Grrr!…Why Does It Keep Coming Back?

My face suffers from rosacea.  So I use the Zi Zai facial products faithfully (the Honey & Herb Scrub, the RosaceaHerbal facial toner and the weekly clay & herb mask).  However, right around Thanksgiving, I suddenly got really lazy.  I ran out of the toner (all I have to do is grab more from the stock at Zi Zai’s office but I haven’t), I have been too tired many nights to wash my face before bed, and I just haven’t made the time each week to do the clay & herb facial mask.  So guess what?  The redness returned to my cheeks and I have several little acne-like zits with more popping up each day…Grrr!  The Zi Zai products had been working so well to keep my symptoms in check.  Why did they come back so quickly?

Does it mean the Zi Zai products don’t work?  Does it mean I must be addicted to using those products?  Does it mean the rosacea is getting worse?  No, no and no.  The swift return of symptoms indicates that the underlying imbalance that has caused this condition to develop in the first place still exists.  It reminds me yet again that our skin is one organ that is part of a larger system.  And my larger system needs some tweaking.  This cannot come from slathering stuff on the outside.  I must treat it from within.  For me, this means I will schedule regular acupuncture appointments for myself and I will start taking internal herbs to address the systemic energetic imbalance of my system as a whole.  And I need to resume eating healthier foods, too.

I am one of the most impatient people you will ever meet.  I want results and I want them now.  I know what needs to change to get those results, so I believe that if I make those changes, the results certainly ought to follow rather soon thereafter, right?  No, it is not that easy or that quick.  I must learn to be more patient.  After all, every day I do things or am exposed to things that alter the balance of my body (chemically, emotionally, energetically).  So each day I must not only do things to counteract those negative influences, I must also do things that positively affect my health if I want to improve my skin.

So let this be a gentle reminder to all of you who have been frustrated with your skin, or those who expect sudden improvements when you try a new product, or those who are simply impatient like me: keep up with your skin care routine (don’t slack, even for a day) and be sure to address the health of your body as a whole.  Pay attention to the habits you have or the things you are exposed to that may be chipping away at your health each day (stress at work, eating crappy processed foods, staying out in the sun/elements too long, having unhealthy emotional relationships, not exercising your body, etc.).  Replace those unhealthy things with healthier choices and maintain or develop a good beauty routine.  Because beauty really does come from the inside.

Tags: beauty, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, dermatology, Facial care, herbal skin care, rosacea, skin care

Topics: Beauty, Chinese Medicine, Facial Care, General Health, Rosacea

Publish Date: December 13, 2011     *Articles may include updates since original publishing.

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Diana Hermann is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine. She received her Master Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR and trained in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Diana treats patients in her Fort Collins, Colorado clinic and hand crafts herbal skin care products for her company Zi Zai Dermatology. In 2015, she completed the Diploma In Chinese Medicine Dermatology program from Avicenna in London, UK. She completed the program for a second time in 2019 in Chicago.

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  1. Bonnie says:

    I think that sometimes this sensitivity is also part of the healing crisis. As toxins build up in our bodies, the body doesn’t really know what normal is or what it should feel like. As you heal, your body starts realizing what it feels like to feel good. Introduce those things that caused an imbalance even in small quantities and the body will often react very strongly. This is because the body now knows what it is to feel good, but it’s still not healthy enough to get rid of the toxin without the symptoms.

    I think reactions like this are great signs of healing and continuing with the products and the internal (probably dietary) changes are totally worth the effort.

    • Miriam says:

      I think that there may be an aspect of latency in play here. The body might be strong enough to now handle something that it couldn’t before and put into latency. So now that the body is stronger, that pathogen gets released and it needs to vent and as we know, pathogens often vent through the skin. Like you said, a sign of healing although not pleasant in the least.

      Keeping on going with acupuncture and herbs in addition to the topical treatments would likely be the best course of action.

  2. Michelle LaBorde says:

    Thank you so much for this reminder and words of encouragement. I too am impatient with my skin and forget that my skin is a reflection of what is happening with my body internally. I appreciate you sharing your experience as well.

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