Could Demodex Mites be the cause of your skin troubles?

If you struggle with rosacea, larges pores and inflamed, itchy skin, you may want to consider whether you could have demodex mites. Sounds kinda gross, but these little fellas are surprisingly common and can wreak all sorts of havoc on the skin.
There are two main types of demodex mites that can live on human skin; Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis. They live in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands so are usually found on the face where there are more oil glands than the rest of the body, and also commonly infest the eyebrows, eyelashes and scalp. These mites live off skin cells and oil so can be more common in people with oily skin or those with a higher turnover of skin cells. At full size they can get up to 0.4mm long, but even then it is unlikely you will see them with the naked eye as they avoid light and usually come out at night.
Some major signs and symptoms of demodex mites include:
LARGE PORES | ROSACEA | INFLAMED EYELIDS (BLEPHARITIS) | ITCHY SKIN | INFLAMMATION & REDNESS | A FEELING OF CRAWLING UNDER THE SKIN | DILATED VEINS | THINNING HAIR | ADULT ACNE | HAIR LOSS
These little guys can be quite persistent and although their lifespan is only about two weeks, treatment must be consistent for about twelve weeks to break the cycle. Some treatment options include the use of tea tree oil and clove oil (don’t put clove oil neat on the skin, it must be diluted), boosting vitamin D status and sunlight exposure, supporting the immune system, stress relief and strict hygiene measures for the period of treatment (no reusing towels etc as the mites can survive in a damp environment). People with compromised immune systems tend to be more prone to an infestation of these mites which is why it is essential to boost immunity.
Interesting, right? Skin conditions can be so complex and sometimes it’s difficult to determine the cause of your problem so seek professional advice if you’re struggling to get on top of things.

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