Poison Ivy, Oak, & Sumac Cleanser
If you are allergic to any of these plants you should carry Tecnu's Oak & Ivy Cleanser. The resin from poison oak, ivy, sumac, and mango skin (not the juice) contains a allergen called urushiol. Tecnu's Oak & Ivy Cleanser is a soap specially designed to break down the resin and remove the urushiol from your skin. Urushiol remains active for long periods of time (years) and cannot be removed with normal soap and water after 30 minutes. Since poison ivy, oak, and sumac are contact allergens, you can often prevent a skin reaction by washing your body and clothes as soon as possible after contact with the plant. With Oak & Ivy Cleanser you can remove ALL of the urushiol by washing within four hours. Consider repackaging the cleanser in a one or two ounce Nalgene bottle for field use; both sizes of bottles fit into our medium 4-loop velcro strips.