INTRODUCTION Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a systemic autoimmune disease characterized by vasculopathy, inflammation and fibrosis. These three main disease-determining pathways are the target of the currently available treatments used to possibly modify the progression of disease-related manifestations, although this synergy has not been fully applied on SSc joint, skin or lung involvement yet. Areas covered: we describe the current status of SSc treatment/therapy performing a literature search in MEDLINE/Pubmed and Thomson Reuter's Web of Science for articles published until March 2016. Moreover, ongoing registered clinical trials (RCTs) on SSc were searched through clinicaltrials.gov website. Expert commentary: presently, promising drugs are under evaluation to target the different pathogenic pathways of systemic sclerosis: Tocilizumab and Abatacept for skin and lung fibrosis; Riociguat and Selexipag are approved for pulmonary arterial hypertension but promising anti-fibrotic effects are now being studied. Finally, several anti-fibrotic molecules are currently involved in RCTs, such as Nintedanib, IVA-337, Terguride.