Tons of mites are having sex on your face.

Ewwww.. That’s gross.

But hey, knowledge is power right? So let’s be aware.

Wikipedia relates that Demodex is a genus of tiny mites that live in or near hair follicles of mammals. Around 65 species of Demodex are known. Two species live on humans: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis. The Demodex folliculorum live in hair follicles, primarily on the face, as well as in the meibomian glands of the eyelids; while Demodex brevis live in the sebaceous glands of the skin.

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Another picture of these terrible things:

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via healthyfocus.org

Click here to read more about these mites.

“There could be hundreds of thousands, or even millions in an individual person,” says Robb Dunn, a biologist and writer at North Carolina State University. “We don’t really know. What we do know, is that pretty much everyone is crawling with them, and though they seem to be concentrated primarily on the face, the mites actually live all over your body.”

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via Giphy

For the most part, they don’t seem to do any harm, except excerbate certain skin conditions such as acne, and rosacea.

Now to the part you’ve been waiting for; the solution. It must be noted that there are treatments available to get rid of the face mites. But the feisty creatures will be back within six weeks.

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Therefore, to reduce the effect of these organisms, these will be recommended:

  1. Wash your face thoroughly at night: Studies reveal that these mites hate light, and mate mostly at night. Therefore, the fewer that are mating, the better.
  2. Exfoliate regularly
  3. Use cleansers with tea tree oil
  4. Clean eyelashes regularly: As science shows, an An average of two mites live on every eyelash, therefore special attention must be paid to the eyelashes when cleaning the face.

For extra motivation to do the above, kindly glance at this;

Eyelash mites, artwork
They come out at night to mate (via Getty)

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I’m off to scrub the f*^king buggers mites from my face, so I can sleep peacefully tonight sans nightmares of loud, sloppy mite sex happening on my cheeks and lashes.

Toodles

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