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Alumier Skin Experts / April 12, 2019

Rosacea: What Do Demodex Mites Have to Do With it?

Sure, this may not be the most appealing subject matter but we need to get real — about rosacea.

What causes it? Are the rumours true? Could Demodex mites be the culprit?

Yes, I said “mites” and it’s exactly what you’re thinking. But rest assured these mites are a perfectly natural part of our bodies.

So, What Exactly is Demodex?
Demodex mites are part of the of the ecological world of microorganisms that reside in and on our body and are broken down into two groupsDemodex folliculorum which live in the hair follicles especially on the face and in the Meibomian glands of the eyelids, and the Demodex brevis which are found in the sebaceous glands of the skin.

When it comes to rosacea, the focus should be on the first one: the Demodex folliculorum. Found in everyone (and yes, on you too!), those who have rosacea are found to have larger than usual amounts of this type of Demodex. There has been debate to see if, in fact, Demodex levels are a cause of rosacea but increasing scientific research point in the “yes” direction. When there’s too much Demodex, it can set off the immune system to respond.

There’s also the scientific school of thought that focuses on related bacteria that can possibly stimulate inflammation and rosacea.

The Bacteria Breakdown
Demodex folliculorum also has bacteria associated with it called Bacillus oleronius. When the mites die, they release bacteria into the skin. A study at the National University of Ireland-Maynooth found that B. oleronius stimulated an inflammatory response in 79 percent of study patients with subtype 2 (papulopustular) rosacea.

But wait – there’s also a bacteria called Staphylococcus epidermidis, which is found on the skin and may also have a hand when it comes to causing rosacea. An Australian medical study found pure growths of S. epidermidis in pustules from nine of 15 individuals with subtype 2 rosacea, compared with no pure growth in unblemished skin on the same cheek. It was also found that rosacea sufferers usually have a warmer facial temperature, which in turn can stimulate growth of the bacterium.

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Now that you’re up to date on all things Demodex and how they play a part in your rosacea, take heed in these products, as true to AlumierMD’s mission, are scientifically proven to help cool down your redness and rosacea (and you can still look hot)!

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