Here's an interesting article about demodex mites, You Have Face Mites Living on Your Skin—Here’s What You Should Know About Them. According to the video and article, they are not generally a health threat in that a healthy immune system keeps them in check. However, they can get out of control, "Demodicosis often appears in individuals with suppressed immune systems, such as those taking immunosuppressant drugs. Demodicosis symptoms include a red rash made up of small-pimple like bumps, the video reveals; other signs include itching and rosacea-like redness. Consult a dermatologist if you believe you're experiencing a demodicosis outbreak."
There are two species of Demodex mites, Demodex Folliculorum and Demodex brevis. What is the difference? Answer: "D. folliculorum also inhabits the follicles. Unlike D. brevis, it is mostly found on the face and around the eyelids and eyelashes. It feeds on skin cells, whereas D. brevis feeds on oil called sebum in the oil gland cells."
They are very much the same with different feeding grounds. The weird thing about both types of mites is that they feed but do not have a anus so there's no poop or excrement.
What is the treatment for demodicosis? In an Medical News Today article,What is Demodex folliculorum?, is stated, "A doctor may recommend treatment with creams such as crotamiton or permethrin. These are topical insecticides that can kill mites and so reduce their numbers. The doctor may also prescribe topical or oral metronidazole, which is an antibiotic medication."
However, when your medical options run out or fail, will lufenuron make a difference? Answer: Why not? See my blog post, Using Lufenuron to Fight Morgellons Disease. Will cleaning your skin with Nature's Gift Debriding Soap, Creams and Lotions make a difference? Answer: Why not?
What surprises me, is that demodex mites are not invasive and damaging like bird, rat and many other mites are--that demodex mites are generally sympatico with our skin. I suspect that many who have written me believing that demodex mites are over running their skin, have misdiagnosed themselves and most likely are dealing with another kind of mite. Fortunately, there's a way of identifying the specific mite you are dealing with as reported in my blog post, Lab to Identify Mites. Yet, from what I've read, aside from the medical approach using permethrins or crotamiton, lufenuron and our Beauty Forever exfoliant cream can be an effective way of dealing with them.
Watch for tomorrow's post which will be about biofilm.