/ Math & Science / Health / Where does ear wax come from? Cite Where does ear wax come from? Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff Ear wax is made by skin glands near our ear drums. The wax protects the ear canals and acts as a barrier against bugs and bacteria. Only in cartoons can it be used for candles! How do bones grow? What causes a burp? Q&A about the Body See also: Anatomy and Physiology: Can You Hear Me Now?