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.
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!!!!