I'm new to the forum, but not new to fighting demodex. I have been diagnosed with scalp psoriasis since I was 28. I'm now 42. After extensive research, I began nightly "soaks" in July and starting in August, I noticed that the "build-up" of skin on my scalp started to slowly break apart - but then the real fun started. I started feeling the tickling on my face, crawling, itchy, biting of the demodex mites. I was destroying their "nest" and they were not happy. The last 2 months have been hell - major face acne with bouts of "attacks" 1-2x per day, but each week, I feel less crawlies, and my scalp feels cleaner. And my hair is starting to have body instead of just drooping and clinging to my scalp.
During this whole ordeal, I have seen a dermatologist (in OH) 2x. THe first time she tried to convince me it was "in my head" and prescribed an antibiotic for adult acne. 8 weeks later, she seemed a little more open to the fact that it could be demodex and prescribed metrogel. Today, I asked for metronidozale in a pill format because the lotion only does so much. She agreed to call it in.
These mites are migrating from my scalp to my face and neck. They rarely go below my neck - but eventually, I'm hoping to push them down there because they certainly don't seem to thrive - not enough sebum. I have a few "entry/exit" bumps on my ankle and buttocks but I can tell that compared to the face, they do not thrive in these areas.
I'm really interested in anyone who has posted on this site who feel they have cured themselves of this mite and how long it took. I know a lot of people say they continue to use a "maintenance routine" every few days, which is fine with me. I just want to know if my acne won't completely clear up for the full 120 days, or if it will be longer. At this point I'm around day 95, but I think it's going to take longer than 120.
My routine is nightly soak in a Borax and salt solution, change linens, bag clothes and linens in plastic bags, apply clove oil, MSM, Metrogel to face after washing with Sea Buckthorn oil soap. I use Sea Buckthorn body lotion 2x per day as well.