Did You Know Your Face Is Covered In Tiny Spider-Like Mites?

Did you know your face is likely covered in mites? It’s not something people like to hear, but it’s the truth.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, Demodex (also known as face mites or eyelash mites), live in human hair follicles and almost everyone has them.

Photo: YouTube/Deep Look

If you have arachnophobia, you may be extra disturbed to learn the microscopic mites are arachnids, cousins of spiders and ticks.

Most people have these mites, and they’re generally found on adults’ cheeks, eyelashes, foreheads, and outside the nose and ear canals.

Photo: YouTube/Deep Look

The mites, who have a lifespan of around two weeks, spend most of their time feasting on sebum, the oil produced by the skin. Because of that, it’s understandable that oilier skin tends to have more mites since those mites have more food.

Thankfully, the tiny mites generally don’t cause much trouble, but if they multiply too quickly, it can lead to an uncomfortable condition called demodicosis.

Photo: YouTube/Deep Look

A 1992 study published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology showed that one follicle can hold a half-dozen mites at once, with plenty of room for room. Yikes! If that doesn’t give you the heebie-jeebies, maybe getting a visual of those mites might.

The popular science YouTube channel Deep Look, created by KQED and PBS Digital Studios, revealed what the mites actually look like. If you’re feeling brave, you can check out the video below:

This is the perfect example of “ignorance is bliss.” I don’t know about you, but I could’ve gone by whole life without knowing about face mites!

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