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Bugs Love These 3 Areas On Your Skin

Bugs, mites and other microscopic creatures don't just live in the closet, but also on your skin.

Bugs Love These 3 Areas On Your Skin

Bugs like Demodex and Acanthamoeba can hide on and under your hair follicles and eyes

While it is natural to think that only your closet, bed and garden has bugs since they're the ones you can see, you'd be surprised that hundreds of bugs actually live on your skin! Yes, they may be on you as you are reading this and no, a face wash won't be able to help you get rid of them. Our skin houses many four, six and eight legged creatures too small for us to see and these creatures often eat, live, mate and die on our skin itself.

Here are 3 areas of your skin where most bugs are expected to be found. And since our face has very large pores with a lot of oil-producing sebaceous gland, all the bug-houses are on our face.

1. Hairline

Microscopic mites called Demodex have been found to be living in our hair follicles. These are eight legged worm like creatures, in numbers of thousands. Their nearest relatives are spiders and ticks. Also, these mites come out to lay eggs every night, at the rim of the pore they live in and studies speculate that these eat dead cells and oil from glands. While not considered harmful, they can lead to skin problems like redness, spots and burning sensation. This can happen because the mites save up waste all their live due to lack of an anus and then all of a sudden, degenerate on our faces.

2. Eye brows and lashes

The same mites have been found in your eye brows and lashes and even ears. Studies suggest that we come in contact with these because of pillows, sheets and towels, where they live. They have also been found in mammary tissues and so can pass from the mother to the baby during breastfeeding or during the pregnancy.

3. Eye sockets

Two kinds of bugs can be found around your eyes, though not very commonly, First is the kissing bug that is drawn to light and carbon dioxide. These rare found in woodpiles and near rat's hiding places and generally attack you when a person sleeps. Another is the Acanthamoeba that can be found in tap water, soil or even air and likes to live in your eye. They can cause extreme redness and irritation and sometimes lead to blindness. 

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