The Truth About Demodex Mites: 5 common myths debunked

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It’s pretty gross to think about the creepy crawlies living on your eyelids, but knowing the truth about eyelash mites is the best way to combat an infestation. There’s a lot of confusion surrounding these pesky mites, and it’s time to debunk some of the most common Demodex myths about having and treating a mite problem.

1. Demodex Is Only Found On Elderly Patients.

It’s definitely true that your chance of being infected with Demodex mites increases as you age, but that’s not to say that only elderly people are infected by the mites. These kinds of mites are common in all age ranges. They can be found in about 25% of 20 year olds and 30% of 50 year olds. As you age, your chance of having the mites increases drastically.

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2. You Can Catch Demodex Mites from Your Pets

Many patients diagnosed with a Demodex infestation wonder if they caught their mites from their dog or cat. Rest assured, your furry friends are not to blame! Demodex mites are specific to the species that they live on and can’t transfer between species. This means that while you can get the mites from other people, you can’t get them from your pets.

Conversely, don’t be afraid to cuddle up with Fido or Fluffy. If you’ve been diagnosed with the mites, your pets can’t catch them from you. These “mange” as it is referred by veterinarians can be easily treated.

3. It is Only Found on your Eyelids

While Demodex is primarily found in and around your eyelid, these little bugs don’t just stay in your eye area. Eyelash mites can travel and infect other parts of your face, like your forehead, cheeks, the base of your ears, and around the sides of your nose. Having the mites on other parts of your face can contribute to acne and also correlates with rosacea flare-ups.

That’s why it’s important to be sure that you’re treating your whole face if you have a mite infestation, not just the infected area around your eyes.

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4. Undiluted Tea Tree Oil Is Safe to Use to Treat Demodex Mites

Tea tree oil is the only all-natural way to kill eyelash mites, but that doesn’t mean that it’s safe to use directly on your eye area. Getting pure tea tree oil in your eyes is incredibly irritating, and it can do some serious damage.

If you want both the natural antimicrobial benefits of tea tree oil without the risk of using the oil improperly and hurting your eyes, tea tree oil based eyelid wipes are a great solution for you. Blephadex eyelid wipes are all-natural and infused with tea tree oil for powerful relief from eyelash mites and coconut oil to soothe your eye area and moisturize as they clean. Best of all, if you want to give the wipes a try, for a limited time, you can claim your own box of eyelid wipes for free!