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Why Am I Suddenly Allergic to Products I Never Reacted to Before?

Why Am I Suddenly Allergic to Products I Never Reacted to Before?

You’ve used the same lip balm forever, and you never had a reaction to it before.  But all of a sudden (it seems), you have itchy lips or a bit of a red rash around your mouth or even a few small, itchy bumps.  If you really think about it, maybe you recall this happening […]

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Common Causes of Recurrent Lip Rash (Cheilitis)

Common Causes of Recurrent Lip Rash (Cheilitis)

Lip rashes (and rashes around the mouth) can be caused by various factors, such as Herpes Simplex virus or impetigo. But chronic lip inflammation can also be caused by allergens or irritants and sometimes it takes a good deal of detective work to figure out what the underlying trigger is. This post will cover the most common allergens and irritants that cause chronic or recurrent cheilitis and how to avoid them.

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Status Cosmeticus: Are Your Efforts To Improve Your Complexion Making It Worse?

Status Cosmeticus: Are Your Efforts To Improve Your Complexion Making It Worse?

It is possible to do more harm than good when caring for the delicate skin of the face if you end up using too many skin care products or products that contain particular known irritants. Status cosmeticus is a progressive irritation of the skin in which almost anything applied topically stings, burns, itches and/or causes inflammation. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be very helpful in healing status cosmeticus.

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That Rash Around Your Mouth Might Be Perioral Dermatitis

That Rash Around Your Mouth Might Be Perioral Dermatitis

Rashes near the mouth or on the face can be caused by various conditions. Sometimes they are the result of a condition called perioral dermatitis. Differentiation of mouth/face rashes is important because the treatments for allergic contact dermatitis, acne, rosacea, or eczema can make perioral dermatitis worse.

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Poison Ivy: If You Can’t Avoid It, How to Treat It with TCM

Poison Ivy: If You Can’t Avoid It, How to Treat It with TCM

When I was 12 years old, my best friend Ali and I went leaf collecting in October.  We found the most beautiful leaves blazing with red, orange, yellow AND purple all on one leaf!  They were probably the most beautiful leaves we had ever seen.  We meticulously placed our collection in an album and admired […]

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Simple Tips to Improve Your Eczema

Simple Tips to Improve Your Eczema

Chronic skin ailments are so frustrating.  One very important concept to remember when dealing with a chronic skin problem is that our skin is just one of the organs in our whole body.  It is our largest organ and it is on the outside of our body (for all the world to see and for […]

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Understanding Eczema Part 3: Etiology According to TCM

Understanding Eczema Part 3: Etiology According to TCM

My last post discussed the causes of eczema (atopic dermatitis) from the scientific medical perspective.  Here I will talk about the causes of eczema as we understand them according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  Some of the terminology will be unfamiliar to you if you are not a practitioner of TCM.  As this post is […]

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Understanding Eczema Part 2: Causes

Understanding Eczema Part 2: Causes

WHAT CAUSES ECZEMA? In the last post, we began our discussion about eczema by coming to agreement on exactly what we mean by eczema.  To recap, the term “eczema” is often used throughout the medical community to describe multiple types of dermatitis (inflammatory skin conditions).  For our purposes in this series of posts, we will […]

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Understanding Eczema Part 1: What exactly is eczema?

Understanding Eczema Part 1: What exactly is eczema?

WHAT IS ECZEMA? “Eczema” and “dermatitis” are two terms that are often used interchangeably.  Many skin conditions are diagnosed as eczema when they aren’t and there are many forms of dermatitis, each with their own unique details.  This post is my attempt to straighten out this information (and misinformation) for you.  I will cover eczema […]

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How I Healed the Rash Around My Mouth

How I Healed the Rash Around My Mouth

In a recent post I talked about how I had a rash around my mouth for 4+ months this spring/early summer.  I discovered the cause of the rash was an allergic contact dermatitis – a reaction to the propolis in some beeswax as well as to jojoba oil.  Yes, I am allergic to jojoba oil, […]

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Am I Allergic to Beeswax?

Am I Allergic to Beeswax?

Beeswax allergy?  Actually it is an allergic reaction to the propolis,  or “bee glue”, that gets mixed with the wax.  It has taken me over a year to solve the mystery of the exasperating recurring rash around my mouth and now that I have figured it out, I am sharing my findings so you can recognize the […]

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