Face mites that feast on your natural oils, mate while you sleep exist


Think a spider crawling into your mouth is bad? 

You’ve got another think coming! 

Imagine microscopic face mites that dig deep into your pores, feasting on your natural oils, climbing out to mate while you’re sleeping, before laying more eggs inside your face. 

Face mites are normal, though, according to LiveScience.  

They are most commonly found around the eyes, affecting eyelids and lashes in both men and women.

“I would think that they’re not harming us in a way that’s detectable,” Megan Thoemmes, a North Carolina State University researcher told BBC. “If we were having a strong negative response to their presence, we’d be seeing that in a greater number of people.”

Keep in mind face mites are attracted to the greasiest pores on your body, including those around your cheeks, nose, and forehead. 

The publication reports that researchers can trace back their knowledge to 1842, when the mites were first spotted in human earwax.

According to a study published in 1992 in the journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, infested follicles can hold a half-dozen mites at once, with room for more.

Each mite can reportedly live for around two weeks but poses no threat to humans.

Unless, they amount to huge numbers, which officials said could sometimes lead to a disease called demodicosis, or demodectic mange.

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