Side Effects From Treating Acne with Mite Remedies

Posted by Piper (Toronto, On) on 09/11/2010

Question for Ted,

I have had problems with acne for some time. I have had several outbreaks of rosacea which were quite painful. I have been trying to get my skin under control for some time. I read of demodex mites and it makes sense to me that on some people, these may get out of control. Over the years my acne has spread, and I think this may be the mites spreading. I have been drinking the borax water, oil pulling and applying Apple Cider Vinegar to my skin. I also have a borax bath about once a week. Today I had a bath with about 1/4-1/3rd cup of borax. I did a few things different. I apply mango as a gommage and I had noticed some peeling skin from sun, so I put on my back and shoulders, but did not rinse off as I did my face. I thought the bath would be fine to rinse it off. I did an oil pull in the bath. The water was almost unbearably hot. I had let it fill and got in, but decided just to deal with it. At the 15 min mark I spit the oil and rinsed my mouth. Shortly thereafter I felt my back and it was covered in little bumps. Then I noticed my chest and stomach and the sides of my breasts were covered in little bumps-tiny whiteheads. My skin felt like sandpaper. I stayed in the water for another 15 minutes so 1/2 hour in total. When I got out my skin felt hot, not hot from the water but hot from the inside. It is now about 2 hours after the bath and the bumps have gone away. Could you explain what happened and if it is a good thing?Thanks.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Demodex can't stand borax bath and tries to get out of the skin. They usually get a rude awakening when there is borax in the water. I have seen other people, who do that and it got out of their skin, but they just used the borax and hydrogen peroxide, as it goes deeper. As for the heat, I think it is some of the effects of oil pulling.