If you've ever wondered what happens if you don't wash your belly button, then wonder no more, as one doctor on TikTok is revealing the grim reality of just that. Sharing a clip with his 4.6 million followers on the social media platform, Dr Karan Raj gave us all a lesson in belly button hygiene.
Dr Raj's video starts off with a clip from fellow TikToker @crinc_3 which said: "My partner told me they'd never cleaned their belly button because it hurt. So I cleaned it." The clip then goes on to show the person behind the camera "digging" into the belly button and "finding more and more gunk". After some careful tweezing, the TikToker exclaims "I found something" before pulling out what they describe as a "huge blackhead".
To explain exactly what the f*** is going on here, Dr Raj took to his own TikTok to break it down. And by it, we mean the inner workings of the belly button. "All flesh holes can build up with sweat, dead skin cells, oils, clothing fabric, bacteria and forbidden cheese," he says in the clip, which has since been viewed over 300k times.
"If not washed out on a regular basis, this material can accumulate and harden into an omphalolith – a belly button stone," he adds. "Belly button stones come in a wide array of colours, it's usually black but can be a light brown." Talk. About. Grim.
Understandably, it didn't take long for concerned TikTokers to make their way to the comments section to share their, err, thoughts on the whole situ. "I didn't have a fear until now" wrote one follower, with another putting "Not the forbidden cheese." A third user commented "I think I have seen everything on TikTok now," as someone else said: "Not me cleaning my belly button straight after watching this."
To prevent sweat, dead skin cells, oils and other kinds of gunk building up inside your belly button, it's important to keep the area clean using warm water and mild soap. Use a damp cloth to gently clean in and around the belly button, then rinse with clean water and dry off with a towel. Of course, if you have a belly button piercing however, you'll need to take extra care to avoid developing an infection.
BRB, we're off to wash our eyes after watching that TikTok...
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