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  • Itchy Skin treatment for Rosacea, Acne caused by Demodex Mites

    Demodex skin mites can cause acne like pustules and blackheads. They can also make your skin and scalp itch. Yeast infections (Candida, Seborrheic dermatitis, etc.) can cause itching as well.

    One treatment for body demodex mites (body acne or itching) is soaking in a warm (not hot) bath with 20 Mule Team Borax and Dr. Teal's Epsom Salts - Super Moisturizing Avocado oil or Dr. Teal's Coconut Oil. Demodex mites and yeast infections can make your skin and scalp itch. Borax kills them. But don't drink Borax, it could be toxic if ingested internally! You can take an oral Boron Amino Acid Supplement made by Nature's Way (about $7.99 at stores like Sprouts). OB/GYN doctors have recommended Borax soaks for years for yeast and Candida infections.

    If you have any serious health issues, like kidney problems this would not be a recommended treatment! The magnesium in the Epsom Salts may be a problem for some health conditions. As long as you are healthy, this soak should be OK. Talk to your physician if you are not sure if this is safe for you.

    For a standard 5 foot bath tub:

    1. Fill tub with pleasantly warm water. If the water is too hot, you may pass out or get over heated. Its not the heat its the borax that will kill the mites.

    2. Add 1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax (available at Kroger and Target in the Laundry detergent aisle for about $4-$5.50).

    3. Add 1 cup of Dr. Teal's Epsom Salts with either Coconut Oil OR Moisturizing Avocado Oil (about $5 at Kroger) . This ingredient will make your skin moist and may help draw mites or fungus out but the borax is more important.

    4. Swirl the water in the tub and break up any lumps in the borax so that it disolves.

    5. Get in tub, use the water to wash your face and shampoo your hair and scalp. Borax is a good and simple DIY shampoo. It is also a good water softener. Your skin and hair will feel silky soft after you finish this soak.

    6. Soak in tub for 30 minutes. Be careful getting out of the tub as the Dr. Teal's super moisturizing epsom salts may have made things a little slippery.

    You can take a shower after you are done if you like. Some people say that leaving the borax on is better. I've never tried it that way. This soak really soothes itchy scalp and skin caused by demodex mites.

    You can also use a diluted Apple Cider Vinegar rinse on your hair to re-balance the pH since borax is alkaline. Following the ACV rinse with a good hair conditioner works for me. Details are in the post here: https://rosaceagroup.org/The_Rosacea...=Borax+Shampoo
    Last edited by ElaineA; 26 April 2019, 04:09 PM. Reason: Updated type of Dr. Teals since Avocade is no longer available in my area

  • #2
    Elaine, thanks for this. I wonder how did you realize you had demodex on scalp, what were the symptoms locally?
    Just ordered Borax, and I am trying your DIY shampoo

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    • #3
      The number one symptom was itchy scalp. No apparent dandruff. Occasionally there might be a pustule caused by a die off on the scalp. Washing hair every other day and it appeared clean.

      I had this for years - misdiagnosed by 4 board certified dermatologists as bacterial acne and a board certified opthalmologist as allergic conjunctivitis. The derm docs prescribed tons of different antibiotics and prescription acne meds that never worked. It turned into severe ocular rosacea. The itchy scalp and itchy skin issues also got much more intense. My eyelashes were falling out daily. Googling, I found out that the likely cause of all these issues was demodex. Finally all the weird misdiagnosed skin and eye problems made total sense.

      Then I started reading about what killed demodex. That lead to tea tree oil, borax and hypochlorous acid spray. I also found the article on DIY Borax shampoo. OB/GYN docs had recommended Borax soaks for patients with Candida yeast infections - standard treatment for 30 years. One chemist recommended a borax soak to treat demodetic mange in dogs. It works for dogs. It worked for me too. Since the borax soothed my itchy skin, I tried the borax shampoo on my hair too - it worked.
      Last edited by ElaineA; 26 April 2019, 04:05 PM.

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      • #4
        Not sure if I understand: So you washed your hair with borax every other day and it appeared clean / symptom free?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rednessator View Post
          Not sure if I understand: So you washed your hair with borax every other day and it appeared clean / symptom free?
          After I washed it with Borax shampoo the first time the itch was gone for a while. Depending on the severity of the problem with Demodex, washing it with Borax shampoo more frequently might be necessary - especially when first starting treatment. I use the Borax shampoo several times a month or as needed if it feels a bit itchy. For dogs with demodetic mange, people have reported success with as few as 2 soaks. Your mileage may vary!

          I wash my hair every other day. I used to wash it daily but at my age, its too drying now to wash it every day. I use sulfate free shampoo since sulfates can be very drying.

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          • #6
            Wow, sounds amazing! Thanks for explaining! Borax must be really potent to have this effect!

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            • #7
              Borax even had an effect on my itchy scalp. I applied it once a week and after a while my scalp normalized. However, before using Borax, talk to your doctor about it, you may be allergic to such products, and you should not take any risks.

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