Today is day five of my IvyBlock trial and so far I am utterly rashless and unitchified.
Normally, even despite my best efforts to cover myself from head to toe in old pants, long-sleeved shirts, ragg socks, hiking boots, a bandanna, a floppy grumpy old man hat and a burka when I’m working around poison ivy, invariably some urishiol oil manages to penetrate the perimeter and give me a couple of weeks of itchy discomfort. The IvyBlock website swears that scratching doesn’t spread the rash, but usually I end up with outbreaks in all the places that I can’t reach or shouldn’t scratch in polite company.
But not this year! I didn’t go out of my way to cover every inch of exposed skin before I headed out into the woods to do battle with Mother Nature. Instead, I applied IvyBlock to all the same places I would spread sunblock if I was headed out fishing. You know, the “farmer’s tan” area. Following the directions on the bottle, I waited at least 15 minutes after application before I risked exposure to the poison ivy (and before I went back in water after eating. Thanks, Mom.)
Continuing to follow their advice, I immediately washed off in the shower as soon as I was finished so as not to spread any urishiol oils to other surfaces in my house where someone else who wasn’t lucky enough to be slathered in IvyBlock might encounter them.
How did it work? In a word: great! The product applied easily and smoothly and wasn’t at all greasy. It washed off with no mess afterwards and it did its job. The active ingredient in IvyBlock (Bentoquatam) served as a barrier that blocked the allergenic oils. It is the only product that is FDA-approved to protect you from the irritants of poison ivy, oak and sumac. It is available without a prescription at many grocery and drug stores. There’s even a coupon available for you.
So you’ve run out of excuses. If you’d rather avoid the rash completely instead of treating the itch later with calamine, go out and get yourself some IvyBlock. You can thank me later.