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What Are Face Mites?

Demodex are tiny mites that live in or near hair follicles on humans and dogs. Two species of the arachnids live on humans, specifically on the face, hence the term face mite. Demodex are also known as eyelash mites.

Each semi-transparent mite is about .4mm long - too tiny to be seen with the naked eye. 5 mites placed end to end can fit on the head of a pin.

They are mostly harmless and usually don't cause health problems for humans. But occasionally some skin diseases can be caused by the face mites.

KQED San Francisco aired a video series by PBS Digital Studios that describes face mites in all their skin crawling detail.
 

Can Face Mites Suck Blood?

Even though they belong to the arachnid family, face mites do not suck your blood. They are not leeches or ticks. As disgusting as they look, face mites actually perform a beneficial service for humans. They consume (eat) sebum, the greasy oil that builds up on the skin and inside the skin pores.

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They have 8 tiny segmented legs and scales on their bodies to attach themselves to hair follicles. They prefer to hang out upside down on hair follicles around the eyes, nose and mouth where the highest concentration of sebum occurs.
 

Are Humans Born With Face Mites?

Humans are not born with face mites. The tiny creatures are transferred to babies from the mother through direct contact (such as cuddling or kissing).

The number of mites increase at the onset of puberty when the skin produces more oil. Face mites live about 2 weeks. They crawl out of skin pores at night to mate with each other, then they crawl back inside skin pores to lay their eggs.

Nearly all adults on earth are infested with face mites. Although they infest all races, they tend to prefer adolescents, teens and young adults with oily skin who don't wash their faces as often.
 

How Can I Get Rid of Face Mites?

Don't panic. There is usually no reason to get rid of face mites. They are harmless and they keep our faces nearly oil-free. They are virtually impossible to get rid of. Even if you found a way to get rid of most skin mites, they reproduce quickly. It only takes one mite to repopulate your skin in a couple of days. Face mites do not have an anus so they can't poop on your face - if that makes you feel any better.
 

Do Face Mites Cause Skin Rashes?

Some people experience an overproduction of face mites that can clog the pores and cause an inflammatory reaction. The rash is seen as small evenly-sized pimples that appear quickly around the eyes, nose and mouth. If you have an itchy rash on your eyelids, and around your eyes, nose and mouth, you should consult your dermatologist.

This has been your Medical Minute.
 

More Info On the Web

Meet The Mites That Live On Your Face | npr.org

These microscopic mites live on your face | BBC Earth

What is Demodex folliculorum? | Healthline
 

DISCLAIMER

Any medical information published on this blog is for your general information only and is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice. You should not take any action before consulting with your personal physician or a health care provider. Sandrarose.com and its affiliates cannot be held liable for any damages incurred by following information found on this blog.
 

  • GrapeCrush

    Ok, so which celebrity is this in reference too? Lol

  • tintin

    i wanna see that on a face.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Ion know bout yall but I;m completely sick of planet earth and these diseases and bugs and got damn illnesses ..smells ... shyt in da food ..... pain etc .. sick of it ..... staying completely away from folks ........

  • Rayscoty

    How do they survive under all that makeup

  • Gloria

    Appreciate the post, Sandra. The average person does not realize that we have a plethora of organisms living on us and inside us. All normal flora with a purpose. The human body is truly amazing.

  • DroneRivers

    Well, Sandra, at least you were nice enough to wait until after lunch to post this. Kinda coulda done without it though! Lol
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  • Sassie

    How interesting!

  • Gamer?? Chick

    Someone mentioned this in another post about babies I think...

  • CardiB’sAbs

    This is one medical minute I could’ve done without. Ignorance truly is bliss.

  • Yoni7

    I was like a UP CLOSE post about to be posted in 3, 2, 1. LMAOOOO

  • Yardgirl

    Word!!!

  • Yardgirl

    Right!! I had the most delicious shrimp and chips from the local seafood spot. Freshly made to order and deeeelish!! My one fried cheat for the month!!

  • xenaD

    That’s wat I’m saying! Brought back memories from 2011 when I watched a documentary on bird mites ?

  • Yoni7

    Just like dust mites on your mattresses. And I just learned about sweat bees. Someone mentioned the other day about some mites/lice coming out of improperly applied lashes/microblading. Sounds like a business venture to me. The successful eradication of lice and mites. #findaneedandsellit

  • GrambosTheHealer

    Sandra, what was your inspiration for this post?

  • Eileen

    Yes Ignorance is super bliss with me I really dont want to know everything! LOL

  • Yardgirl

    I wanna know too!!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • Yoni7

    It's coming. Watch. LOL

  • GrambosTheHealer
  • Yardgirl

    Me too!!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Lol???

  • Eileen

    That is why you should not have everybody and they mama kissing yo baby. I read on a blog where one young women developed herpes on her face because when she was a baby some nasty family member kissed her on the face and today she has to take off from work from time to time when her outbreaks occur.

  • Eileen

    God was in the details!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile... I was scrolling down to see whose picture would be the victim of this post ?

  • Yoni7

    Define: chips

  • Yardgirl

    Thick cut french fries

  • Melanated Goddess??

    Now I'm going to wash my face 4 times a day now. Instead of my usual 2. I can't. This is disturbing. I could've done without this Medical Minute. I'm disgusted. I want off this planet now. Right now.

  • Yoni7

    Oh! LOL

  • iWasteTime

    I was thinking the same thing!!

  • Melanated Goddess??

    I don't understand the obsession with kissing babies much less a strangers baby. Hell I barely want to touch them. When I do , I wash my hands thoroughly. Even if they're clean.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • Melanated Goddess??

    Word on the BX curb is that there's certain bird brain rapper that sleeps in her makeup. She also shops in makeup stained bathrobes. While wearing the same makeup from the night before and a ratty wig.

  • iWasteTime
  • GrambosTheHealer

    See...thank you for adding context :). Makes it less creepy to read. If Sandra would've just said "homegirl eat, sleeps, and shits in her makeup", I would've understood better.

  • bemetoo

    Well I guess you having face mites is better than having crabs or stds??????

  • Rere

    I knew NOT to read this, yet I read it?????? god please erase this article from my memory.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • Yoni7

    Can we get an open post today? I have two SIMPLE questions.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I'm out of this post cause now I'm itching all over...
    https://media2.giphy.com/media/gGeyr3WepujbGn7khx/giphy.gif

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    ??

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • iWasteTime

    you better put OT: and go on and ask your questions.
    I did about yt people not washing ... lol

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ????
    That gif is HILARIOUS ???

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Which thread? I missed it!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Spill it Sis!

  • Trace da Ace

    omg.....see this whole write up makes me want to go scrub my face with brillo pad!!! damn....just when you think the normal 2 wash exfoliate to the face would do....smdh

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You're laughing, but face mites can't breathe under all that makeup. ?

  • WhoKnew

    Wait what? I was in a store just this morning and the clerk (who was not white) waited on a customer before me that was white. The customer made his purchase and left the store. Then the clerk says to me he stank, why do white people stink so badly and do you think think bathe? Totally caught me off guard.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Blame @Malai. She mentioned it in my comments yesterday. ?

  • justlooking
  • justlooking

    LMAO

  • justlooking

    I went to get my FACE beat for event...and the makeup was so made..Cause she her last client had not washed her face and had crust in her eyes. https://media3.giphy.com/media/12CVdOeR0k2fCw/giphy.gif

  • justlooking
  • justlooking

    Yeah but you skin looks like trash wearing all that make...and you skin can't breath.

  • Yoni7

    Right.

  • MsPam

    Out of all medical minutes Ms.Sandra we get this?! NEW POST!

  • Yoni7

    O/T: TWO questions...
    Can anybody tell me what summer fragrance is in this season? The only one I'm feeling so far is that CK Air. Dassit.

    2ndly
    Has anyone here ever attended a Diner En Blanc event and where/which city/state/country?

  • Nik

    I just ate to sux to be me, huh?!

  • Navybeans95

    Nerp...my daily routine consists of witch hazel, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, castile peppermint soap, I could go on and on...I'm killing all mites ..

  • Nik

    That castile soap is EV-VER-REEE-THANG!

  • Nik
  • B.Loveitt

    There's stuff all over us guys. The human body is fascinating!

  • Navybeans95

    Chile that soap has fixed my scalp and my skin all over my body...Dr Bronner is life....?

  • Nik

    Yeeeeees! My face never looked so good!

  • Navybeans95

    I got my whole family on that soap...forreal...jus don't forget to dilute!!!

  • Mz_Opinionated

    Eww...this is a pretty disgusting medical minute. What brought this topic about?! Sheesh ?

  • Renee26

    I didn't need to know this.... Claws at face

  • Melanated Goddess??

    She's still a nasty bird though. ?????

  • TriniHarlem

    I did dinner en blanc last year it was an experience and that's all I will say about that lol. Not for me but glad I experienced.

  • Topic Influencer

    Who the fukk asked for this medical minute? Gotta be someone I have blocked. Just WHY?

  • Miss Lady

    Thanks Dr. Auntie now my damn face is itching.

  • Guest

    Where the hell this post come from? Begins to wipe face....

  • Guest

    Dinner En Blac -There is one in Trinidad and Tobago and one in NY. I don't know of any others.

  • CookieMobster
  • Guest

    This is how most of the population probably got herpes.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile say it ! Poisonous place !

  • Bam Bam Li

    I did not need to be reminded about this good lady, not at all. Now my entire body is itching and I'm looking at my kids with their little greasy faces like ????

  • Bam Bam Li

    I'm about to throw my entire babies away, them and my husband can live together with their mite faces, I'd be happy living in a bubble alone. I'm over here all itchy n ish now ??

  • Mz_Opinionated

    Huh? You work next to someone and don't know their last names?! ? Damn...Um...You know what i Have in my cubicle? Woodwick Reed Diffuser. I love them and they have a nice throw scent. Which means it travels well...

  • Karen Brady

    Well.. this is random.. but I guess.. watch who you slobbin' down... *shrugs*

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Same here ... earth needs to be fumigated stat!

  • Malai

    Awwww sandra I feel flattered! I was just talkin about this in the last post with Lira Galore contaminating her baby’s face with mites

  • EasyBreezy

    IKR. I was scrowling the article, certain there'd a familiar celebrity "face," that JUST happened to be featured for "illustrative purposes only...."

  • Brown & Proud

    Wtf thats super gross I hate bugs of any kind.. Big or small.. The thought of them on me right now makes my skin crawl. https://media3.giphy.com/media/dn0w2S6PkH2WCU4cMI/giphy.gif

  • Logan Roberts

    *continues to eat my Chick-fil-a spicy chicken with bacon*

  • Applebootay

    Why are you like this Sandra Rose? ???

  • NewNew
  • iWasteTime

    Snoop Paying Rotimi debt to 50 post

  • NewNew

    Perhaps you heard that story from me. I worked with a girl that that happened to. She would have to call out any time she waa overstressed because her face would break out herpes sores and it would take a while for them to heal. I felt badly for her because it wasn't her fault.

    I also knew a girl in college who had herpes in her throat. She was popular with the football players and I didn't feel bad for her at all. ?

  • iWasteTime

    lol I heart you!
    We got in to a conversation about "washing legs" something someone bought in from the innanets. I'm the only one that look like me in our section and they were shocked I wash more than once in the shower.
    Check the Snoop, 50 cent, Rotimi post ... lol

  • Marlika

    Omg this medical minute got me itching. Just the thought makes my skin crawl. Let me go take some Benadryl ???????

  • GrapeCrush

    Lmao!! ???

  • PLEASEDontTellMe
  • KneeSee

    This right here is TMI.

  • Meme

    i didnt want to click on this now i feel icky

  • Meme

    Oooo That man looks like he's teaming with lice and mites

  • Guest

    And bleach!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Gotta dilute it? Do you put it in another bottle after diluting so you can use it?

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ????

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    ???

  • Navybeans95

    Yes...it's concentrated, if u use it full strength it can cause burning or irritation (similar to Dr Tichenors mouth wash)....I buy extra spray bottles and pour half soap and half purified water..keep it by all my sinks...I wash my face with it twice a day...then witch hazel...then moisturizer...it works ..?

  • Nik

    LMBO!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    How can it not p00p?? It's alive. Where does it's waste go?

  • Sushi

    on your face lol...….

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Something happened...in her childhood...in da h00d.

  • Kay J

    I stumbled upon an article on this topic when I was younger and it freaked me out until I was in denial about them existing! Thanks Sandra ??

  • ClaireHuxtable

    It's got to! If it doesn't eliminate...it will explode!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    What moisturizer do you like to use?

  • Navybeans95

    I alternate between sweet almond oil or collagen, Rose hip is good ...I've learned which ones works best for my skin over the years...I have dry and oily areas on my face so it's tricky...

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Thank you Navy??

  • Navybeans95

    Welcome?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    I should have NEVER clocked or read this ? dam you auntie

  • Sweetness

    The irony in "Just the thought makes my skin crawl". Get it? Skin...crawl...itch???.

    I'm just funnin ya sis! #ihadtodoit

  • Dowoop

    This is why I keep saying I don't kiss strange babies... I don't know where that baby has been.

  • Dowoop

    Screenshot this conversation for later use.

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    You know she is laughing as she writes.

  • GrambosTheHealer

    ??? she got everybody itching

  • Luv R

    The fact that they come out of our skin to mate ... That right there is so nasty... I do not wanna think about a bug hittin it from the back on my face and then going back in my face to have a gender reveal party...?

  • dontgetblocked

    Auntie! Why! Now I'm itching. Yuck!

  • pure_rachet

    Sandra's math and measuring skills are faulty!! 10mm is a centimeter. If a face mite was 8-16 mm we would all have big old bugs all over our faces...

  • Vonn

    Why does this face mite look like a penis??

  • Not Today

    Well..ok. that was deep?

  • Love Luv

    Navy can you list your regimen and brands. What all are you using the soap on & how are you using the apple cider? I can’t tolerate the taste but hey! Do you mean straight turmeric or turmeric pills etc? Annnnddd if you have time or patience can you list what got you into this routine. Trying to see what parts of your routine could help me. It sounds like a healthy plan. I’m sick of pain and body issues. Thank you so much. Definitely screenshot worthy.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Why in all of baby Jesus hell did I just open this post.....

  • http://www.NeCola.Mayvenn.com Chile_Pleeze

    Tea tree oil kills them dead....

  • L love

    Now everything itches. Thanks

  • 6ue$$imh8n

    Omg ikr I'm in here frozen like I'm being attacked.

  • Patricia

    years ago, PBS did a special regarding all the living creatures on our human bodies. they are in our ears, in our head, all over our skin. thats why regular bathing is essential to keep the population down. they are everywhere.

  • Navybeans95

    Well..my mom is the expert...but over time I've learned what works for me. I stay away from anything that chemically altered... Natural or herbals are fun because u can experiment, but what may work for me may not work for u...sesame oil on my body, castor oil on my hair..I use ground turmeric powder I'm my green tea. Red clover tea and black cohosh is good for the change of life us women go thru...Apple cider vinegar is gross but I add raw honey and coconut oil to mine to make it taste better...I don't really have set brand's..( except Dr bronner) I read reviews on products and talk to my mom...I use or take these things everyday..I also stopped eating a lot of meat...and I walk about 3 times a week..I'm totally dedicated to this stuff..I hope this helps..

  • Yoni7

    Yep, I swear I don't (care to) know their last names. WE can't have "smell goods" in the office because we got ONE that says that she gets migraines from ANY kind of scent she smells. I said, must be a shame that you have to go through life not being able to smell pleasant scents. *rubs on my Nivea hand cream*

  • Yoni7

    This year? Have you ever attended one?

  • Yoni7

    Where was it, sis? I hear it's an experience. But the food? How do all those people eat? I saw pics from one in Paris and it was BEAUTIFUL......with all of US!

  • Yoni7

    I would ask them what's the standard showering practice THEY go by. I'm actually curious to know.

  • Mz_Opinionated

    Smh...one person controlling the whole office. There is a guy that sits behind me and says he doesn't like things that have a strong scent. He has never approached me ? hopefully we keep it that way. Because I am not getting rid of it. LOL!
    YASSS for the Nivea...

  • KooKooKay

    Atlanta has Dinner En Blanc. It's a private location that will be disclosed only to ppl who purchased a ticket. The location & directions will be emailed like a day or two prior to the event. Also, from my understanding you have to provide your own food, beverage of choice, and seating( like table & chair for 2 etc). I was going to attend but when I seen this how it was I changed my mind( how I interpreted once I got email about instructions)...LOL

  • KooKooKay

    Atlanta has Dinner En Blanc. It's a private location that will be disclosed only to ppl who purchased a ticket. The location & directions will be emailed like a day or two prior to the event. Also, from my understanding you have to provide your own food, beverage of choice, and seating( like table & chair for 2 etc). I was going to attend but when I seen this how it was I changed my mind( how I interpreted once I got email about instructions)...LOL

  • Yoni7

    Girl. I be wanting to wear my soft parfumes and shit! But dis bitch..... UGH!

  • Yoni7

    Girl. I be wanting to wear my soft parfumes and shit! But dis bitch..... UGH!

  • Yoni7

    I really believe that's how it is. I was just wondering what all the hype is about. Is it the destination or the people/atmosphere. Because for one, I can't stand WHITE parties, they seem so drab and nothing quite stands out (fashion wise). And for two, who wants to pay money to tote, set up chairs and tables, your own food AND do it all while being fashionable in white and heels? Is there entertainment? Like GOOD entertainment? A small private affair/venue seems nice, but an all out party in the park is too much.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    LOL! Every time I scratch my face I think about those bugs. ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Agreed.

  • KooKooKay

    Last year in Atlanta it was at the Millennial Gate @ Atlantic Station. From the pics I seen (bcz I knew people who went) they had a good time. Music was provided but not no "hood-get lit" music..lol It was a fairly large affair with all different walks of life. I agree I'm not dressing up in all white w/heels on to carry my liquor, food, AND table & chair. That's doing toooo d@mn much!

  • Mz_Opinionated

    Miserable for sure

  • Love Luv

    It certainly does. Thank you for your sweetness. I’m on to a healthier way of self nurturing!! God bless

  • nicfury420

    Lmaooooo!!!!