Just How do you Kill Demodex Mites ?

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Demodex mites and rosacea seem to be a popular, if not somewhat controversial pairing.Even though there is no proven link between rosacea symptoms and the presence of demodex mites, many rosacea sufferers are interested in eliminating demodex mites to see if their rosacea symptoms improve.

So just how can you kill them ? Demodex mites are tiny, and live naturally in everyone’s skin, but sometimes in abundance with rosacea papules and pustules. They are quite difficult to kill.

Read on if you’d like to know more about how to elminate demodex mites.

First of all, why would you want to eliminate them ?

There may be some new evidence that proteins from a bacteria that can be isolated from demodex mites cause an immune reaction in rosacea sufferers. I’m still not a believer in the involvement of these critters in the cause of rosacea.

Just in case more evidence is found in the future, though, demodex mites are worth further understanding. Indeed demodex mites might be proven to not be involved in the pathogenesis or rosacea.

Mites and Faeces

Some recent publicity related to demodex mites conjured some impressive images of what demodex mites look like and might be doing in your skin. These comments lead to lots of headlines and articles that might confuse you even more about the role of demodex in rosacea. Here are some quotes attributed to Dr. Kavanagh, one of the few researchers making actual progress in this direction.

Rosacea may be caused by mite faeces in your pores

15:57 30 August 2012 by Debora MacKenzie

Kevin Kavanagh of the National University of Ireland, in Maynooth, now thinks he has discovered the cause – and it isn’t for the faint-hearted.

Tiny mites – eight-legged arachnids related to spiders – live in the pores of our facial skin. They are particularly fond of the hair follicles of eyebrows and eyelashes, and the oily pores most common on the nose, forehead and cheeks. Called Demodex, the mites eat sebum, or facial oil, and colonise your face at puberty.

They crawl about your face in the dark to mate, then crawl back into pores to lay their eggs and die. Healthy adults have around one or two mites per square centimetre of facial skin. People with rosacea, however, can have 10 times as many, says Kavanagh. Research suggests that the stress that causes flare-ups of rosacea changes the chemicals in sebum, making it better food for mites.

Rosacea often improves with antibacterial drugs that don’t affect the mites, such as tetracyclines. Kavanagh thinks this is because rosacea is caused by a reaction to bacteria in the mite’s faeces.

Demodex does not have an anus and therefore cannot get rid of its faeces. “Their abdomen just gets bigger and bigger, and when they die and decompose they release their faeces all at once in the pore,” says Kavanagh. When the mites are numerous, he believes that the material is enough to trigger an immune reaction, inflammation and tissue damage.

Killing Demodex Invitro (in the test tube)

We know from the paper In vitro and in vivo killing of ocular Demodex by tea tree oil, that various oils and solutions can kill demodex mites quite quickly in the test tube.

Solution Demodex Kill Time
100% alcohol 4 minutes
50% tea tree oil15 minutes
100% tea tree oil4 minutes
100% carraway oil4 minutes
100% dill weed oil14 minutes

Note that carraway oil and dill weed oil are toxic to the eye.

Studies have also confirmed that ether, xylol, benzene, Danish (compound polysulfide ointment) ointment can kill demodex in a few minutes.

Note that demodex mites have a life cycle of 14-18 days.

Ivermectin

Ivermectin is used in dermatology against some parasitic infestations in humans. The drug is used in the treatment of patients with different forms of scabies, human body lice, head lice, demodecicosis, et. al. Published literature includes a case study of one patient who was treated with topical permethrin and oral Ivermectin. In another case report of one patient, the papules and pustules of rosacea were difficult to treat until oral ivermectin was included in the treatment regime.

Several rosacea sufferers on the rosacea-support email group report success in treating their rosacea with Ivermectin, but the benefits were only short lived.

Ivermectin (Stromectol, Mectizan, Ivomec, Oramec, Cardomec) has been patented as a treatment for rosacea.

I would advise extreme caution should you consider a 0.5% Topical Ivermectin prescription like Sklice, which is only for the scalp and hair.

Galderma has recently started selling Soolantra, a 1% Ivermectin Cream for the treatment of the papules and pustules of rosacea. Soolantra is showing promising results as a mainstay treatment for rosacea.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil (TTO) is sourced from the Melaluca tree which is native to Eastern Australia. Tea Tree Oil has been shown to kill demodex mites in as little as 4 minutes. External application of undiluted tea tree oil and/or at inappropriate high doses has been associated with toxicity, including death, in cats and other animals.

There is so much interest in the properties of tea tree oil that a research group has been created within the School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences at The University of Western Australia.

In a recent study, TTO was used to eliminate demodex mites living in the eyelashes of ocular rosacea sufferers. Study participants were given weekly lid scrubs with 50% tea tree oil and a daily lid scrub with a tea tree shampoo. After six weeks all 6 participants showed improvement in conjuctival irritation and inflammation.

TTO is not soluble in water, but is soluble in alcohol, but sadly that would be unsuitable for use around the eye. Tea Tree Oil can be diluted 50% in Macadamia nut oil for use around the eyes. Lid scrubs with 50% Tea Tree Oil did produce irritation in the participants but the effect was found to be minimised if care was used to avoid spilling it into the eye.

Full strength tea tree oil should never be used anywhere on the face.

Kwellada/Elimite (Permethrin)

Back in 2000, Annette Anderson advocated using Permethrin 5% on the face to eliminate the mites. Permethrin was originally used to treat scabies. She warned that getting it in your eyes burns terribly and that the instructions mention that you should not use it on your face. A few members of rosacea-support had bad reactions to using permethrin on their face, so use Permethrin with extreme care. In the U.S., 5% Permethrin (Elimite Cream) is only available by prescription.

If you are considering Permethrin in any form it would be wise to consider Dr. Linda Sy’s advice to “solicit the cooperation and supervision of their respective dermatologists, get a KOH skin scraping to establish the presence of florid demodex population … Participants try the Permethrin on a small area of face first, to determine if any immediate severe problem exists”.

Seabuckthorn Oil

Despite claims on various internet sites, I have not been able to find any published evidence that Seabuckthorn oil kills demodex mites. If you know of some evidence, please post in the comments below. In the meantime, please disregard any claims that you find that Seabuckthorn Oil kills demodex mites.

A natural approach

For those interested in a more natural approach to treating rosacea including using Olive Leaf Extract and Tea Tree Oil see Rachelle’s Alternative Treatments for Demodex Mites.

Selenium Sufide

Note that despite some media coverage relating to Selenium Sufide (the active ingredient in Selsun shampoo);

Your Health:

The active ingredient in the shampoo, selenium sulfide, might help control the Demodex skin mite population that triggers the inflammation associated with rosacea. People use the shampoo to wash their faces gently.

(Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist, and Dr. Teresa Graedon is a medical anthropologist and nutrition expert.)

Selenium Sulfide has not been found to kill demodex mites.

Over to You

Have you tried any treatments to eliminate demodex mites ? Did you have a bad reaction them ? any suceess ? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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  1. Monique says:

    Ascorbic Acid Flush protocol to re-build Immune and Skin (collagen)

    Drink 2-4 litres Water (1/2-1gallon)

    INGEST AND TOPICAL:
    Vitamin D (ingest only)
    Vitamin E
    Garlic Oil
    Aloe Vera gel
    Sauerkraut (ingest only) gut health
    Coconut oil
    Hydrogen Peroxide
    Boron (ingest only)
    Lemon
    Apple Cider Vinegar
    Colloidal Silver (also good in eyes)
    Tumeric

    TOPICAL
    Cedar oil
    Neem
    Tea Tree oil
    Sulphur
    Zinc
    Boric Acid
    Borax
    Olive Leaf oil
    Sea Buckthorn oil
    Epsom Salt

    *I am having an obvious 75%+ improvement in only days especially with: Ascorbic Acid Flush protocol (2 since January 1st + Vitamin C everyday), (Raw) Garlic, Cedar oil, Neem

    Also: Aloe Vera, Tea Tree, Hydrogen Peroxide, Vit. D,E, Apple Cider Vinegar, water, Coconut oil, Borax, and some of the others…

    I am aware of the effectiveness though I have yet to get: Sulphur

    I am going to soon test or get: Epsom Salt, Zinc, Boric Acid…

    I have not ever tried (?): Sea Buckthorn, Olive Leaf

  2. Lisa says:

    Hi everyone I just wanted to share the good news MY DEMODEX ARE COMPLETELY GONE!!!
    After a long battle I finally won. I shared before I was using Ungex products. I had to use them daily for a total of 5 months as my mites were real bad and took longed then expected to completely eliminate. I finished late December and waited anxiously if they would flare up again… but nothing! I am finally postive that they have vanished and i praise the lord everyday.
    For anyone suffering their products are totally worth it. I purchsed total 2 packs and it cost me around 800 in total which i know isnt cheap, but i made them last and it was worth every cent as the girls that work there were with me in my darkest moments to make sure I was getting the most out of treatment and i am smiling today becasue of them.

    working on your immune system is also important to make my body strong enough to fight them off in the future now that my infestation has gone. I have quit smoking and started to look after myself more and am positive for this coming year.

    • Wow Lisa I’m so thrilled for you that is brilliant news!! Can you give some info about what is in the product (active ingredients etc) as I can’t find it written on the website. Thanks so much for letting us know, I was really interested to hear about this product!

      • Lisa says:

        Hi Anne, I emailed them asking for ingredients and they said to look on this page at the bottom https://www.mitesoff.com.au/far/
        I would send a photo but this forum doant allow it!

        They are really worth contacting if you have questions they arnt pushy at all and helped give me the simple answers to what was going on and assured me the movement and craziness I felt going in with my skin wasn’t just in my head, like so many Drs and dermos had said.

        Wishing you all the best and you may find the light at the end of the tunnel of this nightmare

  3. Mike Marca says:

    I believe that I have found an inexpensive product that will keep the mite infection to a very very low level. Matter of fact I am not experiencing any real mite activity right now, and the main areas are not inflamed or scaled as before. I am no longer using rife therapy, alcohol soakings, or Tree Tree Oil, just this product which is inexpensive and healthy to apply. Before I let other people to try it I want to try it for another two weeks, but the prospects are very positive at the moment. Mike

  4. Mike Marca says:

    I finally found something that really does work! I have been using this product for about a month now, and very seldom do I even have a bite now from these mites. It works just like the ear wax in your ears does to insects. I never had these demodex mites in my inner ear. It works just like sap on a tree for insects. That is the natural defense method for a tree against insects. The product that I use is called “Pro-Tech-Skin.” It costs about $11.00. You can buy it on E-Bay. It is made by Sno-Seal, but instead for leather Pro-Tech-Skin is made for human skin. The solvents are plant based and not harmful. The consistency of the product is different, and the mites totally do not like it! I noticed that after one month of using this product the main areas do not have a mite infection anymore. Once in a while I may feel some mite activity, but nothing that I cannot live with. Perhaps with a little more time they will be gone. I believe that with my immune system I will always have some of these mites. Even if I eradicate completely these mites somehow it will only be a matter of time before I get them back from someone else. This treatment can be long term. It is effective, and it is inexpensive. Do not use it on open wounds, just on skin. After all of these years I have finally found something that works!!!!!!!!!!! I am no longer using rife therapy, alcohol soakings, or Tea Tree Oil. Praise God! Mike

    • j37 says:

      Mike so please for you , iam bean reading your buttle for so long you deservit cause you help alot of people over here.

      I have rosacea for so long as well . Did you think that it will work for me as well with the papules , postules and redness.

      I dont now if this is the product Atsko Sno-Seal Pro-Tech Skin Cream (1.25-Ounce Jar) ???

      Thanks so much for your help over the years Mike .

    • I’m so glad for you, Mike!
      I have battled with a similar issue for a few years now and finally decided I have some kind of bacteria, maybe staph, on my skin. I ordered some chlorhexadine (sp?) concentrate from amazon and I add a few drops to everything I use on my skin and scalp. (It does require shaking up a little at each use.) I even put a few drops in my liquid foundation makeup. That’s when I noticed a HUGE improvement on my face. Hardly any itching, crawling sensations at all anymore.
      Oh, and I use a soap bar with bergamot oil in it in the shower. The bar came from a Whole Foods type store. I wash pillow and case every couple days and towels after each use.
      I hope this information helps someone. Best wishes to all.

  5. alex says:

    I’m also so glad for you Mike. Could you, please, tell me which one of these 2 links should I use to order:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Atsco-Sno-Seal-1352-Pro-Tech-Skin-Healer-4-Fl-Oz-18088-/351244985306?hash=item51c7d523da:g:jSIAAOSwg3FUf7o5

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Atsko-Sno-Seal-Pro-Tech-Cream-2-Ounce/dp/B01NBZDMEJ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486459256&sr=8-1&keywords=PRO-TECH+SKIN+SNO+SEAL

    I have a close person of mine trying to battle this kind of symptoms for over a year now – itching, crawling sensations mostly on scalp, face, nose and eyes (no rash) especially at night almost always accompanied by abdominal pain, cough, frequent urination and feeling cold. Symptoms started October 2015 and almost disappeared in May 2015 but again returned last October. This time they are milder because we concentrated on completely detoxifying the body, healthy diet and building a stronger immune system naturally.

    I hope everyone will find the right way to win this battle!

  6. Mike Marca says:

    Alex, the jar that I have is just like the one on Amazon. J37, I have the 3.5 oz. jar, and I bought it on e-bay for $11.00. I feel normal again! Once in awhile I will feel something, but that is nothing of what I was experiencing from an out right demodex mite infection for many years! Mike

    • j37 says:

      So happy for you Mike 🙂 Mike , and what about the reddness paules and postules on the face ???? They subside ???? They are gone for good ???

      Thanks so much Mike and keep going

  7. alex says:

    Thank you Mike, we’ll definitely give it a try! In any case detoxifying the liver in our case improved the situation a lot, so have it in mind.

  8. Mike Marca says:

    J37, I no longer have either, but I still have to scrap my eyelashes a little when I wake up. As I stated once in a while I will feel them a little, but nothing like before. It is like tar and feathering a person, but it is like this to the mites instead. I don,t think that they can move very well in that stuff, and it may even suffocate them a little. Mike

    • Della Sacks says:

      Hi Mike, I started off by using the Boric Acid and that got them to surface. I could attack them and clear up a lot of them, but it did not kill them off because of the egg cycle. But I bought the cream you recommended and they hate it. I killed them off on the face, but I feel some went into the nostrils. That stuff got them running. You are right, I think the salve is so thick, they lack O2. Anyway, my eyes are clear and my face is clear. Just keeping my eyes open for signs of new eggs that look like a white ring on my forehead, but no signs so far. I guess we will see once the cycle comes around again. I feel almost certain that will not happen. Keep on commenting please, and thank you for your helpful comments over the past couple of years. Della

    • j37 says:

      Thanks Mike for your answer. Do you use it once a day or twice a day ??? How long in your skin , befere yor wash off.

      Thanks so much

  9. Elene says:

    I’ve been using Cliradex wipes for about 6 weeks for Demodex in my eyelids, which had been found on examination with a microscope. There was definite improvement early on with the eye irritation, and I also noticed that the skin on my cheeks was getting smoother– I don’t have obvious rosacea but my skin has been bumpy and rough there for a long time and nothing every helped before. I ran out of the wipes and didn’t use them for a week or so before my followup appointment with the optometrist, and my cheeks got noticeably bumpier again. The optometrist confirmed that he saw improvement but that I still had signs of excessive mites. I’m continuing with the Cliradex. The doctor says he has been seeing excellent results with this product but that people sometimes have to use it for up to a year to really clear up the problem.

  10. Mike Marca says:

    Cliradex uses Tree Tree Oil as its main ingredient. TTO is ok, but it doesn,t solve the problem. I have been using TTO for a long time. Pro-Tech-Skin on the other hand keeps the mites from going where I apply it. TTO does not. J37, I do not wash it off. It kind of just sticks there for awhile. I apply it about three times a day. Actually, once I apply it I do not notice the product on my skin. It does not bother me nor does it smell. In the winter it insulates my skin from the cold. I like it. It is the best product that I have used by far! I now have no signs of Rosacea, and demodex is on an all time low. Mike

    • Maria says:

      Mike, how did you get the idea to try Pro-Tech-Skin?

    • j37 says:

      Oh I see Mike . And your food habirs , did change them ?? Did you sitl eat the fermented saurekraut ??? Did you eat grains or carbs , sugar etc ???? Lets hope the mites dont adapt do that , cause my jar is on this way . Lets see if i can get the same results as you. But iam not that optimistic cause the ttto work welll at first but then losse this power. I dont now , i will let you now when the jar arrive.

      Thanks

  11. Mike Marca says:

    J37, I am trying to help myself, and maybe help someone else as well here. We all have this terrible skin problem with demodex mites, of which the doctors have no real solution for. It seems to help Della some. I still have minor flare-ups now and them. Hopefully, Pro-Tech-Skin will continue to work for me and perhaps for you. That is why we are all here. Right? Mike

    • Della Sacks says:

      Mike, my face is clear since using the Borox solution and Pro-Tech-Skin every day. If I have a breakout, the PTS applied just to that area seems to work. I used the Borox in my eyes (1tsp to 4oz water) and they just popped out. Went to Opthamologist yesterday and my eyes are healthy. TTO does not work for me and is responsible for the redness as it is too strong and burns. I stopped that ages ago. I understand that people are not optimistic, but you have to try everything reasonable. For $10 it is worth a try and the cream itself if great. I use it on my hands and feet as it allows the skin to heal. So to anyone that is scared, this cream is great. Try it. I have used it for maybe 2 weeks and I am elated. Keep your eyes open every day for the tell-tale signs of new proliferation, but if you use it every day and cover your face with it every night, they will die. What have you got to lose? Nothing is working for you so far. Thanks Mike for sharing. Good job!

      • j37 says:

        Thanks Mike and Della , for sharing your history and results with me and my i say with us. Yes iam not optimistic but i buy it any way cause i believe in Mike , he as a lot of now how and like Della say its not so expansive , so if he didint work , the money is not the issue.

        Mike , could you tell me please when you first see the results of Pro Teck skin ??? Did it get worse , before it get better ????

        Thanks so much Mike and sorry to upset you . Thanks

  12. Jessica says:

    Mike did you have it in the eyelashes as well? If so, are your eyes clear now?

    Thanks!!

  13. Mike Marca says:

    Della, It is Boric Acid not Borox for the eyes! 1 tsp boric acid to 4 oz water is what I use for the eyes. It is my mother’s old formula. She used it when we were children, and when we had something wrong going on with our eyes. It also works for demodex mites in the eyes (boil and cool first). J37, I first started seeing results right away. They fought a little at first. Jessica, I am shure that they are in my eyelashes, since they used to go into my eyes at times and are now in my eyebrows (but subdued from the Pro-Tech-Skin). I did have a small outbreak, but I was able to put them down quickly. I hope that the Pro-Tech-Skin continues to work. It is nice to feel almost normal again. If not I will use it at night before bed, and also use TTO, alcohol soakings, and rife therapy regularily. Mike

    • j37 says:

      Mike , I hope from my heart that the Pro – Tech – Skin really work always ,And mites dont adapat to that. I read in a lot of forum that honey specially Manuka , did something positive to Dermatitis sheborreic and Rosacea. Do you think that the honey in pro tech skin , could be the secret ?????

      Thanks Mike

    • lrmarshall says:

      Thank you for clarifying that about the boric acid Mike. I was wondering that! Are you simply wiping the eyes and brows with this?

      • Della says:

        Actually I use boric acid, but my instant correct on my iPhone changed it for me. I did not pick up on it until Mike drew my attention to it.

  14. Mike Marca says:

    Irmarshall, I no longer get them into my eyes like I used to (mite levels are down), but when I did use the boric acid (1tsp) and water combination (4oz) I used a eye cup or eye dropper to put it into my eyes. It works for eye infections as well. It is an old formula that my mother used when I was small. Mike

    • Maria says:

      Mike, how do you combine boric acid with the protech cream? I mean, do you apply boric acid on your face,leave it to dry and then you put the cream? Does it help with the redness?

  15. Mike Marca says:

    I only use boric acid and water for my eyes when I have to (1tsp. boric acid to 4 oz. water). Boil it and let it dry. I imagine that you can try to apply the mixture to the skin, and then apply the Pro-Tech-Skin afterwards. That is something that I did not try. Mike

  16. Mike Marca says:

    Boil it and let it cool. Sorry. Mike

    • j37 says:

      Mike , my jar of Pro-Tech-Skin just arrive.

      How should i begin with the aplications ??? Are you still having results ???? I hope so .

      Take care Mike. Stay strong.

  17. Monique says:

    I did it!!! It appears they are gone… It was the ‘SULFUR’! Since January I have consistently put on Neem, Cedar oil, tea tree and vitamin E (to prevent scaring- I heard recently that if it goes on beyond 6 months skin will scar!) It was increasingly improving with those products 5 % a week? though sort of also fluctuating… I had some 100% SULFUR from the pharmacy and I dusted my skin with it. It really smelled bad! I also made a paste with the other products and put it on at night. It irritated my eyes- don’t put it near your eyes- MY SKIN IS CLEAR- IN TWO DAYS!!! I am going to keep doing all of the protocol and also eat lots of garlic and other healthy food and take vitamins… The neem, cedar oil and vit. E was good for my skin anyway.

  18. Mike Marca says:

    Sulfur does not work for me. J37, with Pro-Tech-Skin the mites went to my nose to escape the treatment. Soon afterwards I received red spots under my nose. What is working for me now is using Pro-Tech-Skin at night before I sleep and Vicks Vapo Rub during the day. It seems to be working. If I do have any outbreaks I will keep doing what I am doing and use alcohol soakings and rife therapy to put down the outbreak. It seems to be working! Only time will tell. Mike

  19. Joan Nolan says:

    I have been washing my eyes with just baby shampoo every morning for months and my ocular rosacea symptoms have disappeared completely. As far as the facial redness and breakouts, especially on my nose, I started washing my face with the baby shampoo too this morning but I’m going to go back and read all the comments here for another solution if this doesn’t work.

    Thank goodness for Clinique BB cream or I’d be hiding inside instead of living normally. Not sure what I’m going to do if it gets worse.

    I’m allergic to Doxycycline so have to try treating it directly.

  20. Mike Marca says:

    It is still working! Mike

    • j37 says:

      Nice Mike. So happy for you. Iam waiting a bit for my first use , cause i have alot of meatings and i dont now how my skin will react. But i well tell you since a started to aply the proteck Skin.

      Take care Mike , and thanks for keep us with update.

  21. Mike Marca says:

    I have both blue and red light devices, and have tried them both. I have rife therapy which uses high frequency waves which works very good at times. I also made a low voltage dc device which delivers a shock to a small area. I use this at times. It will at times drive them out of their holes if I have a very stubborn mites. Also, at times I will use a heated spoon to burn a small area. This will definitely kill the mite or mites in that area, but I may also end up with a burn. I hope Tanda Zap continues to work for you. Mike

  22. Mike Marca says:

    I had to use the rife therapy and alcohol soakings again. I still use the Pro-Tech-Skin at night. At least I have a plan that sort of works. My skin is now good. Mike

    • j37 says:

      Mike again The rife therapy , what apanned friend ??? iam using “Your ” pro teck skin so far so good i can see a bit of healing and no huge breaks . But now you only use at night ???

      Take care

  23. Mike Marca says:

    It worked full time for me for awhile, but now I use it at night to keep their activity down. These mites adapt to everything, but what I am doing now I can trust on because it has worked as maintenance for so long. There is no way that I can get rid of these mites totally. Even if I did get rid of them sooner or later they would come back again from someone else around me. It is my immune system that is the problem. What I am doing “is” working as maintenance. Pro-Tech-Skin at night, rife therapy, and 91% alcohol soakings for 20 minutes. Also, during the day I use different things (TTO, Vicks, etc.). I do this because if I use a product too much it becomes ineffective to the mites. Also, I use rife therapy and alcohol soakings sparingly (only when needed) so that they may stay effective. All what we can do is what we can do. The doctors do not know what to do with us. They may even think that what we have is all in our heads. Another big help for us is to think positive. To think otherwise is defeat. Mike

  24. Mike Marca says:

    Right now I am using Pro-Tech-Skin at night and Pine Pitch (once obtained at e-bay) during the day. Of note, the Pine Pitch says on the container that it can be used for scabies (another type of skin bug). Also, the pine tree uses pine pitch to ward off insects. I am always trying different things. Mike

  25. Mike Marca says:

    Wow, no mites! I hope that it lasts for awhile.

  26. Adrienne says:

    I have read all your comments. I have suffered from demodex mites for 3yrs now. I have always had perfect skin. I was a model for 15yrs. I gave tried everything out there and spent thousands of dollars on dermatologists who know nothing! After years of suffering, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and premenopausal. So my hormones are out of whack and thyroid is causing problems. Changed diet and exercise. A little less activity but still crawling at night and thinning of my hair. The only thing that controls them and brings back my smooth clear skin is Sulfur cream 10 percent. I wash face with coco butter palms all natural and I coat my skin with sulfur crew and then I put on zinc cream. Yes Destin diaper rash cream maximum strength. Then seal it with medicated powder. I get it from the dollar store. My skin has no more bites. I coat my body with lavender oil and then medicated cool powder.its a process every night but it works to control them. And avoid sweets and stress
    I take olive oil leaf extract to keep them out of my intestines.

    Good luck to all. Unfortunately doctors are nit worth crap!!!

  27. Mike Marca says:

    Sulfur and zinc does not work for me. What I am doing now is working (see above). The pine pitch is also mixed with beeswax and olive oil, but the main ingredient is pine pitch (type in Pine Pitch “Salve” at E-bay if you want to try it) . At night I use Pro-Tech-Skin, and during the day I use the pine pitch. There are no mites to speak of right now! Mike

  28. Mike Marca says:

    Still by using Pro-Tech-Skin at night and Pine Pitch Salve during the day there are no mites to speak of that are bothering me right now. I have not used rife therapy and alcohol soakings for a while now. Mike

  29. Richard says:

    Hi Mike, et al,

    Thanks for sharing your journey to recovery and mite feeedom. Those whom have edured these little buggers for years…. I really feel for you… it is a very uncomfortable condition.

    About four months ago I went to a biomedical Dentist for amalgam extractions. After 7 hours in the chair the procedure was successful and reasonably painless but at the conclusion of the day I had a biting stinging itch at the base of my skull. I thought this to simply be a stress reaction. Was it from the chair or an opportunist invasion? Five weeks later I commenced a Cellular Detox Program that likely further suppressed my immune system possibly allowing the mites to multiply. The itching increased with spreading further down the back of my neck and shoulders. The crawling sensation also increased, especially at night. Internet reading led me to Demodex mites being the culprit….

    I have been applying Tea Tree oil, lavender oil mixed with coconut oil, which burnt my skin but did give some relief., spaying Tea Tree oil on bedding. I read that Selsun shampoo with 2.5% selenium sulfide is fatal to the mites. I have been using this for a few days with success but I am not sure this is a long term plan. The Pro-Tech-skin is in the mail and I am looking forward to potential benefits of this…

    Following Lisa’s entry (16 January above) I ordered the UNGEX products yesterday, as a longer term permanent plan for eradication. The products will take a few days to arrive here in Switzerland….. Potentially relief and normalacy is on the horizon….

    More to come as I travel on this road to bug free living for the benefit of others.

    Cheers,
    Richard

  30. Sunshine says:

    Good to read comments and good progress by Mike. Please keep updating as it is appreciated and gives more ideas and options to try. Together we can beat this 🙂

  31. Mike Marca says:

    Richard, the Pro-Tech-Skin will work better if you use it with Pine Pitch Salve. Pro-Tech-Skin at night and Pine Pitch Salve during the day. If you use anything continually too long they will adapt to it. That is why I split the two. They are both mixed with beeswax and are made to be used on the skin. The American Indians used Pine Pitch for medicine for many centuries. It is the pine tree’s natural defense against insects. Just like the wax inside of your ears is used to keep out bugs the waxy substance of these two products keep insects at bay. My mite infection on the scale of 0-10 is on average a 1 now. Hopefully, it stays this way, but it seems the longer I do this the less I feel them. At times I do not feel them at all! What a difference to what it was years ago. Mike

    • Bingo says:

      Has anyone tried a laser pointer yet?
      I have been zapping them for 2 days and have had some nice results. I just hope i don’t kill myself…

      I had some good results using a Tanda Zap until it reached its programmed 1000 use mark and shut off

    • Richard says:

      Thanks Mike.

  32. JimR says:

    Has anyone tried dry sauna at 210 degrees to sweat them out

    • Richard says:

      Hi Jm,

      I use a dry sauna regularly and the mites issue developed afterwards so whilst there is some irritation relief when in the sauna I do not think they are expelled in the sweat ior killed, unfortunately. They like warm moist environments but not cold, so try thermogenesis, ie: a cold shower or plunge after the sauna and/or a cold shower before bed.

      Cheers,

      • Richard says:

        Hi Jim,

        I found this reference re heat & mites.

        Yes, they are killed by higher temperatures but I am pretty sure skin does not get high enough in a sauna. Quote: The lethal temperature is 54°C, and the effective temperature that kills Demodex mites is 58°C.

        Here is the reference.

        Zhao YE1, Guo N, Wu LP. The effect of temperature on the viability of Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis. Parasitol Res. 2009 Nov;105(6):1623-8. doi: 10.1007/s00436-009-1603-x. Epub 2009 Sep 23.

        Cheers.

        • JIMR says:

          The sauna I’m using is 104C. So it may just work. I can stay in for 30min with no problems. My chest and let side broke out in red marks this last week, that has never happened they were always on my face and high back area. I’m using TTO, Sauna and just took my 3rd dose ivermectin paste. My face blew up the first time with he TTO and ivermectin. Then has gotten better but still red pustules and moved to my chest and left side. I’m also using the Pro-Tech and Pine pitch in between TTO at night. Will see, it seems to be working but with the life cycle of these guys it may take 3-4 weeks. I won’t take another dose of ivermectin until after 7 more days.

  33. Richard says:

    The Pro-Tech-Skin arrived, it provided amazing night time relief and calming of the skin irritation, ie: a full undisturbed night sleep. But I am not too keen on using petrochemical products……especially on the skin.

    UNGEX products from Australia arrived the next day. This a three product, three month program to eradicate the mites, shampoos, disinfectant spray and a special tool. I have started yesterday, hopefully improvement will follow shortly……

  34. Mike Marca says:

    Somewhere I saw that Pro-Tech-Skin was made using plant based solvents. Pine Pitch Salve on the other hand has no solvents (pine pitch, beeswax, and olive oil). Mike

    • JIMR says:

      Mine started 8 years ago when I was 50. My Derm just gave me Metro Gel (did nothing) then Finacea which helped but still would get bad out breaks. So I started looking online a few weeks ago and I just tried another mix I found on another site. It was Butt paste (for babies diaper rash) & Nu-Stock mixed with castor oil. After 2 days my cheeks and forehead broke out big time. I kept applying for two more days but my skin was getting to dry so I stopped. But the mites then went to my neck area which has never really happened. I would get a few little bumps but nothing like this. So used the same on my neck the mites went even lower, but I think I got them all now, and started just using TTO, and my face is looking a lot better. This just proves to me that the cause of my rosacea is from mites. While this mix seems to work well it really drys the skin out so I’m going to try Mike’s Pro-Tech and Pine Pitch suave to keep the little buggers off my face.

  35. Mike Marca says:

    Richard the Ungex program is quite pricey, and more money that I can afford right now. Please let us know three months from now how it is doing. Tx, Mike

  36. JIMR says:

    here is what I’m using it is on this site and seems to have worked for many .
    https://healthyyou4less.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/clearing-up-rosacea/#comments

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