Aside from comparing your belly button with friends to see who has an "innie" or "outie," we never think too much about that little hole.
If you've ever stuck your finger in there, you've probably noticed a strange smell, like a really unpleasant smell, and that is a sign your belly button is putting your health at risk.
While we are in the womb, our belly buttons are what connects us with our mothers. Once we're born, the belly button is severed, and that becomes our first "scar."
These folds of skin provides the perfect place for germs to grow, because it's so easy for sweat, dead skin, or dirt to get trapped in there.
If your belly button doesn't get cleaned often, you may be at risk for developing an infection.
“The navel is an occluded area where skin rests on skin, creating a dark, moist environment in which bacteria and yeast can breed and can become a cesspool for microbes if not properly maintained,” Dr. Susan Bard of Sadick Dermatology told Teen Vogue. “If bacteria and yeast are allowed to breed, it can lead to foul odor and even infection.”
Symptoms like redness, itching, and swelling will indicate to you that something is wrong.
Before you go scrubbing down there, keep reading to learn how to clean your belly button properly without causing it damage.