The Tiny Mites That Live in Our Skin Wait, you’re telling me that these are crawling around on my face right now?’ The demodex brevis (also known as 螨虫) are microscopic mites that live in the skin. These 0.015 – 0.2mm mites are ecto-parasites – they feed off sebum from oil glands in the skin. Who has these mites? Do I have them? Skin cell scrapings suggest that roughly 10-25% of adults have demodex mites. However, DNA sampling has lead some researches to theorize that demodex mites can be found on virtually every human. Are demodex skin mites harmful? When present in large quantities, demodex mites are associated with the following: Acne Ezcema Rosacea Rough skin Burning sensation in skin Red, itchy, sensitive, or irritated skin Treatments for demodex skin mites Medical creams and lotions Crotamiton (Eurax) Metronidazole (Flagyl) Permethrin (Elimite) References  Trautmein, M. (2014, August 27). 3 Things You Didn’t Know About the Mites That Live On Your Face. Retrieved March 01, 2018, from http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2014/08/27/3-things-didnt-know-mites-live-face/#.Wpi-MWpuapo  Leonard, J. (2017, November 27). Demodex brevis: Causes, symptoms, and treatments. Retrieved March 01, 2018, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320159.php  Ngan, V. (2005). Demodex. Retrieved March 01, 2018, from https://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/demodex/  Demodex Brevis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments. (n.d.). Retrieved March 01, 2018, from https://www.healthline.com/health/demodex-brevis#risk-factors * Image retrieved from HESCA.org via http://www.hesca.org/health/is-eyelash-mites-good-for-you/ with intent to be used for educational purposes. No copyright is claimed and to the extent that material may appear to be infringed, we assert that such alleged infringement is permissible under fair use principles in U.S. copyright laws. If you believe material has been used in an unauthorized manner, please contact the us.