May 18, 2012

It's Poison Oak/Ivy Season: Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser

Spring is in full force! With warmer temperatures brings more outdoor adventuring just as the poison oak is busting out its oily leaves in its prime.

I am highly susceptible to getting poison oak. I joke that I can just look at the plant and break out in an itchy, oozy rash. When I know i have been heavily exposed, I turn to Poison Oak And Ivy Treatment Tecnu:

Remove irritants from your skin that could turn into itchy problems. Use Tecnu® Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser after you have been outdoors to remove the rash causing oil, urushiol (oo-roo-she-all) from poison ivy, oak and sumac.

Unfortunately, this product does receive a hazard score of five out of ten from the Environmental Working Group. Of particular concern is the ingredient Propylene Glycol. The Good Human writes:

What is propylene glycol? It is is a chemical found in personal care products that acts as a penetration enhancer that keeps products from melting in heat and/or freezing when it is cold...
But why should you avoid propylene glycol?

For starters it alters the structure of the skin by allowing chemicals to penetrate deep beneath it while increasing their ability to reach the blood stream. Sounds lovely, right? So even if propylene glycol was good for you, it's main job is to help any other chemicals you come in contact with reach your bloodstream.

I also don't know anything about the ingredient Octylphenoxy-Polyethoxyethanol.

Although Tecnu is not all natural, and there are wonderful natural treatments for poison oak, I do like to keep Tecnu around for extreme exposures.  

There are also many great all natural Poison Oak Soaps.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at May 18, 2012 3:11 AM

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