Exciting things about face mites

Face mites | Ungex

Did you know this fact that “you are not alone” ? Yes, that’s true! Your body is a gathering of microbes, fungi, viruses, and even other animals. Also, you aren’t the only specie using your face. Right now, there are at least two species of microscopic mites living in your pores.


Face mites like Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis spend their days inside your hair follicles, lived behind the hair shaft, where you can’t see them.

Most of the time, these face mites will go unnoticed. However, more significant numbers of mites can cause unwanted symptoms and skin problems like rosacea, acne, blepharitis, hair loss, dandruff, hair thinning and other types of skin and hair issues.

The face mites eat sebum, the greasy oil your skin makes to shield itself and keep it from drying out.

That’s why the oiliest parts of your face act as a better shelter for these mites more than other areas.

Let’s review some facts about these face mites:

1. Most people have mites!

One of the most exciting discoveries is that these mites are living on almost all adults (even you!).

You don’t have to see a mite to detect its presence. Studies show that mites only become problematic if they appear in huge populations. In that condition, they could aggravate pre-existing skin conditions, such as rosacea and blepharitis.

2. Human mite species that aren’t closely related to each other.

One of the most exciting face mite mysteries is how humans acquired these mites. Maybe these mites are a model system for co-evolution. It’s possible that, like every species of mammal developed, so did their parasites – each one particularly adapted to its varied environments. We expect that we acquired our mites from our ape ancestors.

There are two types of face mites. The fact is that these face mites, Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis, are not very close relatives to each other at all. The analyses show that D. Brevis is more closely related to dog mites than to D. folliculorum.

It is fascinating because it shows us that humans have acquired each of those mite species in several ways. Therefore, there are two separate histories of how each of those mite species came to get on our faces.

We don’t have enough proof to say that we got one of our mites from man’s best friend. But it seems possible that one of the domestic animal species (be it dogs, goats) may have given us their mites.


3. Mites can talk about the historical divergence of human populations.

How we got our mites is just one part of the story. We are inquisitive about how our mite species have developed since they became our permanent companions.

Demodex has been living with us for a long, long time. So we want to know if Demodex DNA can reflect our evolutionary history by allowing us to backtrack those ancient paths of human migration.

By looking at the DNA of Demodex Brevis, we found that mites from China are genetically dissimilar from mites from the Americas. East Asians and European populations deviated over 40,000 years ago, and it looks like their mites did as well. On the other hand, the Demodex folliculorum from China is similar to that of the Americas. D. Brevis lives deeper in your pores than D. folliculorum and is maybe shared between people less easily, whereas D. folliculorum appears to enjoy global domination.

If reading this made your face a little itchy, don’t be scared. From an evolutionary viewpoint, humans and Demodex are old friends. You are in good company. And so are your mites.

How Can Ungex Help?

Considering the fact that they live inside your face pores, you can’t scrub them off by washing, so it’s impossible to get rid of all of your face mites!

Only with the right product and protocol Demodex mites and their symptoms can be eliminated.

Ungex ensures that it has all the tools and support to make sure your skin is Demodex free.

Ungex ensures that it has all the tools and support to create sure your skin is Demodex free. The range of Ungex products is of the best quality ingredients. Our mission is to reduce the issues of Demodex mites.


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