Skin Care FAQ

Q: Is Pharmco Labs a manufacturer or a distributor?
A: For 30 years we have developed, manufactured, and packaged our products at our state of the art Florida based facility. Your products come directly from us. Our facility is regularly inspected and registered with the FDA and we operate under strict cGMP guidelines.
Q: I would like to learn more about your products. How can I get more information?
A: Register on our webstore to view more information about Pharmco Skincare Labs products.
Q: I am a spa owner and currently carry other lines. I would like to carry Pharmco Skincare. Do you have a minimum order or can you help me somehow?
A: There are no minimums when buying Pharmco Skincare Labs brand prepackaged products.
Q: As an esthetician I would sometimes like to have more support from my skin care line. Can you help me if I have a problem with one of my clients?
A: We do have licensed estheticians and product specialists on staff. Our customer service can help with general product questions. For product technical questions, we ask that you email us at Please include your name, question or concern, and call back number. A technical representative will usually give you a call within 24 hours of receipt of the email.
Q: Why do you use SD Alcohol 40B in some of your products?
A: Many books and websites give cosmetic advice that is not based on good working knowledge of alcohol and skin care. They seem to wrap all alcohols together and lead you to believe that they will dry out your skin and cause harm. Certainly if you were to put rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) on your skin it could be drying or irritating.

SD Alcohol 40B, on the other hand, is denatured version of natural ethanol (the type of alcohol we commonly drink) and has very useful functions in skin care. It has been used for many years by some of the world’s leading skincare companies, prescription drug companies, and is widely accepted by dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

The most important function of SD Alcohol 40B is to solubilize ingredients in a formulation and to deliver them to the skin efficiently and uniformly. The volatility of SD Alcohol 40B is such that when applied to the skin it will quickly deliver the beneficial ingredients into the strateum corneum before flashing off, leaving the moisturizers, vitamins, and actives behind to further penetrate and be absorbed more efficiently, more evenly, and more effectively.

In most cosmetic preparations SD Alcohol 40B is typically not used in high concentrations that would be drying or irritating to the skin. Even at higher doses than would normally be used in skin care, SD Alcohol 40B does not appear to affect the integrity of the skin barrier or cause any significant dermal sensitization or systemic exposure. In some formulations where the intent is to strip away oils from the skin, the alcohol content may be a bit higher, but these are usually peel preparation and peeling solutions where it is necessary to remove or cut through some of the oils that might impede the penetration of the peeling solutions.

Bottom line: Properly formulated cosmetics that include SD Alcohol 40B make beautiful, attractive, and very effective cosmetic products. They are useful at delivering beneficial ingredients, moisturizers, and hydrators to the skin, and in most cases they can be used daily without harsh drying effects or irritation.
Q: What is the difference between a chemical and physical sunblock?
A: Physical sunscreens protect your skin from the sun by deflecting, scattering or blocking the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun's rays. Some chemical filters can scatter sun rays, but still mostly just absorb them. They are both excellent choices to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays
Q: What if I experienced some redness and flakiness after using the products, is that normal? 
A: Yes. It is normal for certain products, mainly exfoliators, to cause some redness or flakiness. This will usually go away after your skin acclimates to the product. If it persists, however, you should discontinue use and consult your skincare professional.
Q: How long will it take for me to see results with Pharmco Skincare?
A: Depending on the client and the product they are using, you could see immediate results or cumulative results within days or weeks. Every client is different.
Q: Nowadays there is a lot of hype about the so-called "peptides". What exactly are peptides?
A: Peptides are molecules made up of two or more amino acids (but less than 50) that are linked together by the same peptide bonds. They are present in every living cell and are responsible for certain biochemical activities. The two most widely used types of peptides in skin care are neuropeptides and collagen triggering peptides.

Over time, facial movements and squinting are repeated for so long that furrows form. And as we get older our collagen production and elastin decreases resulting in rough, wrinkled and sagging skin.

When applied topically, the purpose of these peptides are to send signals to the skin cells to either relax nerves that cause facial contractions and/or to produce collagen. The result is smoother firmer more youthful looking skin. Pharmco Skincare Labs formulates with many different neuro and collagen building peptides.
Q: Do you perform testing on animals?
A:  No we do not perform testing on animals.