Hello, my name is Demodex Folliculorum and I live on your face - that's why it's important to wash your face and remove makeup!!
The only way you can see me is with a microscope 🔬. I measure between 0.3 and 0.4mm, and like spiders (arachnids), I have 8 legs.
I like living in hair follicles that you have in your nose, cheeks, and eyelashes. I hide during the day and come out to feed at night.
I feed on your dead skin and some of us feed on sebaceous oil. I can lay up to 25 eggs in each hair follicle.
My digestive system is not able to eliminate my waste, so I accumulate them in my body until I explode and die, releasing my poop. 🙈 My remains cause hypersensitive reactions and are loaded with unwanted bacteria.
According to some studies, in some people, I can cause infections on eyelids and rosacea on your skin.
I am a mite that is present in almost every adult on this planet. But, when we are not kept under control, we can cause an infestation that needs attention!
-Wash your face every day
-Remove makeup daily
-Replace your makeup and especially your mascara every 3 months
-Use a good lash shampoo if you have extensions or suffer from allergies that affect your eyes.
A drop or two of tea tree in your hair shampoo or face wash will also help to ward off bacteria. However, do not use it around your eyes and do not use it neat!
I hope this helps. If so, please feel free to share this post with your loved ones 🥰
Sublime Skin and Body Pinelands, Cape Town
Cheryl is the owner and one of three therapists at Sublime Skin & Body. She has many years of experience in the industry and is an accredited Beauty Therapy trainer and Environ Skin Product trainer.