Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy Scrub

Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy Scrub


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Enjoy worry-free outdoor adventures – even in poison ivy territory! The most important first step to poison ivy rash treatment is to remove the rash-causing oil. With Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy and Oak Scrub, you can enjoy the outdoors uninterrupted. Hike, bike, camp, and garden with confidence!

Product Description

Poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash is your body’s reaction to a resin found in all parts of the plant, called urushiol. Urushiol oil sticks around for a long time whether the plants are dead or alive. Tecnu Extreme effectively removes the oil from your skin with its unique formula.

Starting to itch? Hop in the shower and scrub your entire body with Tecnu Extreme as an easy all-over poison ivy wash. As the first crucial step in poison ivy rash treatment, you must remove the oil that causes the rash. This allows the skin to begin its natural healing process.

Removing any unbonded oil can also help prevent the rash from spreading. If you are still itching, you can follow up with a topical treatment such as Tecnu Rash Relief or Calagel Anti-itch Gel.

If you suspect you crossed poison ivy or oak, use Tecnu Extreme to remove urushiol before a rash begins. If you are hypersensitive, wash your entire body. The sooner you can cleanse away the rash-causing oil, the better chance you have of avoiding the rash. A good rule of thumb is to wash within 8 hours, but those who are more sensitive may need to remove it sooner.

Note: We realize our product has a funny name and it's likely you've seen it misspelled as Tech Nu or Technu Extreme Poison Ivy Scrub.

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For external use only. Do not use on raw or oozing areas of skin. If redness or irritation occurs, discontinue use and consult a doctor. Keep out of eyes.

Directions for use:
Wet affected area with cool water. Squeeze desired amount of product into hand. Apply to exposed areas and gently rub for 15 seconds; if hypersensitive, wash entire body with Tecnu Extreme. Rinse with cool running water and towel dry. Repeat as needed.

Water, polyoxyethylene (4) lauryl ether, polysorbate 20, alcohol, silicon dioxide, carbomer, grindelia robusta extract, benzethonium chloride, aminomethyl propanol, fragrance

There are no known side effects of Tecnu Extreme.

Tecnu Extreme is an exfoliating scrub that works well on your skin, but we do not recommend using it on clothing and shoes as it is a different consistency than original Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser. If you are having difficulty finding original Tecnu in a local store, you can purchase it online at our website. We even have a larger 32 oz size not available in most drug stores.

Yes, you can use Tecnu Extreme on your scalp, but, use at your discretion, Tecnu Extreme is a detergent, and if you have sensitive skin, an irritation may occur. Definitely do not use Tecnu Extreme near your eyes.

While it hasn't been tested specifically on other plant irritants, it makes sense to wash them off the skin as soon as possible with some kind of cleanser so it might as well be Tecnu Extreme.

Tecnu Extreme can remove the rash causing oil and help dry up the rash, but it doesn't contain an antihistamine which may help to reduce swelling caused by an allergic reaction.

Tecnu Extreme can be used before or after the rash begins. If used after exposure to the plants, it will remove the rash-causing oil from poison ivy and oak plants. If used after the rash begins, it can remove the oil to help prevent it from spreading to other parts of your body.

There is no set limit to how many times you can apply Tecnu Extreme.

Tecnu Extreme contains exfoliating beads that could irritate sensitive areas, therefore we would not recommend using it on genitals. We would also encourage you to speak to a medical professional for an appropriate course of treatment for that area of the body.

Yes, if you wash repeatedly with Tecnu Extreme it may be drying your skin. Discontinue washing with Tecnu Extreme and apply a moisturizing lotion to the area. Petroleum jelly (Vaseline) may be good to put on it as well.

If you have been washing with Tecnu Extreme, the urushiol should be gone and therefore your rash should not spread anymore. If you find your rash does spread, then you are coming in contact with the poison ivy or oak plant's oil (urushiol) again. Urushiol can stay on surfaces such as tools, clothing, pets fur, etc. for a very long time. You may need to decontaminate those items as well.

As of 2016, Tecnu Extreme no longer contains polyethylene beads, instead they have been replaced with silicon dioxide. This new ingredient is more environmentally friendly, and works just as well to exfoliate the skin.

It is not uncommon for a poison ivy or oak rash to blister and ooze during the healing process. That is actually formed by your own body and has nothing to do with the cleanser. When the blisters break and ooze you want to make sure that you are keeping them clean and if you cover them use a loose bandage.

Cool water is recommended for the first wash with Tecnu Extreme so that the chances of your pores opening up, and absorbing the rash-causing oil, urushiol are lessened. Cool water keeps pores closed, while warm/hot water opens them up.

In the case of a severe, draining rash, we recommend seeking care from a medical provider for proper treatment.

15 reviews for Tecnu Extreme Poison Ivy Scrub

  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

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