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‘Ear Cheese’ And How To ‘Cut It’ Out Of Your Life

That foul smell that often comes off the back of your ear piercing is completely normal and there’s a simple way to fix it, too.

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There are so many jokes I can make about cutting the cheese AKA farting, but I’ll refrain from too many gassy puns here. I apologize in advance for any that sneak out.

So, when it comes to piercings of the earlobe, they’re about as low maintenance as they come because they heal fairly quickly. Also, they’re relatively easy to change out from time to time.

However, anyone who has ever had their ears pierced knows that it can be a bit of a stinky experience when swapping out earrings. More specifically, take a big whiff of the back of your earring.

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Where does “ear cheese” come from?

So, what exactly do you do with this cheesy earring smell that’s been nicknamed “ear cheese?” You don’t throw it between two slices of bread and grill it — that’s for sure.

Now, if you’re reading this and you feel embarrassed by the stench, you’re not alone because it’s common. It’s caused by oil and dead skin cells which have been shed and built up between the skin and the jewellery.

Like a snake — less obvious, though — the skin all over your body is shedding like grated cheese and being replaced by new layers, but areas like the back of your ear are less likely to be cleaned. This is especially so when that skin is covered by an earring.

What do we do with all of that cheese?

Let’s face it: that old and dead skin can build up without knowing.

It literally stinks.

Also, it’s been proven that newer piercings may stink more than others because the body is “still going through the motions of reacting to the initial puncture.”

So, if you want to cut that cheese and the smell, the simple but effective cure is to regularly clean around your piercing — including taking off the back of your earing and cleaning the skin. It’s also recommended that you don’t overwash your skin because it can irritate it, making it easier to get an infection.

Additionally, change your bedsheets and pillowcases often to help avoid sebum build-up, and make sure to wash your hair regularly and rinse any products off your lobes.

Matt Sterner

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