Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Eyelash Mites.


This photo is by Stephen Gschmeissner.

Today I learned about Demodex folliculorum, a harmless mite that lives in the follicles of your lovely lashes while it feasts away on dead skin cells and old chunks of mascara. These delightful creatures also live in pores on your face. They look a little bit like grubs--long and wiggly and with claws and jaws on their front end--and they live with their faces pressed into follicles and pores and their tail ends hanging out. A really awesome thing about Demodex folliculorum is that it is incredibly efficient and does not poop (this mite doesn't even HAVE an anus). Lucky for our faces.

You can find out if you have these guys cleaning up your follicles (they are very common, so it's quite likely) by plucking a lash and looking at its root under a microscope. I plan to do this soon and will let you know the results.

Some more nice pictures and information here.
And a National Geographic article related to these mites and other body beasts here.

15 comments:

  1. ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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  2. AH GET THEM OFF! :(

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  3. Your telling me theirs little grubs living and mating on my face?

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  4. I KNEW IT!!! I Tried to tell everyone and they just WOULD NOT LISTEN! ;~)

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  5. They may be harmless but they can cause total chaos in your life especially if you have a low immune system and can't find off the mite that everybody lives in harmony with! We were labeled as delusional and have finally gotten a proper diagnosis after 6 months. It has not been fun!

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  6. disgusting things, how do we get rid of these? does every human have them?

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  7. Yes everyone has them. You shouldn't try to get rid of them, it isn't possible.

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  8. lawddddd that shit is nasty im gonna go cut off my face

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  9. woo!They clean my face for me!AND THEY DONT EVEN POOP!AWSOME!!!!

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  10. How is it that these little guys don't poop? Is there some other way they get rid of waste?

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  11. Kinda makes me want to wash my face more often.

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  12. para los que dicen "eeewww" .....que pendejos ...estos microorganismos nos hacen un paro con la piel muerta y segregaciones de nuestro cuerpo....en nuestro cuerpo hay muchas bacterias beneficas .... you should wash your asses more often is where you may get an shit infection hahahah

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