Chronic Skin Problems – How Zi Zai Dermatology Will Help You

Before and after photos of pompholyx eczema.

Before and after photos of pompholyx eczema.

Imagine being a waitress with eczema on your hands. Each time you serve a plate of food or a drink to a customer, you worry what they think of the red, scaling skin and fissures on your hands.  Consider being a new teacher with adult acne who suffers embarrassment and lack of confidence each time you stand in front of your class.  Can you envision how devastating it would be if you were a surgeon with a blistering skin disease and you were put on medical leave because patients did not want you operating on them due to your open sores?  What if you had itchy seborrheic dermatitis and had to explain to the hairstylist that the flakes covering your scalp are not contagious?  Sense the anxiety in your gut on a first date if you had thick, scaly plaques of psoriasis all over.  Or the madness that would set in if night after night you scratched yourself bloody because the relentless itch of eczema ruled your life.

Millions of people in the United States suffer from chronic inflammatory skin conditions.  Are you one of them?  I am.  I have had rosacea since my early 20’s.  I know what it feels like to spend energy worrying about and covering up my face.  My face – that is the first part of me that people see!  It is their first impression of me and I used to have trouble connecting with people because I was so concerned with how I was being seen.  Discomfort from itching skin, humiliation, shame…skin diseases can significantly lower a person’s quality of life.  Chinese Medicine can change that.

At Zi Zai Dermatology, we use internal Chinese herbal prescriptions combined with external herbal products to restore the health of our patients’ skin.  Chinese Medicine can be very effective for many inflammatory skin diseases and it does not pose the same risks and side effects as most of today’s pharmaceutical treatment options.  Treatment is designed to clear inflammation, alleviate itch, and stabilize skin so it is less likely to become aggravated once treatment is discontinued.  I am the most highly trained and experienced Chinese Medicine practitioner in the Rocky Mountain region specializing in dermatology and I am here to do everything in my power to get you comfortable in your skin again.

Before and after photos of back acne. The patient's skin continued to clear and now she can wear sundresses again for the first time in years!

Before and after photos of back acne. The patient’s skin continued to clear and now she can confidently wear sundresses again for the first time in years!

Live too far away to seek my care directly?  We have a growing referral list of skilled practitioners that can help you.  You can also contact the Avicenna Centre for Chinese Medicine in Hove, UK to find a trained dermatology practitioner near you.  They maintain a list of all the TCM practitioners all over the world they have trained in Chinese Medicine Dermatology (that’s where I received my most recent dermatology training).

Perhaps your condition is not so severe or you are not yet ready to try natural internal medicine.  Our external herbal products are available through many acupuncturists and herbalists in the U.S. and you can shop for them directly here on our website.  We formulate our products based on the principals of Chinese Medicine and we hand craft them in small batches in our lab in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.  We take great care to ensure the highest quality ingredients are used in every batch.

Chinese Medicine is a safe, effective, natural option to treat inflammatory skin conditions.  We have the power to stop that maddening itch, to improve your appearance and to get you comfortable in your skin again.  We can give you back the freedom to live your life to the fullest.  Don’t wait any longer.  Connect with us, shop now, or get a referral to a practitioner near youSeek Health…Find Freedom.

One more before/after of one of my current psoriasis patients.  #psoriasis #psoriasissucks #herbsareawesome #chineseherbs #chinesemedicine #chineseherbalmedicine #traditionalchinesemedicine #naturaldermatology #dermatology #naturalskincare

Common plaque psoriasis before Chinese herbs and after treatment.

Before/After: Plaque psoriasis on posterior right arm. Patient took internal Chinese herbs and used our PsoriaHerbal 1 Ointment for 4.5 months. Skin is clear now apart from one small spot on his hand. #psoriasis #psoriasissucks #herbsareawesome #chineseherbs #chinesemedicine #chineseherbalmedicine #traditionalchinesemedicine #naturaldermatology #dermatology #naturalskincare

Before/After: Plaque psoriasis on posterior right arm.

Before/After: Plaque psoriasis on the mid back. Patient took internal Chinese herbs and used our PsoriaHerbal 1 Ointment for 4.5 months. Skin is clear now apart from one small spot on his hand. #psoriasis #psoriasissucks #herbsareawesome #chineseherbs #chinesemedicine #chineseherbalmedicine #traditionalchinesemedicine #naturaldermatology #dermatology #naturalskincare

Before/After: Plaque psoriasis on the mid back. Patient took internal Chinese herbs and used our PsoriaHerbal 1 Ointment for 4.5 months. Skin is clear now.

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Tags: acne, atopic dermatitis, atopic eczema, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, dermatology, eczema, natural skin care, psoriasis, rosacea

Topics: Acne, Beauty, Chinese Medicine, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rashes, Rosacea

Publish Date: January 16, 2016     *Articles may include updates since original publishing.

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Diana Hermann is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine. She received her Master Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR and trained in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Diana treats patients in her Fort Collins, Colorado clinic and hand crafts herbal skin care products for her company Zi Zai Dermatology. In 2015, she completed the Diploma In Chinese Medicine Dermatology program from Avicenna in London, UK.

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  1. Nadia Glasner says:

    The photo you have of the hands that have pompholyx eczema looks like what my hands are going through. I went to see a skin doctor and she took a sample of my skin and came back it was some type of chemical reaction and sent me away to pay 38.00 for a cream that does not work! I don’t think she really cared. What product of yours can I use to help my skin on my hands to keep them from itching and also, I have a severe case of rash around my mouth that cause me not to be able to smile or whistle and it itches like crazy! I can’t sleep at night because of this and it’s embarrassing. Please what product of yours can relive my itchy ness around my mouth and get rid of the redness. Also, it will flake once it drys and it’s causing wrinkles. PLEASE HELP!

  2. Steffani says:

    Hello there,

    I am a 26 year old stay at home mother of 1 living in Washington and I need your help. I have been suffering from a skin rash for a year now, and am at a loss for what is wrong with me. Let me give you the details:

    Last January I enrolled my daughter in swim lessons. Shortly after a few lessons, I started noticing that I was getting an itchy red rash inside my belly button. I had no clue what the problem was, so I was treating it with a generic antifungal cream in hopes it would go away. When that didn’t work, I tried keeping it really clean and dry, cleaning it with peroxide and neosporin. Nothing happened for the better, instead I started to get itchy red patches around my nipples (I was breast feeding still), around my eyes, around my lips, on my neck, on my chest and on my arms.

    Of course then I figured I HAD to be allergic to some type of chlorine or something in the pool (I’ve always had bad allergies), so my conclusion was to stop going to swim lessons. After a week or so of not being in the pool, not only was my rash not getting better, it was worsening. So I went to my doctor. She looked at the rash and concluded that it looked like eczema or some type of fungus. She gave me some allergy eye drops to alleviate the itching in my eyes and an over the counter antifungal cream to try. She told me to use it for a week or so, and if it didn’t work then I would need to see a dermatologist.

    Now, don’t even get me started on the dermatologist office. I am still waiting for my appointment in February. FEBRUARY! It’s been a 9 month out waiting time for a damn (excuse my french) appointment! I am on a cancellation list but lord knows.

    In the mean time, I thought it would be a good idea to meet with an allergist and get some allergy testing done. Well, for the environmental allergy test I came up with a positive allergy for every item except for leaf mold and cockroaches. How wonderful right? For the food allergy test I only came up sensitive to milk. The allergist looked at my skin and said that to her it looked like allergic dermatitis and severe eczema. So she had me do a number of things:
    Apply a moisturizing cream 2x a day
    Use a steroid cream on the patches on my face for flare ups
    Use a steroid cream on all the other patches on my body
    Take a strong antihistamine
    Take a series of Percaset to help kick the swelling.
    Get a bed mite cover for my pillow and for my mattress.
    Wash my sheets at least once a week in HOT water
    Make sure when I shower to only shower luke warm to cool
    Started on an inhaler for my asthma and a nasal spray for my nose
    Make sure I was using a free and clear soap/softener for my laundry

    Seems pretty easy right? I was already doing a lot of those things so I just added the rest.

    Now let me add that the ONLY time my skin has almost completely cleared has been when I was taking the percaset.

    Not two days after the regimen ended, the rash started to reappear. One of the things I’m sure fit the saying ‘don’t treat the symptom, treat the problem’. Well, a week after that I had my follow up anyways, so we discussed the next step. I was going to try two more different anti fungal treatments, a different antihistamine, and she gave me some medicine to help with the itching.

    I’ve heard that black mold can cause skin problems, and since we live in a carpeted basement, I thought maybe the carpet was the issue. Since moving isn’t an option, I have shampooed the carpets, have an air purifier/dehumidifier and don’t sit on the ground anymore. No difference.

    I tried those things, no results. I have also tried doing the following things (for a minimum stint of 2 weeks per item to note any change)
    -gave up gluten in my diet
    -gave up all dairy products
    -gave up all alcohol
    -am using all the following products that are paraben free, dye free, fragrance free, and vegan : shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, deoderant, laundry detergent/softener.
    -started taking multivitamins and fish oil, incase I have a deficiency.
    -started a new birth control regimen
    -I have tried a red rash cream from zi zap dermatology

    I forgot to mention that the dr. also had a blood test done for a thyroid or auto-immune deficiency. Both came back negative.

    Now this brings me to here and now. I am desperate and so discouraged. I have no idea what is wrong with me and it’s affecting my whole life. Not only is the rash extremely itchy, it also HURTS so bad. All the time, even in the shower it’s like the water is acid on my skin. I don’t know what else to do while I’m still waiting to see the dermatologist. I’m just hoping and praying that someone somewhere knows what it is and can help me.

    *the only thing left I can think to try left is to get a filtered shower head to perhaps filter the water.

    Please tell me what you think.

    Sincerely,

    A mom in need

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