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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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New Coconut Oil Product for Eczema!

New Coconut Oil Product for Eczema!

Our EczeHerbal 2 Ointment is our most popular eczema ointment…and we just formulated a new companion product that is even easier to apply to larger areas of skin affected by eczema.  Our EczeHerbal 2 Coconut Oil has the same herbs found in our regular EczeHerbal 2 Ointment, but this time we have infused them into […]

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Important Update About our Herbal Ointments – June 2016

Important Update About our Herbal Ointments – June 2016

Zi Zai Dermatology first began producing herbal ointments using Chinese herbs in 2008.  Over the years our product formulations (recipes) have evolved thanks to clinical results in our patient clinic, feedback from customers across the world, and the continued training and clinical experience of our herbalist (Diana Hermann).  Our crafting process has likewise been transformed […]

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Chronic Skin Problems – How Zi Zai Dermatology Will Help You

Chronic Skin Problems – How Zi Zai Dermatology Will Help You

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 […]

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Vegan Herbal Ointment for Itchy Rash

Vegan Herbal Ointment for Itchy Rash

Zi Zai Dermatology’s LittleRedRash™ Ointment is an herbal ointment designed to be a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to itchy skin rashes. Instead of beeswax, it contains a plant-based wax called candelilla wax.  This makes it an excellent option for vegans or for those who are allergic to propolis (which is sometimes found in beeswax). The […]

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Why You Want Our Eczema Ointments To Be Brown

Why You Want Our Eczema Ointments To Be Brown

The lovely thing about Zi Zai Dermatology is that we are a small company and we have total control over how we craft our products.  As a skilled herbalist in Chinese Medicine, I take the formulation of our products very seriously.  I formulate them on paper, make them by hand, then test them for efficacy […]

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Herbal Treatment For Skin Diseases:  How Soon Will I See Results?

Herbal Treatment For Skin Diseases: How Soon Will I See Results?

I have been treating patients in my private TCM practice since 1999. I have seen thousands of patients. I know most people want fast results from their treatments, regardless of what ails them. As the practitioner, I, too, want to get my patients feeling better as soon as humanly possible. As soon as HUMANLY possible. […]

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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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All About Our Eczema Ointments

All About Our Eczema Ointments

Proper differentiation is the key to effective treatment, and that is why Zi Zai offers more than one ointment for eczema. We took the top 3 most common TCM Differential Patterns for eczema and formulated an ointment for each of them. Use the one that most closely matches your skin.

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The Eczema Company Now Carries Our Eczema Ointments

The Eczema Company Now Carries Our Eczema Ointments

The online shop The Eczema Company now sells Zi Zai Dermatology’s EczeHerbal™ line of ointments. Check out their website and and their blog for lots of information about dealing with eczema, allergies and asthma, as well as for products galore that are useful for people with sensitive skin (clothing, bath products, gifts, books and more).

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Additional Eczema Blogs

Additional Eczema Blogs

I have been so busy making skin care products and taking care of my patients that I have had very little time to write more blog posts.  So until I make the time to supply you with more useful skin care info from the TCM perspective, here is a list of other blogs that you […]

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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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Recommended Resource for Dermatology

Recommended Resource for Dermatology

One of our blog readers introduced me to the following site and I think it is a fabulous resource for the (western) understanding of skin ailments and for suggestions on how to treat/manage them: www.DermNet NZ.org This website is managed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated and I am impressed with how thorough and […]

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Integrative View of Atopic Dermatitis Part II: The TCM Basics

Integrative View of Atopic Dermatitis Part II: The TCM Basics

[This article was originally written for Acupuncture Today January, 2012, Vol. 13, Issue 01.  This basic overview of eczema is a composite of the information available in other posts on this blog.  It is intended as a more concise summary for practitioners to reference, though the list of tips at the end are for both […]

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Intergrative View of Atopic Dermatitis Part I: The Biomedical Basics

Intergrative View of Atopic Dermatitis Part I: The Biomedical Basics

[This article was originally written for Acupuncture Today December, 2011, Vol. 12, Issue 12.  This basic overview of eczema is a composite of the information available in other posts on this blog.  It is intended as a more concise summary for practitioners to reference.] WHAT IS ECZEMA? Before we can differentiate eczema according to TCM, we […]

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Best Herbs for Skin Are in Your Own Backyard

Best Herbs for Skin Are in Your Own Backyard

Some my favorite herbs for skin from the Chinese Herbal Pharmacopeia might actually be growing right in your backyard here in North America. My absolute favorite skin herb is honeysuckle flower and it has become quite expensive to obtain in bulk in recent years due to severe weather issues where it is grown for medicinal use in China. But you can harvest it from your own yard and learn to make medicine with it.

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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 4: Patterns and Phases

Understanding Eczema Part 4: Patterns and Phases

[NOTE:  To get the most out of this post, be sure to read my previous posts first: Understanding Eczema Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.] There are a couple of ways to categorize the phases (stages) of eczema: by patient age and/or by duration of illness. By patient age: Infant Phase (under age 2): […]

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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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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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