Subject: The Microscopic Mites that Live in Your Face
From: Alex Kemp
Date: Sunday, 10 May 2015 03:49:39 +0100
To: Oliver Kemp, Micaela Kemp, Liisa Kemp, Davin Kemp

I’ve heard of the existence of these mites on odd occasions for decades, but have only just got some hard information on them. If you are of a nervous disposition, look away now!

Below is a classic model of our skin. You can see a hair follicle on the left & 2 sebaceous glands (vertical yellow tubes) which produce sebum (the oily stuff that keeps our skin moist). The surface of the skin is at top:-

A model of what lies underneath the human skin surface (Science Picture Co./SPL)

What they never told me at school is that there are little--in fact, almost microscopic (0.3–0.4mm (0.012–0.016 in) long)--mites that live within those follicles & glands. Here is a photograph of the ones that live within the hair follicles:-