Terrible mites have sex on almost EVERY person’s face and nipples – and even feed on the skin

THEY HAVE eight legs, feed on your skin cells and come out at night to mate on your face.

Thousands of tiny face mites live on the face, eyelashes and even the NIPPLES of almost everyone on earth, and scientists have finally unraveled their genetic mysteries.

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the Demodex folliculorum, also known as the skin mite, for the first time

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Scientists have sequenced the genome of the Demodex folliculorum, also known as the skin mite, for the first timePhoto credit: Shutterstock
The mites live in the hair follicles around the face, eyes and nipples

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The mites live in the hair follicles around the face, eyes and nipplesPhoto credit: SWNS

In a study published on Tuesday, researchers from the University of Reading described how they sequenced the genome of the Demodex folliculorum, also known as the skin mite, for the first time.

They found that the microscopic creatures are becoming so dependent on their hosts that they may soon “become one with humans.”

And they also confirmed that the creatures – on which thousands of one person can live – have an anus, contrary to previous claims.

Almost every living adult has a population of face mites that are passed on during childbirth, and getting rid of them is nearly impossible.

They burrow into your pores, eat your natural skin oils, and climb out to mate while you sleep.

But they don’t stop there.

After driving each other crazy, the bugs crawl back into your pores to lay their eggs – paving the way for the next generation of bugs.

As grim as it may sound and perhaps send shivers down your spine, the good news is that the mites are relatively harmless.

The first genome sequencing study of the creatures revealed that their isolated existence and resulting inbreeding altered their DNA.

D. folliculorum sheds unnecessary genes and cells and moves towards a transition from external parasites to so-called “symbionts”.

This means that they will soon be effectively living one with humans.

The biologist Dr. Alejandra Perotti from the Uni of Reading, who co-led the research, said: “We found that these mites have a different arrangement of genes for body parts than other similar species as they adapt to sheltered pore life.

“These changes to their DNA have resulted in some unusual body traits and behaviors.”

Among these unusual behaviors is the mite’s penchant for nocturnal rampage.

That’s because they’ve lost the genes that provide UV protection and allow organisms to be awakened by daylight.

Unique DNA has also contributed to men’s upward-pointing penises, forcing them to position themselves underneath the woman while both clinging to human hair.

The team’s research, published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, debunked a long-standing myth about the face mite.

Researchers had previously thought that they don’t have an anus, instead collecting feces before releasing it when they die, leading to skin inflammation.

However, the new study confirmed that they do have an anus and have therefore been unfairly blamed for many skin conditions.

D. folliculorum was discovered by the Frenchman Berger in 1842 while studying earwax.

During the day, mites feed on dead skin cells in the hair follicles, while they emerge at night to mate and lay eggs.

Heavy mite infestation can occur in adolescence – thanks to the sebaceous glands during puberty – and last into middle age.

Their distribution varies from person to person, but men are likely to have a greater infestation because they have more oil glands.

A study published in Magazine PLoS ONE found in 2014 that in a small sample of 29 people, 100% of people over the age of 18 had mite DNA on their face (the figure dropped to 70% for 18-year-olds).

“It’s hard to speculate or quantify, but a low population number would probably be in the hundreds,” says study researcher Megan Thoemmes of North Carolina State University. said BBC Earth.

“A high mite population would be thousands.”

A second species of mite, Demodex brevis, is similar but survives in sebaceous glands near hair follicles, such as around the eyes.

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Severe infestations can cause side effects such as rough, dry, and itchy skin.

There are therapies that kill Demodex mites, but you can’t get rid of them forever as they reappear every six weeks.

The mites live on the face, eyelashes and even the NIPPLES of almost everyone on earth. They are relatively harmless

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The mites live on the face, eyelashes and even the NIPPLES of almost everyone on earth. They are relatively harmlessPhoto credit: SWNS
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