Chinese herbal therapy for dermatological conditions such as acne and eczema, is a science of its own. This is partly because Chinese herbal medicine is not a "one size fits all". We do have standard formulas for specific conditions. But when it comes to more complex internal issues, a good Chinese herbal practitioner will need to differentiate carefully between symptoms, so as to provide the right formula.
Both acne and eczema involve inflammation, which in Chinese medicine is referred to as "Heat". When the rash is oozing, or the acne contains pus, this is referred to as "Damp Heat" and the herbal formula will be different from dry "Heat" type rashes or acne which are usually more itchy and scale-y in appearance. Most acne and eczema also contain a component of "Spleen Damp", which correlates to bacterial or microbial infection stemming from gut imbalances.
The most successful Chinese medical approach to acne and eczema will involve both internal and external (topical) Chinese herbs, dietary changes (that address gut and microbial health) and acupuncture. As far as Chinese herbal topicals go, we recommend Colorado-based Zi Zai Dermatology. Zi Zai Dermatology has developed products that target the various "types" of eczema or acne. You can order these products direct from Zi Zai, or through Denver Community Acupuncture.
To learn more about the kind of eczema or acne that you suffer from, and Chinese herbal topicals to treat it, follow the links below.
Chinese Herbs in the Treatment of Eczema
Chinese Herbs in the Treatment of Acne