Perioral Dermatitis

Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral dermatitis is a troubling skin condition characterized by a rash around the mouth and possibly the nose, manifesting as redness, bumps, dryness, and irritation. 

Unlike conventional treatments that often focus on symptom management, acupuncture and Chinese medicine aim to correct the root cause of perioral dermatitis by restoring the body’s natural balance.

Perioral Dermatitis

Causes of Perioral Dermatitis

While the exact cause of perioral dermatitis is not known, it’s frequently linked to the use of topical or inhaled steroids, certain cosmetics, fluoride toothpaste, and environmental irritants. Stress is also a significant factor, underscoring the importance of a holistic treatment strategy.

Personalized Treatment: The Heart of Healing

Recognizing that each individual’s experience with perioral dermatitis is unique, our approach is highly personalized. Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation of your health, considering not just your skin but also digestion, sleep patterns, hormonal balance, and stress levels. 

Our primary objective is to restore your body to balance.

Diagnosing the Imbalance

A detailed medical history and skin examination inform our diagnosis. Key questions about the nature of your rash, dietary triggers, stress, and prior treatments help pinpoint the underlying imbalance. 

I will evaluate the primary manifestations of your condition—be it redness, bumps, dryness, or scaling—and their locations, whether around the mouth, the eyes, or both. We also consider hormonal fluctuations, such as those related to menstrual cycles, that may exacerbate the condition. Thinking about the whole person we also consider digestion, sleep, and overall health.  Techniques such as pulse reading and tongue observation further guide the diagnosis of the underlying imbalance and formulation of a customized treatment plan. 

Common Imbalances

Perioral dermatitis often stems from Qi stagnation and Stomach Heat, reflecting disruptions in the body’s energy flow and internal heat regulation. The selected herbs and acupuncture points specifically target these imbalances correcting the underlying root cause of the condition.

Customized Treatment Strategy

This information allows us to determine the specific underlying imbalance. 

Perioral dermatitis is often the result of Qi stagnation and Stomach Heat, indicating a disruption in the flow of your body’s vital energy and an imbalance in internal heat. 

I will then create a tailored treatment plan that may include acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping, and LED light therapy. I have also found that acupuncture facial rejuvenation is effective in treating perioral dermatitis. 

The herbs chosen for your treatment are tailored to address the root cause of your condition, whether it’s Qi stagnation, Stomach Heat, or a combination of both. Similarly, acupuncture sessions are personalized to stimulate specific points that facilitate healing and rebalance your body’s energies.

Through this holistic and customized approach, we not only aim to alleviate the symptoms of perioral dermatitis but also address the underlying imbalances that contribute to the condition. By restoring your body to a state of balance and health, we help pave the way for long-term improvement and well-being.

Feel Better, Get Acupuncture!

Our goal in treating perioral dermatitis is to restore your body to a state of balance and health. By addressing the underlying imbalances with personalized acupuncture and Chinese medicine, we offer a path to lasting improvement and wellness.

Please call us at 212-319-5757 to make an appointment or you can schedule your appointment online

Feedback From our clients…

Within weeks of coming to New York to study, I began to experience a facial rash, perioral dermatitis, which I never had before. I felt very bad, I couldn’t sleep, and my face became itchy and red. I tried many different things on my own, but nothing worked. So, I decided to try acupuncture and herbs. Even from the first acupuncture appointment with Joseph I felt a lot better.  The perioral dermatitis on my face was much less and my general condition was very good. After 3 months of treatment I have a significant improvement. My skin is not that sensitive anymore and, I believe, I’m not going to experience that rash in the future.

Kathy, NYC