When I was in middle school, I was scarred for life. Not by a boy rejecting me (that didn’t happen until high school, of course) but it was when I learned in science class that there are bugs living in my eyebrows. And you have them too. Yes, you. I’m so sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I thought that this was common knowledge and I didn’t realize until recently that it’s not something that people really know. Well, that’s going to change, because I am going to give you everything you need to know about these tiny bugs that live on your face.
— Little Trouble ? (@MarissaMeow_) November 24, 2015
They are mites (ugh) also known as Demodex, that love to hang out in the hair on your face, particularly your eyebrows and your eyelashes. Are you shuddering yet? Don’t worry, they are practically invisible, and can’t be seen unless you have a very fancy microscope. In fact, every human has anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 mites living on their face EVERY DAY, but they all go practically unnoticed.
Okay, before you freak out, here’s what you need to know: these little creatures aren’t going to make you sick or ruin your face. In fact, you’ve actually had them living on your face your whole life and you didn’t even notice them. It’s also important to note that, no, you won’t get bug poop in your eyebrows, since they, uh, don’t have butts.
Unfortunately, this is what they look like. They actually have eight legs, which means their closest reletive is a spider. I’M SO SORRY TO HAVE TO TELL YOU THIS. Scientists aren’t really sure why they are there, but, they are, and they make your eyebrows their home for their entire life. You actually CAN kill them, but they will just reappear within a few weeks, since they are spread between human contact.
i learned about eyebrow mites today and now i need to shave off my eyebrows it’s the only LOGICAL OPTION
— Emily ? (@emolee96) September 7, 2016
I know that this is creepy and kind of life-ruining, but try not to worry about it. These little bugs aren’t doing anything bad to you, and won’t ruin your skin. In fact, they might even eat dead skin cells off of your eyebrows, which is like getting your eyebrows done for free! I know it’s gross, but basically every adult has these little guys living in their eyebrows and eyelashes, and you don’t have to worry about them. That being said, I’m going to so shave off my eyebrows. Jk….sort of.
Which gross body fact freaks you out the most? Tell us in the comments!