The Relation Between Alopecia and Demodex Mites

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What is alopecia?

Alopecia is an autoimmune condition of hair loss that occurs in one or multiple areas of the scalp, face, and/or body. There are various reasons and causes to hair loss, which can include stress, psychological disorders, hormones, iron deficiency, malnutrition due to certain diets, radiation therapy, and exposure or consumption of some medications. The following are the common types of alopecia:

  • Involutional alopecia – a natural hair loss condition cause by aging.
  • Androgenic alopecia – a genetic hair loss that a person can inherit from family members or close relatives.
  • Alopecia areata – an autoimmune disorder that causes patchy hair loss, but hair may return after a couple years in some people.
  • Telogen effluvium – a temporary condition in which hair falls out due to stressful experiences.
  • Anagen effluvium – a large amount of rapid hair loss caused by certain treatments and/or repeated exposure to toxic chemicals.

However, there has been research put into the idea that there is a relation between a person experiencing alopecia and possibly having a serious infestation of Demodex mites on their scalp and hair follicles. In this blog post, we will be looking into how Demodex mites can be a major factor of hair loss in some people.

What are Demodex mites?

Demodex are a genus of tiny parasitic mites that live in or near our hair follicles, and can cause various skin and scalp issues. In humans, there are two known Demodex species known as Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis. These microscopic mites are present in most people and do not usually cause any harm. However, when a high population density of these mites is found on the skin and hair follicles, they may irritate and lead to issues including acne, rosacea, blepharitis, dermatitis, dandruff, hair loss, hair thinning, and many more.

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How can Demodex mites cause hair loss?

Demodex mites are known to live in our hair follicles as they thrive on the nutrition on our hair as one of their main food sources. As they continue to feed onto this, our hair follicles can become weaker, gradually thinning out and one-by-one our strands will start to fall out, leading to common symptoms of alopecia.

Androgenic alopecia and Demodex mites

Now let’s observe which type of alopecia can be caused by Demodex mites – Can Demodex mites be the reason to androgenic alopecia?
Androgenic alopecia (AGA) is a genetic condition of hair loss that can occur in both men and women. As it is an inherited hair loss issue, Demodex mites do not cause androgenic alopecia but chemicals produced by these mites may trigger inflammatory reactions that can affect the hair follicles further and worsen the condition.

How Demodex mites can cause alopecia

From the paragraph above, Demodex mites cannot be the reason for those experiencing AGA, but they can be the cause of other types of alopecia.
Some hair loss conditions are temporary and caused by a weakened immune system, which allows for a more habitable environment for Demodex mites to increase their population, resulting in many skin and hair problems.
An increase in oil production from the sebaceous glands can also aid in making a more suitable environment for Demodex as they thrive on skin oils as one of their main food sources.

The Ungex treatment for Demodex-related hair loss

For those suffering from hair loss due to an increased population of Demodex mites, we at Ungex have researched and developed a range of treatments and care plans that help in cutting their food source to creative an uninhabitable environment for these mites. On top of that, our solutions and treatments also supply needful nourishments for the hair follicles to promote a healthier and stronger hair growth.

References:
[1] Webmed website
[2] Medicalnewstoday website
[3] Rather PA, Hassan I. Human demodex mite: the versatile mite of dermatological importance. Indian J Dermatol. 2014;59(1):60–66. doi:10.4103/0019-5154.123498

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