There are dozens of microscopic mites living, eating and breeding on your face at all times, they are called face mites. Don’t freek out, we will provide more details below
Demodex is a genus of tiny mites that live in or near hair follicles of mammals . Around 65 species of Demodex are known. Two species live on humans: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis , both frequently referred to as eyelash mites , alternatively face mites or skin.
The adult mites are only 0.3–0.4 mm (0.012–0.016 in) long, with D. brevis slightly shorter than D. folliculorum .
Each has a semitransparent elongated body that consists of two fused segments. Eight short, segmented legs are attached to the first body segment. The body is covered with scales for anchoring itself in the hair follicle, and the mite has pin -like mouthparts for eating skin cells and oils which accumulate in the hair follicles.
The mites can leave the hair follicles and slowly walk around on the skin, at a speed of 8–16 cm (3.1–6.3 in) per hour.
Interestingly enough, we aren’t born with facial mites. They’re typically passed by skin-to-skin contact during childhood
your immune system prevents them from overpopulating. In some cases, however, the mites do breed out of control and cause demodicosis, a skin condition.
“Some people think they eat the bacteria that are associated with the skin,” says Thoemmes. “Some think they eat the dead skin cells. Some think they’re eating the oil from the sebaceous gland.”
Most people live with this animal for lifetime without realizing they are not harmful unless under extreme circumstances.