Chemistry for Dermal Sciences

Unit code: HBD3103 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
Online Real Time
HBD2102 - Dermal Sciences 1
HBD2103 - Occupational Health and Safety in Dermal Practice
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


The unit will introduce the student to the basic concepts of cosmetic chemistry. Particular emphasis will be placed on increasing student knowledge of cosmetic formulations in preparation for later skills-based units. Students will learn about the various components of cosmetic formulations and the role of each in the product. By becoming familiar with types of ingredients, their properties and mechanisms of action, students will be better able to make decisions about the products they use and recommend in clinical settings.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Investigate the basic principles of organic chemistry relevant to dermal science;
  2. Apply knowledge of chemistry to conceptualise the form and function of cosmetic formulations;
  3. Analyse and critique the properties of cosmetic formulations in order to devise skin care strategies in dermal practice;
  4. Identify factors involved in skin penetration and assess methods of influencing this in dermal practice; and
  5. Identify issues of chemical safety and devise strategies for the safe management of chemicals used in dermal practice.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Three Online Tests (30 minutes duration per test)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 40%
Written Infographic poster (equivalent to 900 words)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 40%
Written case study conducted in class (900 words)

Required reading

Cosmetcic dermatology products and procedures
Draelos, Z. (Ed.). (2022)| Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons

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