Do you have yellowish pimples around your eyes, especially near the upper eyelids of the inner corners of your peepers? That’s a condition known in the medical field as xanthelasma. The bumps may appear like they’re filled with pus or any other yellow-colored gunk, but actually, those are deposits of cholesterol.
Xanthelasma is not something that can endanger your health, but it sure can ruin your appearance. However, it’s important to note that the presence of those embarrassing bumps usually indicates that your levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol are high.
There are instances, too, wherein it is brought about by genetic factors, problems with the liver, diabetes and other conditions. Plus, it can be a signal of future coronary artery disease.
The good news is xanthelasma is a cosmetic issue that can be dealt with surgically. A procedure involving the use of laser is also an option. However, both solutions to those unsightly growths around your peepers may come with certain risks, such as scarring. Also, the cost of the said procedures may not fit the average pocket.
Fortunately, there are a bunch of home remedies that are proven effective by many people who suffer from xanthelasma. Before you check them out, it is a good idea to opt for a diet that’s low in cholesterol to help lower your body’s cholesterol levels. Such has worked for many of those with xanthelasma.
In the meantime, these home remedies can help you remove xanthelasma naturally:
Raw garlic contains sulfur compounds and natural enzymes that can successfully dissolve and disintegrate cholesterol deposits through both topical application and internal consumption.
You should slice up a garlic clove or crush a few garlic cloves to make a paste. Apply it on the affected area and cover with a gauze so the garlic doesn’t get into your eye. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash it off with warm water. Repeat once daily for a few days. Also, you can eat 2 to 3 raw garlic cloves on an empty stomach daily or take a garlic supplement.
2. Castor oil
Cold-pressed, organic castor oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in fatty acids that can help dissolve the solid cholesterol deposits underneath your skin. Regular application will give you smooth, younger-looking skin that is free of any yellowish lesions.
Take pure, cold-pressed castor oil and soak 1 cotton ball in it. Then, apply this on the affected part, keeping your eyes closed. Lightly massage for a couple of minutes and secure the cotton ball by using a tape or bandage, if possible. Keep it on overnight, and the next morning, clean the area using warm water. For achieving the satisfied results, repeat this remedy daily.
3. Banana peel
Another safe and natural way on how to remove cholesterol deposits around eyes is using banana peels. The peel helps reduce the bumpy deposits naturally because it contains the enzymes and strong antioxidant properties.
Place the inside part of banana peel carefully over the cholesterol deposit. Then, secure the peel with the help of a tape or bandage and keep it on an entire night. Remove the peel in the next morning and use water to wash the area. Repeat every night until you achieve the desired results.
4. Apple cider vinegar
If you have high cholesterol and it is the prime reason behind the cholesterol deposits near your eyes, apple cider vinegar is just what you need. Apple cider vinegar helps reduce your LDL or the bad cholesterol level in the body. It liquefies the cholesterol and fat as well as aids the liver in removing toxins from the body. Plus, the acetic acid in it is corrosive in nature, which helps remove the bumpy deposits.
Take a cotton ball and soak it in apple cider vinegar. Next, apply it to your affected area and hold that cotton ball in place using an adhesive bandage or tape. Remove the cotton ball after 2 hours, and use warm water to rinse the area. Also, you can mix 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a little raw honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it twice daily.
5. Fenugreek seeds
Fenugreek seeds are also effective at flattening cholesterol deposits until they disappear completely, mainly due to the seeds cholesterol-lowering properties.
Take some fenugreek seeds and soak them in water overnight. Then, apply the water on the affected area in the next morning. With the help of your fingertips, gently massage the area, so that the water deep penetrates into the skin. Follow this way daily. Also, you can soak fenugreek seeds (2 teaspoons) in 1 glass of water overnight. The next morning consume this mixture first thing on an empty stomach. It’ll help reduce the bad cholesterol level in your body.
6. Eat cholesterol-lowering foods
As mentioned earlier, it is a good idea to switch to a diet that is not dense in cholesterol to help lower your body’s cholesterol levels, which can help make xanthelasma go away on its own. Make sure that you include plenty of cholesterol-lowering foods in the diet. Most of them are packed with fiber that helps flush out cholesterol in food.
Many of these foods also contain vitamin C, antioxidants and healthy fats that effectively reduce bad cholesterol. Here are some good examples of cholesterol-lowering foods:
- Green leafy vegetables like spinach
- Citrus fruits
- Fatty fish like wild caught salmon
- Cold pressed olive oil
- Red wine
- Green tea