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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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).
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]