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Course unit
FA06101186, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course 5 years single cycle degree in
PHARMACY (Ord. 2009)
FA1732, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COSMETIC PRODUCT CHEMISTRY
Department of reference Department of Pharmaceutical and Pharmacological Sciences
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
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ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses CHIM/09 Applied Technological Pharmaceutics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 5th Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
7 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 02/12/2019 30/09/2020 SEMENZATO ALESSANDRA (Presidente)

Prerequisites: Knowledge of the theoretical aspects of pharmaceutical technology related to emulsion and dispersed systems
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of this course is to provide the basic tools for understanding the specific task of ingredients generally used in cosmetic products. The chemico-physical properties of cosmetic ingredients together with the main aspects of cosmetic science, will be discussed in relation to the functional, sensorial and safety requirements of the different categories of cosmetic products.
At the end of the course the student will be confident with the reading of commercial product labels and bright to recognize the specificity of each distinct cosmetic formulation.
Examination methods: Oral dicussion of a commercial cosmetic product choosen by the student himself. The candidate must show to be able to discuss marketing , regulatory and technical aspects of the product. The student mus be able to focus the key elements of efficacy and the possible risks depending on its use, in terms of safety of ingredients and in the perspective of the different application areas ( skin /hair/ mucosae)
Assessment criteria: The candidate will be evaluated on the ability of focusing and discussing the peculiar aspects of the product, that he will have chosen
Course unit contents: European law and regulatory aspects of cosmetic production. INCI name and labelling rules
Anatomy and physiology of skin: dermal and epidermal components, structural features of stratum corneum, epidermal lipids. Anatomy and physiology of hair and its physical properties.
Moisture and moisturizing ingredients.
Emollient and nourishing products: chemical composition of natural oils, butters, and waxes, synthetic oils and silicone derivatives
Surfactants: chemical properties versus skin compatibility. Conditioning agents. General features of toiletries
Preservatives and microbial quality assurance
Gel systems and polymers. Gel emulsions, oil in water and water in oil emulsions: general composition and cosmetic properties.
Sun products, chemical and physical sunscreens, SPF test, UVA PF in vitro test
Dermocosmetics for sensitive, dry and atopic skin
Anti-aging products and anti-age ingredients (anti-oxidants, vitamins A-C-E, AHAs).
Cellulite cosmetic treatments
Oily skin treatments.
Deodorants and antiperspirants
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is organized in lessons and practical discussions with the students of the labels of the commercial product belonging to the different categories (detergents, moisturizer, sunscreen, antiaging etc..)
Additional notes about suggested reading: The pdf files of the lessons are directly provided to the students
The books are available in the DSF library
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • M.M. Rieger and L. D. Rhein, “Surfactants in cosmetics”. --: Marcel Dekker, Inc, --. testo di semplice consultazione Cerca nel catalogo
  • J. Knowlton e S. Pearce, "Handbook of Cosmetic Science and Technology",. --: Elsevier Adv. Techn.;, --. testo di semplice consultazione Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. Umbach, "Cosmetics and Toiletries, development, production and use". --: Ellis Horwood, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • H.Schaefer and T.E. Redelmeier ,, “Skin Barrier”. --: Karger;, --. testo di semplice consultazione Cerca nel catalogo

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