Demodex: What You Need to Know About Eyelash Mites
Have you ever heard of demodex? If not, you’re in for a surprise. Nearly every single person has small mites living in the skin of their eyelids. Unfortunately, the infestation of these mites can cause inflammation and can wreak havoc on your eyes.
When demodex parasites nest in the eyelash follicles of your eyelids, they initiate an inflammatory response that leads to plugged meibomian glands and meibomian gland dysfunction, or MGD. MGD is also closely associated with blepharitis, which occurs when bacteria builds up around the eyelashes. Blepharitis is an extremely common condition that affects 30 million Americans!
With both MGD and Blepharitis, you would notice red, painful, irritated eyes and may often notice crustiness around the eyelashes and on the eyelids. These symptoms, along with burning of the eyes and blurred vision, mean dry eye syndrome. MGD and blepharitis cause Evaporative Dry Eye, because the glands are not able to produce the proper oils needed to prevent evaporation of the tear film.
So what can you do about this? While there are many products that claim to decrease blepharitis and MGD, Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) actually works to kill all of the bacteria that demodex feed on. HOCl is naturally made in our own bodies, so is as natural and organic as it comes. Studies show that HOCl properly kills the bacteria responsible for Evaporative Dry Eye, and gets rid of the demodex mites without causing irritation.
You owe it to yourself (and your red, irritated eyes!) to kill those mites and get back to comfort. Our new Heyedrate Lid and Lash Spray is great for cleaning the skin and is absolutely worth a try.
Dr. Jenna Zigler