Forget the rest of the foo-foo products you see here on my shower ledge focus on the bottle at far left—especially if you spend any time on brush-filled stream banks or walking through woods. If you’re like me and sensitive to any plant that contains urushiol (oo-roo-she-all), the oil found in poison oak and ivy and sumac, this product is an absolute life-saver and has prevented my developing an itchy rash many, many times.
According to the Tec Labs website, “Simply apply Tecnu to dry skin for two minutes and rinse with cool water or wipe off with a cloth. When used within 2-8 hours after exposure to the plants, Tecnu can remove urushiol oil before the rash begins. Once the rash has started, washing with Tecnu helps remove any free oil on skin allowing the natural healing process to begin without possible re-contamination. Urushiol oil can also spread from contaminated clothing, shoes, gloves, tools and pets. Since the oil does not evaporate, it can remain on these items for months or even years at a time. Use Tecnu to remove the oil and avoid a rash from secondary contact.”