Resorcinol and sulfur (Topical)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 25, 2019.
Commonly used brand name(s)
- Acne-Aid Gel
- Acnomel Skin Tone
- Acnomel Vanishing
- Night Cast S
Available Dosage Forms:
Therapeutic Class: Antiacne
Uses for resorcinol and sulfur
Resorcinol and sulfur combination is used to treat acne and similar skin conditions.
Resorcinol and sulfur is available without a prescription.
Before using resorcinol and sulfur
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For resorcinol and sulfur, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to resorcinol and sulfur or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Resorcinol may be absorbed through the skin and should not be used on large areas of the bodies of infants and children. In addition, resorcinol should not be used on wounds, since doing so may cause a blood disease called methemoglobinemia.
Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing use of resorcinol and sulfur in the elderly with use in other age groups.
Interactions with medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol
Proper use of resorcinol and sulfur
Use resorcinol and sulfur only as directed. Do not use more of it and do not use it more often than recommended on the label, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. To do so may increase the chance of absorption through the skin and the chance of resorcinol poisoning.
Before using resorcinol and sulfur, wash the affected areas thoroughly and gently pat dry. Then apply a small amount to the affected areas and spread on gently, but do not rub in.
Immediately after using resorcinol and sulfur, wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.
Keep resorcinol and sulfur away from the eyes. If you should accidentally get some in your eyes, flush them thoroughly with water.
The dose of resorcinol and sulfur will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of resorcinol and sulfur. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
- For acne and similar skin conditions:
- For cake dosage form:
- Adults and children—Use two or three times a day.
- For cream dosage form:
- Adults and children—Use one to three times a day.
- For gel and stick dosage forms:
- Adults and children—Use as needed.
- For lotion dosage form:
- Adults and children—Use two times a day.
- For cake dosage form:
If you miss a dose of resorcinol and sulfur, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Precautions while using resorcinol and sulfur
When using resorcinol and sulfur combination, do not use any of the following preparations on the same affected area as resorcinol and sulfur, unless otherwise directed by your doctor:
- Abrasive soaps or cleansers
- Alcohol-containing preparations
- Any other topical acne preparation or preparation containing a peeling agent (for example, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or tretinoin [vitamin A acid])
- Cosmetics or soaps that dry the skin
- Medicated cosmetics
- Other topical medicine for the skin
To use any of the above preparations on the same affected area as resorcinol and sulfur may cause severe irritation of the skin.
Do not use any topical mercury-containing preparation, such as ammoniated mercury ointment, on the same affected area as resorcinol and sulfur . To do so may cause a foul odor, may be irritating to the skin, and may stain the skin black. If you have any questions about this, check with your health care professional.
Resorcinol and sulfur (depending on the product you are using) may darken light-colored hair. If you have any questions about this, check with your health care professional.
Resorcinol and sulfur side effects
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Less common or rare
- Skin irritation not present before use of resorcinol and sulfur
Symptoms of resorcinol poisoning
- Diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, or vomiting
- headache (severe or continuing)
- nervousness or restlessness
- slow heartbeat, shortness of breath, or troubled breathing
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- Redness and peeling of skin (may occur after a few days)
- Unusual dryness of skin
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