Sep 12

The secret to rosacea: mite poop in you pores (SmartPlanet, [via and NewScientist], Sep 5, 2012):

There are a few perks typically associated with age: diminished concern over the judgement of others, greater self-control, a deeper appreciation of close relationships, and, an end to the acne that plagues most adolescents and twenty-somethings.Unfortunately, a sizable percentage of the world’s population misses out on that last perk of clear skin. They suffer from rosacea, red blotchy facial skin with no known cause and no known cure.

No known cause, that is, until Irish researchers recently published an article in the Journal of Medical Microbiology. They point a finger at tiny mites that inhabit our faces. reported yesterday:

The little eight-legged mites called Demodex, which are related to spiders, are apparently drawn to the hair follicles of eyebrows and eyelashes and to the oily pores on your nose, forehead and cheeks. They feed on the oil, or sebum, in your skin, and according to an article in New Scientist, they crawl around your face at night to mate, then crawl back into your pores to lay eggs and die.

The mites are born without an anus, so everything they eat stays in them until they curl up and die in your pores. Their bodies decompose, releasing their full lifespan of waste into your skin. (Yes, you’re welcome.)

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