The Parasitology of Demodex
What is Demodex?
Is a little-known parasite, living in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands of human and animal. It can pass through hair follicle pores freely and reproduce very fast with 14 days. It is also known as the Hair Follicle Mite.
What damage can Demodex do?
Demodex Folliculorum pokes into hair follicles, sucks out the nutrients and those at the root of the hair. Consequently, the hair follicles become enlarged and infected. The final result is hair loss and inflammation of the surrounding tissue.
Demodex Brevis feeds on the nutrients in the sebaceous glands. As a result, the sebaceous glands become infected and inflammed.
When both Demodex are present, the damage can be substantial. Demodex breeds and multiples fast (2 weeks) and as a result, caused the pores to enlarge leaving the skin rough and even inflammed.
Acne Rosacea is therefore caused by increasing Demodex activity. If the Demodex are too numerous, they will widely damage the tissues and lead to skin disease. There will be lost of skin tissue nutrients, enlarged pores. Therefore, roughening the skin and affecting the beauty of the skin.
How is Demodex transmitted?
Demodex can only be found on the face and head. There is no Demodex found in new born babies who will get infected from feeding from his mother’s skin and infestation increase gradually over the years. Close contact of family members is the most easy way of transmitting Demodex. This could be termed as a “family transmitted” parasite.
What can Dr Qu products do?
- Inhibit Demodex, preventing them from causing damage to the skin
- Prevent Demodex infection
- Provide nourishment to skin and hair
- Help slow down skin cell aging
- Restore skin's original colour and natural beauty
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