Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser has been used
for over 50 years to remove poison ivy, oak and sumac oil, called
urushiol, which causes the miserable, itchy rash. Over the
years, as our loyal customers have recommended Tecnu Original to
one another, a few misconceptions have been created.
We want you to continue to have success with Tecnu Original
cleanser but don't want you to feel like you've wasted money on the
product using it in a way that will not help you. So here are three
common misconceptions about Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin
1)Tecnu Original can prevent poison ivy, oak or sumac rash if I
put it on before I am exposed to the plants.
Sorry everyone, but this just not true. Tecnu Original is a
cosmetic cleanser to wash the oil off of your skin. Layering it on
your skin just creates a layer of the detergent and will not
prevent a rash. You will need to wipe or wash it off. Think of it
like having a layer of soap on your skin. You wouldn't walk around
with a layer of soap to prevent getting dirty right?
2)Tecnu Original only works if I use it within 8 hours, once I
have poison ivy, oak or sumac rash it's too late.
You can use Tecnu Original at any time to remove any urushiol
left on your skin. Even once the rash occurs, you can have oil
present and it can be spread to other areas of your body. Washing
with Tecnu Original will make sure to remove this oil so it won't
spread to other areas of your body.
3)Tecnu Original is a medicine to make the itching of poison
ivy, oak and sumac rash stop.
This is probably the most common misconception about Tecnu
Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser. Because it works well at
removing the rash-causing urushiol, a lot of consumers think it is
an anti-itch medicine. However, it is not a drug but a special
cosmetic cleanser that is formulated to unlock the bond of urushiol
and remove it from your skin, clothing, tools, pets, etc.We
recommend using a product like Calagel
Medicated Anti-itch Gel or Tecnu Rash Relief Medicated Anti-itch
Spray to relieve itching after washing with Tecnu
How we recommend using Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser:
- When you know you have been around poison ivy, oak or sumac,
take a shower with Tecnu Original to remove any urushiol on your
- At the first sign of poison ivy, oak or sumac rash, wash with
Tecnu Original to remove any urushiol that may spread to other
areas of your skin.
- If your clothing has come in contact with the plants, treat the
areas with Tecnu Original like you would use a stain remover.
Follow up with washing on the hottest cycle your clothing will
- If your pets have run through poison ivy, oak or sumac plants,
soak a rag with Tecnu Original and wipe down their fur. Follow with
a pet shampoo or bath to remove any Tecnu left on their fur.
- If your tools have come in contact with poison ivy, oak or
sumac, wipe Tecnu Original on the items and then wipe or wash off