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What is the Best Treatment for Demodex?

Demodex Treatment

Top 5 Demodex Treatments - Cliradex vs Heyedrate vs Ungex

Blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, and associated dry eye syndrome affect 30 million Americans.  Demodex mites are a big contributor to these common ocular surface and eyelid issues! Here, I put together the top five demodex treatment products that have tea tree oil, which helps kill demodex and relieve your blepharitis, MGD, and dry eye symptoms.  


Here are Dr. Travis Zigler's 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 Bar'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?

Demodex Treatment


    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). 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. We usually use the first two on this list in place of this. 

    • 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

    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 eyelid and eyelash spray


    Let us know what you think of this list.  Thanks for reading!


    One Love,

    Dr. Travis Zigler

    Dr. Travis Zigler
    SeeEO of Eye Love
    Director of the Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community
    Click Here to learn how to cure dry eye naturally