Demodex Die Off Symptoms

Signs demodex mites are dying-ozidex
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Demodex mites are microscopic beings that can colonize our skin, plunder its resources, cause damage, and bring us various issues in our skin and hair. Therefore, when it comes to Demodex die-off symptoms, those with Demodex outbreaks are eager to hear the good news.

The darkest hour is just before dawn.”

Thomas Fuller

When things seem to be at their worst, know that they are about to start improving. To put it bluntly, the symptoms may worsen as the Demodex disappears. But this worsening of the symptoms is just before the recovery begins. Although this is not always the case, it is prevalent in severe cases.


Why should the Demodex dying off make the symptoms worse? Read the article to the very bottom, and those question marks above your head will disappear.

What Are Demodex Mites?

Since humans set foot on the planet, they have hosted a variety of microorganisms. In other words, fungi, bacteria, viruses, and mites live naturally inside and outside of our bodies to form a balanced ecosystem. Many of them are good for us; for example, more than 100 trillion bacteria live in your gut, making it more astonishing and mysterious than the milky way. They are the blessings that keep your digestive system healthy, and their imbalance is associated with various chronic conditions.

On the other hand, some microorganisms, although they do not seem to be beneficial for us, are not harmful either. This is how Demodex are in small numbers. They are microscopic mites that live in our skin pores. Although their number depends on various factors, they do not seem to be problematic in small numbers and are considered an example of commensalism.

[What is Commensalism?

Commensalism is a type of coexistence where one organism benefits and the other derives neither benefits nor suffers.]

However, I do not think they are useless. Maybe the positive aspects of their relationship with humans are not fully discovered. To clarify, according to an article, they act as a natural cleansing system in small numbers and cleanse the skin of excess oils, dead cells, etc.

There are two types of Demodex living on our skin – Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis. They spend most of their time inside the follicles and sebaceous glands and come to the surface at night, mate, and return to their shelter before the sun rises. In other words, they hate sunlight, and our skin is a safe passage for Demodex outside the nest at night.

How Does Demodex Harm Us?

Most of the time, the body defence keeps Demodex mites in check. The system prevents Demodex and other micro-residents from over-multiplying and keeps our body ecosystem in balance.

However, if the immune system does not function properly – for instance, in the case of a flawed immune system or patients taking immunosuppressive drugs – Demodex may grow more and more, exceeding 5 per cm square of skin. Now, they are no longer an example of commensalism but act like parasites. That is, they harm our bodies.

It is commonly said that Demodex cannot cause skin and hair problems; they only aggravate or trigger them. However, some articles also refer to cases that were initially derived from Demodex.

Some of the dermatological problems associated with the large population of Demodex are as follows:

In addition to the above, Demodex mite infection can be associated with the following symptoms:

Well, now we have come to the part where we talk about getting rid of all these bothersome symptoms by eliminating Demodex. 

The worsening of symptoms is what really awaits us? Stay with us to get the answer.

Signs demodex mites are dying

No matter how your doctor treats your Demodex mites when a large number of Demodex dies at once, the symptoms may worsen for a while before starting to improve.

This condition is called Demodex Die-off Reaction or Healing Reaction, and the main reason for it is what Demodex carries.

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Signs demodex mites are dying on face

The Demodex body is a carrier for bacteria, fungi and other harmful microorganisms. Demodex does not have an anus, meaning that whatever it eats resides in its body. Although it is somehow a blessing, after Demodex decays, what contains spread out onto the skin. The more Demodex mites eliminated at once, the greater will be the waste spills on the skin.

These harmful bacteria and compounds are, in fact, responsible for most of the mite’s symptoms. In other words, what the mites brought to us is mainly secondary to these toxic substances.

Well, then it is not surprising that the worsening of the Demodex symptoms would be among its Die-Off Symptoms.

However, as Thomas Fuller has stated, the darkest hour is just before dawn.

This condition is usually temporary, and after a while, the symptoms subside, and the situation gets better. In fact, the healing reaction is a sign that indicates the proper functioning of therapeutic compounds.

However, this reaction is not pervasive, and if the initial number of mites is not very large, it is unlikely to occur. In other words, many people who follow anti-Demodex treatments start to recover from the first few weeks without worsening their symptoms.

Demodex Die-Off Symptoms With PROCUTiN

PROCUTiN is a unique product from Ozidex that helps you in removing Demodex mites. This product can remove mites from your skin, as well as from different surfaces. To reduce the Demodex die-off symptoms, we advise our customers to dilute the product according to the instructions during the first few weeks, especially those people who have sensitive skin or severe head-to-toe Demodex infection.

5 thoughts on “Demodex Die Off Symptoms

  1. Mis says:

    Mine have been coming and going for about 4 and 1/2 years but they’ve gotten so bad I think they ate my retina cuz they were going down in my eye socket

  2. Nathele says:

    I’ve done multiple things to deal with it and I have it in normal places but also in my hair and trying to colonize my whole body.So I think I have both types. I shower twice a day with Trader Joe’s tea tree oil shampoo on my Japanese scrub cloth. That chills them out. And multiple times a day I wash my face with said shampoo. (Idk it’s good.) For the random needle bite I will put a tab of mentholatum chest rub on a bit of paper towel and stick it to that area. Seems to work. When I go to bed so I can sleep solidly for most the night I will rub that ALL OVER MY BODY and at my hairline and sometimes back of my lower head.
    I did due I permethrin bath so far and it chilled them for a day and a half on my body but they slowly made a big reappearance. I will do it again after a week.
    I sleep on my camp pad, no sheet with socks (I put thetrader joes’s tea tree conditioner on my feet top and bottom and in between toes, does a good job of sealing my skin off- I’ll get more into that later) or the mentholatum and a long papertowel over the bottom of my foot before I put socks on (also very helpful at reducing bites/access- they hate the menthol) and all body covered with menthol (I tear up a huge pile of paper towels so they are squares and dip it in the jar and then put on- but don’t redip. just use a new square. I pray and wipe down my camp pad multiple times with the alcohol, all hot washed hot dried clothes are bagged. But I’m a DD factory running at full capacity.
    The Trader Joe’s tea tree conditioner on it forms a film that also helps on the body. Not for spot killing like the mentho or alcohol mist but as a preventative.
    +++BUT greatest DD dieoff I have is when I use the Trader Joe’s tea tree condition on my lashe, under eye, eye lid, and eyebrows.+++ I very very carefully put it in the lashline with a Qtip and then very gently scrubbing back and forth. Q tips with the big fluffy heads are better. I again NEVER doubledip, I always use a clean Qtiphead. Then after getting what DD I can off that way, I let it dry a bit, they come out and I use a wet Qtip (ver light water) and go again. Then I clean my eyes by wiping with a very lightly wet folder up paper towel or doing a proper wash with the tea tree oil shampoo and after drying my eyes with a dry paper towel (to avoid washing a million washcloths because you have to use a new one so you don’t spread DD) apply vaseline or Neosporin- again not getting it on my waterline or eyeball. The vaseline and Neoporin lock the DD in and not coming out to bite and mate and they die.
    I use the mentho on my face as said earlier and hairline, neck parts where I feel they have settled in my hair. I never put the mentho on my eye or eyelid. Only on orbital edge. They will move and jump off becase the fumes.
    I will also try Ted’s Borax past which is 1 part hydrogen peroxide at 3% to 2 parts distilled water, then add and mix borax until a past forms, spread on face (not eye, and body, when it dries wipe it off and live life. This has helped people reduce over time like all this cleaning I mentioned. But it takes a while and DD comes back if you stop.
    I hope to also take ivermectin orally while doing the daily cleaning routines to see if it gets rid of it.

    1. sepideh-ozidex says:

      Hey Nathele,
      Thanks for your information. But maybe it’s too complicated to do these process. Procutin is a good choice to remove Demodex mites. You just have to spray it to infected area and your personal care.
      Thank you for sharing your encounters in dealing with Demodex mites.

  3. Joelyn Etgen says:

    Please let me know how or where to purchase procutin

    1. sepideh-ozidex says:

      Hi Joelyn,

      Please use this link.

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