OR IS it dermatologic cosmetology? Since cosmetics have achieved the dignity of a "logos," as confirmed by courses in cosmetology at universities, more helpful cooperation between the practitioners of the cosmetic art and dermatologists is desirable. Unfortunately, the art and practice of cosmetics cannot be divorced from the fanciful and glamorous sales promotion required by the cosmetic industry. Fearful of being caught in these promotional exuberances dermatologists have tended to shy away completely from even their legitimate interest in the scientific phases of cosmetics. This has been unfortunate since now complete aloofness is impossible.
The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938 specifically defines drugs and cosmetics; the former as allegedly or demonstrably able to influence structure or function and the latter as possessed only of properties to influence appearance or the state of cleanliness. Since labels on cosmetics were happily disregarding such distinctions, the industry found itself in
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