WTF: Your Face Is Covered With Creepy, Mating Mites While You Sleep

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Oh, HELL no.

You probably already heard the myth that you swallow spiders in your sleep. Luckily, experts have found that that's a big fat lie. But you're not completely safe because other creepy crawlers like to hang out on your face while you're sleeping.

Actually, they might be doing a lot more than hanging out.

Mites tend to live in our follicles, but they are mostly on our face — specifically, around the nose, eyebrows, eyelashes, and hairline.

If you think you're a special snowflake that isn't covered in them because you use anti-bacterial soap, I hate you break it you, but "99.9 percent of humans carry them," explains Ron Ochoa, a mite scientist at the US Department of Agriculture, to MSN.

They seem to be nocturnal creatures that hide out in our follicles and feed off the oils in our glands during the day. At least they make our hair a little less oily, right?

At night, the mites climb out to find a fellow mite to mate with. Our body might have a mite orgy going on on top of it, only for the females to return to our follicles during the day to lay their eggs.

This is exactly what nightmares are made of.

There are at least two types of species of mites that live on us: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis. Folliculorum tend to be the bigger guys that live in our follicles' main cavity. The brevis are smaller and live in the sebaceous gland where there it eats oil.

Interestingly enough, kids are safe from these little terrors. Scientists still need to find out how adults get these mites due to this difference.

Something tells us it's going to take a lot longer to fall asleep tonight.



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