- 1 How to Detect and Eliminate Eyelash Mites (Demodex Mites)
- 1.1 What Are Demodex Mites (Eyelash Mites)
- 1.2 What are the Causes of Eyelash Mites?
- 1.3 Warning Signs of Eyelash Mite Infestation
- 1.4 Natural Treatments to Get Rid of Eyelash Mites
- 2 Demodex treatment natural
How to Detect and Eliminate Eyelash Mites (Demodex Mites)
The eyelash mite (Demodex folliculitis) or Demodex mite is a parasite found in the hair follicles of your face. It is can be found in the nose, cheeks and most especially the eyelash area hence it's also called the eyelash mite.
What Are Demodex Mites (Eyelash Mites)
Demodex is a genus of mites that inhabit the skin, specifically in the oil glands and the hair follicles. Dozens of species of demodex mites exist, and they may use a variety of mammals as hosts, including canines and human beings.
The life cycle of these eyelash mites is incredibly short-so short, in fact, that their bodies are not even equipped with organs for eliminating waste products.
Eyelash mites live to eat bacteria from our skin, mate, lay eggs, and then die within two weeks of being hatched. Often, both humans and their four-legged friends can live peaceably with each other; the demodex mites commonly live in and around eyelashes, for example, without causing any irritation at all.
However, when their numbers grow too high and an infestation begins, many unpleasant side effects may be experienced by the host.
What are the Causes of Eyelash Mites?
Lack of hygiene is not the main reason for having mites in eyelashes. However, there might be a connection between eyelash mites and mascara as women who wear a lot of mascara tend to have more demodex mites on their eyelashes. In addition sharing mascara can also transfer the mites between eyelashes.
Going to sleep with your makeup could also be a cause for the increased levels of the eyelash mites.
Warning Signs of Eyelash Mite Infestation
Eyelash mites are thought to be the culprits responsible for causing rosacea flare-ups and bouts of fungal skin infections, such as ringworm.
This happens when an excess of mites are living on the skin, laying too many eggs within oil glands and leaving behind their corpses to cause clogging of the pores, thus hindering the skin's natural self-sloughing abilities. Thus, Demodex mite (eyelash mite) infestation can manifest in:
- Flushing and swelling of the skin
- Clogged pores (acne and blackheads)
- Rash-like appearance to the infested skin
- Intense itching and burning sensations
- Hair loss
These symptoms can be incredibly uncomfortable to live with-but the good news is, that you do not have to!
Here is a short video about the eyelash mites (Scroll down to find out how to naturally get rid of eyelash mite infestation).
Natural Treatments to Get Rid of Eyelash Mites
There are all-natural treatment options available to treat Demodex mite infestation and prevent future recurrences of infestation, many of which are backed by empirical research. Let's discuss a few of these home remedies for getting rid of eyelash mites and how to apply them in the event that you or someone in your home develops a Demodex mite infestation.
Baby shampoo - For the Eye Area
The doctors from the video in this article recommend to wash the eyes with a baby shampoo diluted with equal amount of water twice a day in order to get rid of the eyelash mites.
The only issue with baby shampoo is that some of them contain additives that can actually promote skin irritation, so it's best to use natural shampoo that is suitable for sensitive skin.
Castor oil has many health benefits and one of them is its antimicrobial and anti inflammatory effects. Castor oil can help to kill off skin infections that can cause eyelash loss. For example, Dr. Weil says that eyelash loss can occur because of an eyelid infection or mite infection.
The journal ISRN Pharmacology reported that castor oil contains antimicrobial properties and is useful in treating various skin infections. The report also stated that castor oil seed extracts are useful for hair loss and reducing inflammation.
To apply castor oil to your eyelashes before going to bed, cleanse your face and remove any makeup, mascara, and eyeliner with a gentle makeup remover. Put a small amount of cold pressed organic castor oil on the end of an eyeliner brush. Carefully apply the castor oil to the base of your eyelashes. Remember, that castor oil is fairly thick and you will only need a small amount on each eyelid. You should also avoid getting castor oil into your eye as it can cause irritation. Leave overnight for best results. In the morning, carefully remove the castor oil using a makeup remover. Repeat daily for several days.
Other treatments for demodex mites
Important note - The essential oils featured in the following section should not be used in areas where it can come into contact with the eyes. If your Demodex mite infection is in the eyelid or eyelash area, please do not use essential oils as a topical treatment. They are suitable if the mites affect your face, such as nose or cheeks, but not the eye area.
Tea tree oil has been proven to be one of the most effective natural remedies against eyelash mites, with survival time stretching no further than 15 minutes when pure tea tree oil is applied. Tea tree oil is also one of the best remedies for eliminating scabies mites.
To utilize the healing properties of tea tree oil to your benefit (and the Demodex mites 'detriment), add a few drops of tea tree oil to a full bottle of shampoo or liquid soap and cleanse as usual.
If you prefer a method where you do not have to do any mixing or measuring, many products containing tea tree oil are available online and in stores, such as bar soap (like this one), laundry detergent and hair products. For other uses of tea tree oil, read my article about the 75 extraordinary uses for tea tree oil. If you are interested to learn more about essential oils you can find useful information in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy which will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.
Camphor oil is another effective means of ridding oneself of eyelash mite infestation. Camphor oil is made by distilling the bark and wood of the camphor tree.
According to a research, treatment of human facial demodicidosis with freshly prepared camphor oil with or without glycerol dilutions gave complete cure with concentrations of 100%, 75% and 50%. Incomplete cure but marked drop in infestation density was achieved with diluted camphor oil at concentrations of 25-20%. Camphor oil application proved to be safe with no side effects.
Oregano oil is one of my 13 powerful antibiotics that do not require a prescription. Oregano oil can be detrimental to Eyelash mites as well. Because oregano oil is very concentrated, mix a few drops of oregano oil with a tablespoon of carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil and apply to the affected area twice a day.
Caraway oil was found by researchers to be just as effective as tea tree oil in eliminating Demodex mite pests. Caraway oil may be used topically on the skin in much the same way as tea tree and oregano oils, where a few drops are added to existing shampoo, soap, or detergents.
Dill oil is made from seeds and other parts of the dill plant and it is highly effective for treating eyelash mite infestation. To treat, put no more than two drops into hair treatment products, facial cleansers, or laundry products and use as normal. Existing mites will slowly die off, and use of the oil will prevent new infestations from taking place.
Olive leaf extract has amazing health benefits. Olive leaf can be purchased as an extract in health stores or online. You can purchase olive leaf extract in a liquid form like this one or as a dried powder in capsules like this one. Always make sure the extract was made from organic olive leaves to make sure it's pesticide free.
Take the extract as directed, making sure to take a two-day break per five days of treatment. After two weeks, you should see a marked improvement of the afflicted area, with health and clarity returning to the previously infested skin.
Clove oil is one of the best essential oil for eczema. It is an amazing natural home remedy that is useful in treating myriad ailments-and Demodex infestation is no exception. Mix a few drops of clove oil with a tablespoon of carrier oil such as coconut oil and apply to the affected area.
Sulfur is another anti-Demodex treatment that some people find very effective. Sulfur can be noxious in large quantities, but one healthy and natural way to utilize its benefits in small quantities is by consuming foods containing sulfur, such as onion, garlic and eggs-particularly the yolks. Another option is to use topical creams that contain sulfur (like this one).
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5 Responses to How to Detect and Eliminate Eyelash Mites (Demodex Mites)
Thank you so much for this very important information. It has helped me find the solution to my facial problems.
How do you apply these to the eyelash? Or where might I locate this info?
Thank you. I can not ask my dr for she says I am hallucinating and there are no mites
Hi Gail, your question is important because these mites can live on the nose, cheeks and the eyelash, however as mentioned in the article, essential oils should not be used in areas where it can come into contact with the eyes. According to the video in the article from the show "The Doctors", they recommend washing your eyes with a baby shampoo diluted with equal amount of water twice a day. I have added it to the article.
Aside from adding a few drops of clove oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil, I have the following questions: How long should it be left on before washing off? How often should this be done per day and for how many days?
Hi Donna, this research mentioned that at all concentrations tested (1.56% -25%), contact with clove oil resulted in 100% mortality of permethrin-sensitive mites after 0.25 hours. However permethrin-resistant mites died at the same time but required higher concentrations (≥6.25%) of clove oil. So I guess that to make sure that all of them are dead you can apply it once or twice a day for at least 15 minutes for a few days. Please remember that essential oils should not be used in areas where it can come into contact with the eyes.
Demodex treatment natural
Natural and Organic Treatment s for Demodex in humans with:
Neem Oil, Lemon Grass Oil and other Natural Demodex Mites Killers
Demodicidosis is an opportunistic ectoparasitosis skin complaint, common to humans and many mammals, caused by the proliferation of Demodex in the pilosebaceous unit. The genus Demodex belongs to the arthropod Class Arachnida order and family Demodicides. Over 65 species have been recorded since the first description in тисячу вісімсот сімдесят один by Henle. Each species is unique vis-à-vis its host.
Microscope images of Demodex Folliculorum and Demodex Brevis
Treatment is based on topical anti-mite or acaricides, whose effectiveness is inconsistent. Crotamiton cream to 10 p. 100 (Eurax ®) is the most commonly therapeutic cream used. This araricide minor is the most active and well supported. It is applied to the wound healing at a rate of once per day in children and twice daily in adults. Lindane at 1 p. 100 form of preparation to be applied at night on the lesions is more rarely used. It can cause skin irritation. It is cons-indicated in children under 2 years and pregnant women and nursing. Lindane at 1 p. 100 in fluid cream.
People may also try natural oils such as neem, lemon grass oils, etc. These form a nice barrier that may help reduce minor infestations. Permethrin cream 5 p. 100 is a brief treatment with a single application every 8 to 12 hours, is more effective and better tolerated in the face as permethrin cream in a capillary p. 100 (Nix ®), which must be flushed after 10 minutes.
Chemicals and Antibiotics suppress immune system helping Demodex to multiply insted of killing the mite. Ask your doctor about possible side effects and how it can affect your daily demodex treatment.
Topical metronidazole, inactive in-vitro on Demodex, has some efficacy in vivo and is worth a try in the form of compounding at 1 or 2 p. 100 twice a day. Only the concentration to 0.75 percent. 100, indicated in rosacea, is currently available (such as Rozagel ®, Rozex ® cream or gel, Rosiced ® gel). Benzyl benzoate to 10 percent. 100 lotion (Ascabiol ®), active but very irritating especially in the face, was abandoned. The mercurial ointments and sulfur to 10 percent. 100 are very irritating and are no longer used.