Earwax

About the Disorder

Earwax is a substance secreted by special glands located in the external ear duct (ceruminous glands), exerting a protective function both from a mechanical point of view (thanks to its high level of viscosity), as well as for its chemical composition, capable of inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi and  therefore protect from infections.

 Moreover, its high lipidic content prevents maceration of the skin caused by humidity (inside the ear duct, in fact, the level of aeration is rather poor and the microclimate is strongly humid). The turnover of epithelial cells in the ear duct enables a gradual, outward movement of wax, ensuring continuous cleansing of the ear duct.

 Despite its fundamental, protective function, earwax can turn into a problem when severe ear-wax occurs,  partially or completely blocking the external ear duct and therefore significantly affecting the hearing function as a result.

Earwax is surely  the most common problem affecting the external ear. The origins of the problem are attributable to several factors:

  • a “dryer” type of wax, produced by certain individuals, that as such finds greater difficulty in flowing outwards;
  •  Increased production of glandular secretions;
  • incorrect hygienic procedures of a mechanical type: instead of removing wax, it favours wax accumulation.
  • reduced size of the ear duct;
  • introduction of water, increasing its volume (wax is strongly hygroscopic).

In decreasing order of frequency, symptoms may include: hypoacusis, i.e. reduced perception of sounds (at times this can happen suddenly, for instance after bathing in the sea); feeling of “blocked ear”; tinnitus (sounds are heard, originating from inside the hearing system itself: buzzing, hissing, crackling, “chuffing” noises, pulsations etc., which are particularly unpleasant, to the point that they affect the quality of life of subjects suffering from this problem); otalgia (if the wax is particularly hard and compresses the skin or even the eardrum: in such cases dizziness can appear, as well).

 In case of severe earwax, “do-it-yourself manouevres for its removal often risk causing more harm than benefits, making earwax even more compact instead of actually removing it. Removal of earwax carried out at an Otorhinolaryngology centre, certainly safer, could turn out to be traumatic if not handled by a really competent operator. In any case, this operation can be avoided by resorting to an approach that helps soften and naturally expel the wax. In this sense, Nature can once again be of valuable help, offering elements of proven efficacy.

Nature can help in case of severe earwax

Our Approach

A natural and effective approach

Removing earwax (without resorting to the use of ear spray or cotton buds, which are likely to worsen the situation and risk making the earwax even more compact, and without intervening with potentially traumatic extractions) is possible thanks to natural ingredients that are capable of gradually dissolving earwax while protecting the ear duct’s mucosa as well as the eardrum’s membrane from microbial agents potentially causing infections. To this aim, the extraordinary antimicrobial properties of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) are particularly useful.

GSE and earwax

Efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract as a broad spectrum antimicrobial has been proven by Laboratories and Institutes worldwide.  Numerous testimonies confirm its validity and in terms of both efficacy and speed of action it remains unrivalled in nature.  Moroever, given its characteristic of being a “selective antimicrobial”,  it does not have a significant impact on the physiological flora of skin and mucosae, thereby preserving its defensive functionality. GSE therefore represents an extremely valuable aid for the solution of this unpleasant problem:

  • it ensures protection of the ear canal’s mucosa and of the eardrum membrane from microorganisms that might trigger infections in the area where wax tends to accumulate;
  • as an excellent, natural and non aggressive “cleanser”, it proves to be effective as a preventive measure as well, while fully respecting the ear duct’s physiology.

Due to the above-mentioned considerations, GSE therefore represents the cornerstone of an effective and complete approach in solving the problem of earwax, made possible by the following action:

local action favouring the dissolution of earwax and, consequently, its natural expulsion, with additional, broad spectrum, antimicrobial, anti-oedomatous and anti-inflammatory action.

Nature can help you with…

Grapefruit Seed Extract: as already highlighted, results obtained regarding the antimicrobial  efficacy of Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE), associated with its harmlessness, once again confirm GSE to be the ideal remedy to solve problems related to the external ear duct. Its use is absolutely safe because its broad spectrum action is accompanied the rare quality of its being selective: in fact, GSE is active against pathogens but does not significantly affect the microbial  flora of the mucosae, thereby preserving the natural defenses of the external ear duct. This recognized and scientifically proven property makes Grapefruit Seed Extract an extraordinary, natural “cleanser”.

Plant glycerine: it favours the dissolution of compacted earwax material located inside the ear, facilitating its physiological, natural expulsion from the body. Its presence, combined with Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE), is ideal to ensure correct, non aggressive cleansing, while fully respecting the external ear canal’s mucosal physiology.

Horse Chestnut: thanks to the presence of Escin in its phytocomplex, Horse Chestnut exerts an anti oedomatous action at local level, thanks to the release of glucocortisoids and prostaglandins. The reduction of oedemas is moreover due to the surfactant effect exerted by the substance and to the normalized exchange of extra-intracellular liquids.

Blackcurrant: constituents responsible for its soothing and anti-inflammatory efficacy are anthocyanosides (Prodelphinidin), which have proven capable of countering inflammation thanks to the inhibiting action of COX-2. The extract moreover contains numerous flavonoids with well-recognised, cortisone-like action.

The ideal means to convey the above ingredients is a solution in ear drops, free from preservatives, ensuring  targeted use.