Perhaps you have noticed people with red splotchy skin, and thought to yourself, either that man or that woman has had a whole lot of alcohol, or they are the decedents of Santa Clause with those rosy cheeks. Well it is estimated that there are approximately 16 million people in the United States that have this red splotchy skin, and the condition that causes it is Rosacea. The disease usually affects people between the ages of 30 and 60 years of age, and it can affect individuals of all races. Although there are treatments such as courses of antibiotics to manage Rosacea, there has not been a definitive reason to define what actually causes it, that is up until now.
Kevin Kavanagh from the University of Ireland, seems to think that he has discovered the cause of Rosacea. You probably never realized that there are bugs that live in and out of our bodies, and Kavanagh believes that the eight legged arachnids that live in our pores on our faces causes Rosacea. Now if ever there was a reason to hurry up and learn how to minimize pores, this is it. The microscopic mites, that are relatives of spiders hang out in the hair follicles of our eyebrows, eyelashes, and the oil filled pores of our noses. Apparently the facial bugs colonize our faces at puberty, and they crawl around our faces at night, and then retreat back into our pores to lay their eggs and die. People with normal skin have one or two of these mites per square centimeter of skin, while people with Rosacea have 10 times as many.