Poison oak and poison ivy skin barrier: Invisible Glove

I am horrifically allergic to poison oak. I am also an avid mountain biker in northern California. This not a good combination. I have tried all the soaps and wipes, but none of them really help, especially if you are out all day and can’t get to a shower soon after exposure.

I have found only one reasonable way to stop the oils from getting into my skin: Invisible Glove, a skin protectant used by mechanics so they can wash their hands clean after working on cars. There are similar products sold specifically for poison oak, but they cost vastly more, and work the same.

I find that if I rub my legs and arms down with Invisible Glove and shower with a soap like Dawn or Tecnu right after riding, I either don’t get any rash, or it’s much more limited and tolerable. It is still worth being as careful as possible, and making sure that clothes get right into the washer (to prevent poison oak oils from getting all over the house), but Invisible Glove seems to be the best preventative for weeks of awful rash that I have found. -- Alexander Rose

Invisible Glove Protective Hand Coating $6


    1. Discus, with threaded replies and comments that appear on the same page of the article?    Yayyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. I believe the rules are, advertising-related ones get Discussed.  They don’t want to sully their BBS with crass commercialism… just their main site.

  1. What happens if you don’t know you need the glove until after you’ve found the ivy?

    Cuz that’s the way it pretty much works for me.

  2. @pjcamp The idea is to put it on whenever you leave the house, or might reasonably risk exposure.  Like with sun block.

    Some Air National Guard Pararescue Jumpers recommended Right Guard spray deodorant for this same purpose. It sounded so preposterous that I never risked testing it out, and I’ve been suspicious of the various urushiol blocks ever since. There’s a lot of BS and unfortunately ineffective stuff floating with regards to poison ivy/oak/sumac. Knowing this stuff isn’t re-branded deodorant is very reassuring.

  3. Oral ivy at pharmacy. You drink it. I use it mainly for hiking in woods and yard work. If your exposed you increase dose. Its been fantastic. Dries it up in a day. I also use fels naptha soap because it cuts the ivy oil.

  4. What does it feel like when you put it on? I get eczema on my mousing hand that cleared up when I was off work for two weeks – I wonder if that stuff might protect me from whatever it is that my hand’s reacting to at work?

  5. DISQUS, we missed you.  You don’t know what type of barbarism they’re forcing us to go through.   Hope to see you again soon.

  6. If you do get poison ivy, ZANFEL I found to be the best thing on the market. I got it really bad one year. Not only did the other stuff I tried not work, it seemed to be spreading the oil further. Zanfel was the only thing that would relieve the itching. It’s expensive, but man does it work.

  7. Over 30 years ago, there was something called immunoak, and it had extract of poison oak.  You drink it once, 24hrs later, and a week later,then once a month and you could rub poison oak all over you and you would not get it.    Someone must have been super reactive and they took it off the shelves.  Best product ever.

  8. Any input on how this feels on the hands? I usually have a camera with me and don’t want to gunk it up. I currently use Ivy block, then wipe down with the toweletts after my hike and try to get in to the shower ASAP and haven’t gotten it the last few times… and I was definitely deep in the poison oak.

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