Chemical Component Summary

FormulaC6 H6 O2
Molecular Weight110.11
Isomeric SMILESOc1cccc(O)c1

Chemical Details

Formal Charge0
Atom Count14
Chiral Atom Count0
Bond Count14
Aromatic Bond Count6

Drug Info: DrugBank

DrugBank IDDB11085 
DescriptionResorcinol is a 1,3-isomer (or meta-isomer) of benzenediol with the formula C6H4(OH)2. It is used as an antiseptic and disinfectant in topical pharmaceutical products in the treatment of skin disorders and infections such as acne, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, corns, calluses, and warts. It exerts a keratolytic activity. Resorcinol works by helping to remove hard, scaly, or roughened skin. Although it is primarily indicated for use as a topical application, resorcinol also possesses a well-documented anti-thyroidal activity that is generally not relied upon for any kind of formal therapeutic indication.
  • 1,3-Benzenediol
  • Resorcinol
  • 1,3-Dihydroxybenzol
  • m-Hydroquinone
  • Resorzin
Brand Names
  • Clearasil Skin Tone Acne Crm Medication
  • Acne Treatment maximum strength CVS
  • Well at Walgreens Anti-Itch Maximum Strength
  • Equate vagicaine maximum strength
  • VAGISIL Anti-Itch Medicated Creme Maximum Strength
IndicationContemporary therapeutic uses for resorcinol primarily revolve around the use of the phenol derivative as an active ingredient in topical antiseptics [L2745, L2744, L2727, F61] or as topical antibacterial skin treatment products for conditions like acne, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, and others [L2746, L2745, L2744, L2727, F61].
  • Anti-Acne Preparations
  • Anti-Acne Preparations for Topical Use
  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Benzene Derivatives
  • Dermatologicals
  • D10AX02
  • S01AX06
CAS number108-46-3

Drug Targets

NameTarget SequencePharmacological ActionActions
Drug Info/Drug Targets: DrugBank 3.0: a comprehensive resource for 'omics' research on drugs. Knox C, Law V, Jewison T, Liu P, Ly S, Frolkis A, Pon A, Banco K, Mak C, Neveu V, Djoumbou Y, Eisner R, Guo AC, Wishart DS. Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Jan; 39 (Database issue):D1035-41. | PMID:21059682