Are Arachnids Living in Your Eyebrows?

We share our world with millions of organisms and creatures, and some of them live a little closer than you
might think. Believe it or not, you have creepy crawlies on you right now. And when put under the microscope,
some of them are terrifying. One place a certain type of bug loves is the human eyebrow, which offers the
perfect refuge from the world outside.
There are hundreds of different mites and parasites living on all of us, and perhaps one of the most interesting
is the so-called ‘eyebrow bug’. These little mites love nothing more than to set up camp in your eyebrows –
although they also like living in your eyelashes and nose hairs.


What is the ‘eyebrow bug’?

The technical term for these little creatures is demodex. Sometimes referred to as face mites and follicle
demodex will live anywhere with easy access to hair follicles – but they seem to enjoy the face the most.

Of course, you won’t see anything if you look in the mirror, as these little critters are tiny. Measuring
0.3mm and 0.4mm, ‘eyebrow bugs’ are invisible to the naked eye. Their bodies are almost transparent and consist
two different sections. They also have eight legs, which actually makes them arachnids, not insects. So, these
mites that live on your face are part of the same biological class as spiders.

It is believed that one of the reasons the mites prefer the face is the oily nature of the skin cells in this
of the body. Demodex use their pin-like mouths to eat skin, so the face provides a plentiful supply of food.

Mites aren’t living on the human face from birth, however. We pick these tiny arachnids up over time. In fact,
it is
estimated that the average 60-year-old has between one and two thousand on their face. There are several types
this mite, including demodex brevis and demodex folliculorum.

If you have hair, it is very likely that these microscopic mites are living on your face and head right now.
Unfortunately, washing doesn’t removing them, as they grip onto individual strands of hair with their eight
And they don’t come out until nighttime, when they search for fresh hairs to attach themselves to. At full
the average eyebrow bug can cover one centimetre an hour in search of a new home.

Thankfully, there is some good news. These horrible little creatures don’t have anuses, so they don’t leave
droppings all over your face!


Can eyebrow bugs cause any health problems?

The simple fact is that the vast majority of adult humans have these microscopic arachnids living on their
faces. As
far as scientists know, there are no known side-effects of their presence. But it’s not all good news. Large
populations of these arachnids can gather as a result of a suppressed immune system. In such large numbers, the
mites can cause a ‘mite bite’, which can cause inflammation of the skin, itching and, occasionally, eyelashes
fallign out.

How to get rid of demodex bugs

A lot of people live with ‘eyebrow bugs’ without realising it. An infestation only becomes apparent when an
reaction occurs, or when eyelashes and hair from the eyebrows starts to fall out.

If you have a demodex infestation, you should take the following steps to get rid of it – and stop it from

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A Sharp Turn: Why and When Women First Started Shaving

These days, sleek skin for women is the norm. It’s increasingly shocking to see women with unshaven armpits or legs –letting body hair grow is almost a sign of rebellion since it pretty much goes without saying that ladies will have smooth-shaven legs, underarms and even bikini areas. But it must not have always been that way… when did things change, and why? Was it, as some women assert, male oppression, or simply a shift in fashion trends? Read on to discover more about this fascinating beauty trend and how it became the ideal for women.

The Beginnings

As it turns out, hair removal for women was a common practice in
ancient civilizations. Egyptian women were known to shave or wax all their body hair, including their heads. Ancient Rome, Greece and Middle Eastern civilizations had similar beauty standards (though they typically kept the hair on their heads). Women who had clean-shaven bodies were seen as of a higher class, so many methods of removal existed, from scraping hair with stones (ouch!), to using beeswax, tweezers or primitive razors.

Hair Removal Through the Ages

The Middle Ages didn’t see much in the way of hair removal for women because, let’s face it, they had way bigger fish to fry. However, the Elizabethan era saw a trend that required women to remove their eyebrows to give the appearance of a longer brow. Though this died out toward the end of the 1600s, in the following centuries ladies still felt the need to remove any unsavory hair from their faces (i.e., on the chin or neck), which led to extreme measures like depilatory creams or vinegar substances to kill the hair. The high-coverage fashions of the day didn’t require women to do much about body hair, however.

Modern Evolution

The first photographic representation of a woman with a hairless armpit was in a Harper’s Bazaar issue from 1915. Styles were becoming much more revealing, and thus necessitated the need for clean-shaven underarms. The sleeveless dresses were just the tip of the hair-removal iceberg, however – a couple decades later, the hemlines shortened to unprecedented heights and the need for sheared legs became a reality. This led to the development of razors specifically for women – and thank goodness, because rocks and beeswax just don’t seem at all appealing.

The Pubic-Trimming Trend

So it seems fashion trends have much to do with body hair removal practices… but what about pubic hair? The practice may have actually developed in the Middle East, where new brides would remove all their body hair, nether-regions included, to prepare for their wedding night. The trend in the modern era may have been spurred on by the popularity of the bikini, which became the beachwear of choice starting in the 1970’s. As bathing suits and panties have gotten smaller, so has the body hair lessened in response. It’s now unusual for women not to have trimmed or fully removed pubic hair!

The fashion and beauty standards of each historical era have all included hair removal of some form or another. Thankfully, as people and practices developed, so did hair removal technology. Today, no matter where you want to shave, you can do it quickly and safely. And aren’t you glad you no longer have to resort to scraping off hair with rocks?