Resorcinol is a frequently used hair dye, whose quantitative risk assessment (QRA) for hair color products is presented in this review as an example to assess its skin sensitization risk after topical application. Its purpose is to determine the maximum concentration that can be used without expecting skin sensitization to occur. The focus is to prevent the de novo development of a contact allergy. Epidemiological data which are provided via dermatological surveillance, e.g., by the IVDK (Information Network of Departments of Dermatology) in Germany, are an important source of information that help to assess the quality and the effectivity of the QRA.
Keywords: Contact dermatitis; Dermal exposure; Quantitative risk assessment; Resorcinol; Skin sensitization.