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Demodectic mites are also known as Demodex mites, and they are microscopic parasites that live in the skin pores and hair follicles. There are two known types of Demodex mites, the brevis, which live in the skin follicles of mainly the forehead, cheeks and chin; and the folliculorum, which live in the hair follicles of the head. While they are mainly found on the head, there have been many cases of Demodex mites appearing in the rest of the body as well. The age group that these parasites are most prone to attacking is the middle aged because of the weakening immune systems. These mites are very contagious and the only treatments that are currently available are special creams available by prescription through a dermatologist.

Go to the dermatologist and have the Demodex mite test conducted. This is the only way to make sure that your problem is Demodex mites.

Acquire the prescribed cream for your mite condition.

Apply the cream in the morning and at night by placing small dabs on your forehead, chin, and cheeks and rubbing the cream in with your fingertips. Wash your hands afterward to avoid getting the cream where it should not be, such as eyes and other orifices of the body. The night treatment is the most important because Demodex mites are most active at night.

Wash and condition your hair as usual and then apply the prescribed shampoo in the location of the mites. This is best to do at night before you go to bed because the mites are most active at night.


Wear the least amount of makeup possible, preferably none at all until the mites are completely destroyed. You will know the mites are completely destroyed when a follow up Demodex mite test comes back negative at your dermatologist's office.


Do not get the prescription cream or shampoo in your eyes, ears, nose or mouth. This can cause serious illness and irritation. If you have Demodex mites, refrain from unnecessary contact with other humans and pets. The mites are contagious and will spread.