How Does Zanfel Work?

Urushiol is the sticky resin found in poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac that causes skin irritation, rashes, and other allergic reactions when people come into contact with it.

Zanfel works by effectively removing urushiol from the skin. While regular products temporarily reduce itching but do nothing to remove urushiol, Zanfel treats the problem, not just the symptoms. It works to effectively remove urushiol from your skin by binding with the toxin to create an aggregated cluster, then moves it to the surface of the skin where it can quickly and effectively be washed away with water.

We've been asked if Zanfel can prevent poison ivy reaction, and the answer is no. Zanfel actually removes the toxin, urushiol oil, from the skin after contact has been made with the plant. There is no need to use it until you are certain you contacted the plant or when swelling and itching begin. In this way, you avoid wasting the product. Even if you use barrier or preventive creams, they may not always be effective and they do not shield your clothing.

For information on poison ivy protection and increasing resistance to the plant, see Outdoor Joe's!

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