What is Demodex folliculorum?
Demodex folliculorum is one of two types of Demodex mites; the other one is Demodex Brevis; However, Demodex folliculorum is more common.
Demodex folliculorum mostly found on the face, and they are too small to see with the naked eye. The thought of having mites on your skin might be scary, but it’s common to have small quantities of them. This parasite lives within the hair follicles on human skin and feeds on dead skin cells. Demodex folliculorum only becomes problematic if they intensify pre-existing skin conditions, such as rosacea and Blepharitis.
The symptoms of Demodex folliculorum
With large D. folliculorum infestations, you may notice the roughness of the skin abruptly increased.
Other symptoms may be:
- Itchy or scaly skin
- Increased skin sensitivity
- Burning sensation
- Skin that feels rough like sandpaper
The causes of Demodex folliculorum
Demodex folliculorum naturally happens in human skin. The mites can spread by contact with someone else who already has them.
Demodex folliculorum increases the number of skin cells in the hair follicles. So, this can create harsh symptoms on the face in copious amounts.
This type of mite is currently being investigated as a potential cause of rosacea.
Who is at risk?
You might be at an increased risk for getting these mites if you have:
- A weakened immune system
- Skin infections
- Acne, especially inflammatory types
Medical treatments may be helpful when there is a large number of mites on your face. For D. folliculorum on the eyelashes, a medicated medicine may be useful. So it can help trap the mites and restrict them from placing their eggs in other hair follicles.
Medications with the following active ingredients may also help:
- Benzyl benzoate
- Salicylic acid
- Selenium sulfide
- Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil
How Ungex can help?
Ungex products lay siege to the Demodex populations by helping remove their primary food source (i.e., oil control) and making your body a hostile place for them to live in. The natural products work by sticking to a nightly routine, which will decrease their populations until, eventually, they are eliminated from your skin for good