Is part of your shower routine swabbing out your ears? It may not be the best idea.

Simply put: ears aren't intended for cleaning. Your ears have their own hygienic process, and by putting foreign objects in your ear and "cleaning" them out, you're disrupting your body's natural process. You can even potentially injure yourself!

When you swab your ears after a shower, you remove cerumen, otherwise known as earwax. Cerumen is a healthy feature of the inside of your ears.

It's protective and antibacterial. It originates near your ear drum and slowly pushes its way out, becoming dry and then simply falling out. This is the normal process of ear maintenance.

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