Body Gunk, Explained

Cerumen, or earwax, is a combination of hair, dead skin, oil and sweat that cleans and lubricates the ear canal. Skip the cotton swabs-earwax flakes and falls out as you chew and talk.

Updated: Sep 26, 2018 16:02:45 IST
2018-09-26T16:02:45+05:30
Body Gunk, Explained

In Ears

Cerumen, or earwax, is a combination of hair, dead skin, oil and sweat that cleans and lubricates the ear canal. Skip the cotton swabs-earwax flakes and falls out as you chew and talk.

In zits

A popped pimple is a dermatological danger zone: Zits hold pus made up of oil and bacteria, which contaminates surrounding pores when it oozes over the skin. 

Under nails

The grime is a combination of keratin, skin cells, personal-care products and dirt-plus you can even carry harmful bacteria from poor bathroom hygiene or raw foods under your nails.

In Eyes

Mucus (see below), skin cells, oil and dust collect in the corners of your eyes. During the day, blinking flushes the crud out. When you sleep, it isn't washed out and gets crusty.

In sinuses

Made of water, dead white blood cells, salts and proteins, mucus protects you by trapping bacteria that enter the body.

In Belly button

When Austrian researchers analyzed belly button lint (yes, really!), they discovered it consists of clothing fabric, dead skin, dust, sweat and fat. Hair spirals around the belly button, directing debris inward.

Under Blisters

The clear fluid, or serum, that accumulates in a blister protects the irritated tissue as it heals. White or yellow fluid could signal infection.

Sources: britannica.com, huffingtonpost.ca, goaskalice.columbia.edu, bbc.com, allaboutvision.com, webmd.com, womenshealthmag.com, news.bbc.co.uk, medicalnewstoday.com

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