What is it?
4-Chloro-3-Cresol is a disinfectant and preservative that is widely used in medicated products, cosmetics, and industry.

How can I avoid it?
Skin contact with 4-Chloro-3-Cresol is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing 4-Chloro-3-Cresol should result in improvement and/or the resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the U.S. for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the labeling of your skincare products for this ingredient. If there is not enough information ask your pharmacist or contact the company directly. At work, request a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.

  • Skincare products/Cosmetics
    • Hair gels, tonics, lotions, and cream shampoos
    • Soaps/Cleansers
    • Moisturizers
  • Medicated products
    • Corticosteroid creams
    • Topical antiseptics
    • Topical disinfectants
  • Adhesives
  • Cooling fluids
  • Inks, paints, and varnishes
  • Metalworking fluids
  • Packing materials
  • Textile finishes
  • Pesticides and fungicides
  • Glues
  • Paints
  • Leather processing
  • Varnishes
Other names for 4-Chloro-3-Cresol:
  • 2-Chloro-5-hydroxytoluene
  • 2-Chloro-hydroxytoluene
  • 3-Methyl-4-chlorophenol
  • 4-Chloro-1-hydroxy-3-methylbenzene
  • 4-Chloro-3-methylphenol
  • 4-Chloro-5-methylphenol
  • 4-Chloro-m-cresol
  • 6-Chloro-3-hydroxytoluene
  • 6-Chloro-m-cresol
  • Chloro-3-cresol
  • Chlorocresol
  • Clorocresol
  • Ottafact
  • Parachlorometacresol
  • Parmetol
  • Parol
  • PCMC
  • Peritonan
  • Perol
  • Phenol, 4-chloro-3-methyl
  • Preventol CMK
  • p-Chlor-m-cresol
  • p-Chloro-m-cresol
  • p-Chlorocresol
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • 4-Chloro-3-xylenol


How safe is it?

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