Demodex, the microscopic mites that live on human skin and in the hair follicles, can be treated by over-the-counter products or by a dermatologist. Homeopathic treatment supplies are available online for a variety of skin disorders that are believed to be related to Demodex. Among these are shampoos for hair loss, acne treatments, and creams, oils, and ointments for the eyebrows and other parts of the face and head that these mites are believed to invade. Extreme caution must be used when using any product on the eyelashes since the medication could easily enter the eye and cause serious vision problems. In addition, any treatment that is applied to the scalp, face, or eyebrows will enter the bloodstream through the pores of the skin, so it can be very dangerous to use chemicals that may be harmful to the affected person.
The great majority of people with Demodex on their bodies do not need treatment of any kind, but those who develop skin diseases or conditions caused by the mites can benefit by using skin products that rid the skin and hair of these pests. In general, Demodex mites are not treated unless they cause a specific problem. When a problem with the skin does occur, such as acne or other skin disorders, it can be very serious and cause problems for the person affected by the parasites.
Many people believe that the Demodex mites cause human hair to fall out, and they claim that anyone with thin hair has an abundance of the mites on their head. Each female is able to lay up to 25 eggs inside one hair follicle. When the young mites hatch and eat the nutrients inside the follicle, the hair may lose its health and fall out. Shampoos with tea tree oil and other natural substances that kill the mites sometimes stop the hair loss if it is occurring from Demodex. Shampoo therapy may be required for two to three months, and if hair loss begins again, retreatment is required.
Other skin diseases and problems that are caused by these mites can also be treated with products that will rid the skin and hair of the mites, or they will at least help get the mites under control so that the condition improves. Some of the skin problems thought to be caused by Demodex are rosacea, acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Medications are made that can improve these conditions. Cleanser therapy is often the first step in treating them. A cleanser made of natural ingredients, such as vitamins A and E, aloe vera, and other ingredients clean the face of dead skin cells, excess oil, and dirt. Rosacea cleanser therapy does not usually contain oil. Other cleansers made specifically for those with acne, eczema, or psoriasis are specifically made to provide what the skin needs when it has been affected by these conditions.
Acne cause by Demodex mites that is treated naturally does not involve harsh antibiotic drugs, but it uses zinc and other natural minerals with antibiotic abilities. Also, natural treatment does not involve drying out the skin, but instead, it is moisturized with the proper levels of moisture that allow the skin to heal. There are natural cleansers and acne creams available that can eliminate the bacteria on the skin that may result from decomposing mites in the pores. Natural products have the ability to kill any living mites and to restore the skin to a healthy state with minerals, vitamins, and essential oils.
Anyone who is not sure whether their skin problem or hair loss is a result of Demodex can find out for sure by having a hair, eyelash, or eyebrow hair checked by a laboratory who can examine it with a microscope. This is the only way to know for sure if this mite is causing the problem.