Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser has been
used for over 34 years to remove poison ivy, oak and sumac oil,
called urushiol, that 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 Cleanser:
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
2) Tecnu Original only
works if I use it within 2-8 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
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,
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
Original. You can also relieve itching and remove urushiol in
one step with Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy Scrub which is a
cleanser to remove poison ivy, oak and sumac oil and includes a
homeopathic, medicated anti-itch ingredient.
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