Acupuncture and Chinese medicine treat perioral dermatitis by addressing the underlying imbalance causing the condition. Every patient has their own experience. The acupuncture treatment must be personalized to you. I have helped many people with perioral dermatitis throughout my 15 years in practice.
What is Perioral Dermatitis?
Perioral Dermatitis is a facial rash which causes redness of the skin, red bumps, and scaling around the nose, mouth, cheeks, and sometimes eyes or forehead. Perioral Dermatitis mostly afflicts young women and causes a significant amount of stress.
Causes of Perioral Dermatitis
The exact cause of perioral dermatitis is not known. Perioral dermatitis is associated with topical steroid use on the face or inhaled steroids, cosmetics, fluoride toothpaste, or other irritants. I have often seen that the condition develops after a period of stress.
In Chinese Medicine, Perioral Dermatitis is most often caused by Qi Stagnation and Stomach Heat. The herbs and acupuncture are chosen specifically to correct these imbalances.
Perioral Dermatitis in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to the diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions. My goal is to correct the underlying imbalance causing the perioral dermatitis which will provide the body with an opportunity to heal.
Diagnosis of the imbalance is based upon your specific symptoms and experience. Common causes of Perioral Dermatitis in Chinese Medicine are Qi stagnation and Stomach Heat.
Qi stagnation: The skin with Qi Stagnation will be red and the redness may come and go. There can be bumps. Symptoms may be worse around the period.
Stomach Heat: Stomach Heat is more likely to cause bumps with the redness. Digestive issues may accompany the skin issues such as bloating and indigestion.
What is an acupuncture appointment like?
During your first acupuncture appointment we will discuss your medical history as well as conduct an examination. The skin provides a lot of information about the underlying imbalance. I will consider the color of the skin, size of the lesions, the nature of the lesions, presence of scaling, and location of the scales. For example, important factors include if there are raised bumps, is it very red, does it come and goes, is it only at the mouth or have they spread to the eyes.
I will consider other factors because to understand the skin, we have to understand how imbalances are manifesting in the body. Digestion is very important. Including food sensitivities and bloating. Additionally, it is important to understand sensitivity to heat because heat can be a factor in the development of perioral dermatitis.
Once I have identified the underlying imbalance causing the perioral dermatitis, I will recommend a customized herbal formula and acupuncture treatment aimed at correcting this underlying imbalance. Each aspect of the treatment is aimed at addressing a piece of the imbalance underlying the condition. The herbal formula will be a combination of different herbs that creates a powerful synergy to regulate the inflammatory process causing the condition.