What is it?
Resorcinol is a chemical substance used as an anti-acne treatment, antiseptic, and anti-itch ingredient. It is also an additive found in a variety of industrial and personal care products.

How can I avoid it?
Since resorcinol is used in medications, individuals who are allergic to resorcinol should inform their healthcare providers of their allergies. The labels of all medications and the cosmetics listed earlier should be read carefully to avoid resorcinol-containing products. Persons involved in the workplace with the production of any of the products listed below may be exposed to resorcinol. In addition, allergic individuals should avoid products for skin application of oral medications that contain hexylresorcinol and resorcinol monoacetate. Skin contact with resorcinol is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing resorcinol 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 them, so check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is not enough information, ask your pharmacist or retailer or contact the company directly. At work, request a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.

• Skincare products/Cosmetics
     • Facial peels
     • Hair care products – anti-dandruff
     • Hair colorants/“Permanents-relaxers” hair bleaching
     • Make-up including lipsticks
     • Moisturizers/Lotions
     • Powders/Sprays
     • Shampoos/Conditioners
     • Shaving products
     • Soaps/Cleansers/Household detergents
     • Sunscreens
• Topical Medications (prescription and over the counter)
     • Acne medication
     • Anesthetics
     • Antiseptics and disinfectant
     • Castellani paint
     • Corn and callus products
     • Creams, ointments, solutions
     • Eczema and psoriasis treatments
     • Foot and other powders
     • Nasal decongestants
     • Traditional Chinese medications
     • Wart treatments
     • Wound dressings
• Industrial/Manufacturing/Construction uses
     • Explosives
     • Leather tanning
     • Photocopying, photographic, and duplicating solutions
     • UV absorber in resins
     • Rubber
     • Production of diazo dyes in textiles
     • Skin marker

Other names for Resorcinol:
• 1,3-Benzenediol
• CI Developer 4
• m-Dihydroxybenzene
• m-Hydroquinone
• 3-Hydroxyphenol
• Oxidation Base 31
• m-Phenylenediol
• Resorcin
• Resorcinol

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
• Phenol
• Hexylresorcinol
• Balsam of Peru


How safe is it?

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