Ponds will kill them and keep them away, but I'm not sure if it will reach the ones that have burrowed into the deeper layers of skin. There are other brands of cold cream that are cheaper than Ponds. I coated my skin with Iodine one time and my face peeled. I'm a pretty tough/courageous cookie, and I don't recommend this unless you are into warrior medicine. It will turn your face orange for a few days, but it's a cheaper peel than zz. I was really worried about zz accerating my wrinkles, so I used xmfl during the day. ZZ did seemed to make the wrinkles worse for a few days, but when I was done treating, the skin looked fresh and new. ZZ is pretty rough treatment too. Let's face it, the mites are mean. So getting rid of them is not going to be easy, but it's doable. If I were the queen of the universe, there would be no such thing as parasites hopping onto living people and making them sick. Any entity that lives in your energy field to the detriment of your health and well being is evil. They have to go. I'm for a collective conscious effort in that direction.