What are Demodex mites and why do they live in my skin and hair follicles?
Demodex mites are parasites that live in hair follicles, they are relatives of ticks, spiders, scorpions and other arachnids. In the animal kingdom, there are many species of mite, and the Demodex family contains 65. Of those, only 2 reside on human skin – Demodex Folliculorum and Demodex Brevis. Demodex mites live in the hair follicles on your scalp, face and body. You can’t see them with your eyes since they’re microscopic. They live for two weeks in total. It takes half a day for a female Demodex to lay her eggs (deep inside your hair follicles), two and a half days for them to hatch out of skin and hair follicles and six days for a baby Demodex mite to reach adulthood.
From then on, a Demodex mite will enjoy a further five days of life eating the oil and nutrients from your skin before dying and liquefying in your pores. Mites usually only come out of their follicles at night, as they try to avoid light. So why do most animals, including humans live with these insects?! In humans, they tend to become a problem when a high population density is found. This has been linked to all manner of hair and skin problems. These symptoms indicate that a high population density of mite is present and needs to be treated effectively, read more about Ungex products here .