Demodex Mites

Demodex Mites and rosacea are often talked about together, but so far its has proven difficult to prove that the mites cause rosacea symptoms. The best we know so far is that a bacteria associated with the mites, known as B. oleronius, has been shown to induce an immune response in rosacea sufferers. Collected here are the most relevant articles that attempt to tie down just what role demodex mites play in the development of rosacea.

Recent Rosacea Blog Posts

The Well blog on the New York Times mentions some very recent developments in the world of rosacea. It is great to see recent rosacea and genetics research and demodex bacteria research get a mention in a publication like the New York Times. Ask Well: A Cure for Rosacea? By RONI CARYN RABIN, DECEMBER 3, 2015 What […]

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Chia Seed Oil (Salvia hispanica) Also Kills Demodex Mites

There has been a bit of folklore around what substances are able to kill demodex mites. In 2008 Rosacea News published an article that listed 100% alcohol, tea tree oil, carraway oil and dill weed oil as proven to kill demodex mites. Many other substances, for example seabuckthorn oil are also claimed to kill demodex. […]

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How microbes may cause Rosacea

There are several microbial agents that appear to have their fingers in the rosacea pie; Demodex folliculorum, Bacillus oleronius, Helicobacter pylori, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Chlamydophila pneumoniae. A 2014 paper in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology attempts to put the potential microbiomes into perspective. This Galderma funded paper seeks to “propose an alternative […]

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Simply No Proof that Demodex Mites cause Rosacea

Now you are talking ! Finally a paper that comes right out and says in a clear way that there is simply no proof that demodex mites cause rosacea. OK, they don’t say it quite so succintly as that – here is the conclusion; Demodex mites can be regarded as a non-necessary, non-sufficient causal factor […]

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Another Demodex Bacteria Isolated: Bartonella quintana

In a short paper, researchers have detailed the investigation into demodex mite bacteria that was able to isolate another pathogenic bacteria. This time the bacteria is known as Bartonella quintana. B. quintana can now join B. oleronius bacteria directly linked to demodex mites. Here is what you need to know.

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