Demodex Life Cycle Is The Mite’s Achilles Heel

Demodex Life Cycle | Ungex

The opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself.

Sun Tzu (2015). “The Art of War”, p.4, Booklassic


Avoiding the enemy’s strength while attacking its drawbacks is an unfailing way to overcome the enemy. Most probably, you have heard about the Achilles heel. In Greek mythology, Achilles’ mom Thetis immersed him in the river of invulnerability. However, as Thetis held Achilles by the heel, his heel was vulnerable, and that was precisely the point at which Achilles was hit!

Demodex mites also have an Achilles heel which this article will reveal to you! Are you ready? Ungex is going to conquer the enemy and help you with your skincare via the chance provided by the mite itself: Demodex life cycle.


What is Demodex?And Why Do We Have to Find Its Achilles Heel?

If we examine it more profound under a microscope, our skin is a vast land on which innumerable organisms have built their empire.

One of these microorganisms – and probably one of the oldest ones – is a mite known as Demodex. A being that is about 0.1 to 0.4 mm in length and can hardly be seen by the naked eye. No matter how far archaeologists have travelled back in history, Demodex have always been traced on our ancestors’ skin. These mites seem to have been our small companions since humans first existence.


Demodex spreads its territory almost everywhere on our skin, yet they prefer the more oily areas (Who doesn’t love some greasy food?). The forehead, cheeks, nose folds, scalp, upper chest and shoulder are their most prominent domains, as the sebaceous glands are mostly found in these areas. After all, rich resourced places are excellent to build a booming population, right?

Although almost all of us host these tiny creatures, some individuals carry a higher population, leading to skin and hair issues. As long as mite numbers do not pass 5 per square centimetre of skin, they don’t cause problems. But, if their communities grow and continue to increase unchecked, they can rise and cause rebellion and chaos for your skin.


Demodex in large quantities can provoke an inflammatory response that may mimic rosacea symptoms. Moreover, the mites can exacerbate problems such as itching, dermatitis, pimples, hair falling and thinning, skin discolouration, blepharitis, etc.

Isn’t all above enough to find the Achilles heel of the Demodex?!

Ungex helps you with your skincare by revealing Demodex’s Achilles heel. 


Know your Enemy: How Does Demodex Spend Its Life?

They eat! Eating is the most crucial mites project in its lifecycle. It means they spend most of the day consuming oils. Beyond eating, other activities on the list are mating, spawning, and sabotage.

Unlike us humans that build our towers above the ground, Demodex mites live in a secret world under the skin cover: hair follicles and sebaceous glands; the foundations of their empire that provide their private world infrastructure.

Besides feeding on the skin oils, they also eat dead skin, hormones, minerals, vitamins, and follicular epithelial cells during their short life cycle.

They love oily cosmetics and greasy skins. That’s why you get bumps when you use greasy toiletries.

Adult Demodex mites have eight tiny legs. It is not surprising; they are actually arthropods and relatives of spiders. Their bodies are semi-transparent and have the least internal organs to fit into the tight follicles. Sometimes up to 25 mites may squeeze themselves into a single hair follicle- Phew! Can you imagine such a crowded tiny hole!

Imagine that at the root of each hair strand, in every pore of the skin, these crowds of Demodex are feasting on your skin oils and secreting inflammatory substances.

What an extreme range of damages they can cause to our scalp and hair!

They got no anus. Thus, thank them, our skin does not smell like feces as they don’t poop on it. 

However, they eat and eat, and when they die:




All they have in their gut disseminate on our skin. (I wish they had at least one cemetery within their vast kingdom!). So it is unlikely that when a large population of Demodex dies, we scratch our skin until it peels off!

This spread is a heavy contributor to the dermatological issues connected with a Demodex overpopulation.


Demodex Life Cycle: The Mite’s Achilles Heel

Multiple treatments have currently been used to treat Demodex-based dermatological issues. Traditional remedies include topical or even oral antibiotics and insecticides. I am not saying these treatments are not helpful, but:


If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.

Sun Tzu (2010). “The Art of War”, p.11, Cosimo, Inc.


Current treatments lack the strategy to deal with whole mite populations:

Demodex Eggs | Ungex

Demodex life cycle:

Demodex themselves keep away from daylight. During the day, the mites hide under the surface, hook to the follicles and sebaceous glands. At night, they climb up to the surface, mate, and return to the skin depth again.

Females lay their eggs 12 hours after mating inside the follicles or oil glands-where there is an abundance of oil to feed the larva. Each female Demodex can lay 15-20 eggs which hatch to larvae in two or three days.

It takes about seven days for the young mites to become adults. During this time, they gradually crawl up to the surface to mate and spawn after adolescence. So overall, the Demodex life cycle continues nearly 14 to 16 days; that is, from the time the Demodex lays eggs until it intercrosses again.

This short life cycle is the key. In the blink of an eye, many new Demodex ravage our skin resources have grown and are able to produce a new generation.

And the most unfortunate part of the story is their relatively long life-span (which often gets mistaken with life-cycle). Each Demodex exists for several weeks, during which it intercross several times to give birth to more than 100 new parasites. Luckily, our immune system mostly keeps them under control. However, in some bodies – especially those with a vulnerable immune system – Demodex overpopulation gets out of control leading to significant damage to our skin and hair.

Traditional treatments, while helpful, may have limited success but cannot destroy whole populations if they already exist in large numbers because they do not take the Demodex life cycle into account. Although they may kill individual mites quickly, the new generation hatch and come to the surface and continue the life cycle, replacing the ones destroyed by medicine and causing the symptoms to return. Simultaneously, the side effects of using these chemical remedies are another part of our defeat, as they will often affect skin barriers and immune systems.

Well, it’s time to use our friend’s tiny “heel” against him!

Ungex Helps You with Your Skincare by Revealing Demodex Achilles Heel. 

Actually, it is hardly achievable to eradicate the mites when you don’t consider the time they come out, their life duration, and overall, their life cycle.

But using the right product during a reasonable period, strictly when the Demodex comes out of its shelter, will gradually decrease them in density and finally destroy them all.

Ungex products are probably what you need! You can use them over your entire body for an interminable time.

Our products’ volume is designed to be sufficient for use over several consecutive life cycles of Demodex mites. Moreover, our consultant teaches you how to use the Demodex life cycle against them. We provide a Demodex remedy protocol which is one of the most comprehensive and precious Demodex removal instructions. The Ungex protocol helps guide positive changes to bad habits and replaces them with good ones. This method empowers your immune system and turns your body into an unfriendly environment for the mites to grow.

Ungex products are not medicine but natural and herbal products that are hard with Demodex and tender on your skin. 

 We will accompany you until there are no notable eggs to hatch and no adult Demodex to lay eggs.


4 thoughts on “Demodex Life Cycle Is The Mite’s Achilles Heel

  1. Jerrie Simonton says:

    I have quite a large ingestion of mites. Many scars on my face. Tiny holes. Mites on scalp and other body parts. PLEASE help me

  2. Lori says:

    It seemed to come on overnight. I have small pored dry skin and never blemished. I woke up with a face full of bumps, scratched them and now have acne, dry red bleeding areas around my mouth, these mites are in my eyes, nose, ears and found some in my healing leg ulcer. Also found in my false lashes and face creams, bedding. Oh everywhere. Can this help me?

    • armin-en says:

      We are so sorry to hear that Lori! You mentioned having a pre-existing leg ulcer, do you think that perhaps this and the potential medications could have impacted your immune system? That is usually the reason why Demodex populations explode so quickly, as usually it is a bit more of a gradual process.

      What an awful situation, we would be more than happy to help you through this, please check your email as one of our care consultants has reached out to you directly to help support you through this.

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