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HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a kind of slow virus (lentivirus) with a long incubation time and often ends in fatal outcomes. HIV targets and destroys CD4 cells. Also known as T cells, CD4s are white blood cells that play an essential role in keeping you healthy by opposing infections. CD4’ss count is one of the fundamental indicators in categorising the stages of the condition. AIDS is the final stage of HIV, in which the body’s immunity is decreased dramatically; thus, sufferers face a combination of opportunistic infections, including parasitic disorders. Demodex mites are parasites that can take benefit of the weak immunity and develop with different severities at different stages of HIV. 

After explaining the HIV stages, this essay examines the role of Demodex in HIV patients. It presents solutions to stop these mites as well as other opportunistic infections. Stay tuned with Ungex.

 

The Stages of HIV Infection

According to the CDC, HIV has three stages, and if the sufferers fail to receive the proper standard of care, the condition typically progresses through the stages and reaches the final step, named AIDS. Fortunately, the effective treatments in recent years could slow or stop the disease process so that many sufferers never reach stage 3.

 

First Stage: Acute Stage of Infection (ARS)

Acute retroviral syndrome (ARS) is the first step that occurs in up to 90% of patients, displaying itself with flu-like symptoms about two weeks after the initial exposure. Other manifestations of ARS include loss of appetite, fatigue, fever, itchy red rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, muscle aches, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, fever, and even seizures and coma. The natural defence is yet powerful enough to react to the infection and suppress it at this stage. Roughly 30% of people develop Maculopapular Rash at this stage, which is pink to red bumps in the upper trunk, face and head. During ARS, sufferers are ultimately contagious as they carry many viruses in their blood.

However, the manifestations go away on their own, usually after two weeks. The speed of virus reproduction slows down, and the infection enters its incubation period. However, lymph node swelling can stay for a few months. The only way to diagnose HIV at ARS is to diagnose acute infection through antigen/antibody tests or nucleic acid tests (NATs).

 

Second Stage: Chronic Infection

Clinical latency, asymptomatic HIV infection, or chronic stage starts once the natural defence can control the HIV. Nevertheless, the virus still exists, masking in different body tissues and cells. HIV reproduces gradually in a dormant state and slowly destroys the CD4s. Clinical latency persists for about a decade or more without receiving proper care, although this time can be as short as two to three years in some people. However, people who receive standard treatments and HIV medicine may never move to the third stage. On the other hand, swollen lymph nodes may last during the early phase of asymptomatic HIV infection. Sometimes they grow huge, reaching up to an inch or more in length. 

Infected people can spread the virus during the chronic stage and are vulnerable to different opportunistic infections such as bacterial, viral, and fungal conditions as the body gradually falls in immunity. Therefore, it is vital to take specific measures to prevent pathogens. Personal hygiene, food hygiene and extra vaccinations are crucial to maintaining the health of individuals during this period. Meanwhile, one of the opportunistic parasites that can cause issues for people living with HIV is Demodex mite, which we will discuss in the following sections.

 

 

 

Third Stage: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

Without adequate care, HIV will inevitably proceed to the final stage, AIDS, which is accompanied by severe complications. If left untreated, Individuals with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome can only survive for three years. AIDS is clinically confirmed when the number of CD4s has fallen below 200. People with AIDS experience severe immune issues, including pathogenic microorganisms infection and multiplying microbes that are harmless under normal conditions. The most common cause of death of people suffering from AIDS is opportunistic infections as well as some types of cancers.

 

Opportunistic Infections In HIV/AIDS

Pneumonia: A variety of germs, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses, can cause pneumonia, a kind of common lung infection in AIDS. However, Pneumococcus is the most common microbe that people with AIDS receive a vaccine to prevent pneumonia.

 

Coccidioidomycosis: Coccidioidomycosis is a kind of opportunistic fungal infection caused by breathing in Coccidioides fungal spores. It is also known as desert fever because it is more common in hot and dry places.

 

Cryptosporidiosis (Crypto): Cryptosporidium, a tiny parasite, can cause intense, chronic and watery diarrhea with abdominal cramps. The parasite can infect the sufferers by drinking water that contains unsafe levels of contaminants, swimming in contaminated water, eating raw and unclean food, or having dirty hand contact with the mouth.

 

Candidiasis: Candida fungus is the leading cause of candidiasis that affects skin, nails and mucous membranes inside the nose, inside the mouth, lip, vagina, the urethral opening and the anus. Candida exists naturally on the skin, but it multiplies in people with HIV due to the immune system’s defect.

 

Tuberculosis (TB): Tuberculosis is a kind of respiratory infection that Mycobacterium tuberculosis can cause it. When TB patients breathe, talk or cough, they release the bacterium in small droplets that can infect people with AIDS by inhaling. Tuberculosis manifestations include coughing up blood and mucus, chronic cough, weight loss, fatigue, fever, and night sweats.

 

Toxoplasmosis:  Toxoplasmosis can spread to AIDS sufferers upon contact with cat feces, water, unpasteurized milk, vegetables, contaminated soil, or uncooked meat. This infection is common to humans and animals and can manifest itself in the lungs, the retina of the eye, heart, pancreas, liver, colon, testes, and brain.

 

Demodicosis: This infection is because of a skin parasite called Demodex mites. Although it isn’t studied well in HIV, investigations show Demodicosis is one of the HIV-related opportunistic infections.

 

Demodicosis in People With Aids / HIV

Demodex mites are a species of tiny skin parasite that, similar to Candida fungi, all adults carry a small population of them on their skin. However, in the case of immune system weakness, these opportunistic mites start to develop and reproduce rapidly on different areas of the skin.

Demodicosis is the manifestation of Demodex mite outbreaks on the skin. Although Demodex infection is not as dangerous as other HIV-related opportunistic infections, it can generate various problems for the skin and hair of people with AIDS, making life hard for them. Demodicosis symptoms typically include:

 

 

Many people with Demodex infection experience various skin issues at the same time.

 

Demodex Infestation Requires Prompt Attention in Aids/HIV

Constant severe itching makes life challenging for those who experience Demodicosis—moreover, scratching the skin can hurt this outermost defence barrier, exposing the sufferers to a variety of pathogens.

Demodex mites maintain toxic germs, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses, each of which potentially can pose a threat to HIV sufferers’ health. Streptococci, staphylococci, and Bacillus oleronius are some of the microbes that live within the Demodex mites’ gut. When these mites die, their rotten bodies take apart, spreading these pathogenic microbes on the skin, leading to various health issues in people living with AIDS and HIV. The greater the number of Demodex mites, the more significant the infection and probable threats.

 

 

How to Prevent Opportunistic Infections Including Demodicosis

 

Individuals can avoid some HIV-related infections by receiving an extra dose of some vaccines and avoiding potential exposure. However, there are microbes that we are repeatedly exposed to in everyday life, and there are others, such as Candida and Demodex, that inherently live in the body.

Still, there are measures to prevent opportunistic infections and treat them quickly, including:

 

  • Safe food preparation.
  • Getting vaccinated on time.
  • Taking prophylactic medications if required.
  • Taking antiretroviral drugs as prescribed
  • Having a personal health notebook to write new symptoms.
  • Observing safe eating and drinking habits.
  • Avoiding any direct contact with animal feces.

 

To stick to food and water hygiene, The sufferers should not consume raw or undercooked meat. Completely washing vegetables and fruits with clean water and detergents is recommended. Individuals should sanitise tools and surfaces that have contact with animal products by using warm water and detergents. As Raw, semi-cooked, and cracked eggs can harm people with HIV, they should cook the eggs thoroughly. Other measures include:

  • Avoiding unpasteurised dairy products.
  • Reheating the food that has been in the refrigerator before eating.
  • Avoiding water from rivers and lakes. 
  • Use bottled water and avoid ice cubes.

 

Demodicosis Prevention in People With AIDS/HIV

 

The measures that help people prevent demodicosis are enhancing immunity, preventative products, and good personal hygiene. Although the number of CD4s in people with AIDS is quite low, some lifestyle modifications can help enhance the body’s resistance to infections, such as Demodicosis.

 

Enhancing immunity

 

The following measures can help sufferers boost their natural defence:

  • Healthy eating
  • Consuming immune-boosting foods
  • Sleeping early at night
  • Adequate rest
  • Avoiding stressful conditions
  • Optimism and seeing the glass half full
  • making joy and laughter on a daily routine
  • Increasing physical activity

 


Using Preventive Products

Traditionally, the standard process for dealing with Demodex mites is to eliminate them after they provoke symptoms. In other words, when a physician diagnoses Demodicosis through evaluating clinical symptoms and laboratory tests, they will prescribe specific medicines to eliminate and take these parasites under control once again. This approach seems practical for healthy individuals who are not prone to Demodicosis, but it is too negligent for people suffering from HIV/AIDS and other immunodeficiency issues.

With all this, there are not many products available that can stop these mites from growing. One of them is PDT (Pro Demodex Treatment), the unique product of Ungex, that as its name implies, can prevent individuals from getting infected with Demodex mites. This Australian non-drug anti-Demodex formula is based on natural and herbal components. Besides being prescribed by healthcare professionals, PDT is accessible over the counter around the world to help prevent demodicosis in people who are prone to Demodicosis. SDT (skin Demodex Treatment) is the PDT counterpart and another anti-Demodex product by Ungex suitable for individuals with sensitive or damaged skin. Beyond prevention, PDT and SDT can help treat Demodicosis and soothe the related symptoms.

 

PDT/SDT Features
  • High-quality Aussie-made products
  • Herbal and natural ingredients based
  • Gluten-free, silicon-free, paraben-free, SLS and SLES free
  • According to the latest EU standards
  • Gentle on the skin, harsh on mites
  • No side effects
  • Effective in eradicating Demodex mites

 

Both products eliminate Demodex mites upon contact and are appropriate for use on all parts of the skin and various surfaces. PDT and SDT act similarly to a natural antiparasitic and destroy Demodex pests wherever they are. Both formulas are entirely mild on the skin without any adverse effects on humans and the environment.

To get the most out of these products, it is necessary to spray them at night on the skin parts most tending to develop demodicosis, such as the face, neck, and scalp.

Finally, the unique potential of PDT and SDT in eradicating Demodex from the surroundings makes them a fantastic solution to help people with HIV/AIDS maintain their hygiene.

 

 

 

Good Personal Hygiene

Observing good hygiene has an influential role in preventing Demodex mites development in people with defective immune systems. Although typically, a few of these mites reside on all adults’ skin, they begin to proliferate once a defect in the natural defence gives them the opportunity. Yet, lack of good hygiene transfers environmental mites to the skin. Consequently, it boosts the risk of demodicosis by increasing the pollution load.

Demodex mites can spread by direct contact. They can transfer to a towel when you dry your skin. They can also contaminate combs, beddings, hats, pillowcases, sheets, and clothing. After separating from the body, Demodex can last for hours or days on oily surfaces. Upon next contact, they can move to a new host or increase the infection load in the first carrier. The higher the density of Demodex mites in the first host, the higher the number of them on the environmental surfaces in contact and the more possible it is to move to the next host.

The significant possibility of transferring parasites from surfaces to individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS highlights the necessity for proper personal hygiene.

If you have AIDS / HIV, you need to take the following health measures to prevent Demodex mites from spreading to your skin from the environment or contagious people: 

 

Personal Hygiene Practices to Prevent Demodex Mites
  • Do not share your personal items with others, even your family members.
  • Avoid using other people’s personal items.
  • Wash fabrics like towels, pillowcases, sheets, and bedding that regularly come in contact with your skin. You can also use a little PDT on them.
  • If you have to use beauty salon supplies and other equipment in public places, make sure to apply a small amount of PDT on them before any contact.
  • The sun can destroy Demodex mites. So, you can leave your personal items and fabrics under the sun for a few hours.
  • Always carry a bottle of PDT with yourself to use on contact surfaces whose cleanliness is questionable.
  • Do not touch your mouth, face and other parts of your skin with dirty hands.

 

 

 

Beyond Eliminating Demodex Mites

Although Ungex products are specifically made to destroy Demodex mites, they can eliminate other germs like many bacteria, viruses and fungi. Besides microorganisms, our clients around the world have repeatedly noted that PDT and SDT can eliminate tiny, annoying creepy crawlies such as spiders, mosquitoes, mites, flies, ticks, and so on. Regarding the role of these small critters in transferring bacteria, fungi and viruses, PDT and SDT can play an influential role in stopping other opportunistic infections in HIV/AIDS. These two products can help you prevent many environmental health hazards if you suffer from immune deficiency. Individuals -healthy or infected-  can use all Ungex products throughout their life. They have no side effects and are entirely safe to use daily.

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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Demodex Mites May Cause Facial Hyperpigmentation: An Update on Demodex Manifestations https://www.ungexau.com/en/demodex-cause-facial-hyperpigmentation/ https://www.ungexau.com/en/demodex-cause-facial-hyperpigmentation/#respond Mon, 21 Feb 2022 06:46:17 +0000 https://www.ungexau.com/en/?p=7166 Hyperpigmentation means the discolouration of patches of the skin compared to its surroundings. This typically harmless issue can appear locally or sporadically in various skin parts, including the face.  Different reasons can lead to hyperpigmentation, including UV light, inflammation, hormonal imbalance, and particular medicines. Besides these reasons, scientists recently have discovered that Demodex mites can [...]

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Hyperpigmentation means the discolouration of patches of the skin compared to its surroundings. This typically harmless issue can appear locally or sporadically in various skin parts, including the face. 

Different reasons can lead to hyperpigmentation, including UV light, inflammation, hormonal imbalance, and particular medicines. Besides these reasons, scientists recently have discovered that Demodex mites can cause facial skin discolouration. Demodex-related hyperpigmentation is called “Pigmented Demodicosis”, one of the most recently discovered symptoms of Demodex mite.

If you undergo skin discolouration, this article can assist you in finding the root cause and helping eradicate your issue permanently. If you are reading this article, you are one of the few individuals who know that Demodex mites can cause brown spots on the skin.

Hyperpigmentation Causes

Skin hyperpigmentation and the development of brown spots typically arise due to large amounts of “melanin”. The kind of skin cells that make this pigment that is called “melanocytes”, which are found scattered throughout the stratum basale of the epidermis. In the next step, melanin is diffused into adjacent cells via a cellular organelle called a “melanosome” to make skin colour darker.

People with different skin colours have the same amount of melanocytes; however, the rate of melanin production differs among them. In other words, individuals with dark skin make more melanin, while white people have less of this pigment.

Facial hyperpigmentation happens when the skin makes too much melanin and collects them in some skin regions. There are several reasons for melanin overproduction, some of which are as follows:

Sunlight

Ultraviolet radiation (UV) from sunlight encourages melanocytes to make more melanin. This pigment extends through the skin cells and changes their colour. High concentrations of melanin can shield the skin’s genetic material (DNA) from the sun’s damaging rays; so, melanin production is a protection mechanism against the sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UV). Still, too much melanin can interfere with vitamin D production, which is a necessary vitamin for calcium absorption and metabolism.

After sunlight exposure, it takes more than a week for melanin synthesis to its peak. That is why people with white skin – who have less melanin – tend to suffer sunburn, while people with dark skin are more resistant to sunburn.

Sunlight can thoroughly darken the facial skin or make dark brown patches on different parts.

Solar Lentigo

Solar lentigines is a kind of skin hyperpigmentation that occurs because of exposure to sunlight and that becomes more prevalent with age. These discoloured patches are also called “old age spots” or “senile freckle”. Although lentigines are harmless, they can change the appearance of the skin and impact a person’s looks. They occur due to the local increase of melanocytes and the accumulation of melanin in the skin cells.

 

Solar Lentigos are flat patches of skin that can be round, oval, or irregular in shape. Their colour may differ from light brown to tan, dark brown or black, and their size varies from a few millimetres to a few centimetres.

Solariums (sunbeds and tanning beds)

Studies show that solarium is harmful, like sunlight. The radiation can damage the skin’s genetic material. On the other hand, over-stimulation of melanocytes can set the stage for various skin cancers (melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma).

Dermatologists recommend that individuals -particularly young folks-  avoid sun exposure and tanning their skin as much as possible.

Melasma

Melasma is a common skin concern that appears as bilateral brown pigmentations. Hormonal imbalance is a typical cause of this type of hyperpigmentation. Melasma has been linked to thyroid dysfunction, hormone therapy and pregnancy. It is more common in dark-skinned women in their 20s and 40s.

Risk factors for melasma include:

  • Family history
  • Sun exposure
  • Changes in oestrogen and progesterone: Pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices, hormone replacement therapy.
  • Scented products: In addition to hormones, some of the aromatic compounds, such as what is found in perfumed soaps and cosmetics, also trigger reactions that can set the stage for developing melasma.

Medications

Some medications have an effective role in changing skin colour; the most important of which are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), antimalarial drugs, amiodarone, cytotoxic drugs, tetracyclines, heavy metals and psychedelics.

Various mechanisms may have a role in drug-induced skin pigmentation. For example, heavy metals such as iron, silver, and gold may damage blood vessels and build up in the skin, producing a melanin-like colour. On the other hand, some drugs react with melanin to form a drug pigment complex. Furthermore, there are some medications that cause pigmentation by accumulating or reacting directly with other substances in the skin.

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

This type of hyperpigmentation occurs when a person’s skin gets damaged due to injury, burn, pimple, acne, eczema, impetigo, psoriasis, and other types of trauma or irritation. You may even undergo PIH after using a skincare product.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation usually limits skin power to regeneration; of course, this happens after a few months.

This kind of hyperpigmentation may affect both the skin’s surface and the middle layer by causing excessive melanin production. Other commonly reported PIH causes include:‌

  • Infection
  • Insect bites
  • Allergies
  • Laser therapy or light therapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Cryotherapy and chemical peels
  • Demodex mites (Recently found)

PIH is most common in people with dark skin as they already produce a higher rate of melanin.

Demodex Mites Can Cause Facial Hyperpigmentation

Updates on facial hyperpigmentation causes have revealed new and exciting facts about Demodex parasites. So far, no link has been recognised between dark spots on the skin and Demodex mites; however, some recently approved data has shown and described a strong connection for the first time.

Demodex Mites

The Demodex mite is a microscopic being that closely resembles insects, except that it has eight tiny legs instead of six and that its body has three segments without having an anus. This mite thrives inside the skin’s pores, infecting the follicles and sebaceous glands.

Although most people are unaware that they are infected, Demodicosis (a whole spectrum of Demodex manifestations) is quite prevalent. Approximately 30 to 100% of adults have a population of mites living in their skin, which can lead to various skin and hair problems when it exceeds five per square centimetre.

Some dermatological issues that have been linked to Demodex infections are as follow:

Recently, researchers have added skin discolouration or hyperpigmentation to this long list. In other words, people who suffer from the above complications may unknowingly have these parasites.

If you have one or more of the above conditions or your skin has changed in colour, you would better check whether you carry a high density of Demodex mites.

Demodex Mites’ Role in Facial Hyperpigmentation 

A long way seems to be ahead to discover the underlying mechanisms; however, articles suggest that Demodex skin discoloration may be a type of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). In other words, these parasites can cause allergies or inflammation through physical contact and provide the basis for melanin overproduction, leading to facial hyperpigmentation.

Demodicosis Risk Factors

Typically, a small number of these parasites live on most people’s skin. But those with weak immune systems, taking immunosuppressive drugs such as corticosteroids, or having infection on their skin or inside their bodies are more likely to get Demodex.

Demodex Mites Diagnosis and Treatments

As with all skin problems, consulting a dermatologist is the first and best option. However, in recent years, valid questionnaires have been developed as online tests to measure Demodex mites density. These questionnaires assess the Demodex mite population by examining related symptoms, Demodex-boosting habits, immune system status and signs of infection. Because these parasites are contagious, it is best for everyone within the family to fill out this questionnaire to find out their security, as they may be asymptomatic carriers.

In case of an infection, PDT can gradually help you get rid of the parasites by exposing your skin to the product on a nightly routine. This non-drug, natural-based anti-Demodex product doesn’t have any side effects and eliminates all ends of the infestation spectrum caused by these damaging parasites. Due to the contagion of Demodex mites, spraying a small amount of PDT on items that come in contact with the skin and hair is a big step forward to remove environmental Demodex and stop them from spreading to others. 

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Coconut Oil for Skin Whitening, Does It Work? https://www.ungexau.com/en/coconut-oil-for-skin-whitening/ https://www.ungexau.com/en/coconut-oil-for-skin-whitening/#respond Wed, 16 Feb 2022 12:19:56 +0000 https://www.ungexau.com/en/?p=7047 Plant oils have been around for centuries. Their integration into food, cosmetics, and therapeutic compounds is not something just newly emerging. However, after widespread usage of chemical drugs, these beneficial oils were left behind for decades.  Fortunately, in recent years, they have come back to the scene and are now in various industries’ products, from [...]

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Plant oils have been around for centuries. Their integration into food, cosmetics, and therapeutic compounds is not something just newly emerging. However, after widespread usage of chemical drugs, these beneficial oils were left behind for decades.  Fortunately, in recent years, they have come back to the scene and are now in various industries’ products, from medicines to skincare products. One of these fantastic plant oils is coconut oil. Along with other claimed benefits, some people believe coconut oil whitens the skin.  So, read on to investigate these claims.

What Is Coconut Oil?

In short, coconut oil is extracted by compressing the coconut kernel (the meat of the coconut fruit). Coconut oil fatty acids are mostly (80 to 90%) saturated. This gives it a firm texture at room temperature. A fatty acid called lauric acid (47%) makes up the most significant percentage of coconut oil. However, other coconut fatty acids are as follows:

  • Lauric acid (49%)
  • Myristic acid (18%)
  • Palmitic acid (8%)
  • Caprylic acid (8%)
  • Capric acid (7%)
  • Oleic acid (6%)
  • Linoleic acid (2%)
  • Stearic acid (2%)

Types of Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil can be extracted from both fresh meat and copra (dried coconut). Although both techniques yield coconut oil, the first type is virgin or extra virgin coconut oil (unlike olive oil, these two terms are exchangeable for coconut oil). The second type is known as refined coconut oil.

Virgin/Extra Virgin Coconut Oil:

To produce virgin/extra virgin coconut oil, fresh coconut meat gets dried using a small amount of heat and pressed to separate the oil from the meat. 

If the coconut does not dry out, the product of the compress is milk and oil. Coconut milk is separated by methods such as fermentation, enzymatic processes and centrifugation to obtain pure oil.

Expeller-pressed:

If the machine used to press coconut meat uses heat or steam, the resulting extra virgin coconut oil is called Expeller-pressed.

Cold-pressed:

This type of extra virgin oil is extracted without high heat. This means that the devices used operate below 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This coconut oil seems to be the best type that has preserved its nutritional and biological composition.

Refined coconut oil:

This oil is extracted from dried coconut and undergoes a series of whitening processes as well as techniques to kill the bacteria. Refined coconut oil is nutritious and beneficial compounds are less than the first type.

Hydrogenated coconut oil:

If using industrial processes, unsaturated fatty acids become saturated, the resulting oil will be wholly solidified to extend shelf life. This oil is called hydrogenated coconut oil.

However, when applying on the skin, extra virgin/virgin cold pressed coconut oil shows the best properties. This type of oil retains all the nutrients and has the greatest benefits for the skin.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Skin

SKIN SOFTENER AND MOISTURISER

Coconut oil is an excellent moisturiser, relieving dry skin by reducing levels of transepidermal water loss (TEWL). Another mechanism involved is an increase in skin surface lipids.

Coconut oil seems to have a significant effect on treating eczema, a skin condition with itching and inflammation. Some studies show coconut oil has a more effective therapeutic effect than mineral oils, the oils that are commonly used to treat eczema.

On the other hand, by keeping the skin moist, coconut oil preserves and promotes the health of your skin and keeps bacteria and other pathogens away. Placing a small amount of coconut oil on the skin makes you experience super soft skin – with no oily residue.

EXFOLIANT

Although not yet proven, coconut oil seems to have an exfoliating effect, especially in combination with other elements. Many exfoliating products have fused coconut oil into their ingredients. Exfoliators slough away dead skin cells and help you get rid of the dullness of your skin. That’s why some people claim that coconut oil whitens the skin. In this case, coconut oil can open the closure of pores. However, the evidence is still insufficient to prove it.

WOUND HEALING

Many studies have demonstrated that placing coconut oil on wounds efficiently accelerates healing. Coconut oil increases collagen and other proteins that aid in wound healing. In addition, due to its antibacterial properties, it prevents bacterial infections, one of the principal risk factors that can complicate the healing process. Furthermore, Coconut oil increases antioxidants at the wound site and promotes the production of fibroblasts, which both accelerate wound healing.

ANTIBACTERIAL AND ANTIFUNGAL PROPERTIES

Many compounds of coconut oil have shown antibacterial and antifungal effects. Among them, lauric acid, the predominant medium-chain fatty acid that makes up about half of the coconut oil, has been the most studied. This wonderful fatty acid can kill bacteria and other pathogenic microorganisms. Beyond tissue-supportive and tissue-protective properties, phytonutrients and polyphenols, which are among other effective compounds of coconut oil, can interact with bacterial cell wall components and membranes to destroy toxic bacteria. Studies have demonstrated the role of lauric acid and its metabolite monolaurin in killing Staphylococcus aureus, which plays a role in streptococcal infections and Candida Albicans, a common cause of yeast infections in humans.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECT

Coconut oil reduces the production of inflammatory compounds. Furthermore, it suppresses inflammatory markers to decrease their harmful effects on the skin. Both digested and topical coconut oil show the same impact. The anti-inflammatory effect of coconut oil reduces the damage caused by exposure to UV rays.

MAY HELP TREAT ACNE

Acne is the most common skin issue globally, affecting most people at least once in a lifetime. Inflammation, bacteria, fungi, clogged pores all can lead to acne forming. As you can see in the above sections, coconut oil effectively removes most acne risk factors. It kills acne-causing bacteria and fungi, neutralizes the inflammatory substances they produce and may help prevent pores from closing. So it is not surprising that studies confirm coconut oil can help treat acne.

These effects may indirectly whiten the skin. Non-inflamed, smooth and healthy skin absolutely looks whiter and more radiant.

HELPS TREAT DEMODEX-RELATED SYMPTOMS

Demodex mites are microscopic skin parasites that have a link with multiple skins and hair concerns. They can worsen rosacea, acne, eczema, hair loss, thinning hair, and alopecia. Itching, seborrheic dermatitis, blepharitis, and androgenic alopecia are among other issues. They can even change your white skin into dull skin that lacks radiance and appears flat or lacklustre.

As you can see, these microscopic mites can be the cause of a complete collection of dermatological problems. To be more precise, eliminating Demodex mites may alleviate a wide range of skin and hair issues.

Typically, individuals who simultaneously experience multiple skin problems or whose immune systems are weak are more prone to Demodex infection.

Demodex mites live under the follicles and sebaceous glands. They can spread from one person to another upon direct skin contact. In addition, they can last up to several hours outside the human body. Combs, towels, hats, pillows and other accessories that come in contact with skin and hair can hold them for hours. The greasier they are, the longer Demodex lasts and has more chance to spread to a new host. That’s one of the reasons you should not share your personal items with others or use their items.

Under favourable circumstances, Demodex mites start to multiply after transferring to a new carrier and cause symptoms such as acne, itching, dermatitis, etc.

They feed mostly on fat and celebrate on oily skin, cosmetics, and other greasy toiletries.

DOES COCONUT OIL KILL DEMODEX?

Although Demodex mites enjoy oil, coconut oil is an exception. Not only does this oil not feed the Demodex, but it is also harmful to them. Studies show that lauric acid, which makes up about half of the coconut oil, has antiparasitic properties. Although Demodex mites are resistant to a wide range of antiparasitic agents, a significant reduction in Demodex mites has been observed after topical application of coconut oil in patients suffering from blepharitis. This good news shows we can use this type of natural oil in a wide range of issues caused by Demodex mites.

On the other hand, the body of Demodex mites is full of toxic fungi and microbes, which acts as a source of inflammation and can worsen Demodex mite issues. Coconut oil stops these microorganisms and neutralizes the inflammatory substances secreted by the mites. This natural oil is a wonderful compound to fight mites and their effects.

This is precisely why Ungex has included it among its anti-Demodex natural and herbal ingredients.

UNGEX ANTI-DEMODEX PRODUCTS CONTAIN COCONUT OIL

It has been ten years since we have started helping people around the world suffering from Demodex-related issues to alleviate their symptoms. Demodex infection is more common than it sounds, although people usually underestimate it.

Ungex is an Australian skincare company that helps thousands of people worldwide reclaim their white, radiant and flawless skin in the right way. Our primary mission is to fight Demodex mites. We have put together numerous natural and herbal ingredients to combat Demodex. Essential oils such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, and coconut oil are some of these compounds.

If you have a weak immune system or are suffering from rosacea, dermatitis, itching, resistant acne and so on, it’s time to estimate your mite’s density. Using our 5-Minute Online Demodex Mite Diagnostic Test, you will discover your mite population and begin treating them if there is too much. Ungex accompanies you through this journey.

References:

10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Is Coconut Oil Good for Your Skin?

Coconut Oil for Skin: The Complete Guide

Role of demodex infestation in blepharitis and coconut oil as a treatment option

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Ocular Rosacea: Causes, Symptoms, and Relief https://www.ungexau.com/en/ocular-rosacea-causes-symptoms-and-relief/ https://www.ungexau.com/en/ocular-rosacea-causes-symptoms-and-relief/#respond Thu, 10 Feb 2022 13:00:32 +0000 https://www.ungexau.com/en/?p=6846 Ocular rosacea is often mistaken for other eye-related concerns such as blepharitis, dry eye, or meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). About 20% of people with rosacea show ocular symptoms before developing any skin symptoms, which often causes this type of rosacea to be overlooked or misdiagnosed.  This article helps you understand the symptoms and take the [...]

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Ocular rosacea is often mistaken for other eye-related concerns such as blepharitis, dry eye, or meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). About 20% of people with rosacea show ocular symptoms before developing any skin symptoms, which often causes this type of rosacea to be overlooked or misdiagnosed. 

This article helps you understand the symptoms and take the necessary measures at an appropriate time. We also help you know more about ocular rosacea causes and risk factors (including Demodex mites) to prevent recurrence and progression.

What Is Rosacea?

Rosacea is a prevalent chronic skin disorder with varying manifestations and severity. The condition mainly affects the skin’s blood vessels, follicles, and sebaceous glands. Although rosacea can affect different parts of the skin, it is usually confined to the central part of the face (cheeks, chin, nose, and central forehead). This condition causes transient or persistent redness, broken capillaries and dilated blood vessels, pimple-like bumps, rough skin, and an enlarged nose

What Is Ocular Rosacea?

Although rosacea is mainly considered a skin problem, 58 to 72% of sufferers undergo various eye complications, including eyelid inflammation and discomfort in the eyes. About one-third of patients also develop corneal involvement, which can affect their vision. The rosacea that affects the eye is called ocular rosacea. As mentioned, in 20% of people, eye-related signs may appear before any skin symptoms, making it difficult to diagnose.

Persistent, untreated ocular rosacea may lead to varying degrees of eye complications, eyelid deformities, emotional and social suffering. Due to the negative impact of this condition on individuals’ quality of life and its potentially threatening visual effects, it is necessary to increase people’s knowledge about the symptoms, complications, and control of this complication.

Who Gets Rosacea?

Rosacea has been diagnosed in more than 16 million Americans, and Swedish research has shown a prevalence of up to 10%.

Women are more likely to get rosacea and are usually diagnosed earlier. A possible explanation for this is that women may seek medical care sooner than men. Men, on the other hand, are more prone to rosacea-related changes in the nose. These changes, which are accompanied by large, rough, uneven skin and bumps on the nose, are called “rhinophyma” and are more common in men over 40 in the more advanced stages of the disease. However, ocular rosacea affects both sexes equally. Rosacea may affect people of any age, including kids and old people, but it mostly affects middle-aged people.

Although rosacea is common in all ethnicities, people with fair skin and of European descent are more likely to get rosacea.

Ocular Rosacea Symptoms

Although rosacea, in general, causes redness and inflammation, this article specifically examines the ocular rosacea symptoms. For more information about cutaneous rosacea and the products that help you control it, delve into this link.

Symptoms of ocular rosacea include:

  • Foreign body sensation in eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Blepharitis
  •  Itchy eyes
  •  Photophobia and tears
  •  Impaired vision (in case of corneal involvement)

Ocular manifestations usually affect both eyelids and can be identical to other ocular issues. Meibomian glands dysfunction, the major cause of evaporative dry eye, is common in ocular rosacea. This disorder can lead to changes in the tear film composition, resulting in dry eyes, telangiectasia (commonly known as “spider veins”), dilated eye vessels, dilated meibomian glands, and blepharitis. Conjunctival hyperemia and swelling are other symptoms. In acute conditions, ocular rosacea can lead to corneal perforation.

What Causes Rosacea?

The exact cause and pathophysiology of rosacea, both cutaneous and ocular, remain largely unknown. But different theories have been proposed in this regard:

Rosacea and Inflammation

Some studies have investigated the tear fluid composition of ocular rosacea patients, revealing its high inflammatory factors compared to normal individuals’ tears. So, rosacea, including the ocular type, seems to be an inflammatory disorder.  However, in recent years, it has become evident that some external factors, such as lifestyle, certain stimuli, and weather conditions, can exacerbate or trigger this inflammation. Some researchers have also found that people with rosacea respond more strongly to stimulation than usual. Moreover, their immune system may be overactive and release more inflammatory agents, leading to exacerbated rosacea. Some of the environmental factors that trigger cutaneous and ocular rosacea are sunlight, pressure, heat, alcohol (especially red wine), spicy foods, some skin and hair care products, cosmetics, wind and cold, some medicines, exercising, etc

Vascular Disorders

Dilation and chronic venous insufficiency contribute to the rosacea manifestations. Studies show increased blood flow in the face compared to other parts of the body. Moreover, in patients who undergo ocular and cutaneous rosacea, blood vessels and lymphatic vessels dilate significantly, leading to the face and eyes becoming bloody, red, and inflamed.

Genetic Disorders

In addition to inflammation and vascular issues, heredity greatly influences rosacea development and flare ups. Some genetic factors change the arteries, leading to hyperemia of the eyes and face and some other symptoms of rosacea.

Microorganisms

Some microbes such as Helicobacter pylori, Demodex mites, and Staphylococcus epidermidis are other possible factors in exacerbating the condition.

Helicobacter pylori

The prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection is higher in patients with rosacea compared to the general population. On the other hand, eradication has been shown to affect the clinical outcome of the disease. Helicobacter pylori is one of the bacteria that has a role in digestive problems. This bacterium causes ulcers in the stomach and intestines. It also causes excessive dilation of blood vessels and intensification of redness of the eyes and skin by overproduction of some hormones.

Staphylococcus Epidermidis

Staphylococcus epidermidis is another microorganism that has a role in the pathogenesis of rosacea. They are the most abundant bacteria that live naturally on the skin of all human beings. This type of Staphylococcus protects the skin barrier integrity by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic bacteria – including Staphylococcus aureus.

Studies have shown that Staphylococcus epidermidis is the only bacteria present in acne-like appendages on the skin of people with rosacea. They produce inflammatory substances that stimulate the immune system and help trigger rosacea symptoms.

Demodex Mites

Demodex mites located in hair follicles and sebaceous glands are the most typical parasites in humans. They usually live in small numbers on everyone’s skin. However, studies support their role in activating immune mechanisms in different types of rosacea, especially papulopustular rosacea.

The number of Demodex is significantly higher in individuals with facial rosacea. A large number of them have also been found in the ocular-rosacea-caused discharge.

Demodex mites play a known role in causing and exacerbating blepharitis and chalazion, the two prevalent issues linked to ocular rosacea.

Beyond activating immune mechanisms, another suggested mechanism is that Demodex mites are the potential vector of some toxic microorganisms including Bacillus oleronius, the main culprit in initiating the inflammatory response in rosacea. 

Finally, Demodex parasites secrete provocative metabolites that can cause localized tissue damage, inflammation, and rosacea exacerbation.

The role of Demodex in the development and exacerbation of rosacea is so evident that sometimes large populations of them can mimic rosacea symptoms, which disappear with proper hygiene to remove the mites.

Ocular Rosacea Treatment

There is no definitive cure for cutaneous and ocular rosacea. Measures mostly include controlling symptoms and preventing progression. Meanwhile, adopting courses of action to control ocular rosacea should begin as soon as possible to prevent the irreversible change in eye tissue. These measures prevent serious complications and help the sufferers to return to normal life by controlling their symptoms.

Beyond the broad range of medical treatment, rosacea control has two important aspects:

  • Stimulus control
  • Root cause analysis

Stimulus Control

Primary management involves identifying and avoiding stimuli. These factors can usually vary from person to person. However, in general, the following elements can trigger the rosacea symptoms, including the ocular type:

  • Spicy foods or drinks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Sunlight
  • Wind
  • Extreme temperature change
  • Stress, anger, or embarrassment
  • Intense heavy exercise
  • Hot baths or a sauna
  • Hot foods and liquids
  • Certain medications such as cortisone creams
  • Caffeine, cheese, and chocolate

Root Cause Analysis

One of the effective measures to control rosacea is to identify the root causes and minimize as many risk factors as you can. Obviously, many of them are intractable, including genetic predisposition, vascular changes, fair skin, and immune system imbalance. However, sufferers can seek to identify other risk factors and control rosacea by keeping them under control. Manageable rosacea risk factors include: 

  • Helicobacter pylori
  • Staphylococcus epidermidis
  • Demodex mites

Medics can identify and eliminate each of the above factors in a specific way. For example,they diagnose Helicobacter pylori via stomach biopsy tests, stool antigen, and H. pylori breath tests.

Among the above controllable factors, Demodex mites have a notable role in developing and exacerbating rosacea manifestations. So, diagnosing and eliminating these mites is a great step forward in eliminating rosacea symptoms.

How to Detect Demodex Mites

There are generally two diagnostic procedures to identify Demodex mite infection in humans: microscopic testing and online testing.

Microscopic Test:

To conduct this procedure, a dermatologist removes a thin layer of the skin from the area most prone to Demodex mite activity (part of the skin that manifests the most rosacea symptoms). The laboratory scientist examines this sample under a microscope to count Demodex mites per surface unit. If the number of mites is significant (more than five per square centimetre), there is a great chance that they play a role in provoking rosacea symptoms. In this case, eliminating them is the best thing you can do to control your symptoms.

One of the best products you can use is PDT, the unique anti-Demodex spray manufactured by Ungex. However, if you undergo severe symptoms, have sensitive skin, or need to use the product on your eyelash line, SDT is a perfect choice. The product is extremely gentle on the delicate parts of the skin and does not cause irritation. Both PDT and SDT can be applied on all parts of the skin – even the eyelids and eyelash line. Just spray them on infected areas such as your scalp, skin, or even eyelids to get rid of the Demodex mites and their rosacea-mimicking symptoms. You need to do this every night for at least two months.

Demodex Online Testing:

The Demodex online diagnostic test is an accurate and trustworthy quiz to estimate Demodex mite density with a good approximation employing the symptoms they display themselves through. 

Contrary to what it seems at first, the online test is quite valid, and skips the common microscopic test errors. Demodex Mites usually seek refuge deep under the skin, hooked with their long tails to the hair bulb. So, the number of parasites one can count under a lens does not necessarily reflect their true population, while online testing does not face such a challenge.

Demodex online testing is fast, reliable, and non-invasive. It does not matter where you are, just click this link to find out your Demodex population. This test only takes you five minutes and is completely complimentary.

If the result shows medium, high, or very high density of Demodex mites on your skin, removing them will probably go a long way in improving your rosacea symptoms. 

To soothe Demodex mite symptoms, besides PDT and SDT, you can use DDC to clean your eyelids and skin. This product is a high-quality anti-Demodex cleanser that removes bacteria, viruses, and other germs in addition to Demodex mites. These germs include microbes that play an influential role in provoking rosacea manifestations. Since baby shampoo does not affect Demodex, you can use this product for routine eyelid washing, which is usually recommended as a home remedy for ocular rosacea.

References:

Patients with Ocular Rosacea

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Demodex Test: How to Diagnose Demodex Mite Infection https://www.ungexau.com/en/how-to-diagnose-demodex-mite-infection/ https://www.ungexau.com/en/how-to-diagnose-demodex-mite-infection/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2022 12:18:34 +0000 https://www.ungexau.com/en/?p=6949 If you wonder if you have a Demodex infection or are looking for a straightforward explanation of how the Demodex mite test works, this article is probably what you are looking for. After a brief introduction about Demodex mites and their complications, this article fully explains the methods to diagnose this parasite. Demodex Mites and [...]

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If you wonder if you have a Demodex infection or are looking for a straightforward explanation of how the Demodex mite test works, this article is probably what you are looking for. After a brief introduction about Demodex mites and their complications, this article fully explains the methods to diagnose this parasite.

Demodex Mites and Their Symptoms

Demodex is a genus of mites that lives predominantly near all mammals’ pilosebaceous units. So far, scientists have identified 65 species of them, among which folliculorum and Demodex Brevis are the only species that live on humans. They usually move between the skin’s surface and its depth. Demodex mites crawl with eight stubby legs clustered in their front third, spread through the skin’s pores, and fit deep into the follicles and sebaceous glands. These parasites tend to avoid the bright lights, spend most of their time hooked under the skin, and only come to the skin surface at night.

Although Demodex infestation usually remains asymptomatic, they may be responsible for exacerbating skin lesions when they grow in number. The symptoms usually occur when there are more than five mites per square centimetre of skin.

Demodex mites can aggravate, mimic or even cause the following concerns:

How to Diagnose a Demodex Mite Infection

Since they are only 0.1 – 0.4 mm long, observing and counting Demodex mites with the naked eye is impossible. Rather, scientists have designed indirect methods to track down, detect, and count them. Sampling and counting parasites under a microscope is a standard method employed in various studies. An online test, on the other hand, examines the severity of symptoms as well as the mites’ growth aiding factors using a questionnaire.

Each of these methods (microscopic Demodex diagnostic test and online quiz) has its pros and cons, which we will examine.

Demodex Microscopic Diagnostic Tests

  • Standardised Skin Surface Biopsy (SSSB)
  • Direct Microscopic Examination (DME)

Standardised Skin Surface Biopsy (SSSB):

SSSD is the gold standard technique for diagnosing Demodex infection, which is performed in the following steps:

  • Clients are guided not to clean the affected zone for at least 12 hours.
  • A standard surface area of 1 cm2 is drawn on a glass slide with a waterproof pen.
  • A drop of cyanoacrylate adhesive is put on the glass in the 1 cm2 area.
  • The adhesive containing surface is laid to the affected part of the skin.
  • Then removed gently after being allowed to dry (about 1 min).
  • After removing the side, the sample is clarified using a few drops of immersion oil and covered with a coverslip.
  • Demodex mites are counted under a lens with a magnification of × 40, × 100.
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Direct Microscopic Examination (DME)

DME is another valid microscopic test to detect demodex infection:

  • A drop of paraffin is placed on the slide and a drop on the client’s skin. (Potassium hydroxide may be used.)
  • Paraffin is spread on the skin to prevent the collected sample from slipping.
  • An area of 1 cm2 of the affected skin is squeezed between the thumb and index finger.
  • Then, fresh secretions of oil glands and skin scrapings are collected using the blunt end of a sterile scalpel. 
  • The sample is transmitted to a microscope slide, mixed with a drop of glycerine, then covered with a coverslip. 
  • Demodex mites are counted under a lens with a magnification of × 40, × 100.

The dermatologist diagnoses Demodex infection in both microscopic methods if the number of parasites exceeds 5 per square centimetre.

Demodex Online Diagnostic Test

Demodex Online Diagnostic Test is a questionnaire consisting of multiple-choice questions. These inquiries examine the symptoms of Demodex as well as the elements that assist them in growing. For example, pruritus, rosacea, and dermatitis are Demodex parasite infection symptoms that the online test measures. On the other hand, factors such as weak immune system, being old, poor mental status, etc., significantly impact the Demodex mites’ population. By examining all these factors in total and assigning different weights to the answers, this questionnaire examines the individual’s status in terms of Demodex infection. It provides the results in four tiers immediately after the test. The green colour, which indicates the low density of Demodex, is the most favourable condition, while yellow, red and purple indicate moderate, high and very high numbers of these parasites, respectively. Individuals with a high Demodex density would better seek a solution to control them abruptly.

Ungex products, including PDT and SDT, are specifically formulated to solve the Demodex-originated problems and even prevent them. Individuals with a moderate density of parasites would better stop Demodex from overgrowing by applying these products once a week.

Microscopic vs. Online Demodex Testing

Although counting Demodex mites under a lens sounds ultimately practical and convincing, the Demodex microscopic test has its drawbacks like other types of procedures. Some of the microscopic test challenges are as follows:

  • Requires great precision; the results may vary depending on technician skill.
  • Results vary based on light changes over the day. 
  • The result of the microscopic test can change in different types of skin (Oily skins carry more Demodex on the surface while in dry kinds, Demodex mites tend to hide in depth.)

In contrast, online testing does not have the shortcomings of microscopic testing, but it may seem unreliable because it is not based on observation. However, our studies in recent years have revealed that online testing accurately estimates the density of Demodex. This test is available anywhere in the world for free and helps all those who suffer from skin problems to evaluate their Demodex mite’s density.

References:

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Evaluation of Pruritus With Emphasis on the Role of Demodex https://www.ungexau.com/en/pruritus-with-emphasis-on-demodex/ https://www.ungexau.com/en/pruritus-with-emphasis-on-demodex/#respond Tue, 04 Jan 2022 13:42:55 +0000 https://www.ungexau.com/en/?p=6872 Pruritus, or itching, is an unpleasant skin condition that typically triggers an urge to scratch. Although all people experience it, those with chronic pruritus have a difficult time coping with life. Chronic itching is a nightmare and can lead to unpleasant events. Unbelievable as it may seem, Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD, of the department [...]

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Pruritus, or itching, is an unpleasant skin condition that typically triggers an urge to scratch. Although all people experience it, those with chronic pruritus have a difficult time coping with life. Chronic itching is a nightmare and can lead to unpleasant events. Unbelievable as it may seem, Anne Louise Oaklander, MD, PhD, of the department of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, reported a rare case of pruritus in a 39-year-old woman who developed severe itching above her eye after contracting shingles. Shingles can sometimes cause loss of peripheral sensory neurons, eliminating pain sensation that prevents such aggressive scratching. Due to lack of pain and severe itching, she continued scratching the site, resulting in Osteomyelitis, skull perforation, and severe brain damage.

What happened to this woman is an extreme example of the underrated dangers of itching and a stark reminder of why diagnosing and targeting the root of pruritus is so important.

Itching can be localised or generalised to several parts of the skin. Regardless of wherever and how severe it is, the first step in targeting itching is to identify the underlying cause. This article examines the causes of pruritus, emphasising the role of Demodex parasites.

Evaluation of Pruritus- Itching Causes

Tracking down the cause of itching can take a long time. Physical examinations, history of pruritus, as well as blood tests and diagnostic procedures are involved in finding the root cause. The latter two methods typically look for reasons that won’t get brought to light by clinical examinations.

Blood Tests

Dermatologists may request a complete blood test to look for potential causes of pruritus. Blood component changes can indicate complications that may lead to itching. We discuss some of them here:

  • Erythrocytes, Ferritin and Haemoglobin: These indicators are associated with iron deficiency anaemia. Erythrocytes carry oxygen to tissues using haemoglobin, an iron-containing protein. Lack of iron can cause haemoglobin and Erythrocyte deficiency, leading to a lack of oxygen in tissues, which may cause itching. On the other hand, people who have already been diagnosed with anaemia and are being treated for it may have an allergic reaction to iron supplements, such as ferrous sulphate, and develop itching.
  • Liver Enzymes: Elevated liver enzymes are critical indicators of liver disease, which can cause itchy skin. Furthermore, the elevation of some liver enzymes may suggest cholestasis, another cause of pruritus.
  • Urea, Creatinine and Uric Acid: Important indicators of kidney function which increase in people with kidney failure and cause itching.
  • Thyroid Hormones: Changes in thyroid hormones are associated with itching. People with hyperthyroidism usually undergo pruritus.
  • Antibody/AntigenTest or Nucleic Acid Test: A positive result shows an HIV infection, which can cause widespread itching in sufferers.
  • Blood Sugar: People with diabetes develop peripheral nerve damage that can cause itching.

Skin Biopsy

A skin biopsy can help doctors check the skin for disorders and parasitic infections that can cause itching. Some of these conditions are as follows:

  • Demodex mites: Demodex mites are microscopic parasites that usually hide in the skin’s pores. They can cause extensive and severe itching by producing provocative substances and aggravating other skin conditions.
  • Skin cancers: Some types of skin cancer, such as squamous cell carcinoma or, to a lesser extent, basal cell carcinoma, can cause itching.
  • Psoriasis: A chronic autoimmune disease that is associated with pruritus.

Paraclinical Measures

  • Chest x-ray: Enlarged lymph nodes can appear along itchy skin, and a chest x-ray can determine their size
  • MRI: MS is one of the issues that can provoke widespread itching, and an MRI helps doctors diagnose it.

Clinical Examinations

A careful history and physical examination can aid in finding other roots of pruritus, including: 

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Hives
  • Dry skin
  • Advanced age
  • Sunburns or increased sensitivity to sunlight
  • Insect bites, or lice
  • Shingles
  • Substance abuse disorders or obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Demodex Mites and Chronic Pruritus

Demodex mites are tiny creatures similar to spiders, except they are much smaller and commonly hide themselves in the skin pores.  The mites are microscopic, meaning they are not detectable to the naked eye. Along the line of Candida and Malassezia fungi, Demodex mites are ordinary inhabitants of human skin and usually harmless unless you have too many of them. Some conditions, such as a weak immune system, can encourage them to proliferate and cause myriad skin and hair issues, one of which is itching.

Demodex usually penetrate into deep layers of skin through tiny pores on the surface and settle inside the skin’s follicles and sebaceous glands.

The Demodex mite’s life cycle is quick and takes only 14 to 16 days. They usually live for several weeks, thus have ample opportunity to reproduce. Each female Demodex can lay 15 to 20 eggs at a time. So if you ignore the subclinical infection, they can cause severe complications, including itching in a short time.

How Does Demodex Cause Itching?

Demodex mites can trigger or worsen itching in several ways:

  • Exacerbating underlying conditions: Studies show that large populations of Demodex can provoke or exacerbate skin issues responsible for pruritus. For example, seborrheic dermatitis is closely related to Demodex infection.
  • Production of inflammatory substances: Demodex secrete inflammatory substances, which can cause local inflammation and itching.
  • Provoking the immune system: The natural defence may target these parasites as foreigners. Cytokines, a kind of immune system mediator, can start an inflammatory cascade, leading to symptoms including itching.
  • Parasites crawling on the skin: Demodex mites have eight tiny, segmented feet and move at a speed of 8 to 16 cm on the skin. When large crowds of them wriggle simultaneously, the skin can become irritated and itchy.
  • Body decay: Demodex parasites do not have an anus, and whatever they eat remains inside their bodies. However, along with the decomposition of their bodies after death, the toxic substances they carry inside themselves, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses, gradually spill out on the skin and cause a variety of skin conditions, including severe itching.

What Causes Demodex to Overgrow?

As mentioned, almost any adult has a population of these mites on their skin. Still, some factors cause them to increase and exceed five per square centimetres of skin in number. This condition, which is usually associated with various skin conditions, is referred to as demodicosis. Factors that contribute to the Demodex overgrowth include:

  • Weak immune systems, such as in those with HIV.
  • Taking corticosteroids and other immunosuppressive drugs
  • Infections
  • Various skin concerns

Are Demodex Mites Contagious?

Yes, Demodex mites can quickly spread through contact from one host to another. Contaminated objects such as towels, combs and pillows are suitable carriers for these mites. To skip Demodex transmission, the following measures are recommended for individuals with a weak immune system or who are prone to Demodex infection for other reasons:

  • Do not share your personal belongings with others.
  • Avoid using other people’s personal belongings.
  • Avoid direct skin contact with different people as much as possible.
  • Wash your towel, comb, pillowcases and clothes regularly, then dry them in the sun.
  • Before using beauty salon and dermatology clinic equipment, spray a small amount of anti-Demodex products such as PDT on the surfaces to eliminate the mites.
  • Always observe your personal hygiene.

A Shortcut to Demodex Itching Diagnosis 

Due to the mites being microscopic, it is impossible to look for Demodex infection using a clinical examination. If your doctor suspects a Demodex infection, they confirm this hypothesis by sending a skin biopsy to the lab to count any Demodex mites under a lens. However, the Online Demodex Diagnostic Test is a non-invasive, more feasible way to diagnose Demodex pruritus. Although Demodex mites are invisible, you can trace their symptoms and available breaking out opportunities. This is an online microscopic testing site which uses these trackers to estimate the population of Demodex. The test is provided by Ungex Company, and our experts are the only authority capable of interpreting the results. Our R&D experts’ years of study and research support the online test result’s accuracy, precision, and reliability.

If you are suffering from chronic itching, it’s enough to spare five minutes and take the test for free. If the results report a significant number of Demodex, there is a chance your itching is related to these parasites. In the next step, the Ungex team will help you eliminate your mites and control the itching caused by them.

How to Soothe Demodex Itching?

Itching and other Demodex-related symptoms do not go away until you get the Demodex population under control. No matter how often you wash your skin, you cannot wipe them away by overwashing and may even worsen their symptoms. Repeated skin cleansing dries it out, damaging this crucial protective barrier. Broken skin can not protect the body against pathogens. Demodex parasites and other pathogenic microorganisms take advantage of this opportunity and grow.

Eradicating Demodex requires anti-parasitic products, which eliminate Demodex on the skin.

Ungex Anti-Demodex Products

Ungex is an Australian company, with experts skilled in producing anti-Demodex products. Our products can kill these parasites by direct contact. The most potent product of Ungex is PDT, which can destroy the mites both on the skin and in other immediate environments. It is enough to spray a small amount of PDT on the infected skin or surfaces. This measure gradually reduces the Demodex population and their symptoms.

SDT is another product of Ungex that works similar to PDT except that it is more suitable for sensitive skin. Using Ungex products for several months can help control the population of these mites and relieve the itching caused by them.

In addition to unique products, Ungex offers a particular protocol that helps you get the best results from the products. We have studied the lives of the Demodex well and found their weaknesses. Our consultants at Ungex provide free advice to clients during the treatment period and help them get the most out of these products

References:

Preventing Postherpetic Itch in Patient with Shingles

Itchy skin (pruritus) – Diagnosis and treatment – Mayo Clinic

Pruritus: What Is It, Causes, Types, Treatment, and More | Osmosis

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Eyelash Extension Mites: Guide to Hygiene Practice to Avoid Them https://www.ungexau.com/en/eyelash-extension-mites-guide-to-hygiene-practice-to-avoid-them/ https://www.ungexau.com/en/eyelash-extension-mites-guide-to-hygiene-practice-to-avoid-them/#respond Tue, 28 Dec 2021 10:35:38 +0000 https://www.ungexau.com/en/?p=6714 A personal hygiene routine is necessary, both for retaining your fancy lashes for a long time and protecting your eyes from Demodex mites, frequently referred to as eyelash extension mites. On top of that, sanitizing eyelash extensions is a delicate process, and if you are not cautious enough, you may lose them.  Eyelash extensions make [...]

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A personal hygiene routine is necessary, both for retaining your fancy lashes for a long time and protecting your eyes from Demodex mites, frequently referred to as eyelash extension mites. On top of that, sanitizing eyelash extensions is a delicate process, and if you are not cautious enough, you may lose them. 

Eyelash extensions make you look more attractive and make your everyday makeup look more impressive. Some people believe extensions cause eyelash mites, but the source of the infection is poor hygiene, not applying lashes.

Eyelash extensions are pretty simple to clean. Just you need to spare some time to follow the hygiene routine we provide. If you get Demodex mites, you can not use false eyelashes for long. These mites can also affect other areas of your skin, leading to multiple issues because they can creep on the skin!

What Is Eyelash Extension Mites (Demodex Mites)

They are beings similar to bird mites and dust mites, but almost every adult has a population of them on their skin, whether they use eyelash extensions or not.  They are pretty tiny (0.1 -0.3 mm) and spend most of their time inside the eyelashes follicles with 2.3 mm long. As it’s apparent, they may fill the follicle duct when they grow too much. Their face is usually down, and their tail is hooked to the string.

Demodex parasites feast on sebum, oils, dead cells, and dirt. The more resources they obtain, the faster they proliferate and fill the hair follicles. So it is reasonable that not adopting a good hygiene practice of artificial eyelashes can lead to an outburst in their population. A high density of Demodex mites on the eyelash line is connected with these symptoms:

Mild symptoms: Mild tingle, redness, and swelling at the lashes base. Mild trouble in the eyes.

Severe symptoms: recurrence blepharitis, harsh tearing, itching, greasy and sticky eyelids, vision problems, foreign body sensation, and swelling of the eyelids

The signs of Demodex mite infection are not restricted to eyelids. They slowly move on your skin using their eight tiny claws at a speed of 8 to 16 centimetres per hour (cm/h). So they may leave your eyelids and grow on other areas of the skin. Dermatological conditions that are related to extension mites include:

  • Rosacea & skin redness
  • Acne & pimples
  • Pruritus & crawling sensation
  • Rough & dull complexion
  • Eczemam& seborrheic dermatitis 
  • Hair falling & thinning 

It is essential to note Demodex mites are not always the root reason for these issues but may provoke or trigger them. However, studies revealed that they could be an independent factor in cases such as rosacea and blepharitis.

Guide to Hygiene Practice to Avoid Eyelash Extention Mites

Step One: Clean Your Eyelash Extensions 

1. Find a good mild cleanser:

Oil and alcohol can break down the adhesive on your extensions. That’s why you should choose an oil and alcohol-free cleanser to avoid shortening the maintenance time and loss of your precious extensions.

Besides, regarding Demodex mites, oils and other nutrients fused in common eyelash cleansers on the market can provide them with more food and help them increase. In other words, when it comes to eyelash mites, the solution is not restricted to cleansing the lashes; you should also keep away from the compounds that feed them.

Finally, about baby shampoo, it can wipe out oil, dirt, makeup, and bacteria. However, it may include some unhealthy components such as perfume, synthetic colours, and oils. As time passes, these ingredients can damage the extension adhesive and reduce the time between eyelash extension repairs. On top of that, baby shampoo – and pretty much all of typical cleansers – does not harm Demodex mites and can not repel or remove them.

Trust DDC – the science-based anti-Demodex cleanser.

  • Proper eyelid hygiene is critical! But use a cleanser that does not feed on Demodex parasites.
  • A gentle cleanser, based on herbal ingredients, anti-inflammatory and without side effects.
  • Free of harmful substances such as SLS, SLES, paraben and silicone
  • Formulated according to the latest European standards
  • Can be used on other parts of the skin in addition to the eyelids
  • Smart formula that acts to combine technology and science with application to outsmart Demodex mites

2. Clean your eyelash extensions

Moisten your fancy lashes with lukewarm water and gently massage them with a small amount of cleanser using your fingertips. Note to use the top to bottom movement rather than rubbing them horizontally as it may loosen the lashes. In the end, use warm water to rinse them and finish it with cold water. Cool water prevents Demodex mites from growing, while warm water provides them with a good chance to proliferate.

Skip using cotton pads or balls to clean the lashes as the fine fibres stick to the strands and damage them.

If you don’t know how often you should clean your extensions, you should note that each person skin state determine the number of washes. It is frequently advised to clean eyelash extensions between 2 to 3 times a week to twice a day. However, if your skin is exceptionally oily or often exposed to contaminants, dirt, oils, or beautifiers, do this twice daily. Otherwise, cleaning them two to three times a week is acceptable.a

Note that over-washing the eyes does not help keep mites under check and even may worsen conditions. Unnecessary washing makes skin dry and exposed to pathogens, including Demodex mites. This is especially true about eyelid skin that is very thin and delicate. So use the cleaner as required and not more. 

3. Dry Them Out

Using cloth towels to dry lashes may damage them. Besides, Demodex mites can grow well in wet towel’s fabrics and can transfer to your eyelids or any other parts of your skin upon subsequent contact.

So, wait for seconds, or gently absorb their water with a paper towel wrapped around your finger.

Do not let your eyelash extensions air dry. Since fancy lashes strands are denser than your natural ones, moisture remains in them, giving Demodex mites a great opportunity to grow. Rather, use a cold-setting blow dryer to dry them. Do not keep the hairdryer too close to your eyes, and just hold it on each eyelid for only a few seconds.

4. Comb Your Extentions

Gently brush the extensions with a neat, dry mascara brush. This action separates the lashes strands and stops dust and dirt from entrapping among them.

The brush you use to comb lashes must be clean. Dirty, oily and unclean brushes can give Demodex mites the nutrients they need to grow and reproduce. Note to comb your lashes frequently and keep them dry.

Other Measures to Stop Demodex Eyelash Mites

The good news is what you should do to support your eyelashes and those that inhibit Demodex from growing overlap each other. So by adhering to the subsequent rules, you can both protect your fancy lashes and keep your eyes safe from Demodex parasites.

Avoid Greasy and Oil-Based Products

Grease makes the extension adhesive break down over time. This oil can have various sources:

  • Greasy cosmetics
  • Waterproof cosmetics
  • Lotions, shampoos, creams, toners and any other oil-containing products
  • Natural oils used for lash growth like argan oil, emu oil,  castor oil, and almond oil
  • Greasy skin
  • Environmental pollutants

Besides, the principal food of Demodex mites is oil. They settle in oil-rich parts of the skin, spawn and increase rapidly. That means you offer them what they need to expand quickly by using greasy products on your skin.

Don’t Pick, Pluck, Rub, or Pull at Your Lash Extensions.

As tempting as it may seem, you have to resist the urge to rub your eyes or manipulate your eyelashes. If you keep fiddling with your eyelashes, you will soon lose them, and your technician might charge you extra in touch-ups. On the other hand, rubbing or pulling at your lashes makes them look clumpy and they will no longer be as beautiful as before.

Furthermore, note that Demodex mites can spread through direct contact. By rubbing your eyes, you may infect them with the parasites or expand them to other parts of the skin.

Do Minimal Makeup.

The advantage of eyelash extensions is gaining a set of full, long, and black eyelashes while applying little or no mascara. So you do not need to use cosmetics like the days you haven’t worn them. Makeups can provide the essential nutrients for Demodex mites, even if they contain no oil. Vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients usually fused in soaps, shampoos, creams, beautifiers and other skincare products are employed by these mites and help them proliferate quickly.

Avoid Humidity.

If you regularly swim in the pool or exercise in humid environments, you have a great chance to lose your extensions prematurely. On the other hand, humidity set a proper stage for Demodex mites to spread and affect different parts of your skin.

What If I You Developed Demodex on Your Lashes? 

  • Inflamed, red eyelids
  • Burning eyes, particularly in the morning
  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Tearing
  • Diminished visual performance
  • Blurred vision
  • Falling eyelashes
  • Infected eyes
  • Dry eyes

These are some common indications of Demodex mite habitation on the eyelids. If you experience these symptoms and they do not resolve by typical hygiene practices, you may have developed eyelash mites.

The bad news is that you have to remove your extensions during the Demodex treatment period, and the good news is that you can solve the mites’ infection by adopting proper approaches.

Eyelash Extension Mites Diagnosis

After correctly removing your eyelash extensions, choose one or more of the following approaches to understand if you are infected.

  1. Hold a magnifying mirror above your eyes. Slightly pull down the lashes of one eye downward using two fingers to see the lashes base with your other eye. If there are cylindrical dandruff at the base of the strands, it’s a great possibility you have eyelash mites. Demodex mites scratch the dedicated skin around the eyelashes by their tiny claws, leading to skin proliferation at the site of these micro-lesions and creating cylindrical dandruff.
  1. The second way is to visit a doctor familiar with Demodex mites. They will probably pull out a few of your eyelashes and examine them under a lens. These mites usually hook to the lashes root with their face down and their tail up.
  1. Take this five-minute online Demodex mite diagnostic test. Contrary to what it may appear in the first place, this quiz is extremely reliable. Demodex online test estimates your Demodex density based on your signs and the chances you have given to these mites to grow and ultimately recommends the right solution.

How to Get Rid of  Demodex Mites on Your Lashes

As long as you don’t carry a large population of mites, you can keep them under check more easily. But once they grow too much, you have to take more serious measures to eliminate them. Under these circumstances, you should follow the same hygienic practices you used to when wearing your eyelash extensions. This provides Demodex with an unfriendly environment and helps control these mites.

  • Avoid cosmetics, including oil-free products.
  • Stop applying any skincare products on your eyelids.
  • Avoid the eye cream for a while.
  • Ease up eyelash growth oils.
  • Keep your eyelashes dry.
  • To clean your eyelids, apply a small amount of DDC explicitly manufactured to fight Demodex.
  • Rinse your face with cold water following each face washing.
  • Use toilet paper instead of fabric towels to dry your face.
  • Avoid fiddling with your lashes as well as rubbing you eyes.

Although the above steps help eradicate the eyelash mites, they are not adequate to eliminate the infection. You need  good products that fuse technology and science with application to outsmart Demodex mites and take back your skin from these pesky parasites—Trust PDT from Ungex Products for this.

PDT Rich Features

  • Unique Australian product made by Ungex
  • The most advanced anti-Demodex technology
  • Mild with your eyelids, while harsh on Demodex
  • Natural, herbal-based components
  • Eliminates Demodex mites from both skin and immediate environments
  • Suitable for use on all skin parts where you are encountering mite activity.
  • Free of sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), sodium lauryl ether sulphate (SLES), silicon, paraben, and gluten.
  • Include antibacterial, anti-mite, and antiviral ingredients

How about Using Tea Tree Oil?

Tea tree oil can hurt and remove Demodex parasites, but the problem is it is not mild on the skin for long-term usage. It may cause the eyelids’ delicate skin to become dry, irritated and damaged. Since the process of eliminating Demodex mites needs at least three months, using tea tree oil for such a long time harms your eyelid skin, leading to myriad new complications. Even diluted solution is not suitable for long-term treatment. 

How to Use PDT on Your Eyelids

To gradually introduce your skin to PDT and avoid any potential adverse reaction, dilute the product equally with plain water during the first few weeks of employment.

  • Before going to bed, spray a small amount of diluted PDT directly on your eyelids.
  • Do not rinse.
  • Repeat this for at least 3 to 4 months.

If you notice symptoms of Demodex habitation in other parts of your skin, you can apply PDT in the same way.

When employed on the infected area, PDT coats the surface in a light film that remains active, eliminating Demodex mites as they climb up to the surface during the night. When applied regularly, mite populations decline and slowly reduce symptoms until populations are eradicated.

Read:

Pathogenic role of Demodex mites in blepharitis

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PCOS and Demodex Acne: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Lets Demodex Grow on Your Face https://www.ungexau.com/en/pcos-and-demodex-acne/ https://www.ungexau.com/en/pcos-and-demodex-acne/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2021 11:32:16 +0000 https://www.ungexau.com/en/?p=6526 Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is among the most frequent endocrine dysfunctions in women of childbearing age and can lead to various issues, including severe acne. What has been neglected in addressing PCOS-related acne is the role that Demodex mites perform in intensifying it and developing refractory Demodex acne. Simply put, Demodex can grow in the [...]

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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is among the most frequent endocrine dysfunctions in women of childbearing age and can lead to various issues, including severe acne. What has been neglected in addressing PCOS-related acne is the role that Demodex mites perform in intensifying it and developing refractory Demodex acne. Simply put, Demodex can grow in the right conditions with polycystic ovary syndrome and develop resistant pimples that do not go away with traditional PCOS medications. This article discusses this type of acne and proposes a solution for people whose acne persists during or after PCOS. Stay tuned with Ungex till the end of this article.

What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome, also identified as Stein–Leventhal syndrome or hyperandrogenic anovulation, is among the most prevalent hormonal and metabolic concerns in women of reproductive age. PCOS can significantly influence the quality of life. Sufferers experience issues such as infertility, insulin resistance, hair loss, menstrual irregularities, obesity,  unwanted hair growth, and severe acne.

As the name suggests, polycystic ovary syndrome produces cysts on the outer edge of the ovaries. The affected ovaries enlarge and are not able to release eggs (ovum) regularly, resulting in fertility-related issues. Yet, what creates most PCOS-related complications is not ovarian deformity but hormonal imbalance. Under these circumstances, too many androgens (male hormones) are released from the adrenal glands and ovaries, responsible for complications linked to PCOS. These male hormones cause:

  • Hirsutism: Unwanted, coarse, and thick hair on the face, back and chest
  • Resistance to Insulin 
  • Weight Gain
  • Resistance to weight loss
  • Acanthosis nigricans: Patches of dark skin on the back of the neck 
  • Acne
  • Hair falling
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Some kind of cancer
  • Mood disorders

Among these widespread symptoms, we will address acne in the current article.

  • Why does PCOS cause breakouts?
  • Why do pimples sometimes continue even after the PCOS is under control?
  • How to get rid of them?

These are the questions we are going to discuss in the following sections. 

Why Does PCOS Cause Acne?

As discussed, PCOS is a hormonal issue that can cause frustrating health issues like acne. Polycystic ovary syndrome can upset the body’s normal hormone balance, causing androgens and insulin to rise. These hormones both play a crucial role in producing PCOS symptoms, including acne. 

Androgens and Acne

When you get acne, people usually say: “It’s your hormones,” that’s right. Although they are not connected to all kinds of pimples, hormonal imbalance can play a notable role in causing breakouts.

Want to know more about acne and its causes? Let’s delve deeper

Different hormones are recognized to play a role in acne development, including androgens, insulin, estrogen, adrenocortical hormones, and growth hormones. Among all these hormones, androgens play the most crucial part. 

Androgens are male sex hormones. The androgen that is probably most well-known is testosterone. Although these hormones are typically considered male hormones, small amounts of them also synthesize in the female body. Ovaries androgens account for 50% of androgen synthesis in females, with adrenal making the other 50%.

Puberty is associated with an increase in the production of androgens in both males and females. If you think way back to junior high health class, you may remember your pimples among the first manifestations of when your puberty started. 

Androgens cause sebaceous glands to grow and boost skin oil production. Excess sebum can seal the pores and lets bacteria, fungi, mites, and other harmful microorganisms grow inside this humid closed ecosystem. Demodex mites use skin oil as their primary food source, increase, and produce pus as waste products. The skin gradually swells, and acne develops.

Furthermore, androgens may cause follicular keratosis, marked by extreme keratin development in hair follicles. This protein can help close the skin pores and end up in acne.

Insulin and Acne

Excess insulin secretion can boost your chance to get acne in the following ways:

  • This hormone makes male hormones more effective. As discussed, androgens can cause acne by activating the skin oil glands and producing more sebum.
  • Insulin produces Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) that increases sebum generation by making oil glands grow. This factor also makes the skin cells overgrow and clog the skin pores.

Why Do Your Pimples Keep Breaking Out Even After Getting PCOS Under Control?

There is no definite cure for Polycystic ovary syndrome. Still, weight loss and exercise help sufferers adjust their hormone levels. When these women lose weight, they improve their hormonal balance by keeping their androgen and insulin levels under check, which enhances fertility and reduces PCOS symptoms, including acne. Some medicines and lifestyle modifications also help manage this syndrome which is beyond the scope of this article.

Interestingly, recent researches have revealed that the factors involved in PCOS-related acne are beyond hormonal imbalance. Sometimes bumps continue and even intensify after controlling the leading cause. One of the factors that are involved is a skin mite called Demodex. This parasite can worsen PCOS-related acne and prevent its treatment.

What Are Demodex Mites?

Demodex is a species of microscopic mite that usually lives in small numbers inside your follicles and oil glands. It seems almost all adult human beings have a number of these mites living on them. They are  part of the skin’s natural flora. However, resembling other microbes that live in or on the body, they become problematic when their population becomes too large. Access to adequate food supplies is among the agents that provide suitable conditions for growing microorganisms, including Demodex mites.

Skin oil (sebum) is the primary food of these parasites. They quickly proliferate on oily parts of the skin like the face, especially the forehead, chin, cheeks and around the nose and mouth.

Demodex mites usually thrive in follicles and skin oil glands to hide from sunlight and reproduce by laying eggs. They hate ultraviolet radiation and sun exposure. That’s why they spend most of the day under the skin and only crawl up to the surface at night. Demodex mites use their eight tiny legs to climb up into the surface and travel around the skin.

Polycystic ovary syndrome causes hormonal changes that provide these pests with large amounts of oil. These microscopic arachnids feast on this oil and quickly grow their population.

Demodex Can Cause or Exacerbate Acne:

In a large population, Demodex mites can produce or worsen acne via different mechanisms. Since up to 25 mites can fit into one follicle, they can physically block the tiny skin holes as well as follicular ducts.

Furthermore, Demodex mites carry toxic bacteria that play an effective role in pimple development. These bacteria leak out of their corpses, penetrate into the pores and across the surface and trigger theformation of pimples.

As you know, acne is an inflammatory subject—Demodex increases this inflammation by releasing substances that provoke the immune system for reactions that raise the acne.

Once these pests multiply, you cannot successfully treat the skin concerns they make until you eliminate them. So, if Demodex is a part of your acne development, getting rid of your pimples is needed to get these parasites under check.

Is It Demodex That Prevents Your Acne from Healing?

It is a bit challenging to answer this question. If you have PCOS under control but still suffer active pimples, you should check your Demodex Density.

There are two techniques for estimating Demodex mites density: The microscopic test (Standardized Skin Surface Biopsy) and Online Demodex Mite Density Test.

If you are fascinated by the words “microscopic” and “surface biopsy” and think you will hunt all the mites under the microscope lens, you have the wrong idea. Demodex mites usually sneak under the skin and get attached to the hair follicles and oil glands. That’s why the number you count under the microscope is not precisely their present population.

In a microscopic test, after removing the surface layer of the skin with sticky tape, your physician gives the sample to a lab to count the number of Demodex pests. If the mites’ number passes five in each square centimetre of skin, Demodicosis or overpopulation of Demodex spp is confirmed. Performing this test demands a high level of skill, and the results may change at different times of the day and night.

However, although Demodex may keep a low profile, their symptoms are not something you can skip. These signs are what you can easily track via the online test.

The Online Demodex Mite Population Test is an absolute and correct test to determine your Demodex mites density. If the results show infection, you would better not hesitate to take proper action to eliminate Demodex mites. You can use Ungex products. These natural herbal-based products help you remove Demodex from the site and restore your skin and hair health.

How Ungex Helps You Overcome Your Stubborn Acne

Ungex Aussie-made products are formulated to fight against Demodex mites. As they are gentle to your skin, you can incorporate them into your daily skincare routine. Ungex products have no significant side effects and are entirely safe for use on your pimples and other parts of your skin. Once you eliminate Demodex mites, their manifestations- including acne – slowly fade away.

Since PCOS has no definite treatment, Ungex products, including PDT and SDT, help you manage your PCOS-related pimples. You may not be able to keep the sebum overproduction under check, but removing these pests prevents them from increasing steadily and leading to different manifestations.

Beyond the products, Ungex provides you with a guideline that can help you fight against Demodex mites and also helps you control PCOS by building good habits and stopping bad ones. Excess skin oil due to increased androgens and insulin can also lead to other skin issues. Ungex products and protocol promote skin and hair health and help you deal with Demodex-related concerns.

Ungex consultants will give you free advice to get the most out of your products during the treatment period. No matter how dense Demodex mites are, Ungex helps you get rid of all Demodex generations and experience healthy, acne-free skin.

References:

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Acne: Connection, Treatment, and More

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Acne

How Hormones Can Trigger Your Acne

Profiling and Hormonal Therapy for Acne in Women

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Difference Between Acne and Pimples, and the Role of Demodex Mites in Both of Them https://www.ungexau.com/en/difference-between-acne-and-pimples/ https://www.ungexau.com/en/difference-between-acne-and-pimples/#respond Tue, 30 Nov 2021 13:22:53 +0000 https://www.ungexau.com/en/?p=6579 Although pimples and acne are two separate terms, sometimes people use them interchangeably. Acne is a blanket term that applies to many skin lesions such as whiteheads, blackheads, papules and pustules, cysts, and nodules. However, people usually call pustules acne. Still, even if you consider any tender lumps on the skin to be pimples, acne [...]

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Although pimples and acne are two separate terms, sometimes people use them interchangeably. Acne is a blanket term that applies to many skin lesions such as whiteheads, blackheads, papules and pustules, cysts, and nodules. However, people usually call pustules acne. Still, even if you consider any tender lumps on the skin to be pimples, acne and pimples are quite different. Acne is an inflammatory skin issue that affects the outer and middle layers of the skin, as well as hair follicles and sebaceous glands. But pimples are actually a sign of this dermatological issue. To put it another way, any pimple that occasionally appears on your skin is not acne. But acne is always accompanied by pimples.

Acne is one of the prevalent skin issues that impact most individuals at some point. Some develop a few pimples, but others suffer from more severe conditions. Although acne happens less commonly than temporary pimples, it is still a widespread skin issue that influences 9.4% of the world’s population. Furthermore, acne is associated with a considerable financial burden for nations. In the US, for instance, the cost is over 3 billion dollars a year in terms of treatment and loss of productivity. 

Both acne and pimples are more common in puberty but still can influence individuals of all ages.

This article explains the difference between acne and pimples, their causes, risk factors, and the relationship of Demodex mite with these skin lesions.

Definition of Pimple

Pimple is an unscientific word that indicates purulent swellings on the skin. These lesions result from skin holes blockage, in which viruses, bacteria, fungi, and a parasite called Demodex mite trap, proliferate, and produce waste substances that form pus. 

Pimples: Why Do They Happen

It is not important whether you have acne or not; if you have pimples, all are made by one mechanism: skin pore blockage.

There are tiny openings on the skin from which hair strands originate, sweat reaches the surface, and the sebum produced deep in the skin comes out. Any reason that causes the pores to become blocked can make dead skin cells trapped in the holes instead of being shed into the environment. Skin oil and other waste substances cannot find their way out and accumulate inside these tiny pores. This provides germs and skin parasites such as Demodex mites with a food supply to feast on and proliferate. Slowly these waste materials cause the outer layer of skin to bulge, resulting in pimples.

Acne and Pimples Risks

Although the risk factors for both of them are almost the same, some key causal differences help you better comprehend your skin condition and become enabled to take the most efficacious method to address your concerns. 

Microbial contamination can cause pimples. Furthermore, other factors like heredity, excess sebum production, environmental agents, food, mental health, and hormonal imbalances are involved. On the other hand, the skin pores may get clogged by makeup and skin care products, as well as a kind of skin pest called a Demodex mite, which we will address more in the following parts.

On the other hand, acne is a more severe disorder that affects people with a genetic predisposition and hormonal imbalance. Studies also have revealed that people with oily skin are more likely to develop acne.

In the next part, we outline some of these risk factors in more detail.

Cutibacterium (Propionibacterium) Infections

The anaerobic bacterium Propionibacterium acnes appear to have an important role in creating acne lesions. This kind of germ is a natural inhabitant of the hair follicle. But under favourable circumstances, such as acne-prone skin, its density can grow out of control.

Once the skin holes get blocked, anaerobic circumstances or a lack of oxygen inside the follicle, along with sufficient food supplies, allow it to increase. After some time, the wall of the extended follicle ruptures and its contents spills out into the skin, causing immune cells to respond. This is when the pimple is created.

Change in Hormone Levels

Hormonal changes in adolescence, polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid disorders, pregnancy, etc., perform a crucial role in skin breakouts. Many women worldwide are pretty familiar with at least one pimple popping up every month, coinciding with their menstruation. 

The impact of hormones in generating pimples is more by increasing sebum production. Too much oil seals the pores and greases the wheels for acne production. On the other side of the coin, sebum is good food for microbes involved in producing acne, including Demodex mites.

Food Habits

“It seems that for many, the cure for acne is at the end of their fork, not in a prescription pad.” – Mark E. Hyman.

Although investigations do not support this opinion, some individuals think they are more prone to produce pimples when consuming oily or fast foods. What has been proven is that some carbs and sugars, soda, white bread, white rice, and cake, may aggravate acne. And chocolate? The jury is still out. However, if you are prone to pimples, you should modify your food habits.

Demodex Mites

Demodex mites are tiny eight-legged beings that live near or in your oil glands and hair follicles. They are only 0.3-0,5 millimetre long, and their bodies are semi-transparent. That’s why you cannot observe them without a microscope. However, despite their small body, they can affect skin health, causing and worsening pimples and acne.

These skin parasites live in your pores. However, they are not bound just to one area and crawl between the surface and the deep layers of the skin numerous times a day. They can produce myriad complications that finally lead to the follicles’ closing and trigger pimples.

  • These mites can physically obstruct the pores, as well as their inner ducts, and start the process of acne emerging.
  • Demodex mites discharge inflammatory substances that can increase inflammation and lead to pimples and acne.
  • The Demodex trunk is a vector for bacteria, fungi, and other harmful germs that play an influential role in generating pimples.
  • These parasites release agents that provoke the immune system and set up reactions that intensify pimples and acne.
  • Similar to bacteria, Demodex mites get stuck inside the sealed pores. They feed on the sebum accumulated there and help to provoke pimples by generating toxic substances.

It seems that Demodex mites can rarely cause acne on their own. Still, they perform an essential role in exacerbating the condition and helping to develop resistant pimples and acne.

Demodex Stops Pimples from Getting Healed

In addition to their role in triggering and worsening acne, these mites seem to be a barrier to acne treatment. Here we review the main mechanisms.

What They Hold inside Their Bodies 

Doctors usually prescribe antibiotics to manage severe acne. As discussed before, bacteria have a key position in acne development. Thus, it makes sense to use antibiotics to target them on the skin. Still, if your skin is affected with Demodex mites, the bacteria they carry within their bodies spread out on the skin once they are dead and exacerbate acne. Antibiotics do not harm Demodex, and may even make their genes resistant. Antibiotics also can’t kill the bacteria they carry within their stomachs. 

That’s why in the case of Demodex, the best strategy is to attack the parasites themselves to remove them and what they carry in one step.

PDT and SDT sprays, the unique products of Ungex, are exactly formulated for this purpose. They help you get rid of your persistent pimples by targeting Demodex. These products remove both the mites and the harmful germs they carry.

Pro-Inflammatory Substances

Another function of Demodex mites that counteracts acne healing is the pro-inflammatory substances they release. 

Acne is an inflammatory disorder, and obviously, the Demodex-secreted stimulant reduces or stops the healing process. In this case, there is a vast population of them living on the skin, acne remedy gets remarkably challenging. So if you have stubborn acne, it is good to estimate the population of these mites on your skin. If they are too much, you have to seek a way to eliminate them first.

Evaluating Demodex Mites Population

The mites’ microscopic scale makes it hard to define their population. Almost all adults have a population of them living on their skin. While they keep a low profile, their number per unit area grows as one becomes older.

Although Demodex mites infestation generally remains asymptomatic, once they proliferate, they can play a part in provoking, progressing, worsening, and preventing acne healing, as well as many other skin and hair issues.

One method physicians usually adopt to estimate the Demodex mites population is to count them under a microscope. They remove a thin layer of the skin using a kind of adhesive tape and count the hunted mites under a lens. If the mite number is more than five per square centimetre, Demodicosis is diagnosed. 

Although the mentioned test is beneficial, its result is not entirely correct and may underestimate the parasite population. Demodex usually crawl down deep into the skin, and that’s why you can not find them all by superficial sampling.

Online Demodex Test

Fortunately, there is a more plain sailing way to count the mites on the skin. Demodex parasites show themselves with some symptoms and grow under certain conditions. By monitoring these symptoms and assessing the risk factors for Demodex infection, one can determine their population with reasonable estimates.

At Ungex, we have developed a nice, reliable test that helps you estimate the population without going through aggressive procedures. Online Demodex Diagnostic Test consists of several multiple-choice questions with instantly available results. Years of practice and clinical investigation support the correctness of this quiz. So you can take it with confidence and trust the results.

If your test reveals a medium, high, and very high density of Demodex mites, you should find a way to remove them. SDT and PDT sprays are excellent choices for combating these mites. You can apply them to your skin to eradicate Demodex parasites. If you adhere to the instructions and continue to utilise these products for a few months, you will see a notable improvement in the Demodex population and its related issues.

Want to Wipe Away Demodex with Cleansers? No way!

It doesn’t matter how many times a day you clean your skin with detergents; Demodex will not wipe out. So, do not expect to omit them by repeated washing and using harsh cleansers. This wrong approach does not eliminate them but breaks the skin barrier, setting the stage for these mites to develop and harm you more.

However, this is only one piece of the cake! Detergent components usually present a good food supply for these mites and assist them in gaining nourishment and proliferating. Only clean your skin when it is dirty. Otherwise, plain water is enough to wash it. The cleansers you use should be mild, herbal, and free of irritants and chemical elements. DDC is an excellent option for cleaning your skin. You can use this shampoo on all skin parts, including the scalp, face and body. It is astonishingly gentle on the skin, and its long-term use is not associated with any side effects.

Besides, DDC doesn’t feed the mites. So it does not help them increase their population. Just spray a small amount of DDC on damp skin, massage your skin with your fingertips, and then wash it off.

References:

Global Acne Market Report for 2016-2026

What Causes a Pimple?

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Demodex Mites Infestation: The skin is the largest organ in the body, which is considered a strong boundary between the internal organs and the outside world. Your skin protects what you have beneath it from environmental dangers. This important organ needs to be nourished appropriately to maintain its integrity and protect your body against pathogens.

However, like other parts of the body, skin can face various issues. Beyond affecting the skin, dermatological concerns threaten the health of the internal organs. So taking care of your skin and promptly addressing its health issues is a major step toward maintaining your health. It does not matter whether you are a man or a woman, skincare is essential for your overall health and well-being.

The current article tries to explain the skin ecosystem in simple terms, then address its common health issues and provide a good solution to help you maintain and improve your skin and hair health.

The Skin Garden

Earthworms, locusts, ladybugs, bacteria, and other soil microorganisms are all part of the soil ecosystem. The most important point here is that if the natural balance in this ecosystem is upset, some of these organisms grow more than others, or the beneficial bacteria in the soil are destroyed, it endangers the overall health of the garden.

On the other hand, sometimes, pests attack your garden. They consume the nutrients that plant and soil microbiomes need to grow well.. A pest infested garden is cold and depressed. It does not have the strength to defend itself against pathogens, and if you leave it alone, pests will take over the whole garden and destroy all the flowers and plants.

This garden needs help to survive. If you fertilize it, you feed pests more and help them increase in population before the nutrients get to plants. In other words, fertilizing the garden before removing the pests will only make the situation worse. So the best thing you can do is to use pesticides to kill your farm pests and then fertilize your plants. Furthermore, the pesticides you apply should be natural and organic to prevent the crops from being contaminated and damaged.

That’s it! Your skin is exactly like a garden.

Meet Your Skin Garden Pests 

Your skin is exactly like a garden where millions of tiny living things live in peace. These microorganisms are actually your skin microbiome that contributes to the skin’s barrier function, ensures skin homeostasis, and defends it against pathogens. However, once some of them are fueled to grow and divide, they disrupt your skin ecosystem. In this case, some skin and hair problems may occur.

Malassezia, for example, is one of the natural skin inhabitants. However, its large population can lead to seborrheic dermatitis, fungal acne, and other skin and hair problems. On the other hand, a type of yeast referred to as Candida albicans lives naturally on the skin, leading to yeast infections if they grow out of control. This type of infection is relatively prevalent. It can involve almost all skin parts, but most often, it happens in warm, moist, creased areas such as the armpits and groin. Another example of imbalances in the skin microbiota is staphylococci. Although native to the human body, these bacteria can proliferate in some conditions and lead to various health afflictions, including skin rashes.

In addition to the microbial imbalance, parasites can affect the skin and cause various problems for the skin and subcutaneous tissues. Parasites can even cause systemic diseases in humans, but usually, their effects are limited to the skin and related tissues.

One of these parasites is a tiny mite called Demodex. It is a kind of skin pest that has long lived on all mammals, including humans. Fortunately, only two of its 65 known varieties can infect human skin, namely, Demodex Folliculorum and Demodex Brevis.

Hard Truth: “Demodex Skin Pests” Are a Thing

Demodex mites are too small to see with the eye. They are less than half a millimetre long and crawl on the skin with their eight tiny segmented feet and their semi-transparent bodies.

Just like the soil that is full of small cavities, the surface of your skin has pores through which hair grows. The growing hair pulls the sebum up and onto the surface of the skin. These cavities are home to Demodex. These nasty parasites hate sunlight. That’s why they spend most of the day under the skin in their cosy holes. But at night, they climb up to the surface, mate, and return to the depths to lay eggs. Within a few days, up to 50 new Demodex mites hatch the eggs laid by just one female Demodex and follow their path on the skin surface.

As you can see, Demodex pests can grow fast under favourable circumstances and take control of the skin. When their population increases too much, up to 25 Demodex can fit into one skin pore.

How Do Demodex Harm the Skin Garden?

Demodex mites act just as garden pests do. They consume the nutrients you need for a radiant complexion and do not leave much for your skin and hair. Hungry skin becomes weak and vulnerable to a variety of dermatological issues. Some skin and hair issues attributed to Demodex include:

So what Demodex pests do is expose the skin to infection or worsen the already existent ones. In severe outbreaks of Demodex, treating the damaged hair and skin by nourishing them will not result in anything other than further growth of Demodex.

Remember, the first step in saving your pest-infested skin garden is to eliminate the Demodex.

Is My Skin Garden Infested?

Before choosing the appropriate pesticide for your plants, you should look out for the pests existing there as well as their species. The infestation severity is also a matter of consideration. You should investigate and obtain precise data to determine the concentration and dose of a specific pesticide.

Skin parasite treatment follows the same instructions. So before using any skincare products or medication, you should make sure that your skin is contaminated.

How to Detect Demodex on The Skin

Online Test

This test is one of the best ways to identify and estimate the density of Demodex mites on your skin. These skin pests manifest themselves via specific symptoms, and by tracking them, you can estimate the Demodex population. This works out just like the reconstruction of an object by photographing its shadow. On the other hand, some conditions and habits provide these parasites a good environment to grow. The online Demodex mite test uses these shadows and identifies the opportunities you have given Demodex and helps determine their population. Experience shows that the result is entirely accurate and reliable.

We provide you with free access to this test and also help you interpret it. Please give yourself 5 minutes to complete it. If you want, you can ask our consultants for help with your test result for free.

Take this free Demodex test with instantly available results.

Microscopic Test

This procedure is usually performed in skincare clinics and dermatologists’ offices that are aware of Demodex mites and their related issues. The physician removes a thin layer of your skin using a kind of adhesive tape and counts the Demodex under a microscope. If the number of parasites is found to be more than five per square centimetre of skin, you are infected with Demodex mites.

Although the Demodex microscopic test can be helpful, the results are not as accurate as the online testing. This is because Demodex mites mostly creep under the skin, so they do not get stuck on the adhesive tape. Consequently, the number of Demodex found under the lens does not match its actual population

How to Get Rid of Demodex Mites?

If your microscopic or online test results show significant infection, the best way to save your skin is to encounter these pesky parasites. Without eliminating Demodex mites, any approach you adopt to save your skin from mite-related skin concerns can lead to it worsening or, in the most optimistic scenario, just temporary relief.

Demodex, on the other hand, cannot be cleansed with detergent. You can wash your skin as much as you desire, but it’s pretty much impossible to get rid of them.

Unlike dust or air pollution and other typical contaminations, these mites shelter under the skin’s pores attached to the hair roots by their tiny claws. Subsequently, defeating them requires a smart, innovative strategy.

Essentially, identical to pest controlling in your garden, Demodex removal requires a particular pesticide with specific concentrations and instructions.

Ungex Demodex Mite Solution Is The Skin-Saving Approach You Need

Ungex is an Australian company that has introduced new innovative ways to combat Demodex mites. We are proud to be one among the few companies that offer anti-Demodex skincare products. Although our natural herbal-based formulas are harsh with mites, they are gentle enough on your skin to incorporate them into your skincare routine.

Ungex consultants determine the product concentration and instruction according to your Demodex density, the infested area and the complications you encounter. It usually takes 3 to 4 months to reclaim your skin back from these pests. However, this period varies depending on the place and severity of the complication.

Our specialists give you free advice during the treatment period and provide you with a step-by-step guide to get the most from the products you have bought. 

Ungex products

Ungex products are solutions specifically formulated to be applied on all parts of the skin as well as immediate environments. They hit Demodex upon direct contact. Since this pest removal continues for a long time, all the Demodex hidden under the skin are gradually hunted down and can no longer increase their population by spawning again. We wait until all the eggs hatch into the larva and reach the surface, then destroy them.

As a unique feature, you can apply Ungex products on surfaces as well. When you dry your face with a towel or put your head on your pillow, some of these parasites move to these surfaces upon your skin contact.  They can come back into your skin and make the condition worse or infect other members of your family. 

To take care of the problem, it is enough to spray a small amount of Ungex products on these surfaces to eliminate the pests.

We offer a unique protocol as well that helps you change your habits to eliminate the conditions that lead to Demodex overpopulation. These behavioural changes prevent Demodex from recurring and relieve you of them for an extended period.

You can buy our products through this link.

References:

Human Permanent Ectoparasites; Recent Advances on Biology and Clinical Significance of Demodex Mites: Narrative Review Article

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