Why is my earwax dry?

Like many things in life, especially when it comes to the body, there can be great variations between individuals. Earwax is one of those things which varies between individuals, and it depends on a multitude of factors, including genetics and also how you look after your ears. Properties that vary with earwax are the colour, earwax production, and also how wet or dry your earwax is. So, if you find that you have dry wax, what does this mean, and should you do something about it?

Some individuals may find that they have moist, sticky earwax which has a darker colour. Other individuals may find that they have flaky earwax which has a lighter colour and is drier. Interestingly, people who have dry earwax may find that it leaves their ears more easily than people who have wax with a sticky texture.

People who are native Americans, or if you have East Asian ancestry, then you are more likely to have light-coloured, dry earwax. However, if this does not apply to you, then there may be other underlying reasons for why you are experiencing dry earwax.

There is a chance that your dry earwax is an indication of eczema or psoriasis. These conditions may be the cause of skin flaking in the ear canal. If you are unexpectedly experiencing dry earwax, then we recommend you get in touch with a doctor, or a member of our team, who will be here to figure out the root of the problem, and make sure your ears are in good condition.

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