PABA: Para-aminobenzoic acid. Found in the vitamin B
complex. Used as an ingredient in some sunscreen products.
Palette: A grouping of colors by family of tones or specific
Panthenol: Also known as vitamin B5, acts as a penetrating
Paraffin: A beeswax substitute derived from petroleum.
Petrolatum: Used in creams, it softens and soothes skin.
Forms a film to prevent moisture loss.
pH: Percentage of hydrogen. Used to measure acidity in
Photoaging: Skin damage incurred through sun exposure.
Photosensitivity: A condition in which the application
or ingestion of certain chemicals or foods can cause skin
problems, such as rash, hyperpigmentation and swelling,
when the skin is exposed to sunlight.
Phytocosmetic: Cosmetics which are made from plants.
Pore: Small opening of the sweat glands of the skin.
Psoriasis: A chronic disease of the skin consisting of itchy,
dry, red patches, usually affecting the scalp or arms and
legs. It may be treated with OTC or prescription medications.