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.