These Face Mites Really Grow on You | Deep Look

by birtanpublished on August 17, 2020

hey you've got something on your face well more like living in your face can't see them here will show you researchers just use a little glue don't try this at home when that thin layer of skin comes off it takes some tiny hair follicles

That barely visible peach fuzz with it those follicles that came out look like a miniature forest and inside some of them that's a face mite entomologist Michelle Trautwein at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco

Studies these long-term tenants of ours they've got eight little legs because they're actually arachnids related to ticks and spiders yep you almost certainly have dozens of these stowaways on you right now and

Don't even know it usually your immune system keeps them in check but in rare cases a population boom causes a red rash but don't freak out seriously they're actually not such bad houseguests you're not born with them

Face mites are passed down from parent to baby they spend their days tucked right inside our hair follicles next to the hair all cozy see that yellow stuff its sebum that greasy oil your skin makes to protect itself from drying out

That's what face mites eat when you're asleep they climb out to the surface and mate before crawling back into your pores to lay their eggs so that's fun but if you're thinking about scrubbing them all off forget it you'll never get

Rid of all of them and here's the weirdest part of all face mites don't have an anus they just eat and eat but never poop they've made our vast landscape of skin into their own personal Kingdom just

Think of them as a natural maybe even healthy part of your skin ecosystem now that you know that you never have to be lonely again oh yes we've got even more things that want to hang out with you meet these acrobatic head lice some

Cuddly leeches or maybe a few ticks if deep look has grown on you come over to patreon and throw us some support okay thanks

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