Cosmetic Science


This book is intended to be a comprehensive teaching tool for newcomers to cosmetic science. In addition, it also serves as a convenient reference for gurus and formulators. For beginners, the best approach is to read the book in order. Check out the Ingredients Glossary when you need formulating tips for a particular ingredient.

Guidelines for ContributorsEdit

  1. Cite all sources and use reputable references (See Introduction: Research Methods).
  2. Explain concepts in simplest terms, but include technical terms with an explanation.
  3. Use the Discussion tab to raise issues about accuracy, organization, new topics, etc.
  4. Add yourself to the list of contributors.



  1. Purpose  
  2. Research methods  


  1. Skin Anatomy and Physiology  
  2. Skin Conditions (acne, oiliness, scars, etc.)  
  3. Ageing  


  1. Hair Structure  
  2. Hair damage  
  3. Hair loss  

Active IngredientsEdit

  1. Skin Penetration  
  2. Antioxidants  
  3. Chemical Exfoliators  
  4. DHT blockers  


  1. pH control  
  2. Solvents and Solutions  
  3. Emulsions  
  4. Suspensions  
  5. Gels  

Color CosmeticsEdit

  1. Safe Pigments  
  2. Liquid Makeup  
  3. Powder Makeup  
  4. Hair Dye  


  1. Microbial Infection  
  2. Oxidation  
  3. Preservatives 

Appendix A: Ingredients GlossaryEdit

Appendix B: ContributorsEdit

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