Demodex Mites

Demodex Folliculorum, the Potential Cause of Skin and Hair Problems.

Hair Mites (Demodex Folliculorum)
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“The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.”
Aaron Sorkin

Although many people do not know such a problem exists, one of the issues that almost all of us face is Demodex mites, including D.folliculorum and D.Brevis. These microscopic creatures live in the pores of almost all of us. They crawl, eat, reproduce, and sometimes grow to high density, which may cause a variety of skin and hair problems. Demodex infection is not uncommon. So if you have one or more skin and hair problems – exceptionally immune to traditional treatment – give Demodex a chance, accept that Demodex may have caused your issues.

OZiDEX can help you in your Demodex Treatment process.

What is Demodex Folliculorum?

Demodex folliculorum is one of the two species of Demodex that live specifically on human skin.

After birth, this mite is transmitted from parent to newborn through close physical contact. Its number increases over the ages so that as many as 94% of people over the age of 76 are infected with the parasite.
Demodex folliculorum lives in hair follicles and feeds on epithelial cells and skin oil (Sebum). This type of Demodex is less than half a millimetre in length as an adult, and is usually invisible to the naked eye.

Demodex folliculorum has a worm-like and semi-transparent body with the least number of internal organs to get adapted to living in narrow follicles. This mite has a hard exoskeleton and crawls on the skin with eight small feet.
Because Demodex is sensitive to sunlight, it usually spends days under the skin and moves on the surface at night.

What is Demodex Folliculorum

Demodex Folliculorum Life Cycle

Although the lifespan of D.folliculorum is a few weeks, its life cycle is 14 to 16 days. This means that it takes 14-16 days from the time the adult Demodex mates until the newborn Demodex mites mature again. After this period, the grown Demodex mates several times during its life.
Mating takes place near the skin surface. Female Demodex lays her eggs inside the follicles – where there is enough food for larvae. About four days later, these heart-shaped 0.1 mm long eggs hatch into six-legged larvae. It takes a few days for them to reach the surface. About six days after birth, the larvae mature following two intervening nymph stages.

Severe eczema caused by Demodex ticks
Demodex mites on scalp

Which Part of the Skin Is Most Exposed to D. Folliculorum?

Demodex’s principal food is skin oil. Thus these creatures prefer areas of the skin that produce more sebum. The mites mostly live on the face’s oily areas, such as the chin, nose, forehead, and ear folds. However, they can also be found in other parts of the body, such as the shoulders and back (If you pay attention, the mentioned areas are more prone to skin problems and also more prevalently need Demodex treatment).

What Complication Demodex Folliculorum May Causes?

Under normal circumstances, D.folliculorum does not pose a particular problem that needs Demodex treatment. But in conditions such as weak immune system, underlying skin and hair issues like acne, eczema, etc., the mite has the opportunity to grow and increase in number. In these conditions, Demodex can aggravate all kinds of skin and hair problems and sometimes even cause them; issues such as acne, rosacea, hair loss, thin hair, itchy skin, eczema, blepharitis, and a chalazion.

Demodex Folliculorum Diagnosis

There are special diagnostic tests for this in which a sample of the skin surface layer is examined under a microscope. But as Demodex is usually hidden deep in the skin, these tests’ results are not conclusive. The best way to diagnose D.folliculorum infection is to look at its complications. In recent years, standard online tests have been developed that estimate the likelihood of Demodex infection based on clinical signs.

Itchy skin caused by demodex mites
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What Does PROCUTiN Do to Treat Demodex Folliculorum?

OZiDEX is one of the professionals in Demodex treatment. Our unique product is PROCUTiN, which directly kills mites and by controlling sebum, makes the body unsuitable for this creature’s life.

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