Yes, actual living ‘parasitic mites called Demodex’, according to Chissanthie Cosmetics (an amazing brand, BTW, that supplies a shampoo made specifically to sanitise infested lids and lashes). Before you panic, just know the idea of bugs living in your lashes is completely normal and natural.
Demodex or ‘eyelash mites’ cannot be seen with the naked eye but under a microscope, they look like this:
Yes – legs, mouth, tail and everything.
Their lifespan usually lasts around three weeks and during that period, they feed on your dead skin cells and glandular secretions, which build up in and around your hair follicles.
(If you’re grossed-out right now, we advise that you close this tab and don’t read on because the next paragraph left us seriously nauseous).
Dermodex parasites not only chill around your lashes but they also mate and reproduce – laying eggs inside your lash hair follicles and sebaceous glands. So right now there’s a whole squad of mites playing house on your lashes without you even knowing.
Signs that you have follicle mites…
- Blurred vision
- White, dandruff-like specks sitting at the bottom of your lashes
- ‘The sensation that you’ve got something in your eye’ (Animals.mom.me)
Lash parasites are nocturnal so these symptoms usually occur in the morning when they’re inactive and all huddled up in your lash hairs or under the surface of your skin. So, in other words, when the sun goes down, they crawl out of their hiding places and turn up.
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