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By Diana Hermann (bio below)
Zi Zai Dermatology’s Little Red Rash™ Ointment is an herbal ointment designed specifically as a red rash treatment. Instead of beeswax, it contains a plant-based wax called candelilla wax, making it a vegan eczema ointment. This makes it an excellent option for those who have a beeswax allergy or propolis allergy (which is sometimes found in beeswax).
The most important ingredients of this vegan eczema ointment are the Chinese herbs that are infused into high-quality organic extra virgin olive oil. According to the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), these herbs work on an energetic level to clear Heat, Dry Damp, and Resolve Toxins*. In TCM we describe red rashes as having “Heat”. When skin lesions ooze or weep, TCM says these types of lesions are of the “Damp” or maybe even “Toxin” type. Papules (tiny bumps seen in some rashes) can form as a result of Heat, Damp and/or Toxins. These energetic factors can combine in many ways to create imbalances in the skin that lead to rashes.
The Chinese herbs in our Little Red Rash™ Ointment are all plants (or parts of plants) that we use very often in TCM Dermatology.
- Bai Xian Pi (Radix Dictamnus) is a root especially useful for alleviating itch caused by Toxins.
- Pu Gong Ying (Herba Taraxaci), better known to everyone as dandelion, is great when there are firm inflamed lesions or pus.
- Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae), Huang Bai (Cortex Phellodendri), and Huang Lian (Rhizoma Coptidis) are known in TCM as “The Three Yellows”. The Three Yellows clear Damp-Heat and are famous for their antibacterial properties.
- Ku Shen (Radix Sophorae Flavascentis) is another yellow root and is most widely used to alleviate itch and for clearing Damp-Heat.
- Di Fu Zi (Fructus Kochiae) drains Dampness and helps Ku Shen to alleviate itch.
The itchy red rash treatment is a great all-natural itchy, red rash treatment. Keep in mind, of course, that no external product will cure chronic atopic eczema. While natural skin care can provide relief, it’s best to determine external triggers and to heal the body internally for best long term results. Additionally, if you have a rash of unknown origin that is not healing on its own, you should seek the medical advice of a skilled dermatologist.
*English terms used to denote the energetic factors described by Traditional Chinese Medicine theory are capitalized here to differentiate them from their common western meaning.
Tell us: Do you have a beeswax allergy or a propolis allergy? Are you a vegan with eczema? What skin care products works best for your red or weeping eczema?
Bio: Diana Hermann is the founder of and product formulator for Zi Zai Dermatology. She is a licensed acupuncturist and is nationally certified in Oriental Medicine. She received her Master of Oriental Medicine degree in 1999 from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and shortly thereafter completed an internship with the Director of the Dermatology Department of Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, P.R. of China. After working in private practice for several years, Diana began to specialize in the treatment of dermatological problems. She was dissatisfied with the lack of safe and effective topical herbal products available in the U.S. for skin conditions, so in 2009 founded Zi Zai Dermatology. Diana continues to maintain her private practice, Acupuncture of the Rockies, which allows her to increase her experience in the treatment of skin conditions and additionally it serves as a clinical testing ground for Zi Zai’s products before they get to the public market.
Zi Zai Dermatology is a micro company that cares about your quality of life. We are based in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA and we hand craft small batches of exceptional herbal skin care products. At Zi Zai, we have put thousands of years of experience into the formulations of these fine herbal products. We hope you enjoy using them as much as we have enjoyed crafting them for you. Seek Health…Find Beauty.
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