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Reduce the Appearance of Redness with our Rosacea Facial Masks

Reduce the Appearance of Redness with our Rosacea Facial Masks

Do you have a red or easily-flushed face?  Do you have acne-like blemishes but your skin is too sensitive or dry to use most acne products?  We have the right clay & herb masks for your complexion. We make two varieties of our RosaceaHerbalTM Facial Masks.  They are my favorite clay & herb masks because […]

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Our AcneHerbal Facial Mask Can Help Your Complexion – 100% Naturally

Our AcneHerbal Facial Mask Can Help Your Complexion – 100% Naturally

Zi Zai Dermatology crafts a variety of clay & herb facial masks.  Each of our various facial masks contain both cosmetic mineral clays and finely powdered Chinese herbs that you can safely use on the delicate skin of your face.  Each one is formulated with clays and herbs chosen for the specific complexion they are […]

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Welcome Our Newest Acupuncturist Brenna!

Welcome Our Newest Acupuncturist Brenna!

Please give a warm welcome to the newest acupuncturist to join our clinic…Brenna Galves!  Brenna’s enthusiasm for Chinese Medicine is infectious and inspiring.  Allow us to introduce her to you… BRENNA GALVES, Dipl. OM, MSTOM, L.A.c. Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, NCCAOM Board certified Herbalist Educational Foundation Brenna received her Master’s of Science and […]

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Getting Started in Chinese Medicine Dermatology

Getting Started in Chinese Medicine Dermatology

If you follow me here or on social media, you’ll already know that I am very passionate about dermatology and using Chinese Herbal Medicine to treat skin diseases.  If you are a current practitioner of Chinese Medicine or a student who has finished herbal training, I’ve got some good news for you.  I am going […]

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Facial Acupuncture Is Safe and Effective for Bell’s Palsy

Facial Acupuncture Is Safe and Effective for Bell’s Palsy

Guest post written by Terry Fox, Licensed Acupuncturist at Zi Zai Dermatology. I was so frightened. I remember looking in the mirror and putting up a hand to feel the right side of my face. It felt odd – not quite numb, but not quite normal either. I couldn’t blink or close my right eye. […]

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Facial Acupuncture for Trigeminal Neuralgia Pain

Facial Acupuncture for Trigeminal Neuralgia Pain

Guest post written by Terry Fox, Licensed Acupuncturist at Zi Zai Dermatology. Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain.  If you suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia, you know exactly how painful it can feel. But, for those who’ve never experienced it, this […]

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New Product for Raw Lips

New Product for Raw Lips

Announcing our newest product for your lips:  RawRedemption™ Herbal Lip Oil! If you suffer from exfoliative cheilitis, a recurrent lip rash, or an allergy that has made your lips raw and irritated, then you will want our RawRedemption™ Herbal Lip Oil. The herbal oil comes in a glass vial with a stainless steel roller ball […]

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Decreased Availability of Chinese Herbs in the US

Decreased Availability of Chinese Herbs in the US

Here at Zi Zai Dermatology, we source our Chinese herbs from various US vendors who do the direct importing of the herbs from reputable growers in China.  It has been increasingly challenging to obtain some of these herbs lately and the cost of many Chinese herbs has gone up quite a bit due to decreased […]

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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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Zi Zai Dermatology’s Brand New Clinic

Zi Zai Dermatology’s Brand New Clinic

After several months of hammering out a lease plus 3 more months of renovations, Zi Zai Dermatology is finally settled in our new location.  The new space has room enough for a relaxing patient clinic as well as a shoppe for customers to sample our natural skin care products. We moved into a retail space […]

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Renovations Have Begun at the New Zi Zai Clinic!

Renovations Have Begun at the New Zi Zai Clinic!

We are so dang excited to announce that renovations have begun at our new clinic! I had been searching for the last 5 years for just the right location for us. I found it late last winter…and it took until August to inspect it properly and negotiate the lease. But demolition took place last week […]

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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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2015 Dermatology Diploma Course in London: The Conclusion

2015 Dermatology Diploma Course in London: The Conclusion

Why am I always so stunned at how quickly time seems to pass?  It is April 2016 as I type this, and I cannot believe that it has been over a year since the Dermatology in Chinese Medicine Diploma Course commenced in London.  I have since traveled to London from Colorado 5 times.  I have […]

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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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Studying Chinese Medicine Abroad: London 2015

Studying Chinese Medicine Abroad: London 2015

Last month I had the honor of being interviewed by my wonderful colleague Michelle Grasek for her blog Modern Acupuncture.  Below is the written interview, in its entirety.  Michelle asked the questions and I provided the answers.  Enjoy… ORIGINALLY POSTED by Michelle Grasek on ModernAcu.com on JULY 23, 2015: Welcome to the second installment of […]

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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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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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2015 Dermatology Diploma Course in London

2015 Dermatology Diploma Course in London

This year, I have the privilege to be among the elite class of international health care practitioners studying Traditional Chinese Medicine for Dermatology in London.  This TCM Dermatology Diploma Course is taught by world-renown Chinese Medicine practitioner Mazin Al-Khafaji.  Taking this course has been one of my recent dreams.  I am gushing even as I […]

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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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Challenge Obtaining Certain Herbs

Challenge Obtaining Certain Herbs

While most of the Chinese herbs used in our formulations are easily obtainable, there are times when some herbs become scarce. This can be due to many reasons: increased global demand and use, climatic events such as floods and droughts that reduce the crop, or the increased use of pesticides. Zi Zai Dermatology only uses […]

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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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New Finding: Acupuncture and Herbs Clear Acne

New Finding: Acupuncture and Herbs Clear Acne

TCM has known for a very long time that acupuncture and Chinese herbs (both internal and external) can clear acne quite successfully. But it is nice to have science back this up. Even better, they found that “The researchers discovered that when acupuncture is added to a therapeutic regime, it synergistically enhances the medicinal benefits […]

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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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A Collection of Dermatology Photos

A Collection of Dermatology Photos

One of my favorite dermatology textbooks is Clinical Dermatology by Thomas B. Habif.  It includes excellent photographic examples of dermatological conditions and their various presentations.  The images are compiled from three main sources: Alan N. Binnick, MD, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine (Dermatology), Dartmouth Medical School, and Lawrence B. Meyerson, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology […]

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PETA Certifies Zi Zai As A “Cruelty-Free” Company

PETA Certifies Zi Zai As A “Cruelty-Free” Company

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has officially added Zi Zai Dermatology to their list of “Cruelty-Free” businesses.  This means that Zi Zai does not test our products on animals and we do not purchase raw ingredients from any company that tests on animals.  We are proud to be included on this honorable list […]

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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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Sunday November 11th: The 2012 Maker’s Market:

Sunday November 11th: The 2012 Maker’s Market:

Zi Zai Dermatology will have a table set up at this year’s annual Maker’s Market at New Belgium Brewing here in Fort Collins. We will have special event pricing on all our skin care products, so don’t miss out if you live in the area. We will be accepting credit cards, but the other vendors […]

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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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Save Tigers Now

Save Tigers Now

Zi Zai Dermatology donates every month to the World Wildlife Fund’s campaign to Save Tigers Now.  While tigers are also losing their homes to deforestation, the sad truth is that most tigers are poached in the name of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or folk remedies.  Historically, tiger bone (He Gu) had been used in TCM […]

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