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Demodex acne

Sometimes girls and women could have persistent, stubborn, unresponsive acne on blotchy skin. This type of acne often accompanied by itching and tickling sensation (especially if located on the face). In most cases it is Demodex acne triggered by Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis. Some people call it “face mites” – they are parasites which live on the face and in the hair follicles. Face mites (invisible to the naked eye) can damage the skin and create emotional and medical problems.

In most cases face mites become active in cases of weakened immune system. Mites feel very comfortable in hair roots and sebaceous glands. Their favorite location is facial area which has the optimum temperature for them to thrive (especially the nose, forehead, chin and cheeks).

Face mites can also live in the eye lash roots and can cause blepharitis, itching and infections. Scalp hair follicles are also often infected by Demodex which is triggering permanent itching.

Face mites like wet and warm environment and they are most active at night (in darkness).

Demodex complete their life cycle in the sebum glands and hair follicles – it damage normal skin metabolism. Usually face mites multiply increasingly and trigger skin inflammation. Without treatment the situation could become worse – leaving scars on the face, damaging pores accompanied with widening capillaries, thickening the skin, developing hyperplasis and unpleasant pimples (Demodex acne).

Face mites live inside the sebaceous glands and hair follicles, sucking nutrients from the hair roots, damaging the cell walls, laying eggs, introducing bacteria and infection to the skin. Throughout the five phases of their life cycle, Demodex mites destroy the skin by excreting wastes and secretions, laying eggs and dying within its layers. After death, their corpses become liquid and decompose inside the Demodex acne.

Face mites are more common in people with skin problems. It was noted that Demodex mites can also carry bacteria which can be responsible for typical symptoms as well as for secondary psoriasis in infested clients.

Demodex acne symptoms

Most common Demodex acne symptoms include the following:

  • Itching and crawling sensation on the face or (and) in the scalp;
  • Widened, enlarges and visible pores on the nose, forehead, chin and cheeks;
  • Red facial acne combined with enlarged capillaries;

    Demodex acne

  • Typical Demodex acne (pimples, pustules, papules, eruption);
  • Swollen nose, thickened nose skin (so called “brandy nose”);
  • Tickling sensation on the face and/or on the scalp (especially in the evening and night);
  • Premature hair loss;
  • Skin redness (usually appears on the lower sides of the nose, forehead and cheeks);
  • Itching eye lashes and eye brows;
  • Excessive oily skin (mainly facial oil);
  • Demodectic rosacea (local erythema, allergic inflammation, papules and pustules);
  • Enlarged opening of the hair follicles;
  • Rhinophyma (growth of the nose and central facial areas).

Demodex acne – Demodex parasites

Demodex parasites could be found in most people but they become active and start multiplying only in certain conditions (weakened immune system, skin diseases or chemical or environmental interventions). Face mites are visible in microscope. Dermatologist can take a sample and check Demodex acne.

Demodex parasites can be easily found in sebaceous glands – these parasites reproduce by a generation every 15 days and they die soon after the reproduction. After death, their corpses become liquid and decompose inside the skin (the sebaceous glands) – it triggers allergic and chemical reactions in the skin and cause Demodex acne and red spots.

Demodex acne – treatment

If not treated properly with correct medication, Demodex acne could become chronic – the skin will be permanently injured, scars resembling the texture of orange skin will be left, hair follicle pores will be enlarged and the skin will become thicker due to hyperplasia.

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