Dermatovenerologist Zubova: 90% of people have mites on their faces, they can cause itching, irritation and provoke demodicosis

According to dermatovenerologist Anastasia Zubova, 90 percent of people have mites on their faces. Usually they do not cause trouble, but they can cause itching, irritation and provoke demodicosis.

Demodex mites can be in the hair follicle. Demodex occurs on the face in humans. These are the forehead, cheeks, sides of the nose, eyelashes and external ear canals.

Demodex, as the specialist noted, is a conditionally pathogenic organism: almost everyone has it and is part of the normal microbial biocenosis of the facial skin. There are two types of such mites: Demodex follicullorum are most often localized in the eyebrows and eyelashes. Demodex brevis are found in the sebaceous glands of the skin of the face, but can also be on the back, neck, chest or other areas of the skin.

— If the biocenosis is disturbed, the tick can begin to actively reproduce. This occurs after various skin diseases, as well as after using local hormonal ointments, the doctor said.

Possible symptoms of demodicosis:

  • Redness and inflammation of the skin. Areas of the skin affected by demodicosis become red and inflamed.
  • Itching and burning Patients with demodicosis often experience severe itching and burning.
  • Rashes and blisters. Rashes, blisters or papules may appear on the skin, especially in the facial area (most often on the nose, forehead and chin).
  • Skin affected by demodicosis becomes more sensitive to various irritants such as cosmetics or soap
  • In some cases, demodicosis can cause enlarged pores on the skin.
  • People with demodicosis sometimes experience hair loss in the affected area.
  • Demodicosis may be associated with the development of seborrhea, a skin disease characterized by oily skin, flaking and inflammation.

Prevention of demodicosis:

Maintain skin hygiene. Regularly wash your face and other affected areas of the skin with a mild cleanser.

Avoid overheating and hypothermia. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, saunas, hot baths and other conditions that may cause overheating or hypothermia of the skin.

Never share towels, pillows or other items that may be infested with Demodex mites.

Avoid using cosmetics of unknown origin.

Maintain your immune system. Follow a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition, regular physical activity and adequate rest.

See a dermatologist. Be regularly examined by a dermatologist, especially if you have a predisposition to skin diseases or if you have already had demodicosis.

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Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.