Top 5 Demodex Treatments - Cliradex vs Heyedrate vs Ungex

What is the Best Treatment for Demodex? Comparing Cliradex, Heyedrate, Ungex, and We Love Eyes

Blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, and associated dry eye syndrome affect 30 million Americans...and demodex mites are a HUGE contributor to these issues! 

Due to this staggering amount of people that need help with eyelid disease, and specifically demodex, quite a few new products have entered the market in recent years.

Here, I put together the top five demodex treatment products to help kill those eyelash mites and soothe your blepharitis, MGD, and dry eye symptoms.  

Top 5 Demodex Treatments 

1. Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Soap

Released in June 2017, Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Soap Bar is a very effective, all-natural, vegan solution to demodex. Tea tree oil is a known demodex killer, and this handmade soap bar contains only 5 ingredients: organic green tea, organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, raw shea butter, and tea tree essential oil.

It is alcohol free, vegan, contains no parabens or sulfates, and is preservative free. Tea tree oil is a proven treatment for not only demodex, but acne, rosacea, and other skin conditions without the use of harsh chemicals.

This is my "go-to" product for patients in my clinic currently.  It is very gentle and I have had great success with this product. 

  • Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Soap's 5 Ingredients: Organic Green Tea, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Raw Shea Butter, and Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Safe for all skin types. Avoid direct eye contact, as tea tree oil can irritate the eyes.

Where can I buy Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleanser? What is the price of Heyedrate Tea Tree Soap Bar?

Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Soap

2. Cliradex

Cliradex towelettes are a natural way to keep the eyelids and skin clean, comfortable and healthy. Cliradex towelettes are formulated with a higher concentration of tea tree oil (4-Terpineol) ideal for moderate-to-severe ocular irritation and eliminating demodex mites.

This product is preservative free and has been scientifically shown to be safe and effective to control lid margin diseases.  

We have used this product successfully in our clinics and patients are generally happy with the outcome. 

  • Cliradex's 7 Ingredients: Water, 4-Terpineol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Carbomer, Triethannolamine
  • Safe for all skin types. Avoid direct eye contact, as tea tree oil can irritate the eyes.

Where can I buy Cliradex? What is the price of Cliradex?

  • Check the price and purchase on Amazon



3. Ungex Demodex Treatment

Formulated in Australia, Ungex is not available in the US and provides a complete facial, hair, and body system for treating demodex.

This natural, herbal based product effectively kills demodex and is recommended to be used for at least three months to ensure total elimination of the mites.

Although this is not just an eyelid cleanser, it is intriguing and a product we recommend to patients who have severe demodex. 

  • Ungex's 27 Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, Polyquaternium-7, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-10, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Pyridoxine HCl, Panthenol, Allantoin, Menthol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol
  • Safe for all skin and hair types. Avoid direct eye contact, as tea tree oil can irritate the eyes.

Where can I buy Ungex Products? What is the price of Ungex?

  • Check the price and purchase on Amazon
Ungex Demodex Treatment

4. We Love Eyes Eyelid and Eyelash Foaming Cleanser

We Love Eyes Foaming Cleanser uses 100% all natural ingredients, including tea tree oil, to attack bacteria and demodex mites to combat red, itchy, irritated eyelid symptoms. We Love Eyes products use 100% vegan and gluten-free ingredients and which are safe and gentle on your delicate eyelids and skin around your eyes.  

  • We Love Eyes' 27 Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Amaranth Protein, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Hydroxypropylsulfonate Laurylglucoside Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxypropylsulfonate Decylglucoside Crosspolymer, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Heptyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Gluconolactone, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Phenethyl Alcohol, O-cymen-5-OL, Citric Acid
  • Safe for all skin types. Avoid direct eye contact, as tea tree oil can irritate the eyes.

Where can I buy We Love Eyes Eyelid Cleanser?  What is the price of We Love Eyes Foaming Eyelid Cleanser?

  • Check the price and purchase on Amazon
We Love Eyes Foaming Cleanser

5. Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser

Released in 2017, Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser is one of the first over-the-counter hypochlorous acid sprays.  This natural, non-detergent based spray is perfect for deep cleaning the skin, which makes it great for soothing any skin irritation you have such as cuts, scrapes, blepharitis, styes, dry eyes, redness, swelling, burning, itching, or crustiness of the eyelid margin.  It has been shown to eliminate bacteria on the skin and is a great maintenance option for demodex, since it kills that bacteria they feed on. 

  • Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser's 3 Ingredients: Pure Hypochlorous Acid, 0.015%, electrolyzed water (H2O), Sodium Chloride (NaCl)
  • Safe for contact with skin, eyes, and ingestion
  • Shelf Life: 2 years after opening

Where can I buy Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser? What is the price of Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser?

  • Check prices and purchase on Amazon

Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser

What do you think of this list?  What have you tried?  Let us know in the comments below!


One Love,

Dr. Travis Zigler

Dr. Travis Zigler

SeeEO of Eye Love
Director of the Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community

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Dr. Jenna Zigler on September 11 2018 at 04:38PM

Hey Lillian – I would recommend you trying out our Tea Tree Oil Soap! You can use this all over you body in the shower.Tea tree oil, which is in the soap, is known to kill demodex mites.

Lillian Hernandez on September 11 2018 at 04:37PM

I have been suffering with democracies for one year, was accused of being delusional because my doctor couldn’t see anything, meanwhile I kept going to see her saying I felt bugs going in my ryes, nose, mouth and esrs. In March of ghis year I finally went to the dkin institute where I was diagnosed with rosacea due to Demodex mites. She has since retired or resigned not sure which one and how I had to do an amendment on my medical record because when I went to Stamford to the skin the Dermatology Department and the emergency room they thought I was crazy that I was delusional because of what my primary care physician had written in my medical record. However since then I’ve been treated with Ivermectin tablets soolantra cream and Permethrin nothing is working. It is starting to affect me and I am wondering if and when it will ever go away I don’t know what to do at this point but I am getting very aggravated agitated I am exhausted don’t sleep at night can’t sleep at night because they’re crawling all over my face and going in my eyes and my ears mouth and nose. It worries me because I am having thoughts of how much longer can I take this can you help please

Gwen Felizardo on September 11 2018 at 04:20PM

Thank you for listing the ingredients of the products. UNGEX DEMODEX TREATMENT contains a preservative that some people like myself are highly allergic to: Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.

It causes inflammation, swelling, dermatitis.

Dr. Jenna Zigler on April 24 2018 at 02:15PM

Hey Debbie – Seeing bugs on his eyelids is not possible because you have to have a very powerful microscope to see the demodex mites. Maybe he is seeing something floating around when he moves his eyes around? That could be what we call “floaters”. My guess is, he possibly has floaters. That’s great that he has an eye appt soon. Good Luck and I hope you are able to figure it out.
one love, Dr. Jenna Zigler

Debbie ulrey on April 18 2018 at 03:36PM

My 28 yr old son has been “seeing” bugs for almost 12 months now, I honestly was at wits end until Demodex was brought to my attention. The family dr said nothing was wrong and I couldn’t figure out what was going on!! He has an appt with the eye dr on fri April 27, any suggestions?? Bless his heart, these things are literally driving him crazy!

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