About Demodex Mites on Humans

Most people have never heard of Demodex mites in humans, let alone that they are likely to be responsible for many skin problems or human hair mite Demodex treatment and the correct way to go about it.If you are looking for an answer, you have come to the right place. Ungex provides the solution to treat Demodex hair mites in humans.

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Demodex Mite Symptoms

Demodex can be responsible for many issues within hair follicles and skin, it’s sometimes hard to tell what to look out for. When an overpopulation of mites are found in the skin, it suffers from the consequences which often display in many of the tell-tale Demodex mite symptoms on your scalp, face and body.

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✔️ Rosacea 

✔️ Atopic Dermatitis

✔️ Itching 

✔️ General Discomfort 

✔️ Hair loss 

✔️ Ageing Skin 

✔️ Enlarged Pores

✔️ Acne

✔️ Thinning Hair

✔️ Rough Skin 

✔️ Facial Discoloration 

✔️ Freckles 

 

 

Did You Know?

“Most people over 18 years of age appear to host at least one Demodex species!” 
 Ubiquity and Diversity of Human-Associated Demodex Mites

 

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 .

 

 

The symptoms of Demodex hair follicle mites explained

Demodex is responsible for many symptoms within hair follicles and skin. The explanation behind these tell-tale symptoms on your hair, scalp face and body skin are outlined below. If you have any additional questions please feel free to leave them in the form below.

 

Face mites and rosacea and facial discolouration

  • Mites have been shown to carry bacteria that, according to recent research could be a contributing factor to many skin conditions.
  • Increased mite density in skin may trigger inflammatory responses, block hair follicles or help transmit other bacteria to other parts of the skin, leading to signs and symptoms of rosacea.  

Itching, tough skin and general discomfort

  • Demodex walks with its claws scuffing the skin, causing itching and toughened skin.
  • Unexplained itching usually occurs at nighttime, as this is when mites leave the hair follicles to walk around on scalp and skin to find a mate and feed.

Ageing skin, enlarged pores, acne

  • Multiple mites share one follicle, causing skin to stretch.
  • Mites eat collagen and elastin from skin. Lack of elastin causes skin to lose elasticity, resulting in wrinkles and other signs of aging.
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Hair loss and thinning

  • Mites feed off of sebum.
  • Follicles become undernourished, causing hair to fall out.
  • If left untreated, mite population can increase drastically.
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Why Treating Mites is so Important:

It is highly important and necessary to eliminate hair mites prior to seeking any treatment for skin or scalp based issues. Mites not only act as a barrier for topical treatments on the skin, but also provide an unstable foundation build upon. For example, one of our clients underwent a half head hair transplant before coming to us to get tested for mites.

Unfortunately, he hadn’t heard of Demodex mites before surgery. You can read more about the importance of eliminating mites before surgery in this fantastic article here by the renowned Gregory Kirk It’s Highly Important To Seek Demodex Mites Treatment Prior To Any Other Treatment For Skin Issues. Hair Mites Cause Problems When They Soar Out Of Control! Having an infested scalp can be explained by likening it to a garden, and I will explain why below.

 

Why your scalp is like a garden

Say that you have a garden that is overrun by pests. There are insects on your plant’s roots and in the soil, consuming all the nutrients, fertilizer and water you are feeding your plants, trying to make them healthy again. Instead of these products getting into the soil, and your plant’s roots transferring the nutrients to where they need to go, the pests in the soil are getting to them first and consuming them. Your plans start to die. So your hair and skin are like plants. They need to live in a pest free environment to flourish.

Read more on our blog here.

 

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Business which specialises in helping to treat Demodex hair mites for hair and skin on people who are suffering due to microscopic parasites called Demodex mites. Around 65 species of Demodex are known. Two species living on humans have been identified: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis, both frequently referred to as hair mites, face mites, skin mites, body mites, eyelash mites, eyebrow mites, ear mites, human mites or hair follicle mites.

  • Multiple mites share one follicle, causing the skin to stretch.
  • Mites eat collagen and elastin from the skin. Lack of elastin causes the skin to lose elasticity, resulting in wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
  • Mites feed off of sebum and nutrients from your skin as well as other topical products.
    • Follicles become undernourished, causing hair to fall out.
    • If left untreated, mite populations can increase drastically.
  • Mites have been shown to carry bacteria that could be a contributing factor to many skin conditions.
    • Increased bacteria deposited by deceased mites may trigger inflammatory responses and block follicles, leading to signs and symptoms of rosacea and/or acne.
  • Demodex walk with its claws scuffing the skin, causing itching and toughened skin.
    Unexplained itching usually occurs at mostly at night, as this is when mites leave the hair follicles to walk around on scalp and skin to find a mate and feed.

 

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Hair Structure:

Cuticle, Cortex and Medulla:

The hair is composed of a protein called keratin. The hair itself is arranged in three layers.

Inner Layer (medulla):

Is a central zone of cells present only in large thick hair.

Middle layer (cortex):

Is the main structure of the hair shaft, cortex determines the colour and hair texture of the hair affected by chemicals (bleaching, perming and colouring).

Outer layer (cuticle):

Tiny overlapping scales to protect cortex.

Skin Structure:

Follicle:

Located beneath the skin surface, whereby it holds the roots of hair. In one follicle, on average, there are 2-3 strands hair and is the point from which the hair grows.

Sebaceous Gland:

Normally produces oil to moisturize the scalp. However, if the sebaceous gland is over-active, it will produce too much oil.

Blood Vessels:

Bring along the blood and nutrition to the hair roots to ensure good blood circulation, healthy and strong hair.

Dermal Papilla:

The dermal papilla is situated at the base of the hair follicle. The dermal papilla contains nerves and blood vessels which supply glucose for energy and amino acids to make keratin.