We've actually been thinking about face mites for awhile - Our pal Ed Yong wrote a nice piece a few months back:
We started practicing our collecting techniques:
Some people, naturally, can be a little squeamish about the process.
We figured if anyone would be game for a little involving face mites, it would be the crowd - After all, they let us swab their belly buttons in 2011, their armpits in 2012, why NOT face mites in 2013?!
At first, a handful of enthusiastic entomologists....
2+ hours later, we had lines out the door - 48 people volunteered their pores (and the mites within) for science!