We all have some bacteria on our skin. Some people, however, have more bacteria or mites – specifically Demodex mites – at the base of their eyelashes than others.
This can cause dandruff-like flakes called Blepharitis like the ones in the picture. Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids that usually involves the part where the eyelashes grow. It occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes become clogged, leading to irritated red eyes and eyelids.
Several diseases or conditions can cause Blepharitis, and it is often referred to as a chronic condition that can be difficult to treat. People who suffer from Blepharitis tend to feel insecure and experience a lot of discomfort, however it is important to note that it doesn’t cause permanent damage to your eyesight and is not contagious.
Symptoms of Blepharitis
Signs and symptoms of Blepharitis may include:
• Sore or greasy eyelids • Watery, red eyes or itchy eyelashes • A gritty feeling in the eyes • Flakes or crusts around the roots of the eyelashes • Red, swollen eyes or eyelids • Eyelids sticking together in the morning when you wake up • Loss of eyelashes
Causes of Blepharitis
So what is the main cause of Blepharitis? The exact cause of Blepharitis isn’t clear. It is often associated with factors like:
• Seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows • A bacterial infection • Clogged or malfunctioning oil glands in your eyelids • Rosacea, a skin condition characterized by facial redness • Allergies, like allergic reactions to eye medications, contact lens solutions or eye makeup • Eyelash mites or lice like Demodex mites
What are the best and fastest ways to treat and cure Blepharitis?
Like all the other diseases, it is best to consult with your doctor to determine the cause of your eyelid inflammation. The doctor will examine your eyes and eyelids to evaluate whether you have Blepharitis or not, and also determine what type of Blepharitis treatment is most appropriate for you. The doctor may prescribe medicated eye drops/ointments or in-office procedures like Electromechanical lid margin debridement, Thermal pulsation treatment or Intense pulsed light (IPL).
However, there are some Blepharitis home remedies and treatments you can try at home:
• Warm Compresses with a clean towel • Eyelid Scrubs with proper eye drops and ointments such as Blepharitis wipes, antibiotics or effective anti-mite products like Ungex anti-mite solutions • Skin and Eyelid Hygiene by carefully washing your eyelashes every day with baby shampoo diluted in warm water
What is the relation between Blepharitis and Demodex mites?
Blepharitis is often associated with an overgrowth of bacteria that live along the margins of the eyelids and at the base of the eyelashes.
Over time, these bacteria multiply and create a structure called a biofilm.This biofilm becomes a toxic environment simliar to the plaque that forms on your teeth. Parasitic eyelash mites known as Demodex feed on biofilm, which in turn leads to an overgrowth of these mites and worsens eyelid inflammation.
Bacteria in the eyelid biofilm also produce substances called exotoxins that cause inflammation of oil-secreting glands in the eyelids called meibomian glands. This causes a condition called meibomian gland dysfunction, which triggers (and worsens) dry eye discomfort and Demodex Blepharitis.
What are Demodex mites?
Demodex (demodicosis) mites are microscopic parasites that live under hair follicles and in oil glands. These mites live in or around hair follicles, feeding on the dead skin cells and oils that build up there. They mostly live on the face, including the eyelids and eyelashes, and are linked to many issues such as hair loss, rosacea, acne and Blepharitis. Learn More!
How to treat Demodex Blepharitis?
In cases of Blepharitis caused by Demodex mites, no treatment can work as effective and easy as anti-Demodex solutions. Ungex aims to eliminate mites with its innovative Care Plan and by providing the best products to treat Demodex hair mites. The Care Plan is a combination of Ungex products used in conjunction with the correct method.
Ungex innovative products basically lay siege to these mite’s populations on your skin, by helping remove their main food source in your skin (i.e. oil control), making your body an awful place for them to live. This will gradually decrease the population of mites over time until eventually, they are eliminated for good.
Ungex natural products help you treat all types of human follicle mites known as Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis, which lead to acne, rosacea, blepharitis and other hair and skin problems without going through any advanced or costly treatment plans.