What is Demodex Folliculorum?
“Demodex folliculorum” is a very tiny mite that is not visible to the naked eye and lives on the skin, which affects 23-100% of adults. Demodex usually does not cause any damage and therefore it is not usually considered a parasite. If Demodex folliculorum causes a disease, the disease is called “Demodicosis“.
Demodex folliculorum are mostly found on the face. It may be annoying to think that mites are crawling on your skin, but it’s normal for them to be present in small numbers. These mites live mostly inside the hair follicles where they feed on dead epithelial follicles and sebum. Demodex folliculorum only becomes problematic if it intensifies pre-existing skin conditions, such as rosacea and blepharitis.
The Symptoms of Demodex Folliculorum
When the population of Demodex increases too much, severe clinical manifestations are shown. These manifestations may vary from person to person, but typically include the following:
- Itchy or scaly skin
- Burning sensations
- High skin sensitivity
- Roughness of the skin
The Causes of Demodex Folliculorum
Demodex folliculorum is naturally present on the skin of many people. They can be transmitted when someone is in close contact with an infected person. In addition, sharing of personal items causes these mites to be transmitted from one human to another.
However, if the previous host does not have signs of demodicosis and the new host has a weakened immune system, he/she can be prone to the disease. This is one of the reasons why personal hygiene is important.
Who Are at Risk of Demodex Folliculorum?
Medical treatments are helpful when the population of Demodex is too high. For example, in the case of eyelashe demodicosis, medications prescribed by a specialist can be useful. The drug traps the mites and prevents them from laying their eggs in other hair follicles. Some of these medications include:
- Salicylic acid
- Selenium sulfide
- Benzyl benzoate
- Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil
How Ungex can Help?
“Ungex” products reduce the amount of sebum, thus limits the main food source of these organisms. These products are natural and work in a night routine to clear your skin of Demodex folliculorum.