A new page on rosacea.org sheds light on the microscopic skin mite Demodex folliculorum, its role in human skin and its potential relationship with rosacea.
While the surface of the skin may appear to be simple, there is a lot going on at the microscopic level. A diverse community of microorganisms live on our skin and within our body, making up what's known as the "human microbiome." Although some of these organisms may cause disease, others actually help the body fight off illness and infections, while others are just along for the ride.
The Ecology of Your Face: Demodex, Rosacea and You provides an overview of the human microbiome and discusses the current theories on the connection between Demodex and rosacea, as research continues to reveal the role Demodex may play in the development of the disorder.