Can Demodex Mites Cause Hair Loss?

Hair loss is as frustrating in 2022 as it was decades ago. Demodex mites are minute parasites, invisible to the naked eye and given the opportunity will feed on the oils produced by the skin. As alarming as this might seem, the vast majority of people have these little bugs all over their faces, including the eyelashes.

stem cell research for hair growth, alopecia, scalp micropigmentationThey can cause rashes and itchiness and rosacea if there are too many of them, to the extent where they can damage hair follicles.

Hair loss occurs when the growth phase stops (apoptosis) so then the cells of hair follicles start to die.

So if demodex mites are accumulating in large numbers, they can prevent healthy hair from growing and cause bald spots.

Genetics and hormones also play a role in whether or not people experience hair loss – you may have already heard about male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness?

Demodex mites are believed to play a determining role in some cases – especially among men who are aged 30 to 60 and for those who have an inflammatory eyelid condition called blepharitis.

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Demodex Mites and Androgenic Alopecia

A chemical produced by demodex mites may cause an inflammatory reaction that affects the hair follicles. Demodex mites won’t be the cause of androgenetic alopecia itself, but the mites can make the condition worse. Androgenic hair loss is inherited / genetic.

Demodex Mites and Overgrowth

When the immune system becomes weak Demodex mites can increase in abundance and this can lead to problems. People who have skin infections and skin issues will be prone to having a Demodex problem. So if you already experience skin issues it’s likely that the mites will make things worse. Demodex hair loss and hair thinning can be attributed to the mites.

The Demodex mite is a parasite with 8 legs (they are related to spiders). People acquire the Demodex mites through skin contact and infected surfaces. The mites have a way of travelling, in that they travel through the pores of the skin and one follicle has the capacity to hold up to 30 mites.


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Hair Loss and Demodex

The mites move around the root of the hair, and will always view sebum as its main source of nourishment. Sebum is made near the follicle very close to where the mites gather. An overgrowth of mites has the ability to take up the majority of the sebum present but this would starve the hairs of sebum; and starved hairs will ultimately become very weak and fall out.

The mites carry viruses and bacteria so when a mite inflames hair follicles, the hair will be loose so this is another reason to seek the help of a Demodex mite professional – prevention is far better than having to cure. Having a professional identify these issues, and taking on extra nutrients as well as good hair and scalp regime will be essential. It is possible to eliminate the Demodex mite overgrowth within several months so you can get everything under control.

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Scalp micropigmentation is a popular hair loss solution when it comes to men and women who have to deal with losing their hair – we understand it’s a very serious situation. Skalpec provides the following SMP services for both men and women:

Skalptec Ltd has clinics across the UK and one in Holland at this time.  Find out more.

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Have you thought about a career in SMP? You can succeed! Whatever you need, we’ll help you to find your way and we’ll help you to build your business and personal reputation with an already reputable world class well known SMP brand. With the right support and mentorship. Read More About Skalptec Partnerships.



Skalptec currently has SMP hair loss treatment clinics in Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Shrewsbury, Jersey and Netherlands.

  • Liverpool – Terence Jones Owner and lead technicianof Skalptec & Winner of Best Scalp Tech MPUK UK National Award (our Head Office is located in Burscough, Merseyside). Click here to discover for more about Terence.
  • Newcastle – Terence Jones Owner and lead technician (MPUK National Award Winner 3 times for Scalp Technician of the year). Click here for more about Terence and his clinic.
  • London – A gifted dedicated SMP lead technician. Click here for more about our service.
  • Shrewsbury – Michelle Watson lead technician (our newest clinic opened in 2019). Click here for more about Michelle and her SMP clinic.

You will also find some of our top dedicated technicians with Skalptec clinics in:


Skalptec Can 100% Help You

Even in the year 2022 with many technological advancements, there’s no proven magic formula to stop your hairline from receding once it’s started. But there are a lot more options than there used to be. There’s a chance you can slow things down and a lot will depend on how quickly you’re losing your hair, your genetic makeup and just how much hair loss affects your confidence and your outlook.

If you are looking for an incredible option that is proven to work, consider having  Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP). Skalptec Ltd is an established UK award winning and world renowned SMP provider and we can provide the best possible experience for you if you are going through any type of hair loss.

If you need help take your first step – talk to us. We will provide the best possible experience. You can find Video Reviews, Case Studies and Before and After pictures on our website and on You Tube.

Learn more about Skalptec and the services that we provide. See how we can help you to cover anything from early signs of hair loss to full baldness and alopecia and scars. Contact us to chat with one of our friendly team where you will be able to book a free consultation at one of our Skalptec clinics.