Did you know that we have animals living on our face? We can’t see them, but they’re there. They are microscopic mites, eight-legged creatures rather like spiders. They almost every human being has them. They spend their entire lives on our faces, where they eat, mate and finally die.
Mites majorly on the side of your face
Whether it’s lice, bedbugs, or tapeworm, parasites come in all shapes and sizes, and pretty much all of them make me want to douse myself in Raid and jump out my fourth story window. But now, scientists have provided an in-depth analysis of an even smaller type of tenant of the human body: a mite that resides in the hair follicles on your face, where they eat, sleep and fuck. The populations may well vary from person to person, so you might have many more than your neighbour or far fewer. You may also have more mites on one side of your face than the other.
Types of Mites
While researchers have studied the pore-dwelling mites, a new study findings into two species of Demodex mites, D. brevis and D. folliculorum (which is supposed to be responsible for Rosacea). The first thing you should know about these mites is that all adults have them. Me. You. Everyone. The researchers have no concrete explanations as to why all adults have then while not all children do, but they believe that the mites may be passed from mother to infant during breastfeeding. Second, humans host two very different species of face-sexing mites, which while fascinating for scientists as they could be a model for co-evolution, makes me want to rip my face off