Many, if not most, ordinary people have a small population of these critters and they never even notice them.
However, if a person has Lyme disease, lupus, AIDS, is in chemotherapy treatment or is otherwise immuno-compromised, they may have a battle on their
I have some problems with my immune system which led to an external overgrowth of yeast on my skin called malassezia. (BTW, from my research, I am now
convinced that malassezia is the main component in morgellons) This condition provides an ideal environment for demodex to thrive. I developed
rosacea, which is often a condition where demodex thrive and reproduce more than in an ordinary person's skin. In fact, demodex overgrowth is so
commonly seen in combination with rosacea that in dermatology circles, there is some debate whether rosacea is caused by demodex, or whether it's the
other way around. In my case, because malassezia is a food source for demodex, management of demodex and rosacea is related to management of yeast,
internally, externally, and in my environment.
BTW you can't see them unless you get a microscope. Ordinarily they stay DEEP INSIDE your pores, sebaceous glands, and hair follicles where soap
doesn't reach. But you can definitely see their signs if you have an infestation. As someone who has battled with demodex, I can promise you, ordinary
face washing doesn't kill them.
Here's what does:
--Low-carb, anti-candida/malassezia diet
--Drastically reduce intake of Omega 6 fatty acid
--Use Nizoral 1% ketoconazole shampoo as a body wash
--Wash face, neck, decolletage, and behind ears with Hibiclens chlorhexidine soap 2x a day
--100% tea tree oil applied directly to face during flare-ups (yes, it stings and smells awful)
--Carefully selected skin care products which are "safe" according to this list:
--Mix 100% pure caprylic acid oil (this is the purest MCT oil derived from coconuts) with therapeutic grade tea tree essential oil, ratio 70/30 and
apply it daily to skin as an everyday moisturizer
--Bentonite clay mask periodically
--I personally love the Illyoon line of Korean probiotic skincare. All the lotions and soaps in the probiotic line contain probiotics which inhibit
yeast growth and MIRACULOUSLY clear up the rosacea/demodex when combined with a tea tree oil regimen.
--Use a 2% Zinc Pyrithione shampoo. I use one which is fragrance free and non-comedogenic, ultra gentle, sulfate free
--Use only Norwex anti-microbial towels and washcloths.
--Get two sets of Silvon anti-microbial pillowcases and change them out every few days.
--Change sheets at least once a week, 2x is better
--Keep the home reasonably clean
These steps work for me, but it's not a one and done. It recurs if I am not hyper-vigilant.
edit on 23-4-2020 by OuttaHere because: Spelling corrections