We can all agree ear wax isn’t pretty. Ear wax can be highly irritating, especially to those with more buildup than usual. As ear candling continues to trend on social media, it leaves many of us asking if it works or not. At Jaxson Maximus, our salon industry experts have put together this fantastic guide on everything you need to know about Ear Candling.
What Is Ear Candling
Ear candling, also known as “ear coning,” is an alternative approach for removing ear wax from a person’s ear canal. Typically this process includes placing a hollow cancel inside the ear to create a low-level vacuum that will soften and pull out the ear wax. Ear candling claims that the warmth created by the flame sucks out any impurities from the ear canal and into the hollow canal of the candle.
Ear candles are made up of a hollow cone comprised of fabric covered in paraffin wax, beeswax, or soy wax. Most ear candles in the store are about a foot in length.
How Does Earwax Form
Earwax is a yellowish substance that acts as a protective film in the external auditory canal. Under normal conditions, it is pushed outwards by both the ear canal’s epithelial cells and the canal’s shape. However, in certain circumstances, such as individuals with a small external auditory canal, ear wax can build up and form a “plug,” which can obstruct the ear canal. If left untreated, this buildup can lead to hearing loss and a blocked ear way sensation.
How Long Does An Ear Candling Treatment Last
On average most ear candling treatments will last between 20-40 minutes. Your practitioners will cover your head and neck with a towel while holding the candle straight up. On each side, the candle will burn for between 10-15 minutes. During the time the candle is placed in the ear canal, your practitioner will trim the burnt part of the candle preventing it from any potential contamination.
The process will continue until only about 3-4 inches of the candle remains. After the procedure is completed and the flame is blown out, the practitioner will cut open the candle and let the patient look at what was drawn out of the ear.
Ear Candling Benefits
Ear candling treatments can be an effective way to relieve multiple symptoms. These can include:
- Earwax buildup
- Swimmer’s ear or other ear infections
- Sinus infections
- Stress and tension in the head
- Ringing in the eats
- Middle ear infection
Those who have tried ear candling have claimed that the dark waxy substance left over in the canal after the treatment proves that the treatment works.
Ear Candling Side Effects
The biggest mistake we see is that individuals will try and perform the service on themselves. This can lead to serious side effects such as burns from the hot wax, hearing loss, and infection. Therefore, when performing the service, it is always best to seek a professional knowledgeable in the application of ear candling.
For example, our skincare and salon experts at Jaxson Maximus are properly trained on the correct application of the ear candling service.
We would not recommend getting the service on young children and babies or if you have a previous eardrum condition.
Does Ear Candling Work
The short answer is that it depends on the individual. Depending on how severe your ear wax buildup is, it can be an effective method for removing ear wax buildup. For most individuals, the ears will naturally remove ear wax on their own, but others need to seek out additional treatment to help remove the excess wax. Individuals who have received ear candling treatments to relieve excess ear wax have said that it does help alleviate their symptoms.