Why do poison ivy and oak plants cause my skin to break out? You can thank urushiol, the resin found in all parts of poison ivy, poison oak, & poison sumac plants. To get rid of a poison ivy or oak rash, you have to remove the urushiol to allow the skin to begin it's natural healing process.
If you suspect, or know you have been, in contact with poison ivy plants, we recommend using Tecnu Extreme as an all over body wash. Mix the product with a small amount of water and gently scrub affected areas. Tecnu Extreme will gently exfoliate the skin and effectively remove poison ivy oil. If necessary, follow-up with a poison ivy rash treatment for itching and pain.
TIP: The sooner you can wash with a poison ivy soap (like Tecnu Extreme) after exposure to these poison plants, the better chance you have of avoiding the rash. The rule of thumb is to wash within 8 hours, after that time frame, its likely the resin has already been absorbed by your body.
Note: We realize our product has a funny name (see the Tecnu Original page for details about its origin), and it's likely you've seen it misspelled as Tech Nu or Technu Poison Ivy Scrub.
I discovered your wonderful Tecnu Extreme scrub about 10 yrs ago when we moved to the country. I have never found another product so effective! My daughter has just moved to a heavily wooded area with her two horses and dogs. Of course, a happy horse is a rolling horse...then of course they need baths too. My daughter and myself are now both covered in PI...we must always remember our animals can spread it, especially if they sleep with you or roll in poison ivy. I'm ordering two of your kits now and thank you for making our world a better place with your great product!! Y'all rock! Virginia, in Texas.
FINALLY!!! I learned about your Poison Ivy & Oak Scrub from a friend last week! I have severely suffered from poison ivy all of my life. I even had to get shots in the summer as a kid and still couldn't go in the woods for fear of a bad case of rash and itching. After doing yard work a couple of weeks ago, guess who came up with a case of misery. Then that friend mentioned your product. I purchased it the next morning and HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE PLEASED… Since then I've been telling anyone who has the allergy or who knows someone who does! THANK YOU for this product!!! It is WONDERFUL !!!
Gregory Chaffin (verified owner) –
I just used Tecnu for the first time and it was great. I ended up in some Poison Oak while shed hunting and developed a rash. I simply followed the instructions and the itching stopped immediately and the rash healed faster. I used it with the Anti-Itch Spray. I’m a believer.
Josh (verified owner) –
Tecnu extreme is the best product I have encountered for poison sumac. I hunt in a swamp that has it everywhere and I cut it frequently. The only times I have a bad breakout is when I do not wash with the soap after I am done
Rick S. (verified owner) –
I was hesitant to try your Tecnu Extreme product. Mostly because it came across as so much more expensive compared to the products it shares retail shelf space with. However, your 100% guaranteed message was convincing enough for me to give it a go. I'm glad I did. You product works. It's absolutely fantastic! My only regret is not trying it sooner. Well, now I'm know better. Thanks for bringing this truly effective product to market. Tecnu Extreme has earned a spot in my bugout bags.
Debbi Self (verified owner) –
I have used Tecnu products for at least 15 years, being EXTREMELY allergic to Poison Ivy, and spending a good portion of all my summers in the woods of Wisconsin, these products have been life savers!! I frequently ended up in the emergency room before discovering this product. SInce I can truthfully say that I have never been in the ED or even at my MD for poison ivy! Thank you!
BRENDA LOVELL (verified owner) –
I break out in a terrible rash when I even get close to poison ivy or oak. Most time I have to go get shots and predison. My son got this product from where he worked. Constuction worker used this medicine and told him to have me try it. This was 3 yrs ago I haven't had a rash since I started using this. I tell everybody about it. Has to be the best product ever. Thank you so much. Brenda Lovell
DJrider (verified owner) –
Have used this stuff for several years and it for sure works. Don't be caught without it.
Betty Kelly (verified owner) –
I received Tecnu Extreme as a test product with StuffStuff. I am a person who is extremely allergic to poison oak/ivy and is always looking for something that will help with the allergic reaction. I've found it, thanks to Tecnu Extreme. This is a great product and really works.
Jeff Sorge (verified owner) –
I was riding my mountain bike when I was asked to help with trail maintenance. As I was shoveling and weeding, an older gentleman rode up and asked me if knew what I was standing in. Without hesitations I shouted..OMG, tell me it's not the P-IVY.. Here, as I was working so hard I failed to pay attention that I was working in.... HEAVY IVY... I began to almost cry!!!! I can look at Ivy from across the field and without any contact, I am at the doctors and in BAD SHAPE for a month. The gentleman open his bag on his bike and handed me a sample of tenu Extreme. I rode back to civilization. found the first hose and began scrubbing with extreme. I HAVE NO BREAK OUT!!!!! I will NEVER be in the woods again with a few single packets of extreme.. Thanks you SO much for a product that saves folks like us from MONTHS of horror each year!! And I mean HORROR!!!!
Susan Kirk (verified owner) –
A couple years ago there was a Tecnu Extreme sample packet in my Outdoor Life magazine. My son contacted poison ivy and I gave him the packet to try. The stuff worked like magic...we couldn't believe how great it was. No fuss, no mess, very little product needed (but you must follow the instructions or it will not work). Since then we have bought many tubes and have spread the word. Everyone I told about it has tried it and agrees it's like a magic remedy. Thanks for a great product! Susan Kirk, Nazareth PA
Debbie Anderson (verified owner) –
My Husband is extremely allergic to poison oak/Ivy. A few years ago a geocaching friend introduced us to Tecnu and it has been a life saver. Now when he is exposed he washes immediately with Tecnu and then showers with Tecnu Extreme when he gets home. Thanks Tecnu for a great product that Keeps my husband out of the Doctors office!
Anthony Galvin (verified owner) –
One of my favorite after work bike rides is a trail called Meadowlark Park. It has everything a mountain biker looks for, but in a condensed package which makes it optimal when sunlight is limited. However it also has the stuff that mountain bikers do not want; poison ivy and a lot of it. Nearly everybody that rides the trail has complained about getting a poison ivy rash, everybody except me. As soon as I finish the 4.5 mile loop, I go straight to my car and use my water bottle and Tecnu Extreme and quickly scrub down before the commute home. I often joke that I get poison ivy by looking at it. However since using Tecnu, I have been rash free!!
Mike Baseler (verified owner) –
While deer hunting I was in a tree that had a vine growing up it and I was not aware that it was poison Ivy. I have been using two different creams this week with zero positive results. I was a little hesitant to throw more money out for no results but all I can say is Money Well Spent. Used it for the first time tonight and it's working great. Awesome product. I will defiantly spread the word of Tecnu Extreme. Thanks!
Perry MaGill (verified owner) –
I've used regular Tecnu for many years... But your new Tecnu Extreme is even better. It's easier to apply and it works faster than ever. I can count on Tecnu Extreme to save my skin whether I'm weed-whacking or brushing my dog. Thanks for improving an already terrific product!