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Demodex mites live on human skin with the rest of the microscopic world. Demodex is a genus of tiny parasitic mites that live in or near hair follicles of mammals.

If one has troubling skin conditions, consider speaking with a physician or lab for testing. Research is ongoing as to best external and internal treatment.
It is said that quality sleep, consistently fresh sheets & pillows, sunshine on the skin, days at the beach or in the clear mountain air, all these things that make you feel healthy, breathe clean air, calm the body and nervous system, give you less likelihood of these little buggies taking over your face, and making it their home.

“They feast on the cells that line the hair follicles, sucking out their innards with a retractable needle in the middle of a round mouth”…A bright article here: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/08/31/everything-you-never-wanted-to-know-about-the-mites-that-eat-crawl-and-have-sex-on-your-face/#.UwOJmV7HL2d

From Wikipedia: The total lifespan of a Demodex mite is several weeks. Demodex mites live inside the sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Research about human infection by Demodex mites is ongoing, with several preliminary studies suggested an association between mite infection and rosacea.[9]Older people are much more likely to carry the mites; about a third of children and young adults, half of adults, and two-thirds of elderly people are estimated to carry the mites.[10] The lower rate of children may be because children produce much less sebum. It is quite easy to look for one’s own Demodex mites, by carefully removing an eyelash or eyebrow hair and placing it under a microscope. via Demodex – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

[When eye lids are affected certain quality oils combined with thorough cleansing have helped clear up the condition: TTO, 100% caraway oil, or 100% dill weed oil. TTO’s in vitro killing effect was dose dependent. Lid scrub with 50% TTO, but not with 50% baby shampoo, can further stimulate Demodex to move out to the skin. The Demodex count did not reach zero in any of the seven patients receiving daily lid scrub with baby shampoo for 40–350 days. In contrast, the Demodex count dropped to zero in seven of nine patients receiving TTO scrub in 4 weeks without recurrence.

Conclusions: Demodex is resistant to a wide range of antiseptic solutions. Weekly lid scrub with 50% TTO and daily lid scrub with tea tree shampoo is effective in eradicating ocular Demodex.

http://bjo.bmj.com/content/89/11/1468.short%5D

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