Cosmetology for Pharmacists

The aim of the course Cosmetology for Pharmacists is to provide the information about the position of cosmetic products (cosmetics) in health care, their differentiation from medicines, medical devices and food supplements. The course is based on the knowledge of pharmaceutical technology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. The graduate of the course should acquire basic knowledge of composition, types and use of cosmetic products.


  1. Importance of cosmetology for pharmacists – the position of cosmetics between other products, definition and content of cosmetology for pharmacists. Definition of cosmetic products (legislation, labelling, claims), analysis of terms conventional and natural cosmetics or biocosmetics
  2. Excipients and active ingredients of cosmetic products – characterization, classification and use
  3. Technology and formulation of cosmetics – characterization, classification, importance and similarities with medicines
  4. Dental hygienic and cosmetic preparations – anatomy of the oral cavity, (patho)physiology of the oral cavity, classification of dental cosmetics. Technology and classification of toothpastes, mouthwashes, mouth deodorants and lip balms. Recommendations for the proper handling of cosmetics and dental hygiene principles
  5. Skin (hypodermis, dermis, epidermis) and its characteristics – morphology, anatomy, histology, biochemistry and physiology. Skin derivatives (hair, sweat and sebaceous glands). Skin as a field of application of cosmetics
  6. Epidermis and its function and typology – classification of epidermis from cosmetic (dermatological) view, skin types and professional approach to specific skin types. Characterization of skin aging physiology
  7. Cosmetic products in hair care – morphology, anatomy, histology and (patho)physiology (oily/dry hair, dandruff hair) of hair. Hair and scalp as a place of application of cosmetic products (hair shampoos, conditioners, hair masks and tonics). Composition and recommendations for proper handling of cosmetics and hair care principles
  8. Cosmetic preparations against sweating – anatomy and histology of sweat glands. Sweat, sweating and its importance, hyperhidrosis. Composition and recommendations for proper handling of cosmetic products. Cosmetics in intimate hygiene
  9. Cosmetic preparations against ultraviolet radiation – skin pigment melanin, characterization and importance of ultraviolet radiation on human organism and skin. Skin photo-type, sunbathing, protection factor. Composition and recommendations for the proper handling of cosmetic products and the principles of photoprotection
  10. Cosmetic preparations for skin cleansing – skin impurity and its origin, pollution factors. Composition and recommendations for proper handling of cosmetics (soaps, lotions/tonics, cleansing/facial masks). Deep cleansing of the skin. Principles of good skin care hygiene
  11. Cosmetic approaches in dermatology – pathophysiology, clinical picture, goals and strategies of treatment of selected skin diseases and skin disorders (burns, frostbite, skin wounds, scars, stretch marks, acne, warts, atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, cellulite) with cosmetic products. Cosmetic and pharmaceutical approach to juvenile, aged, sensitive and dry skin


  • Draleos D. D., Thaman L. A. Cosmetic Formulation of Skin Care Products. New York: Taylor and Francis, 2006, 406 s. ISBN 0-8493-3968-5.
  • MARTINI MARIE-CLAUDE, SEILLER, MONIQUE. Actifs & additifs en cosmétologie. Paris: TEC & DOC-Lavoisier, 1992, 430 s. ISBN 2-85206-770-6.
  • Williams D.F., Schmitt W.H.. Cosmetic and Toiletries Industry. : Blackie Academic and Professional, 2014, 301 s. ISBN 0-751-40153 6.
  • Schlossman M.L.. The chemistry and manufacture of cosmetics. IL, USA: Allured Publishing Corporation, 2000, 862 s. ISBN 0-931710-76-6.
  • Paye M, Barel A., Maibach H.. Handbook of Cosmetic Science and Technology. Boca Raton, FL, USA: Taylor and Francis, 2006, s. ISBN 978-1-57444-824-5.

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