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Resorcinol Topical

Brand names: R.A. Acne Topical, Resinol, Resinol
Dosage form:Topical lotion (3%)
Drug Class: Topical Antipsoriatics

What is Resorcinol?

Resorcinol breaks down rough, scaly, or hardened skin. Resorcinol disinfects the skin and helps fight infections.The topical form of resorcinol is used for treating minor skin irritations such as sunburns, insect bites, and poison ivy. Resorcinol is used to treat acne and skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, seborrhea, corns, calluses, and warts.This medication guide does not list all possible uses of resorcinol.

Side effects of Resorcinol

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your lips, face, tongue, or throat.Resorcinol can have side effects, even though the risk is low. If the medicine is absorbed through the skin, it may cause serious effects. If you apply too much resorcinol to a large area of skin, your body can absorb it through the skin. Cuts or irritations to the skin can also increase the absorption of medicine.

Resorcinol can cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Tiredness; shortness of breath.
  • Blue-colored skin;
  • Fast or irregular heartbeats
  • Seizure (convulsions);
  • Weak or shallow breathing

This medicine can cause side effects in children because they absorb more through their skin.There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. To report adverse effects, you can contact the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar/related drugs

Cosentyx, Stelara, Taltz, Trianex, Sernivo, Kenalog, and Impoyz


Please read all the instructions on the label or package of your medication.Tell your doctor about any medical conditions you may have, allergies and medications that you take.

Before you take this drug

If you have an allergy to resorcinol, do not use it.If you have any other medical conditions or concerns, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether it's safe to use the medicine.

  • Allergies to food or dyes
  • If you have an allergy to animals,

The safety of resorcinol is unknown. If you are pregnant, do not take this medication without consulting your doctor.The topical resorcinol does not pass into breast milk. It is also unknown if the medicine could harm a baby who was nursing. If you are breastfeeding a child, do not use this medication without consulting your doctor.This medicine should not be used on children younger than 2 without consulting a doctor.

How to take Resorcinol?

Do not exceed the recommended dosage or duration. Use the recommended dose and do not exceed it.Resorcinol topical is not to be taken by mouth. Resorcinol is only for topical use. This medicine should not be used on wounds that are open, sunburned, or windburned, or on dry, chapped, irritated, or chapped skin.What you do depends on what condition you are treating. Follow the directions on the package or the advice of your doctor regarding how and when to take the medicine.Use only enough medicine to cover the affected area and gently rub it in.If you use resorcinol in excess or on large areas of skin, your body can absorb it through the skin. Cuts or irritations to the skin can also increase the absorption of medicine.Wash your hands after applying medicine, except if it's to treat an issue with your skin on your hand.Resorcinol topical may darken light-colored hair.If your symptoms don't improve or worsen while using the resorcinol cream, call your doctor.Store away from moisture, light, and heat. Store at room temperature.Keep the bottle or tube tightly closed when not in use.

Details on dosage

Adult dose for dermatological disorders:

Resorcinol topical 2% ointment
Do not apply more than 3-4 times a day.

The usual pediatric dose for dermatological disorders:

Resorcinol topical 2% ointment
If you are 2 years old or older, apply to the affected area no more than 3–4 times per day.

What happens if I miss the dose?

You may not have a schedule for resorcinol because it is used as needed. If you have a regular schedule, take the missed dose immediately after you remember. If your next scheduled dosage is approaching, skip the missed dose. You should not take extra medicine to compensate for a missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Overdoses of topical resorcinol are not dangerous.Call 1-800-222-1222 if anyone swallows medication accidentally or seeks emergency medical attention.

What should be avoided?

Avoid applying resorcinol to your eyes. If the medication gets into your eyes, rinse with water.Avoid skin products that can cause irritation. These include harsh soaps or shampoos; permanent hair dyes and chemicals; hair waxes or removers; or products containing alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime.Do not use other skin medications to treat the same areas that you have treated with resorcinol unless you are told by your doctor.

Interaction with other drug

Resorcinol applied topically is unlikely to be affected by other drugs taken orally or injected. Many drugs interact with each other. Inform your healthcare providers of all the medicines you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.