• Pam Moore

Rosacea and the Demodex Mite

Demodex mites are parasites that are found living in and around the sebaceous glands and follicles. The name Demodex comes from the Greek words, "Demo" meaning Lard, and "Dex" which means boring worm. There are 65 species of Demodex, but only 2 live on humans—Demodex Brevis and Demodex Folliculorum. These mites are microscopic, averaging between 0.15-0.4 mm. The human face is the most heavily infested area of the body. They are most active at night, receding into the follicle during daylight or bright light. The lifespan of a demodex mite is several weeks.

Demodex mites are a normal inhabitant of human skin and feed off sebum and dead skin cells found in and around sebaceous glands. The demodex mite produces an immune-active enzyme called lipase. Lipase breaks down the sebum in the skin so the mite can digest it. In large numbers the demodex may cause an immune response creating inflammation. When activated, lipase can heat the skin to 99° Fahrenheit causing vascular damage. Vascular damage happens when the capillaries are repeatedly distended. It isn’t certain the role the demodex plays in the development of rosacea but people with rosacea generally have 10x more demodex mites present than those with no rosacea.

When kept under control, the demodex mite causes no problems. It is important that preventative measures are followed to help eliminate the food source for this mite. Here are two ways to do this:There is so much to know about Rosacea that it can be overwhelming, so we will highlight the most important things  to be aware of when caring for this condition. First, Rosacea is a skin condition where the skins' barrier is compromised and becomes flushed more easily and for an abnormal amount of time. This is important to know because overly sensitive skin mixed with persistent flushing often means that you need to be more careful with active products and treatments. It’s critical to start managing Rosacea as soon as possible- if it’s left uncared for it can escalate into moderate/advanced stages. Second, there are 4 stages or sub-types of Rosacea. This condition can be extremely frustrating as there is no proven causes and no cure. Rosacea will also not get better on its own and once it advances in stages it becomes harder to care for. However, most clients with Rosacea live comfortable lives with the help of proper skincare regimens, treatments and changes in their diet. Reducing and preventing flare ups are key to keeping skin healthy while managing Rosacea. Let’s review the subtypes: Rosacea Sub-type 1 The first stage of Rosacea is called Vascular Rosacea. This stage is categorized by flushing that is abnormal or longer than normal, Telangiectasia are beginning to form, and tiny papules are spread evenly over the face. Rosacea Sub-type 2 The second stage of Rosacea is called Papulopustular Rosacea or Acne Rosacea. This stage can be categorized by acne that is swollen, papules and pustules that are inflamed, persistent erythema, Telangiectasia is becoming denser on the skin, and there is visible vascular damage to the face. Rosacea Sub-type 3 The third and most severe stage of Rosacea is called Phymatous Rosacea. This stage is categorized by swelling and possible facial disfigurement. There is lots of swelling, tenderness, disfigurement is visible, the skin is becoming intolerant to any treatment, and acne is very inflamed and can turn into nodules. This stage is very painful, and a doctor’s recommendations are vital at this point. Ocular Rosacea This sub-type does fall into the normal stages, but rather is its own type of Rosacea. You don’t necessarily need to have other subtypes of Rosacea to have this condition. This is also known as chronic red eye that is constantly itchy, burning, and can involve reoccurring stys. Finally, daily homecare mixed with treatments can keep Rosacea client’s skin from getting flare-ups and looking it’s best. If you’d like to know more, watch out for this month’s free webinar featuring treatments to help reduce and prevent flareups in the skin 

The best way to treat these symptoms, once the outbreak of rosacea has occurred, would be the topical application of cannabis-based creams or ointments containing cannabinoids as active ingredients. Moreover, the oral administration of CBD oil in any of its formats could be beneficial.

I have had the pleasure of working with lots of good skin lines in my over 30 career in skincare and have retained good relationship with my vendors. I have rosacea and here are some of my recommendation from Mind & Soul Botanical Skincare which you can find on our website, Glymed Skincare tab on our website, Eminence Organics and Pevonia

Mind & Soul Skincare

Keep it Calm is out main product for Rosacea. It contains Hesperidin Methy Chalcone which specifically helps decrease the capillary permeability and redness showing from those capillaries. 

There are several other anti inflammatory ingredients as well. 

Vital Hydrant Toner and ALA Eye and Neck Lifting Creme both have Sea Whip Extract which can help with the swelling associated with Rosacea

You may also want to pair it with the CBD Reception Masque and Green Hemp Oil Creme. Both of these are packed with anti inflammatory ingredients. 

For a full regimen you may consider Rosacea clients:

  • Limu Facial Cleanser

  • AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

  • Vital Hydrant Toner

  • CBD Reception Masque

  • Keep it Calm Serum

  • Green Hemp oil Creme

  • ALA Eye and Neck Lifting Creme

  • SPF 30

Limu Facial Cleanser

Two natural ingredients of marine algae and Aloe Vera gel create a gentle but effective cleanser with no oils or harsh ingredients. Studies have shown a sufficient increase in skin flexibility and hydration with this combination. Sucrose Cocoate is a natural sugar ester that cleanses the skin gently, removing surface debris and make-up. Recommended after laser treatments or any chemical peel. Can also be used as a shaving gel.

AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser

This deep cleansing lotion includes the Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids of Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic.  These natural acids loosen the bond of dead skin cells to accelerate the natural skin renewal process.  The Jojoba beads gently exfoliate the skin to prevent occlusion of pores, revealing a fresher and more youthful looking skin. After rinsing thoroughly with cool water, follow with a day or night moisturizer or special treatment

Vital Hydrant Toner

A blend of vital extracts that refresh, hydrate and stimulate sluggish skin.  Ginseng Extract, Ginkgo Extract, Rosemary Extract and Glycoproteins promote oxygen-revitalizing properties, which are lost with aging.  Aloe Vera Barbadensis Gel, Chamomile Extract, Japanese Green Tea and Sea Kelp smooth the skin, while Lavender Oil calms the senses.  The blend of three anti-oxidant vitamins A, E and C protect from free radical damage to the skin caused by the environment.  Excellent for ultra sensitive skin

Keep It Calm

Keep it Calm Relief Serum is highly effective in the treatment of redness commonly associated with Rosacea skin conditions. This formula was designed to deliver an instant calming effect to that may be a result of special treatments such as extractions, facial peels, waxing and environmental stresses such as pollution, smoking or alcohol consumption.  

ALA Eye & Neck Lifting Crème

This formula was designed to treat and hydrate the delicate thinner skin around the eye and neck area.  This formula incorporates Matrixyl® (Peptides), Co-Q 10, Mushroom Extract, Vitamin K and Arnica Extracts.  The chosen ingredients are known to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles, while lifting and firming the skin.  Enjoy remarkable results after using this impressive formula in your daily skin care regimen irritated skin concerns that may be a result of special treatments such as extractions, facial peels, waxing and environmental s

Green Hemp Oil Creme

Hemp Seed Oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and helps skin conditions such as eczema, and skin irritations.  Hemp Seed Oil is cold pressed and contributes to the to the light green natural color in this creme. Hemp seed oil is rich in essential Omega Fatty Acids. They also contain high amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.  Additional beneficial ingredients are the DiPeptide- 2 which helps reduce inflammations and or water retention. And blend of essential oils helps to sooth and decongest. tresses such as pollution, smoking or alcohol consumption.  

Advanced Protection Spf 30

Designed for light hydrate your delicate skin while provided protection from the sun. The powerful anti-oxidant Japanese Green Tea Extract is known for its anti-irritant properties, preventing redness, rough skin, and peeling caused by sun-drenched skin.  Vitamin A helps increase the skin elasticity, and normalizes dry parched skin.  Vitamin E helps protect the skin from free radical damage.  Specialty and beneficial extracts include Gingko Biloba, Ginseng, and Licorice to revitalize and condition sluggish skin.  Developed for the face and the body.  We recommend that this light crème be used at the end of every day

These are all very calming, gentle, help reduce inflammation, and protect the skin from further irritation. SPF is very important for Rosacea clients. 


Age Management


Fulvic acid is a critical nutrient and one of the most powerful antioxidants for skin health. Known for its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties, this serum is a must in every treatment. Easily absorbed into the skin, targeting the most challenging conditions such as aging skin, irritations, and acne while stimulating healing to restore a younger looking skin.

Recommended for: All skin types

Healthy Step: TreatGM400 Professional CBD Booster

This perfected serum is concentrated to instantly immerse the skin with one of the most powerful antioxidants, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and neutralizing free radical damage for younger looking and acting skin

Age Management


Supercharge cellular turnover and regenerate aged cells with AHA Accelerator! Circadian balanced to work naturally with the skin’s own immune system, this product’s weightless serum is the perfect blend of 20% glycolic and lactic acid to encourage cell renewal and reduce the aging effects of environmental stress and other lifestyle imbalances. A must for allage management programs to 'Accelerate' results.

Recommended for: Oily, Combination, Normal, and Dry skin

Healthy Step: TreatGM8 Anti-Aging Exfoliant Masque

Anti-Aging exfoliating masque improves skin firmness, tone and texture for healthy bright skin.

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