Resorcinol Acetate

What Is It?

Resorcinol Acetate is a viscous, pale-yellow or amber liquid. In topical products, Resorcinol Acetate is used as an anti-acne ingredient in Over-the-Counter (OTC) drug products. In cosmetics and personal care products, Resorcinol Acetate may also be used in body, hair and hand products.

Why Is It Used?

Resorcinol Acetate is used as an ingredient to reduce the number of acne blemishes, acne pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. In the United States, anti-acne agents are regulated as Over-the-Counter (OTC) drug ingredients. Resorcinol Acetate is also used to enhance the appearance and feel of hair, by increasing hair body, suppleness, or sheen, or by improving the texture of hair that has been damaged physically or by chemical treatment and to enhance the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness.

Scientific Facts

Resorcinol Acetate is an organic compound formed by the combination of resorcinol and acetic acid. It is also known as Resorcinol Monoacetate.

Safety Information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed the safety of Resorcinol Acetate and approved its use as an Over-the-Counter (OTC) medication in anti-acne products. Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) has deferred evaluation of this ingredient because the safety has been assessed by FDA. This deferral of review is according to the provisions of the CIR Procedures.

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Resorcinol Acetate may be used in cosmetics and personal care products marketed in Europe according to the general provisions of the Cosmetics Regulation of the European Union.

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More Scientific Information

Resorcinol Acetate is the monoester of acetic acid and resorcinol, 1,3-dihydroxybenzene. Other technical names for Resorcinol Acetate include 3-Acetoxyphenol, 1,3-Benzenediol Monoacetate, m-Hydroxyphenyl Acetate and Resorcitate. In cosmetics and personal care products, Resorcinol Acetate is used as a hair conditioning agent and a skin conditioning agent – miscellaneous.


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