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Demodex, The Creature That Lives On Human Eyelashes

Demodex are tiny mites which lives in or near the hair follicles of mammals. There are about 65 species discovered, but only two species lives on humans, there are Demodex brevis and Demodex follicellorum. They are also called eyelash mites, face mites or skin mites.

Where do they live

Demodex lives in pores of the skin and hair follicles, therefore they can be found on the cheeks, nose, eyebrows, external ear channel, forehead and most times mainly in the roots of the eyelashes

What do they feed on

They eat sebum; that is the greasy oil the skin produces to protect itself and keep it from drying out.

How do they reproduce

Demodex possess genital opening in both the male and female. Mating takes place in the follicle opening and eggs are laid inside the hair follicles or sebaceous glands. It takes about 3-4 days for the larvae to be hatched and it develops into an adult within 7 days.

Symptoms of Demodex

Symptoms include: sudden increased roughness of the skin, burning sensation, redness, itchy or scaly skin, etc.

Diagnosis/ treatment of Demodex

Demodex can be diagnosed by scraping a small sample of follicular tissues and oils from your face. Then a skin biopsy shown under a microscope will determine the presence of these mites.

Some home treatment can help in getting rid of demodex and also prevent them from spreading.

By using tea tree oil, scrub your eye lashes gently and then apply tea tree oil to kill any egg left behind.

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