Lash Mites, what are they and how to protect yourself against them.

Lash Mites are otherwise known as Demodex.  There are approximately 65 types of Demodex but only 2 live on Humans the Demodex Brevis and Demodex folliculorum.  The Demodex mite is an eight-legged (an arachnid) ectoparasite (living of the surface of the host) that can reside in our hair follicles and sebaceous glands. Demodex is contracted and spread by either direct contact or dust containing eggs.

Lash mites are more common that you think, if you look under the microscope at your Eyelashes or Eyebrows, around half the population will find mites.  Eyelash mites live on old skin cells, sebum (skin oil) and lash glue which is why they are common with lash wearers.

Signs and Symptoms


Loss of the natural lash

Dryness of the eye area

Blepharitis (inflammation of the edge of the eyelid)

Redness of the eye area.

House Mites burrowing under the lash root – this causes the lash to fall out


Poor removal of eye makeup is a huge cause of lash mites

Blepharitis before and after


How to prevent/treat Lash Mites

We recommend Chrissanthie Eyelid Cleanser with tea tree oil.  Chrissanthie Lid Cleanser completely cleanses and sanitises the eyelids and removes makeup. Its gentle formula ensures it will not break down adhesives used in eyelash extensions.  This product can be used everyday to treat/prevent Lash Mite issues and can be used on many other eye infections as well.  This product is available to purchase from us for £19.95 a bottle.  It is easy to use and a little goes along way.  This product is also available at wholesale prices for qualified Lash Therapists – please contact us for more details.


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