Why do only men get belly button fluff?

02 / 30 by Justina Davies, on FlickrMen aren’t the only ones get belly button fluff – they just blessed with more of the stuff. Lucky us.

Belly button fluff (or ‘lint’) seems to come from our underwear and trousers. Throughout the day, tiny bits of fabric get caught in the hairs beneath the belly button. Through mysterious forces not yet fully understood, these bits of lint travel up through the navel hairs, get mixed in with dead skin, fat hair and dust and come to rest in the belly button.

Various factors influence the amount and speed of navel fluff accumulation. People who are hairier (i.e. men) usually have a thicker ‘snail trail’ (that bit of hair beneath the belly button), allowing more lint to wriggle upwards. Overweight people also get more navel lint, owing to their deeper ‘innie’. Sadly, men are also more likely to be overweight than women.

If belly button fluff is causing you concern then here are some anti-fluff tips:

  1. Wear older clothes as they are less likely to shed lint.
  2. Shave your body hair, thus preventing lint from easily getting into the belly button
  3. Lose weight, so as to shorten the depth of your ‘innie’.
  4. Get a belly button piercing as this will effectively sweep away the fluff.


Answer by Dr Stu

Image Source: Justina Davies, on Flickr

Article by Stuart Farrimond

August 7, 2014

Doctor Stu is editor of Guru Magazine. He originally trained as a medical doctor before deciding to branch out into lecturing, writing, editing and science communication. He drinks far too much coffee, eats lots of ice cream and has a bizarre love of keeping fit.
You can check out Doctor Stu’s blog at realdoctorstu.com or his poncy personal website stuartfarrimond.com. Here's his .

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