At all times, you are surrounded by life. Micro-organisms swarm on your skin, swim in your gut, and set up shop in your organs. Indeed, at any one time, there are considerably more microbial cells around your person than there even are of your own cells. The micro-organisms are not living on you - you are living among the micro-organisms.
They're not all bacteria, either. I just thought that I'd briefly introduce you to one of the more distinctive micro-organisms that you are almost certainly carrying about with you - the follicle mite. I also challenge you to keep from scratching yourself while reading this.
Demodex, the follicle mite, is a specialised inhabitant of the follicles and pores of mammalian skin. A significant number of species appear to have been described from different hosts, ranging from humans to dogs to cattle to marsupial mice to honest-to-goodness mice. The most distinctive feature of Demodex is its elongate body shape, which allows it to live head-first inside the follicles of its host, feeding on cells within the follicle. Humans are actually inhabited by two species, Demodex folliculorum and D. brevis (Desch & Nutting, 1972). The more elongate D. folliculorum lives in the follicles themselves, and feeds on the epithelial lining. The rarer D. brevis is shorter, and is found within the sebaceous gland on which it feeds. Demodex brevis is found on less people, and also at lower numbers - multiple D. folliculorum may be found in a single follicle (as shown below in an image from here), but usually only one D. brevis.
The question of whether Demodex causes any harm to its human host is a difficult one. The sheer universality of Demodex within the human population implies that its presence is usually of no concern to the host. However, another species, D. canis, is widely connected with mange in dogs, and Demodex has been connected with skin disorders (demodicidosis) in a number of humans. The difficult question is whether Demodex is a direct causative agent or not. As one might reasonably expect Demodex to be present anyway, it's mere presence at an infection site does not automatically indicate its responsibility for the infection. It seems likely that Demodex may be a facultative agitator of problems arising from other ultimate causes, such as a suppressed immune system (Jansen et al., 2001) or an already-damaged follicle (Pena & Andrade Filho, 2000). It is noteworthy in this light that prevalence of demodicidosis varies seasonally (it is most common in spring), but the prevalence of Demodex itself does not (Desch & Nutting, 1972). Demodex folliculorum may cause damage when more than six individuals are present in the same follicle (Desch & Nutting, 1972).
Desch, C., & W. B. Nutting. 1972. Demodex folliculorum (Simon) and D. brevis Akbulatova of man: redescription and reevaluation. Journal of Parasitology 58 (1): 169-177.
Jansen, T., U. Kastner, A. Kreuter & P. Altmeyer. 2001. Rosacea-like demodicidosis associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. British Journal of Dermatology 144 (1): 139–142.
Pena, G. P., & J. de S. Andrade Filho. 2000. Is Demodex really non-pathogenic? Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo 42 (3): 171-173.