What Do Demodex Hair Mites Look Like you ask? Well, because they are invisible to the eye, unless aided by a microscope many people are curious what is actually going on with hair mites and how they look.
The adult Demodex mites usually are around 0.3 mm in length. They have semi-transparent elongated bodies with 8 short segmented legs. Hair mites have pin-like mouth-parts for eating skin cells, hormones and oils.
They crawl! They move by crawling about in darkness. Many people who have mites complain of itching or a ‘crawling’ feeling they get on the skin and this is one explanation of it.
“Know thy enemy, know thy self”
Okay, that isn’t completely fair as mites aren’t necessarily the bad guys.
But one needs to know the problem before it can be solved. This is often the case with mites, as for the most part they have fallen under the radar, despite a large estimation of the population carrying them.
The life cycle of these mites are incredibly short—so short, in fact, that their bodies are not even equipped with organs for eliminating waste products.
They live on oils and nutrients from our skin, mate, lay eggs, and then die within two weeks of being hatched. Often, both humans and their eight-legged friends can live peacefully with each other; however, when their numbers grow too high and an infestation begins, many unpleasant side effects may be experienced by the host.
It seems that in older people, those with suppressed immune systems (caused by stress or illness), or possibly those taking antibiotics or with compromised skin faunae, can sometimes have the mite population dramatically increase and get out of control.
Demodex mites are thought to be the culprits responsible for causing all sorts of hair and skin problems.
This happens when an excess of mites are living on the skin, laying too many eggs within follicles & 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 infestation can manifest in the following symptoms:
• Flushing and swelling of the skin
• Clogged pores (acne, pimples and blackheads)
• Rash-like appearance to the infested skin
• Intense itching and burning sensations
• Hair loss • Hair thinning
• General Discomfort
• A whole host of skin ailments!
These symptoms can be incredibly uncomfortable to live with.