If you suffer from skin conditions such as rosacea
, be aware that the presence of eyelash mites may play a contributing role, especially in the areas close to the eyes.
Eyelash mites and their link with rosacea
According to the National Rosacea Society
, people with rosacea have about eighteen times
more eyelash mites than those who do not have rosacea. The mites are even considered by some experts to be a direct cause of rosacea while the presence of eyelash mites can lead to worsening rosacea symptoms
in those who are affected.
How to prevent or treat high levels of eyelash mites?
- Obviously, you should practice good hygiene in keeping the areas around your eyes clean and free of mascara. Never share eye makeup or brushes.
- When left untreated, eyelash mites can cause vision problems. They may also lead to dry eye.
- If you are concerned that you have high levels of eyelash mites, see your doctor for a diagnosis when your eyelashes will be lightly scraped to collect a sample of oils, tissues and possible mite exoskeletons. This sample will be examined under a microscope and you may be prescribed a medicated ointment to help trap the mites in place and to prevent them from spreading and laying eggs.