Demodex eyelash mites, also called “eyelash bugs,” are tiny eye mites found in or near hair follicles. They are most commonly found on the face and around the eyelashes, and they feed on the dead skin cells, bacteria, and oil there. They’re usually about 0.3 mm long, have eight legs, and their body is covered in scales for anchoring into a hair follicle.
*Remove Your Eye Makeup With A Tea Tree Remover:Makeup can give you confidence, but the leftovers can harbor bacteria that can lead to further issues with demodex. Do you ever go to bed with makeup on? If you answered yes, you need to rethink your eyelid hygiene routine. Removing your makeup at night is so important for keeping your eyes and eyelids healthy.
*Wash Your Face With Soap That Contains Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree essential oil has known antibacterial properties that work well to kill off microorganisms on the skin around the eyelids. Tea Tree oil is a know killer of demodex and this is why we recommend this natural soap for getting rid of demodex mites. It’s imperative to keep your facial and eyelid skin clean while treating demodex, because more bacteria will only exacerbate the issue.
*Apply Heat Using A Warm Compress: This is a simple way to reduce the effects of MGD and it can help soothe the symptoms of demodex infestation. The heat from a warm compress will heat up the compacted oil and allow the oils to disperse more freely. The mites are less likely to feed on oil that isn’t stagnant and full of bacteria.
*Keep Your Eyelids Clean With A Hypochlorous Acid Based Eyelid Cleanser: With all of the bacteria that naturally live on our eyelids and skin, it is so important that those who suffer from demodex always keep their eyelids clean. If you suffer from blepharitis, demodex, or MGD, cleaning the lids and lashes with an effective eyelid cleanser is the best way to ensure that bacteria does not lead to an over-infestation of demodex.
*Wash Your Towels and Sheets Regularly: When you know you’ve got an issue with demodex, it’s imperative that you clean your towels and sheet regularly. We recommend washing sheets at least once per week and changing out your towels every few days (if not more often). This will help to ensure you’re not providing more bacteria for demodex mites to feed on.