If you have pierced ears, you’re undoubtedly aware of the smelly condition known as ‘ear cheese.’
If you’re not acquainted with the name, the description should be familiar: nasty, brownish-gray muck that accumulates on your earring posts and backs, especially the sort with the clear plastic piece over the backing.
It has a characteristic foul odor, earning it the derogatory moniker ‘ear cheese.’
Although it may not pique your interest, we believe it is an appropriate moniker for the muck.
And it’s an issue that primarily affects women: 83 percent of all Americans have at least one lobe pierced, with women accounting for 72 percent of all pierced people.
Because many of us receive ear piercings as newborns or young children, piercing care is basically a life-long subject about which we all need to learn more.
Even though it is a prevalent issue, it is rather embarrassing to discuss.
That is why we are here to assist you! Scroll down to find answers to all of your ear cheese questions.
What Exactly Is “Ear Cheese”?
So, what is ear cheese, exactly? To be honest, the answer is unlikely to please you.
Dead skin cells, sebum (oil), and any hair and cosmetic products that settle in your lobe area pile up.
It turns into a greenish-brownish-grayish paste that begins to stink as bacteria grows, giving it its unique cheesy odor.
What Causes Ear Cheese?
Ear cheese is a very natural side effect of getting your ears pierced.
It accumulates for the same reason that any other dead skin does: your body has to replace skin cells on a regular basis, and some are left behind.
When you don’t exfoliate your face, you get oily skin and blocked pores, and when you don’t exfoliate your feet, you get dry, cracked heels.
It’s the same with your ears; it just combines with the grease from your scalp and ears, and it’s a little more challenging to clean, so it builds up.
Who Is Affected By Ear Cheese?
Ear cheese affects almost everyone who has a piercing at some point, although some people are more susceptible than others.
You may be at increased risk if you have a recent piercing that has not yet healed since your body is still responding to the new wound by generating additional skin cells.
You may be at a higher risk if you have earrings that you never take out or if you are older and your ear piercings are starting to expand.
Remedy #1 To Get Rid Of Ear Cheese: Remove Your Piercing
If you have ear cheese, the first thing you should do is take your earring out to allow your ear to air.
If you’ve been wearing the same earrings for weeks, they’re undoubtedly in need of some air circulation.
Please note that if you have just had your ears pierced, you should wait to remove your earrings until you have spoken with your piercer.
Most likely, you don’t have ear cheese; all you need to do now is sanitize the new openings.
Remedy #2: Clean It
It’s time to deep clean your ears now that they’re free of metal.
Begin with a soft washcloth and mild soap. Scrub your ears from front to back to remove any dead skin.
If your ears are inflamed, put some antibacterial ointment on them. You could also use a mild moisturizer to aid in the recovery of your lobes after their spa treatment.
Remedy #3: Wash Or Swap Your Jewelry
Allow your lobes to air for a few moments before washing your jewelry.
If you wish to reuse the earrings, clean them carefully and dry them before putting them back on. Alternatively, you might replace them with a new set of earrings.
All earrings should be cleaned after each use. Clean metal using a soft cloth and light soap or dishwashing detergent, but take caution not to get it on fragile gems like opal, pearl, or turquoise.
Remedy #4: Don’t Wash Too Much
After cleaning your ears, take care not to scrub them too hard!
Exfoliating is a skill. You want to maintain your piercings clean, but you don’t want to harm your skin in the process.
Scrubbing your ears too regularly can cause them to become raw, which can lead to infection.
Remedy #5: Maintain a Clean Environment
Simply maintain the area surrounding your ears healthy and clean to avoid ear cheese in the future.
To avoid sebum build-up, change your bed linens and pillows often, and wash your hair regularly and rinse any products off your lobes.
To keep everything smelling fresh, replace or clean your earrings regularly.
Don’t forget to TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS who have pierced ears about this information!