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Meet The Eight-Legged Face Mites That Indulge In Your Pores While You Sleep

You fear that spiders may crawl somewhere near you or on your arms. But some arachnids are already lurking inside your face. 

Yes, there are tick-like arachnids that can get into pores and quietly enjoy eating your natural oils. They are known as “face mites” and they live in facial pores of most human adults. 

Face mites are eight-legged insects that measure only 0.01 inches. They commonly crawl to the roots of facial hair follicles on both men and women, Live Science first reported

They are so microscopic that they could stay hidden inside your pores, without you feeling their entry while you sleep. 

Mites In Your Face: Are They Harmful?

Face mites indulge in the waxy oil produced by glands inside the pores, which help in keeping the face hydrated. The mites go to those pores to eat and sleep by day. 

But they are doing something that is really gross on you. While you sleep and enjoy the sweetest dreams, face mites crawl out of the pores at night and mate on the surface of your skin. That night party is a real-life nightmare happening on your face. 

Face mites are attracted to the greasiest parts of the face. They are commonly found around the cheeks, nose and forehead. 

One study, published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, showed that a half-dozen mites can live in a single follicle for up to two weeks. Luckily, even if they eat, sleep and mate, face mites do not pose any threat to humans.

Kanade Shinkai, a dermatologist at the University of California, San Francisco, said it would take a very large number of face mites to damage the skin. The one condition linked to these face crawlers is known as demodicosis or demodectic mange, which can cause the formation of a red or white sheen on the skin. 

However, demodicosis is considered rare. People could host hundreds of generations of the grease-loving face mites. 

If you are thinking about their wastes being left inside your face, don’t worry because face mites have no anus. The insects store their poop in their bodies for their whole lifetime.