What are Eye Mites?

Attention! Your eyelashes might be crawling with little bugs. Don’t panic though. These bugs are common and even healthy.

There are two types of mites, Demodex folliculorum, and Demodex Brevis. These eyelash mites are microscopic, so luckily, we can’t see them with the naked eye. Eye mites are passed from person to person and like to live in hair follicles where they feed on dead skin cells. 

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The eye mite to most commonly affect your eyelashes is the Demodex folliculorum. The tiny bugs feed on the dead skin cells around your eyelashes and eyelids. 

If you think you don’t have eye mites, sorry to say, everyone has small amounts of bugs. In small quantities, these mites are normal, but if you have a more significant number of eye mites, then it might cause problems for your eyes and aggravate your skin.

How Do You Know if Your Eye Mites are Causing Problems?

Specific problems can make you more prone to eye mite problems, like inflammation of the eyelids, watery eyes, redness, itching, dryness, or allergies. If you have any of these symptoms, then you will probably have more eye mites because they are attracted to the oil, dead skin cells, and over -secreting mucus.

Unfortunately for women, you might get more eyelash mites due to hormonal reasons. Inflammation or blepharitis can cause other problems for your eyes, such as crusty eyelashes, sticky eyes, and frequent blinking. If left untreated, inflammation can also lead to growth abnormalities in your eyelashes

Are Eye Mites Contagious?

Eyelash mites can be contagious and spread from contact with someone who has a mite problem in their eyelashes or skin. Also, they can be spread from sharing makeup, since they can be spread through mascara brushes, eyelash brushes, and other make up that’s used around your eyes. 

How Do You Get Rid of Eye Mites?

You will never be able to get rid of eye mites entirely. They're a part of life and do serve a purpose. The symptoms that eye mites are attracted to should be more concern. If your eyes are flaring up, itchy, dry, or generally irritating you, then check with your doctor because there could be an underlying skin condition that needs treatment.

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How do I Prevent an Eye Mite Infestation?

Proper hygiene and eye care are essential in preventing eyelash mite infestations.  Help avoid mites of eyelash and eye irritations by following these tips:

  • Never share mascara or other makeup cosmetic tools
  • Wash your face, and clean your eye area gently with water
  • Don’t sleep with your eye makeup on
  • Clean makeup brushes with baby shampoo. 

Eyelashes Vs. Extensions

Eyelash extensions, if not done correctly, could potentially cause mite infestations in your eyelashes. The mites are attracted to the oils and build upon your eyelids. Sometimes, your eyes do not get washed properly when you have had extensions for fear of weakening the glue, which causes mites to overpopulate and inflammation and itchiness to set in along your eyelashes. If you are looking for lushes’ lashes, then look at false eyelash’s overextensions, there a safer, more hygienic option and help prevent eye mite infestation. 

Final Thoughts

It is entirely natural to have eye mites at a moderate level and don’t let the thought of bugs crawling on your lashes creep you out too much.  An infestation and eye irritations are not usual or ordinary and should be further investigated by a doctor for any other skin problems. But generally, if you are following the tips and practicing proper hygiene and eye care, you can forget all about eye mites. 

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