Home > Newsletters > Need to Know > Get it in writing Updated 09 April 2015 Action point 0 Never use ear buds to clean your ears. It is only necessary to clean the external ear (pinna) and the entrance to the ear canal. Using ear buds may damage the special skin lining your ear canal and eventually leading to hearing loss. More: Need to KnowGet it in writing advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Lifestyle 5 reasons you’re gaining weight that have nothing to do with food Diet and nutrition Creatine vs BCAAs – the lowdown on why they work, and which one we think is best Medical Can this be the cause of your restless legs? News ‘If you are disabled you are cursed and bewitched’ Medical 1 in 4 SA workers suffers from depression Lifestyle Reasons why your scalp is itchy – and how to fix it From our sponsors WIN a R2 000 beauty voucher! Understanding diabetes self-management Fed up with the Phlemings? Let’s chat diabetes and erectile dysfunction Live healthier FYI » When the flu turns deadly Why the flu makes you feel so miserable Could a deadly flu strain hit SA this winter? Following an intense flu season in the US and UK, should we be worried about our own upcoming flu season? Alcohol and acne » Dagga vs alcohol: Which is worse? SEE: Why you are drinking more alcohol than you realise Does alcohol cause acne? Some foods can be a trigger for acne, but what about alcohol? Dermatologist Dr Nerissa Moodley weighs in.