients and their caregivers by sharing our experiences and practical...

    Melanoma Support Group has been created to provide support to Stage 3 and 4 melanoma patients and their caregivers by sharing our experiences and practical information while providing encouragement, hope, networking, and educational opportunities. Structured meetings will include introductions, sharing experiences and feelings, exchanging information, and building a sense of belonging. Speakers and experts on topics of interest identified by the group members will be scheduled. We will support melanoma research through advocacy and related activities.

    For more information, please contact Carol Mallon, MS, RN, AOCNS at 717-531-5784 or Mary Ellen Loser, BSN, RN, CPSN at 717-531-1657.

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    Why Choose Penn State Health for Dermatology

    We’re known across central Pennsylvania for our expertise in dermatology and quality, patient-centered care.

    Nationally Recognized Dermatology Care

    You can get the highest level of coordinated, personalized care at Penn State Health. Families choose us for our:

    • Well-respected dermatologists, many recognized among the Best Doctors in America 
    • High patient-satisfaction ratings - our team is one of the highest-ranked within Penn State Health
    • Dermatology Acute Care Clinic improves patient access to get urgent skin problems addressed
    • Multidisciplinary Skin Oncology Clinic, a pioneer in combating the growing skin cancer problem in central Pennsylvania
    • Sun Protection Project, which spreads skin-protection awareness throughout the community with projects such as shade pavilions, trees, umbrellas and clothing

    Expert, Team-Based Care Designed for You

    Our dermatologists treat all types of skin, hair and nail problems - including those caused by autoimmune conditions or treatment side effects. Whatever your diagnosis, we can help.

    We take a team approach to ensure you get the care you need to relieve all your symptoms. Our dermatologists work closely with surgeons and other doctors who specialize in allergy and immunology, cancer, interventional radiology and other areas to give you comprehensive care.

    Dermatology Research and Clinical Trials

    Penn State Health explores new ways to improve care for conditions such as acne, lupus, psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa and others. That means you can get some of the most promising treatments before they become widely available. Find out if a dermatology clinical trial is right for you.

    Convenient Locations

    Find the care your family needs, close to home, at one of our many locations throughout central Pennsylvania.

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