Do you have any idea what’s crawling on your face right now? Maybe you get surprised or feel creepy sensations… Don’t look in the mirror, because you won’t see these creepy crawlies! Whether you like it or not –and of course, I know you don’t – there are spider-like creatures crawling across your face, mating, giving birth to their larva, eating, and (finally) dying on your skin. These are humans’ face mites! Meet your closest companions: Demodex Folliculorum and Demodex Brevis. They are the causes of Demodicosis in humans.
What are Demodex Mites and What Species Live on Human Skin?
Demodex is an eight-legged, spider-like, humans’ face mite and is an obligate ectoparasite on mammals. It lives in hair follicles and the sebaceous glands beneath them. There are around 65 species of Demodex mites known, two of which are specific to humans: D.Folliculorum and D.Brevis
D.Brevis is very similar to Demodex Folliculorum except for some differences. Unlike D. Folliculorum (that lives in follicles,) Demodex Brevis lives in the sebaceous glands (located below the follicles) and lays eggs in the same place. D. Brevis is shorter than its counterpart and is only 0.2 to 0.3 mm long.
What Problems Do the Demodex Mites Cause?
There are a variety of skin and hair problems that are associated with high numbers of humans’ face mites, including:
• Seborrheic dermatitis
• Skin itching
• Acne vulgaris
• Hair loss
• Thinning hair
Although the low population density of these parasites may not cause serious skin and hair problems, they typically aggravate them, which then leads to Demodicosis.
D.Folliculorum Mites (as the name implies) live in hair follicles, and they survive on dead cells and oily sebum. Its thin, worm-like body helps it adapt to our tight follicles. They are 0. 3 – 0.4 mm long, with eight short legs as adults, and only three pairs of legs as lava and nymphs. They have simple guts with no anus.
Are Demodex Mites Harmful?
Demodex mites have always lived on human skin. Although they feed on skin oil, these microscopic creatures usually do not pose a serious problem for humans. Typically, their life on human skin is an example of “Commensalism,” a type of coexistence in which one organism benefits and the other derives neither benefits nor suffers.
However, if the number of Demodex mites increase, (sometimes by a weakened immune system) they can become harmful. If these Demodex mites have found more than a five per centimetre square of skin, they can aggravate a variety of existing skin and hair problems and in some cases, even originate them. Demodicosis is a term that includes various intensive Demodex manifestations.
Demodex does not usually require immediate treatment. But if it causes or aggravates any skin or hair issues, it must be treated. Ozidex is one of the companies that have introduced a new solution in the field of Demodex treatment, by producing Procutin.
How Does Procutin Help Treat Demodicosis?
PROCUTiN kills the humans’ face mite in direct contact. By controlling the food resources available to Demodex, the product restricts the mite’s growth and helps cure it.
The exciting thing about Procutin is that it can kill insects, viruses, and other harmful microorganisms.
Just spray a small amount of Procutin on a surface (such as sheets and personal items) or your skin, and it will help prevent Demodex from being passed on to others or you again.