Easily. When applied to your skin prior to contact, the active ingredient in IvyBlock (Bentoquatam) serves as a barrier that blocks the allergenic oil (urushiol) in these poisonous plants from reaching your skin and starting the development of the rash.
IvyBlock is applied to the skin before risk of exposure. It should be applied to clean, dry skin at least 15 minutes before exposure risk. Re-application is recommended after 4 hours to maintain the maximum level of protection. Emergency workers who do not wash off IvyBlock do not need to reapply if it is inconvenient.
IvyBlock should be applied every 4 hours to maintain the maximum level of protection. Emergency workers who do not wash off IvyBlock do not need to reapply if it is inconvenient.
IvyBlock® is very safe and should not irritate your skin. Tests show IvyBlock is non-irritating and non-sensitizing (non-allergenic). As with any product, you should read the directions and ingredients before use. Do not use if you react to any of the ingredients.
Yes, absolutely. Apply IvyBlock to skin areas at risk of exposure. This includes secondary contact areas, which can result from transfer of the oil from contaminated clothing, shoes/boots, tools and pets. For maximum protection, apply IvyBlock to arms, hands and legs even when protective clothing is worn.
No, IvyBlock is an over-the-counter (OTC) product and requires no prescription. It is available at drug stores nationwide and safety departments in select companies across the country.
After IvyBlock dries, your skin will feel natural. The lotion is non-greasy and will not adversely affect normal skin properties. A faint white coating on the skin may be observed on some people when the lotion dries.
No, because poison ivy is not seasonal. Urushiol, the allergenic substance that causes poison ivy, oak, and sumac rashes, is a very stable chemical and can cause a reaction even during the cold weather months. Poison plants contain urushiol throughout the year and the oil is potent in all seasons. Use of IvyBlock can be beneficial all year long, especially for very sensitive individuals.