What Are Eyelash Mites?
Among the known parasites, two species of mites have lived with human ectoparasites. These mites are called “Demodex folliculorum” and “Demodex brevis“, which are commonly referred to as eyelash mites. Demodex is very small and cannot be seen with the naked eye and usually live in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands.
Demodex folliculorum more commonly infects eyelashes than the brevis type.
Studies show that these mites are present in small numbers in the majority of humans. Because eyelash mites feed on sebum, dead cells, and mucus, people with more oily skin are more likely to have more Demodex. Also, sleeping without removing makeup increases the population of these mites.
Symptoms of Eyelash Mites
The clinical manifestations of Demodex on eyelashes are as follows:
• itchiness in the eyelashes and surrounding skin
• worsening skin symptoms or flare-ups, such as in rosacea and eczema (dermatitis)
• scaly, rough patches of skin
• burning sensation in your eyes
• redness around the eyes
Exacerbation of some of the above symptoms can cause blepharitis. If blepharitis is not treated, the lashes may fall out or deform.
Eyelash mites only cause clinical manifestations when they are either very numerous or the host has underlying skin problems. Otherwise, eyelash mites do not cause any specific clinical symptoms.
As mentioned, eyelash mites are naturally present on most people’s skin. But in some cases – especially when a person has rosacea – they increase in number and cause clinical symptoms. Other underlying problems that can lead to the proliferation and clinical manifestations of eyelash mites include the following:
• inflammatory acne
• weakened immune systems
Are Eyelash Mites Contagious?
These mites can be contagious. Eyelash mites might spread from contact with others who have them, mostly at nights that they come on the surface of your skin.
If you have eyelash mites, your dermatologist will probably advise you not to share your eye makeup with other people. Eyelash mites can be passed on to the new host through these cosmetics.
After diagnosing eyelash mites, your doctor will prescribe topical medications that will hold the mites in place. Stuck Demodex can’t go anywhere else and lay eggs, which reduces their numbers. These medications also help with other underlying skin problems.
One of the natural remedies used for eyelash mites is tea tree oil (TTO). This natural essential oil is extracted from a native Australian plant. Different percentages of this oil are used to treat wounds and skin infections. 50% TTO is sold in pharmacies as an OTC drug.
Rubbing this oil on the eyelashes once a week helps to cure this disease. But since this oil can irritate the eyes, we offer you a better way to get rid of eyelash mites.
How Can Ungex Help Remove Eyelash Mites?
Australian products of ‘Ungex’, especially ‘PDT’ and ‘SDT‘ have natural-based ingredients with antiviral properties. These products can kill eyelash mites in addition to other types of mites. Beside anti-Demodex products, Ungex treatment includes a complete treatment plan. Our Ungex consultants will give you free advice during treatment to ensure your therapy progresses according to the protocol.