History of Dermopharmacy

Dermopharmacy was created when François Dalle, former president of L'Oréal made the acquisition of Vichy in 1955. This acquisition allowed him to embark on the journey of cosmetic products. His goal was to define a line of skin care products that would be sold exclusively by pharmacies, whereas at the time, Vichy was also being sold in big retail stores. Dermopharmacy was born out of this novel distribution approach.

According to the official definition, dermopharmacy is the science behind the collection of cosmetics and cosmetics-related products, including body hygiene whose manufacture and control fall under the guidance of the pharmaceutical profession. It is considered a branch of pharmacy and holds equal weight with dermopharmacology and pharmacology.

Dermopharmacology permits a harmonious approach to the science of cosmetics that is intrinsic to the skin’s specific needs.

For Your Skin!

A dermopharmacist (in France) or dermocosmetologist (in Québec) must be able to:

  • Apply a scientific basis for the formulation and production of dermatological and cosmetic products.
  • Be knowledgeable of the applicable regulations for cosmetic compounds.
  • Have the capacity to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of cosmetic products.
  • Drive and conduct studies in dermopharmacy and cosmetology.
  • Be ready to give appropriate recommendations using dermo-cosmetic products for different situations (facial and body care, pigmentation problems, etc.) while keeping in mind individual skin types.
  • Apply marketing concepts for the associated behaviours and usage of cosmetic products.