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Resorcinol / sulfur topical Side Effects

For the Consumer

Applies to resorcinol/sulfur topical: topical cream, topical liquid, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical paste

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

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


Dermatologic side effects have included irritation and dryness.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Bensulfoid (resorcinol-sulfur topical)." ECR Pharmaceuticals, Richmond, VA.

Some side effects of resorcinol / sulfur topical may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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