It’s not actually wax!
We call it earwax because of its texture but it is actually a substance made of fatty acids, squalene, alcohols, cholesterol, and dead skin cells.
There are different kinds of ear wax!
Just like eye color, your type of ear wax depends on your genetics. Wet ear wax is the dominant gene so it is the most common. However, people from East Asia or Indigenous people often carry the recessive dry wax gene.
Stress can cause an increase in ear wax!
The apocrine glands are responsible not only for your ear wax secretion but also secretion of smelly sweat. The same way that stress can cause you to sweat more is the same way it makes you secrete more ear wax.