The body, especially the eye and the skin surrounding it, is an immensely wonderful masterpiece. It is so wonderful you may not know that you are not the only one using them.
Another interesting thing to know is that the number of organisms that reside in the human body is in the millions. And most of the millions of bacteria (and even parasites) love our faces, particularly the skin near our eyes.
They are what we call Demodex, of which there are 65 different species documented today.
Two of the species that reside in the human body are called the eyelash mites or eye mites. The two are scientifically named as Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis, with the former being more prominent in hair follicles and the latter most often seen in the skin. Both of these parasites can cause a lot of conditions, especially for the eyes.
However, by themselves, they actually do not cause any harm to humans. They are only harmful if they exist in large numbers.
What Do They Do?
Again, they are not actually harmful to people unless they are experiencing a population explosion. These mites actually hate light, which is why they only go out at night when most of us are sleeping. At night time, they mate and reproduce. These parasitic mites actually live anywhere and they can be present on your floor and most often than not with your pets, especially if they have fur.
More than 75% of the elderly, 50% of adults and around 33% of children are carriers of these parasitic mites. These eyelash mites consume the natural oils produced by our bodies. They live for only around 2 to 3 weeks at most, but they reproduce really fast. As soon as they reproduce, they die and their offspring will live on and continue the cycle.
While some scientists claimed that these mites might have a slight symbiotic relationship to humans, as they said, mites remove dirt and oil from the follicles, there is no guarantee of its function, so they are currently classified as parasites since they take but do not give. Some clinical studies show a correlation between these parasitic mites with acne. Early studies also suggest that there is a relationship between demadex folliculorum and rosacea, a skin disease.
Eyelid Dermatitis and Other Unhealthy Effects of a Large Eye Mites Population
One thing that you should be worried about if you have an outbreak of these parasitic mites is that you might get an eyelid dermatitis.
If you are experiencing an itchy sensation and a swollen eye, coupled with some rashes or even an almost scaly skin, then you may have this type of condition. In fact, your skin might even get sicker with a lot of creases.
However, most of the time, eyelid dermatitis is caused by more than one factor. You might have an allergy to your skin care products or it may also be because of pollen or the parasitic mites.
Eye mites are also the causes of anterior and posterior blepharitis, which is the inflammation of the eyelid margin. Basically, since the Demodex consume the natural oils, they may cause dry eyelids, which may cause irritation to your eyes and may lead to blepharitis.
If you are also experiencing dry skin on the eyelids, you can blame it on the parasite as well. The eyelash mites do not normally affect your health negatively, but they may experience some rapid population boom if your hygiene is not well taken care of.
Especially for older people who have a weaker immune system, eyelash mites can easily penetrate into the skin, feed themselves, build up, and reproduce.
How to Get Rid of Eyelash Mites
Even if doctors found a high number of eyelash mites in your follicles and skin and you are not experiencing any side effects, doctors would recommend to just leave it alone.
However, if you are suffering from red, infected, and swollen eye or your eyelashes are falling out, visit your doctor immediately.
If you are experiencing a population boom, one way to tame it is to make sure that your hands are clean whenever you touch your face. That way, there will be lesser risk getting more of the parasitic mites to your face.
Another effective way to naturally kill off eyelash mites is to apply tea tree oil soap to your face and eyelids (avoiding eye contact). Tea tree oils can kill off quite a number of bacteria and parasitic mites.
You can also avoid cosmetics for two weeks, since there may be chemicals that help the growth of parasitic mites. Since they live for only a couple of weeks at most, there would be a lesser population to reproduce.
Finally, after washing your face and eyelids with a tea tree oil soap, pat dry, then spray hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser onto your eyelids and eyebrows. This is simply just spraying on and letting it dry on its own, no need to rinse the hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser.
Using tea tree oil soap combined with hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser, an eyelash mite infestation will be a thing of the past. Make your future eyelash mites-free by stopping the use of cosmetics or any artificial facial wash for three weeks. By improving your facial and eye hygiene through specific actions mentioned above, you can be assured of a safe and healthy face free of any parasitic mites.