What is Demodex Hair Thinning?

Hair loss and hair thinning – also known as hair mass decrease – may seem like two sides of the same coin, but it’s important to understand the distinction when looking to combat your hair care problems.

While hair loss can be a fast or prolonged process, depending on the cause, hair thinning – also described as hair mass decrease – is generally felt more gradually with age, resulting in fewer, smaller and weaker hair follicles. However due to various reasons, one may experience hair thinning at younger ages.

Unlike hair loss which is more common among men, hair thinning affects both men and women equally. Sometimes Demodex mites can irritate this symptom. Not all hair thinning’s reason are Demodex mites but they can worsen the situation.

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Causes of hair thinning

Thinning hair may be caused by lifestyle habits, genetics, or both. Certain medical conditions may also lead to thinning hair. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), it’s normal to lose 50 to 100 hairs per day. Any more than this means you could be shedding more than you should.

Hair thinning is sometimes confused with alopecia, which is a widespread hair loss. While thinning hair may eventually lead to hair loss, these two entities aren’t necessarily the same thing.

Lifestyle habits are a key contributor to thinning hair. These include:

Wearing your hair up too tightly. Whether you’re wearing an up-do or pulling your hair up in a ponytail for working out, this can tug on your hair and break it from the follicles, causing thin spots over time.

Experiencing uncontrolled stress. Stress is related to an uptick in hormones like cortisol. Too many stress hormones may kill off new hairs that are trying to grow from the hair follicles.

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Over-treating your hair. This includes colour treatments, perms, relaxers, and more.

Using harsh hair products, such as extreme-hold hair sprays and gels. Temporary colour can also be harsh for your hair.

Not getting enough iron, folic acid, and other minerals in your diet. These all help follicles produce hair naturally.

What are Demodex mites?

Demodex mites are microscopic parasites that live under hair follicles and in oil glands. They are linked to many issues such as Demodex hair loss, Demodex hair thinning, Demodex rosacea and Demodex acne and more.

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Treat demodex hair thinning

Can Demodex mites be a reason for hair thinning?

A Demodex infestation can give way to different kinds of problems in the skin, scalp, and hair. This is because of the sebum, naturally-occurring oil, in the scalp. Demodex mites get nourishment from the sebum along with dead skin. By the time that a person gets the mites from being in contact with a carrier, the activity of the mites will begin; they will start to increase in growth, mate, and reproduce. In just one follicle of hair, up to 25 mites can grow and live.


When Demodex mites are in the scalp and hair, they may cause hair loss for many reasons. For instance, the increased number of Demodex mites gets too much nourishment, leaving nothing for the hair follicles. Without the right amount of nutrition, naturally, the hair will fall out. Another reason is that these parasites produce lipase to break down sebum.

Unfortunately, lipase is known to cause skin inflammation which makes hair loss worse. Also, when there are exceeding numbers of Demodex mites, the body responds to eliminate them by blocking off the follicles so that the parasites will not have any means of nourishment. Although the body’s response may be effective in eliminating the mites, it also results in hair loss.

Even if there are limited scientific studies to prove that Demodex mites can cause hair thinning and baldness, many researchers believe that the possibility of hair loss goes higher when there is a Demodex infestation. This is also proven to be true by those who have used products that fight Demodex which has helped to stop hair loss. Regrowth of hair occurred and the hair strands became stronger and thicker.

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How to treat Demodex hair thinning?

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 products basically lay siege to the Demodex populations on your body, by helping remove their main food source, making your body an awful place for them to live, and night after night lessening their populations until eventually they are gone.

Ungex helps you treat all types of human follicle mites known as Demodex folliculorum and brevis which lead to hair thinning, hair loss and other hair and skin problems.