Most people live with demodex mites without even knowing about the existence of this skin bug. When, for different reasons, these tiny parasites start causing skin problems, the only way to get rid of the demodex is to kill the mites and rehabilitate the skins immune system. Killing the demodex mites and recover from demodicosis can be complicated.
Demodex are tiny mites that live deep inside the sebaceous glands and the hair follicles, it has a good digestive tract that enables to consume sebum oil. The skin bug can remain on the surface, travel about and go back into the hair follicle. It cannot stand the sunlight and travels at night. All these and other factors, along with topical medications unable to penetrate skin barrier deep enough to kill demodex mites, make the treatment complicated.
You should always ask your doctor about the medication he prescribed for killing the demodex. Many topical and oral drugs are antibiotics and steroids, only doctor can tell how long you can use them. Steroids and antibiotics are harsh for your skin if used for long time, it can suppress the immune system and have other side effects. Products with sulfur are very drying, instead of killing the demodex mites it can dry the skin and trigger extra production of sebum oil, that will feed the mites.
Neem oil is one of the alternative/natural ways to kill demodex mites. It can penetrate the skin deep enough and destroy the mites. It is safe to use and there are many topical, anti demodex products with neem oil that can help to kill demodex mites.