Have we confused you? Do
you wonder why should you use Tecnu Extreme® Poison Ivy & Oak
Scrub instead of the old original standby, Tecnu Outdoor
Skin Cleanser? Don't feel like you are the only one. We get
this question a lot. Hopefully this post will clear it up for
If you are a poison ivy or oak sufferer, then you probably know
the rash is caused by your body's reaction to the plant's oil,
urushiol (pronounced ooh-roo-she-all). The key to avoiding a poison
ivy and oak rash to get this oil off of your skin as soon as
What is Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser?
Tecnu Original is a cosmetic skin cleanser that removes urushiol
from your skin. By washing with Tecnu Original within 8 hours
of exposure to the plants you can remove urushiol.
What makes Tecnu Original different than other soaps and
- It unlocks the bond of urushiol with your skin. This will
effectively remove the oil to keep it from spreading.
- You can use Tecnu Original without water. Sometimes you are out
in the woods away from a sink or shower. You can wipe it on your
skin for two minutes and then wipe off with a cloth. This will
remove the oil until you can get to a shower.
- Tecnu Original can be used to remove urushiol from other
surfaces such as tools, equipment, clothing and even your pet's
fur. See our
How to Use Tecnu instructions.
- It can be used to remove other substances such as pitch and
What is Tecnu Extreme Poison Oak & Ivy Scrub?
Tecnu Extreme is an exfoliating scrub that removes urushiol,
stops urushiol from spreading, and gently exfoliates.
What makes Tecnu Extreme unique?
- Like Tecnu Original, it unlocks the bond of urushiol with your
skin. However, the natural, exfoliating microbeads, much like the
texture of a facial scrub, allow for a deeper cleanse.
- Since you only wash with Tecnu Extreme for 15 seconds, it
quickly removes urushiol from poison oak and ivy plants.
- While Tecnu Original is great for use on skin, clothing, tools,
pets, and can be used without water, Tecnu Extreme is the superior
option for use on your entire body.
What should I use and when?
When you know you've been exposed to the plants, or at the first
sign of a rash, you can use either Tecnu Original or Tecnu Extreme
to remove urushiol. Which product application you prefer is
up to you.
If your rash is continuing to spread, it's possible you are
being recontaminated with the plant's oil. Wash objects such as
tools, clothing, equipment and pet's fur with Tecnu Original.
If you are going to be out in the wilderness and not around a
water source, carrying Tecnu Original would be a better choice
since you can use it without water.
While Tecnu Original is the best choice for all of your items
that may be contaminated, or if you are without access to water,
Tecnu Extreme is the superior choice for your entire body. We
recommend keeping a tube handy in your shower!
Hopefully, this clears up the difference between the two
cleansers. Feel free to post questions or comments below.