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Acnomel Side Effects

Generic name: resorcinol / sulfur topical

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Sep 28, 2022.

Note: This document contains side effect information about resorcinol / sulfur topical. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Acnomel.

Applies to resorcinol/sulfur topical: topical cream, topical lotion.

Serious side effects of Acnomel

Along with its needed effects, resorcinol/sulfur topical may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur while taking resorcinol / sulfur topical:

Less common or rare

  • Skin irritation not present before use of this medicine

Symptoms of resorcinol poisoning

Other side effects of Acnomel

Some side effects of resorcinol / sulfur topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Redness and peeling of skin (may occur after a few days)

Less common

  • Unusual dryness of skin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to resorcinol / sulfur topical: topical cream, topical lotion.


Frequency not reported: Skin irritation, dryness, peeling, inflammation, severe redness, scaling of the skin[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Bensulfoid (resorcinol-sulfur topical)." ECR Pharmaceuticals (2004):

2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.