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Facial Gua Sha

Facial Gua Sha

What Is Gua Sha? Gua sha (including facial gua sha) is one of several non-needle techniques we use as treatment in Chinese Medicine.  It is an ancient technique and its simplicity allowed it to be used in the clinic as well as in homes in Asian communities.  “Gua sha” literally translates as “scraping sand” but […]

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Cosmetic Acupuncturist Joins the Zi Zai Team

Cosmetic Acupuncturist Joins the Zi Zai Team

Zi Zai Dermatology enthusiastically welcomes our newest clinic team member:  Terry Fox.  Terry is a licensed acupuncturist and his specialty is cosmetic facial acupuncture.  It is Terry’s intention to be THE preeminent practitioner in northern Colorado for facial acupuncture treatments.  And we are thrilled he will be seeing clients exclusively at Zi Zai Dermatology’s Fort […]

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Best Soap For Acne Prone Skin Now Available

Best Soap For Acne Prone Skin Now Available

The little things you do for your skin each day can have significant impact over time–positive or negative.  For instance, eating more veggies and less sugar is not going to clear up your zits overnight, but over a few weeks or months (and most certainly over the years) you will notice an improvement in the […]

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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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Zi Zai Dermatology’s Acne Treatment Protocol

Zi Zai Dermatology’s Acne Treatment Protocol

I treat many cases of acne in my private TCM practice and there are 2 important things I have learned that patients must do to achieve excellent results: 1. Be patient, there are no quick fixes. 2. Address internal imbalances as well as external symptoms. Tthose who worked to improve the internal imbalances in their bodies achieved faster results, better results, and had fewer breakouts even when they became a bit lax in their daily skin care routine.

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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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Herbal Facial Serum Now Available

Herbal Facial Serum Now Available

Zi Zai Dermatology’s RosaceaHerbal™ Facial Serum is formulated to replenish moisture and nutrients to the easily-irritated skin found in people who suffer from Rosacea. Anti-inflammatory Chinese herbs are infused into precious cold-pressed, organic oils that are superior for use on sensitive skin. These delicate oils have been found to have potent antioxidant properties and are found in some of the best anti-aging facial serums.

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Grrr!…Why Does It Keep Coming Back?

Grrr!…Why Does It Keep Coming Back?

My face suffers from rosacea.  So I use the Zi Zai facial products faithfully (the Honey & Herb Scrub, the RosaceaHerbal facial toner and the weekly clay & herb mask).  However, right around Thanksgiving, I suddenly got really lazy.  I ran out of the toner (all I have to do is grab more from the […]

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Tips to Manage and Improve Rosacea

Tips to Manage and Improve Rosacea

As we have discussed in earlier posts, rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the face. Any kind of heat will make the symptoms worse, so when trying to manage your rosacea, it will be vital to avoid all external and internal sources of heat.  The following is a list of things to avoid […]

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How to Treat Rosacea with Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture

How to Treat Rosacea with Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture

In a previous post we described the different TCM patterns associated with rosacea.  This post covers how we treat those patterns with Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture.  Since rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition, Heat is the most predominant pathogenic factor involved in this skin disease.  Acupuncture and herbs are effective at clearing this pathogenic […]

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Two Quick and Simple Acne Tips

Two Quick and Simple Acne Tips

If you have read any of my posts, you know that I always stress the fact that most chronic skin conditions must be healed from the inside out.  As an acupuncturist and herbalist, I use the tools of my trade (acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine) to improve the overall health of the body as the […]

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Rosacea According to Chinese Medicine

Rosacea According to Chinese Medicine

The 3 main TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) patterns seen in rosacea are Accumulation of Heat in the Lungs and Stomach, Heat in the Blood, and Blood Stasis.  Let’s examine each one individually. In the earlier stages of rosacea, the most common TCM pattern is simply Accumulation of Heat in the Lungs and Stomach.  Heat begins […]

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How to Recognize Rosacea

How to Recognize Rosacea

The big red bulbous nose of W.C. Fields is the extreme example of rosacea and certainly not how this condition appears in most people.  I mention this for 2 reasons: 1.) If you have rosacea don’t freak out that this is going to happen to your nose (you can get this condition under control long […]

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Facial Beauty Routine of an Expert (Herbalist)

Facial Beauty Routine of an Expert (Herbalist)

Make your facial skin care routine special. There is power in allowing it to be a ritual, a ceremony. Perform each task with kindness. Show yourself some love. Be grateful for your face and your skin and do not take it for granted. Caring for your skin doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be fun, especially the facial masks and the facial steam.

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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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