Demodex is a microscopic parasite that often lives on humans without their knowing that the mite is on their body. Sometimes, the mites cause itching or skin problems that can be an indication that they are either living within the hair follicles of the human, or near the hair follicles. They can also be found on the face, chest, and back. Demodex folliculorum is the mite that lives in hair follicles and Demodex brevis lives in the sebaceous glands. A person who has an infestation of these mites is said to have demodicosis.
Many people have some Demodex on their body, either in their hair follicles or on their skin. Most of the time, this does not cause a problem, but in some cases, such as during adolescence when the body produces more oil, the amount of Demodex on the body can increase. This is because the mites live off of oily secretions on the face and scalp. The Demodex brevis is sometimes referred to as a face mite. It is associated with problems, such as blackheads, acne, itching face or scalp, large pores, pimples, cysts, hair loss, watering of the eyes, red, swollen nose, and rosacea. Doctors are often hesitant to say that any of these conditions are cause by the mites, and many medical professionals argue that they are not the cause of these skin disorders. In countries where homeopathic or alternative medicine is widely practiced, it is generally accepted that the mites are the cause these skin disorders.
There are two ways to test a person to see if the Demodex mite is present on the body. One of these is to examine skin scrapings under a microscope. The other method is to have a Cyanarcylate glue standardized skin surface biopsy. Neither of these methods can be performed at home by the person who suspects that they have the mites on their body. If the parasite is found, there are several ways of treating it. A variety of products for Demodex are available on the Internet. One of these treatments is with the oil of the sea buckthorn which is thought to destroy the Demodex folliculorum mite. This oil is available as oil or in pill form. It has an anti-inflammatory quality and is believed to nourish, revitalize, and restore the scalp and hair. Tropical tea tree oil is also used on the scalp as a shampoo. In addition, this shampoo is used to treat eyelid infestations. Other products that are available online contain essential oils that are thought to nourish and restore the hair and scalp.
There are some ways that the mites can be prevented as well. Keeping clothing and bedding clean and changing it often is one method that may work for some people. Since the mites eat oil from the scalp and face, it is important to use soap on the face and shampoo on the body. Many women have been told never to use soap on their faces, and they use creams to cleanse their faces. In women who have Demodex, the oil can cause the infestation to multiply and worsen. If a person has had demodicosis, it is strongly advised that the person change the pillow case on their bed each day to prevent the mites from returning. Adding tea tree oil to each load of laundry is also said to prevent the mites.
The thought of mites crawling on our bodies is enough to upset many people. It is important to know that the Demodex is not a problem if it does not cause rosacea or another skin problem. It is still not widely accepted that the mite does cause rosacea, acne, or other skin disorders. However, many people all around the world have had their condition improved by using natural products, such as tea tree oil shampoo and other products that have been clinically proven to kill Demodex.