What you’re about to read may give you goosebumps, but we all have tiny mites living in our pores at this very moment. Gross right? Demodex or eyelash mites live on the faces of every human in the world.
The critters are transparent and are difficult to see with the naked eye. According to Michelle Trautwein, an entomologist at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, they look like stubby worms.
Face mites are in the family of arachnids. They are cousins to ticks and spiders. According to different reports studies, people living in different parts of the world have different face mites. Dr. Trautwein says in order to study the mite, the use a little spoon and scrape it across a greasy face. After collecting the sample, they take them to the lab an look at them underneath microscopes.
Face Mites Wait Until We Are Sleep To Feast On Our Dead Skin Cells
Since being an entomologist, Trautwein has been able to test samples from over 2,000 people. They include people from all around the globe who come to California and visit the Academy of Sciences. She says that she has DNA evidence of face mites on every single person who has come to visit her place of work.
In a report from the Trautwein, when people first hear about having arachnids on their face, she can see the blood rush from their face. However, she notes that people become curious and want to see the mites for themselves.
One of the biggest questions most have about the creatures is how do people not feel them on their face?
Well, our face, and body has a thin layer of peach-fuzz of vellus hair, that covers all of our skin except the palms and soles of our feet. Each peach-fuzz shaft grows from its own hair follicle, Face mites spend their days crawling within the shaft only appearing at night when they feast on our dead skin or mate.