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Illustration of a hair folicle and a demodex mite

WHAT IS THE DEMODEX MITE?

Demodex mites are eight-legged, 0.3-0.4 mm long, sausage- shaped arachnids that live in the pores of our facial skin. They are particularly fond of the hair follicles of eyebrows and eyelashes, and the oily pores most common on the nose, forehead, and cheeks

Their bodies are covered with scales for anchoring themselves in hair follicles, and the mites have pin-like mouthparts for eating skin cells and oils which accumulate in hair follicles.


Their bodies are covered with scales for anchoring themselves in hair follicles, and the mites have pin-like mouthparts for eating skin cells and oils which accumulate in hair follicles.

The mites are transferred between hosts through contact with hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows, as well as general facial contact.

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WHAT PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS DO DEMODEX MITES CAUSE?

The main symptoms of Demodex infestation are itching, burning, crawling foreign body sensation, blurry vision, crusting and redness of the eye lid margin.

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DECREASED VISION

Some people’s vision may be compromised. These mites may affect the tear film of the eyes, causing your vision to blur. However, once the infestation is cleared up, your vision will then return to normal.

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ROSACEA

According to an analysis of 48 separate studies, people with rosacea are eight times more likely to have a mite infestation. Skin mites have been connected to creating inflammatory skin diseases. It is believed that rosacea is not caused by the mites themselves, but rather the bacteria in the feces that they carry.

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EARLY MORNING ITCHINESS

Because the mites have an aversion to light, they feed and conduct most of their mating at night and crawl back into the hair follicles in the morning.

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FALLING EYELASHES

People may experience their eyelashes falling out if there are many mites residing in a single eyelash follicle.

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EYE INFECTION

Severe cases of Demodex mites may lead to eye infection.

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EYELID INFLAMMATION

People with an infestation of mites may experience Demodex blepharitis: reddened crusty, itchy,scratchy burning eyelids, and thickening of the skin of their lids.

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ACNE

A 2012 meta-analysis found that people who suffer from acne vulgaris have almost 3x the likelihood of Demodex mite infestation. These people produce three times the average amount of skin oil, creating a sebaceous feast for these mites.

As you age, the percent chance that you have demodex mites living on your eyelashes also increases

% of people

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A THIRD OF YOUNG ADULTS

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HALF OF ADULTS

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2/3 OF ELDERLY PEOPLE

MAIN CAUSES OF DEMODEX MITES

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OILY SKIN

People with oily skin may find themselves more vulnerable to eyelash mites, as mites like to feed on the sebaceous glands.

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MAKE UP

Women who wear mascara on their eyelashes or a lot of eye make up tend to have a higher prevalence of Demodex mites. Additionally, sleeping with makeup on your face can also make you more vulnerable to an infestation.

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HYGENE

Keeping your eye area clean is the best way to reduce Demodex mites, but regular personal hygiene products alone do not kill these mites.

WHAT SKIN ISSUES DO THESE MITES CAUSE?

75
MILLION

BLEPHARITIS

Keeping your eye area clean is the best way to reduce demodex mites, but regular personal hygiene products alone do not kill these mites

ROSACEA

People with Rosacea often have 15 to 18 times more demodex mites infecting their eyelashes, eyelids, and face than others

Illustration of a girl with rosacea and many demodex mites
Illustration of a man with no rosacea and few demodex mites
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The good news is that with the right ingredients, these creepy bugs are relatively easy to kill.

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WIPE YOUR EYES DAILY

Make sure you’re using a wipe that contains tea tree oil, the ONLY all-natural killer of Demodex mites.

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MAKE SURE YOUR CONTAMINATED MAKE-UP DOESN'T TOUCH YOUR EYES

Throw out and replace your eye make-up if you’re suffering from a Demodex mite infestation.

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ANTIBIOTICS FOR VERY SEVERE INFESTATION

Using over-the-counter antibiotic ointments can help prevent and treat Demodex infestations, but talk with your doctor first.

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CAN MITES TRANSFER
BETWEEN PEOPLE AT NIGHT?

YES

Yes, at night mites usually comes out of the hair follicles and move at a speed… Mites transfer between people in close proximity though skin and hair contact.


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HOW OFTEN SHOULD
YOU CLEAN YOUR EYELIDS?

DAILY

Healthy adults have around one to two mites per square centimeter of facial skin. People with skin or eye conditions may have 10 times more. Daily cleansing is necessary to prevent the mites from reproducing by laying eggs in your pores.

BUTT OR NO BUTT?

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Demodex mites do not have anuses and therefore cannot get rid of feces “Their abdomen just gets bigger and bigger and when they die and decompose they release their feces all at once in the pore,” studies show. When the mites are numerous, the material is enough to trigger an immune reaction,inflammation and tissue damage.

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CHECK YOUR PARTNER

These mite’s bodies make it easy for them to travel from one person to the next via hair follicles through casual contact. Make sure everyone in your household has been checked to thoroughly eradicate the problem. This includes your pets, as they are vulnerable to these mites too.

BUY NEW PILLOWS AND BED SHEETS

These pesky little mites can be Hiding in your linens, so replace any contaminated sheets and pillow cases to effectively end the infestation. If you skip this step, it is possible to suffer from a re-infestation.

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