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Resorcinol / sulfur topical Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 31, 2022.

For the Consumer

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

Side effects requiring immediate medical attention

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

Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention

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]

More about resorcinol / sulfur topical

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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.