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The fact that mites have been found on the surface of the skin suggests that they emerge from follicles at night for shadowy strolls across our faces. Nutting saw these as adaptations for a life spent head-down in a tightly closed space. Males outnumber females by three to five times, but this detail aside, ). Their entire lives play out over the course of two weeks.It was discovered independently in 1841 by two scientists, but only properly described a year later by Gustav Simon, a German dermatologist.He was looking at acne spots under a microscope when he noticed a “worm-like object” with a head and legs. He extracted it, pressed it between two slides, and saw that it moved. A year later, Richard Owen gave the mite its name, from the Greek words ‘demo’, meaning lard, and ‘dex’, meaning boring worm. I can only assume that Simon and Owen spent the rest of their lives feeling a little itchy.In 1976, legendary mite specialist William Nutting wrote: “One can conclude that wherever mankind is found, hair follicle mites will be found and that the transfer mechanism is 100% effective! A French study from 1972 says that you’ve only got a 4 percent chance of carrying somewhere.(One of my students noted it was undoubtedly the first invertebrate metazoan to visit the moon! The first estimate came from a 1903 study, which found the critters in 49 out of 100 French cadavers. The mites aren’t inherited at birth, so each generation picks them up anew, probably from direct contact with our parents. The mites spend most of their time buried head-down in our hair follicles – the stocking-shaped organs that enclose and produce our hairs.New Scientist published a story yesterday stating that rosacea – a common skin disease characterised by red blotches on one’s face – may be “caused” (more on this later) by “tiny bugs closely related to spiders living in the pores of your face.” Tiny bugs that “crawl about your face in the dark”, lay eggs in your pores, and release a burst of faeces when they die. ***** Say hello to my little friend Mites are relatives of ticks, spiders, scorpions and other arachnids. Around 65 of them belong to the genus the bigger of the two.
The next count, from 1908, found them in 97 out of 100 German cadavers. They’re most commonly found in our eyelids, nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. Some say they eat sebum, but Nutting thought that such a diet wouldn’t be nutritious enough.That’s not to say they’re restricted to the face: has been found in the hairs of the ear canal, nipple, groin, chest, forearm, penis, and butt too. They prize bodily real estate that’s flooded with oils (sebum). It might also explain why their numbers are apparently higher in the summer, when hot temperatures ramp up sebum production. Instead, he said that they feast on the cells that line the follicle, sucking out their innards with a retractable needle in the middle of a round mouth.