Rosacea may be caused by mite feces in your pores
Know someone who suffers from rosacea? The “Curse of the Celts”? Between 5 and 20 percent of humans are affected with this inflammatory skin condition.
Are you eating? Hope not. Turns out it may be caused by an immune reaction to the feces of skin mites.
Microscopic Demodex mites live on our skin, deep in our pores, and are more numerous in those who suffer from rosacea. After mating, they die in your pores. Since they have no anus, their mite poo just sits there, full of a certain bacteria that is thought to trigger the immune reaction causing rosacea.
Read more about the research at New Scientist. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go wash my face.
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I once read a statistic about the number of cells in a human body that belong to other organisms. It was something alarming like half. We are all little ecosystems. See also: toxoplasmosis, cats, and schizophrenia.