Rosacea, is one of the leading skin disorders in the world today, affecting between 10-20 percentage of all adults from the age of 30. In the US alone, it is estimated to affect more than 15 million people…

Recently, a revolutionary research finding had revealed that microscopic tiny mites, Demodex mites,  might be the main reason for Rosacea!

What are Demodex Mites?

Demodex are tiny microscopic bugs, unseen to the regular human eye, that inhabit the skin areas of most adults and until recently they were thought of as harmless creatures that feed on our skin oily sebum.

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Demodex Mite

Recent studies had shown that these eight legged mites, related to the spiders family are somehow attracted to our oily hair follicles of our nose, forehead, cheeks and eyebrows.

They have an unusual interesting time schedule. It seems that during the day they stay in the hair follicle and feed from the sebum gland oil & the dead cells in the pores. At night they come out of the pores to the external skin surface in order to mate and after that they return to the pores to lay eggs and then they die there…

Demodex mites can be found all over our body but they prefer oily skin areas, especially in the face as opposed to drier areas.

In addition, other studies had shown that Demodex mites are more common in people with a problematic immune system like people with HIV, people that take immunosuppressive medications etc… This suggests that these mites proliferate on the skin of those who have weak immune system.

View the below video to understand what are the Demodex Mite and why do they flourish on our face skin…

 

The Connection Between Demodex Mites and Rosacea

It is reported that the presence of Demodex mites on our skin was first discovered back in 1841 and the connection between Rosacea and Demodex mites was first stated in 1925!

It appears that these mites posses in their digestive system a set of bacteria and especially one type called: Bacillus oleronius that may induce inflammation of the skin and thus trigger Rosacea…

Since Demodex mites do not have anus and thus cannot get rid of their feces,  only after the mite dies, its inside content, including the bacteria and everything it ate and digested, is released in the hair follicle. When the quantity of these mites is large enough, as in the case of Rosacea sufferers, it triggers an immune system reaction that causes the inflammation of the skin…

The bacteria which is released along with the other Demodex mite internal content is thought to trigger the immune system reaction that causes the redness and inflammation, characterizes Rosacea. So these mites themselves are not problematic but the bacteria inside them that is released in quantities. However, if we will be able to reduce the amount of Demodex mites on our skin surface, the inflammation and redness will be gone as it will probably will not trigger the problematic immune system response!

In addition, many Rosacea sufferers had reported that their Rosacea flare ups got worse after they were exposed to humidity and heat and these are considered conditions that are optimal to the thrive of Demodex mites on our skin.

Moreover, it is proven that stress, weakness & illness of the body are also causes in which the Demodex mites grow dramatically – People with Rosacea have more than 10 times the amount of mites than those who do not have Rosacea.

Furthermore, there is an evidence stating that Rosacea sufferers who were treated with an external medication against the Demodex mite were cleared of redness and inflammation within weeks!

As mentioned above the bacteria Bacillus oleronius is considered to trigger the Rosacea inflammation as recent studies showed that antibiotics aimed to kill this bacteria type had shown the best results in treating Rosacea so far…

Moreover, a latest study showed that there are actually 2 proteins that in the case of people with Rosacea, the immune system cells react in an exaggerated manner, causing redness and inflammation…

So, it seems that if a medication will be developed that will target these 2 proteins, maybe a cure will finally be available for those who suffer from Rosacea… :-)

Meanwhile, until a real effective cure medication will be available for Rosacea, please read my thorough in-depth Revitol Rosacea review analysis in order to reduce your inflammation and other irritating Rosacea symptoms

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