This section is from the book "Materia Medica And Therapeutics Inorganic Substances", by Charles D. F. Phillips. Also available from Amazon: Materia medica and therapeutics.
In cases of greasy skin and of obstructed follicles, soft soap is a good remedy. In the former it cleanses and tends to lessen secretion; in the latter it dissolves obstruction, but it should be used cautiously if much inflammation be present. Alkaline drops or injections are useful for softening and evacuating hardened cerumen in the meatus.