Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Eyelash Mites

Most women I know, wear make up. I tend to wear as little as possible, but even I will throw on some mascara once in awhile.

It is important to have a good skin care routine, but if you wear make up this is doubly important.

Eyelash mites, also known as demodicids, or demodex mites, are tiny parasitic mites that live in a person’s pores and hair follicles. They are typically found in the pores and follicles of the face, especially in such areas as the nose, forehead, and the eyelashes

The older you are, the more face mites you have tucked away in your facial follicles, research shows. Newborn babies are mite-free, but by age 60, virtually all humans are infested with face mites.

The mites live head down in a hair follicle, feeding on the sebum (oil) and dead skin debris. If you wear mascara, or other eye makeup such as false eyelashes on a daily basis, the eyelash area can be a dark place for them to live comfortably.

Though you may have no symptoms at all, sever cases of eyelash mites can cause red eyes, flaky skin (almost like dandruff in appearance), and swelling of the eyelid.

 If you wear eye makeup and don't clean the makeup off at night you probably have these mites. How do you get rid of them?  Dr. Oz says the best way to treat these mites is to use Tea Tree Oil Shampoo. Another oil recommended for the treatment of these mites is macadamia-nut oils. The best treatment for eyelash mites is to remove all traces of makeup at the end of a day without fail. With all the commercials about growing longer and thicker lashes, the hygiene of eye care seems more important than ever.

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