What Do Demodex Mites Eat?

What do Demodex mites eat | Ungex

You may ask yourself why Demodex mites, these tiny mites select human beings. It’s very simple! They make use of what is inside our skin layers and eat its nutrition.

How do Demodex mites make use of us?

They eat! Some believe they eat sebum, but others think that such a diet wouldn’t be nutritious enough so they feast on the cells that line the follicle, sucking out nutrition by their innards with a retractable needle in the middle of their round mouth. On either side of the mouth, Demodex folliculorums have a seven-clawed organ (called “palpus”) to secure themselves when they are eating. “All this setup forms a sharp, offensive weapon, while Demodex brevis, with their five-clawed palpus, are considered “less offensive”.

What are Demodex mites food habits?

Demodex folliculorums inhabit in hair follicles; they derive their nourishment from the cells of the host. Their main food source is human glandular secretions within these follicles. It is also here where the larvae are nourished and grown into the adult forms of the mites. Demodex mites eat off sebum, hormones, and yeast. These mites feed off nutrition that should be used by your hair follicles, but they are like weeds in a garden and eat all the nutrition and weaken your hair strand.

Why do Demodex mites eat sebum?

Sebum is the greasy oil your skin makes to protect itself and keep it from drying out. It is produced in sebaceous glands, which empty into the hair follicles and fills both the hair shaft and face mite bellies.
These mites usually consume fat and That’s why the greasiest parts of your body, such as around the eyes, nose, and mouth are more likely to harbor a higher concentration of mites than other areas.

What are Ungex’s solutions to destroy Demodex mites?

Ungex provides the best solutions for getting rid of these Demodex mites that feed on your follicle. Ungex solutions eliminates Demodex mites and supply needful nourishment for skin and hair in a treatment period. As a result, by completing the Ungex treatment period population of the remaining mites will decrease and the related symptoms will subside.

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10 thoughts on “What Do Demodex Mites Eat?

  1. Michelle says:

    Will the mites feed off of commercial moisturizer ingredients, and if so, what kind is safe to use while going through treatment?


    • Seyed Behbahani says:

      You are absolutely correct Michelle! Coconut oil and/or castor oil can be used to add moisture to the skin without feeding the mites, as well as cutting down the use of cleanser (unless there is dirt to remove from the skin). We are always here for support so please don’t hesitate to reach out through the treatment process.

  2. Still ashamed says:

    Omg I have had such a long lonely road to learn that I suffer from mites. I thought I was crazy now I’m going to to the doctors armed with your articles ! Ty I feel like I have been set free of all my insecurities of not trusting in my own body and mind !!

    • Ungex SKH says:


      Thank you so much for your feedback :).

      You will now be fully equipped to go into your doctors!.

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  3. Joe Blow says:

    I had to take a skin sample to a veterinarian and say it was from my cat to have them look under a microscope. I found out it was a mite and asked my doctor to call in oral ivermectin. No doctor in my past 10 years of this battle has ever done a skin scraping to make a proper diagnosis. They act like I’m crazy or on meth. Oral Ivermectin helped and of course I washed my whole life like a crazy lady and even threw out of a lot of things bc I was sure the mites were in it and could see parts that had been eaten away. I sprayed all the premises, even had exterminator contracts and even moved!

    Is it possible that I am prone to picking up all kinds of mites in general bc of my skin chemistry? I tend to eat a lot of sugar and I hear they prefer to eat malasezzia (sp?) yeast which grows in a high sugar environment.

    The first mites I thought I had were bird mites from a pet parrot. I even saw what looked like chewed up parts happening on the brand new $900 cage’s wood parts. Then later felt like i had démodéx and then scabies from working direct care with a mental health client, physical contact with him for a year. He couldn’t speak but itched and whimpered and scratched all day and my forearms kept breaking out. All I could do was give him cool water baths to ease his suffering bc his family wouldn’t have him checked and acted insulted and asked for a different caregiver. I was treated by my doctor and had to resign bc I looked like a nightmare of scabs. My company called me crazy and I should have sued them. I have scars that look like cigarette burns, thin raised lines that seem to rub off when I use any type of topical treatment, and weird white fluffy/waxy plugs that lay horizontally in my stomach pores, a bit smaller than rice, which can be extracted by squeezing sideways or pulling out with a tweezer. I’ve had periods of remission throughout these episodes after an oral ivermectin treatment, but some form always comes back. I find tiny black specks in all my scabs and tiny black pinpoint dots around each border of any wound like whatever they are has chewed it. I see the same patterns in any skin eruption I get. If a small scab falls off me, another little trail of pinpoint black dots will form as if they crawled out of the open wound and found new follicles to live in which eventually itch and get tiny red scabs. I get this stuff everywhere on my body and of course if I pick it looks much worse. The scars are here to stay though.

    • armin-en says:

      Hi there,

      We are sorry to hear that you have been suffering from skin problems and most likely Demodex mite issues.

      We recommend that you take our online quiz to check if you have a high density of Demodex mites. We will then be in contact for a consultation with our experienced customer care team.

      Here is the link to the Demodex mite quiz: https://www.ungexau.com/en/demodex-mite-density-score/

  4. NancyJG says:

    I’ve been diagnosed with Demodex Blepharitis and am learning about these horrible microscopic mites. I understand they are part of our natural flora and my question is whether my Keratin hair treatments feed them. I’m due for another treatment in just a few weeks, so please let me know!

    FYI, I get Keratin treatments because my hair is porous and unmanageable in humidity. I also get the treatments because after chemo treatments my hair came back wavy and it straightens it. I understand that my immune system being compromised helped the Demodex community grow on me. What a mess!

    • Sepideh Ghaffari says:

      It’s great that you’re learning more about Demodex Blepharitis and how to manage it. Regarding your question, keratin hair treatments might contribute to the growth of Demodex mites, especially if your immune system is compromised. It’s best to consult with a dermatologist to discuss the potential effects of these treatments on your condition too.
      Keratin hair treatments often involve the use of products containing oils, silicones, and other ingredients that can provide nourishment and moisture to the hair. These substances create an environment that can be conducive to the growth of Demodex mites, which thrive in warm, humid conditions.

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