How’s this for a scary thought? Did you know that approximately half of the world population suffers from eyebrow or eyelash mites? The number sounds scary, as well as the idea that these tiny parasites are living near such a sensitive area like your eye.
According to this article on healthy focus, eyebrow mites are related to excessive use of makeup, as well as oily skin, which means that the elderly are especially prone to this condition.
As much as 80 percent of people over the age of 60 can suffer from this, and the number increases with age.
How Can I Notice a Mite Infestation on My Eyebrows?
This condition can cause irritation, itchiness and various other symptoms. Sometimes, these pests can even affect your vision.
There are all sorts of different signs of mite activity. One of the most obvious signs of the infestation is an itching, crawling sensation on the eyebrows or eyelashes..
Often, the pores can become larger and at an advanced stage, even acne can develop, after and skin can become severely red. When mites are in their highest activity period, you might also notice tickling on the infected area.
At some point, if the eyelashes are infected, they might even start falling out.
The realization of suffering from mite infection probably left you desperate for a solution, so this article will give you exactly what you’re looking for. Fear not, as there are simple and efficient treatments for this.
So without further adieu, here’s a detailed tutorial on how to get rid of mites on your eyebrows.
What You Will Need to Follow this Tutorial
Items needed for this tutorial are usually easily accessible cosmetic products, and we tried to provide as many alternatives as possible to make sure that everyone can afford the treatment.
For the first option you will need:
- Baby shampoo or tea tree shampoo (both are highly effective)
Some oils can be used as an alternative. You will need:
- Lavender oil
- Tea tree oil
- Macadamia nut oil
The third alternative would be to use products, such as Demodex Control Face Cream.
These products are dermatologically tested and proven to kill mites, so i would recommend this as the safest option.
There is also an option in the form of antibiotic ointments such as Tobradex and TetraVisc, but caution is advised for this, and you should check with your doctor, or ophthalmologist first, before deciding for this option.
According to this article this method can kill mites completely and is very aggressive.
Step By Step Instructions
For patients with a mild case of eyebrow mites, baby shampoo or tea tree shampoo will do just fine, as explained in below video. Mix them with water first, as it can be harsh on the eyes.
Step #1: Mix the Ingredients
Mix the baby shampoo or tea tree shampoo with water in a ratio of 50 to 50.
Step #2: Apply the Mixture
Using a cotton swab or q-tip, apply the mixture on your eyebrows or eyelashes. Be careful not to touch your eye in the process.
Step #3: Wait 10 Minutes
Close your eyes and wait 10 minutes.
Step #4: Apply again
Apply the mixture again, and wait for another 10 minutes. Do this procedure twice a day.
Step #5: Apply Ointment
Apply an ointment or oil cream that contains 5% tea tree oil to the skin around the eyelids. This prevents mating and therefore prevents another infestation from happening.
Tea tree oil or lavender oil is a great alternative for this, or it can be combined with the first method for even more efficient results. One thing to be aware as well is that tea tree oil treatment might leave you with slight discomfort in the form of a burning vs. cooling sensation.
Step #1: Dilute the oil
Tea tree oil can irritate your eyes so it is recommended to dilute it with macadamia nut oil.
Step #2: Apply the mixture
Rub equal parts tea tree oil and macadamia nut oil on your eyelashes before going to bed for about a month and a half, and be careful not to get any oil in your eyes.
The Demodex Control Face Cream alternative treatment is very simple. The cream is harmless for the skin, but lethal for mites, so you shouldn’t worry too much about safety.
Simply apply the cream on the infected area, and wait for it to soak in. Afterwards you can rinse with water.
As far as the antibiotic ointment treatment, as mentioned, it can be very harmful for your eyes, so be very careful with this. Apply only a couple of drops of Tobradex or TetraVisc and thoroughly rinse afterwards.
There is one more alternative called BlephEx, which is suggested on this article on Modern Medicine Network. This is essentially a handpiece device, which spins a micro sponge along your eyelids, removing any excess debris, and potentially mites.
- Make the sponge as well as the eyelids wet, as they tend to dry quickly. Using an eyelid spray is recommended.
- Bring the device to your eyelid, not pressing too hard, and move along the eyelid.
- If necessary, use tetracaine for numbing, as a strong tickling sensation can be present.
Now that you know how to remove them, keeping them away from appearing again is also very importan. For this you need to:
- Stop using eye makeup until mites have fully disappeared from your eyebrows or eyelashes
- Throw away any makeup you used prior to contacting mites, to avoid contamination.
- Avoid sharing makeup with others.
- Make sure your spouse and pets are also checked for eyebrow mites
- Buy new pillows and bed sheets as mites might even hide in these, making it easy to get infected again.
- Using tea tree soaps and shampoos regularly is also recommended to keep those pesky little mites away for good.
Many of the options for successful eyebrow mite treatment are explained in this excellent youtube video by Dr. Scott Schachter where he also explains how various methods might work differently.
He explains that tea tree oil works best for the infestation, but, as mentioned, it is the most irritating solution and it can cause a heating sensation in some patients, and some patients even claimed that their eyes felt like they are on fire. This treatment is only recommended for severe infestations.
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This article is a simple tutorial on how to remove mites from your eyebrows or eyelashes, and it is highly important to me to make sure that these advices lead to a successful treatment. Let me know in the comment section if you found it easy to follow, and if it helped you to remove your mite infestation.
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