So many trails, so little time for itchy problems, right? Tecnu
Original Outdoor Skin cleanser is a poison ivy soap designed to
wash away the rash-causing oil (urushiol) from your skin (and other
items) after exposure to poison ivy, poison oak, & poison sumac
If you know, or think you have been, exposed to poison ivy
plants (or poison oak and sumac) apply Tecnu Original to dry skin,
rub vigorously for two minutes, then rinse with cool or tepid
water. Although it is a soap, it can also be used without water. If
you do not have access to water, you can remove Tecnu Original by
wiping it off with a cloth.
The magic rule with Tecnu and poison ivy oil is, the sooner you
wash the better! Wash within 8 hours for your best chance to avoid
a poison ivy rash. After 8 hours, the likelihood of developing a
rash drastically increases. Remember, even if you do break out,
wash with Tecnu to remove any excess oil that may be on the skin;
this will keep the oil from spreading to other areas.
Don't be fooled by the power of urushiol! The resin from poison
ivy (oak & sumac plants) is incredibly potent and lasts for
months, even years on certain items. If you touch something that
has been contaminated with urushiol, you can develop a rash.
Therefore, we recommend cleaning items that could be contaminated,
with Tecnu Original to avoid secondary contact. For more on how to
use Tecnu, and what you can use it on, visit
Hey Canada! Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser is now
available for sale at www.tecnu.ca.
Fun fact: The name "Tecnu" was given by its inventor (Doctor
Robert Smith), meaning "technically new"; you have likely seen it
misspelled as Tech Nu or Technu Outdoor Skin Cleanser.