Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral Dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition often found in females 20 to 35 years old although it can occur at any age. Less commonly, males can be affected but no matter who it affects or at what age, it can cause misery for many.

Sometimes due to a rebound effect from steroids- either topical, nasal (like flonase) or even steroid inhalers, the symptoms typically start around the mouth, chin or nose. Redness and flaky dry skin can occur with bumps and symptoms can fluctuate from day to day. The symptoms can also spread to the eye lids or around the eyes.

Many things can make Perioral Dermatitis flare including SLS in toothpaste, PMS, harsh skin care products, sunlight, emotions or fragrances. If you’re suffering with Perioral Dermatitis, often it is recommended to stick with plain water to wash your face and use a very simple moisturizer. Years ago I formulated lonicera clearing oil for a patient suffering with this frustrating condition, and it along with internal Chinese herbal medicine helped to heal her skin completely only a few weeks.

In Chinese Medicine, Perioral Dermatitis is due to an imbalance in the liver or excess dampness and toxic heat accumulation in the stomach and spleen. When we treat this condition, we look at at that factors that could have caused this disharmony, the way the skin looks, and any other symptoms in the patient. We then form a diagnosis and precise herbal treatment to address not only the symptoms but also the cause.

Perioral Dermatitis responds very well to correct treatment with Chinese Medicine and often the condition can improve in 2-3 weeks. The herbs taste bad, but they are not to be taken forever and the effects are absolutely worth it!

Dr. Dilks custom blending Chinese Herbal Medicine for a patient.

Dr. Dilks custom blending Chinese Herbal Medicine for a patient.

New Hours! More Treatment Rooms! New Practitioners!

We've expanded!

It's been so busy at Emerging Energy renovating our office, but we are feeling settled in and have big news to share!

We now have 3 Doctors of Acupuncture available 6 days per week, an excellent massage therapist, and a holistic esthetician who also performs facial reflexology. (More about Alison and facial reflexology in another post!)

Our latest staff addition is acupuncturist Dr. Charlotte King, who has special training treating children with non-needle techniques. She also treats pain, women's health concerns and more. You can read all about her here. Dr. Charlotte also has extended evening hours on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Scheduling is available online!


Dr. Mary Claire Dilks has expanded office hours and is now booking Friday mornings/ lunch, 8:30am-12:30 pm. She also has a new standard poodle puppy, Lucy, who may make an appearance in the office from time to time.

Here at Emerging Energy, we love helping people feel their best. When we feel our best, our spirit shines in the sparkly in our eyes, our skin glows with radiant health, and we can relax and enjoy the moment without worry or stress. We would love to help YOU!

Our private treatment rooms, delicious tea, and serene environment allow you to fully benefit from your acupuncture, massage or facial treatment. Healing begins when our nervous system relaxes, so we think this part is critical in your care.

Call or schedule online today!