Resorcinol (Resorcin) is a keratolytic medication. It is a common ingredient in several Over-The-Counter (OTC) acne and skin tightening creams. Prescription formulations are available with higher concentrations of Resorcinol.
Resorcinol is used topically as antiseptic and keratolytic medication. In addition to the treatment of acne, topical ointments with Resorcinol are used in the treatment of other chronic skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.
Keratolytic medications can improve acne symptoms by helping to prevent the formation of clogged pores and pimples. Keratolytics work by breaking down and exfoliating the outermost layer of the skin. Keratolytics can also be helpful for improving the appearance of mild acne scars, fine lines and small areas of uneven skin tone.