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Ears and Nose Growing as You Get Older

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 04/07/2020

You look in the mirror, and swear your nose has gotten bigger.

So have your ears.

You can’t believe it.

But no, it’s true. Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you.

Your nose and ears really do continue to grow as you age.

a photo of an older woman’s nose in profile

In this article, I’ll explain:


What Causes This Unwanted Growth

Your earlobe and your nose are two body parts most of us wish would stop growing. Not to mention your eyebrows - they can stop too. But they don’t.

Think about the older men you’ve seen with long ears and big bushy eyebrows, hairs sprouting from their ears and nose.

Why does this happen?

And what can you do about this annoying, incessant growth?

It’s good news/bad news. I’ll start with the bad news first.

Yes, it’s inevitable.

Here’s what’s going on:

Your bones stop growing about your early 20’s. But your cartilage, which comprises a significant amount of your ears and the tip of your nose, continues to grow as you age.

As well, there’s a lack of connective tissue to hold that cartilage together. Meaning these parts droop and sag as gravity takes its toll over time.

This sagging results in your ears and nose growing with age, for both women and men.

But what about the good news? I’ll get to that in a minute.


What Causes That Embarrassing Hair Growth

That mortifying hair growth affects mostly men. A very powerful form of testosterone called DHT spikes, based on the action of an enzyme that converts your ordinary testosterone to DHT.

And when DHT rises, it leads to hair loss - male-pattern baldness on your head.

But while your head sheds hair, DHT is also responsible for the increased hair growth on the eyebrows and in the ears and nose. (DHT can also lead to an enlarged prostate.)

The hairs are unsightly but not a health issue. Just make sure that you trim them on a regular basis.

a photo of an old man with sagging ears and bushy eyebrows

And now for the good news.

There’s an enzyme inhibitor called 5-Alpha Reductase, in pumpkin seeds and other foods such as spinach, tomatoes, and berries. This enzyme will slow down the process of your normal testosterone converting to DHT, potentially slowing down hair growth and, as a bonus, supporting prostate health.


Now You Know

There’s not much you can do about your nose and ears continuing to grow as you age. You could try plastic surgery, but that’s a pretty drastic alternative.

But how great is it that you can absolutely try a nutritional solution to slow down the growth of those crazy hairs sprouting from your eyebrows, nose, and ears? Plus, for you men, you can support the health of your prostate.

And the mystery of the growing nose and ears is solved.

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Disclaimer: Our educational content is not meant or intended for medical advice or treatment.

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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