What Is Xanthelasma?
Xanthelasma is a condition characterized by bumpy, yellow colored patches around the eyes or in the corners of the eyelids. Xanthelasma palpebrarum, to give the condition its full name, is usually not usually harmful but it can be indicative of heart disease. Although not often harmful, these fatty deposits are often unsightly and can harm a person’s self esteem.
Causes of Xanthelasma
Xanthelasma is quite rare but people with high cholesterol levels or other fats in the blood are more at risk of getting the condition.
It is more common for women to get the condition than their male counterparts and usually occurs from middle age onward.
While it is possible to have normal cholesterol levels and xanthelasma, there is a definite link between cholesterol and the condition. Around half of all the people with xanthelasma also have high levels of cholesterol in their bloodstream.
People who are more at risk of getting xanthelasma include:
- People with high cholesterol levels.
- People who have inherited high cholesterol.
- People with biliary cirrhosis – a liver disease that often raises cholesterol.
- People with high blood pressure.
- People with diabetes.
- It is more common in people of Mediterranean and Asian descent.
- People who smoke.
- Obese people.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Xanthelasma is usually diagnosed by examining the skin surrounding the eyes visually. Doctors will usually test your lipid profiles to see if blood lipid levels are causing the condition.
In the vast majority of cases, xanthelasma is completely harmless but many people may still like to remove it entirely. There are several treatment options for people with the condition.
- Cryotherapy : A treatment where the xanthelasma is frozen with la chemical – usually liquid nitrogen.
- Laser Surgery
- Traditional Surgery
- Chemical Peels : A treatment using tricholoroacetic acid.
- Medications : Studies have demonstrated that Zocor – a statin drug used to treat high cholesterol is also effective in treating xanthelasma.
Home Treatment for Xanthelasma
It is not always necessary to undergo medical treatment. In some people lifestyle changes aimed at reducing cholesterol levels are all that is needed. There are also many potential home remedies that people can try.
1) Reduce your Cholesterol Naturally
Lowering your cholesterol levels has a number of health benefits and can reduce the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease. It may also help get rid of your xanthelasma. Making some changes to your lifestyle and your diet can help you to achieve this on your own. Here are some of the things you can do to reduce your cholesterol level.
- Try to lose weight or to maintain a good, healthy weight.
- Avoid saturated fats wherever possible and limit your intake of high cholesterol food such as red meat and eggs.
- Exercise regularly. Aim for at least 30 minutes each day.
- Don’t smoke and limit your alcohol intake.
- Drink plenty of fresh orange juice which studies have showed can help reduce LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol.
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Garlic has a great many benefits on your health and is one of the most effective home remedies that you can use for xanthelasma.
The cholesterol reducing abilities of garlic are well established. Studies have found that the sulfur compounds contained in garlic inhibit synthesis of cholesterol in the liver. Garlic extract supplements are regarded as a safe and effective alternative treatment to more powerful cholesterol reducing medication.
As well as eating plenty of garlic or taking garlic supplements, you can apply garlic in the form of a paste directly to the xanthelasma.
- Crush 2 or 3 cloves of garlic into a smooth paste.
- Apply the paste to the affected area being careful not to get any in your eyes.
- Cover with gauze and let it sit for around 15 minutes before washing it away with warm water.
- Repeat daily for as long as necessary.
Note that people with sensitive skin should not use this remedy. Stop using it immediately if your skin starts burning.
3) Castor Oil
Castor oil is an excellent home remedy for xanthelasma because it contains ricinoleic acid that can help to shrink cholesterol deposits under the skin. The oil works best on small, new lumps and may not have much effect against larger more established deposits.
- Dip a cotton ball into some pure, cold-pressed castor oil.
- Apply the oil to the xanthelasma making sure your eye is closed.
- Massage the oil in and keep the cotton ball in position overnight with some tape or gauze.
- Wash the area well the following morning.
- Repeat every night until you see the desired results.
4) Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds have cholesterol busting properties and can be applied topically to tackle your xanthelasma or simply taken internally to help reduce your cholesterol.
- Soak a few teaspoons of seeds in water for 5 or 6 hours or overnight.
- Drink the mixture before breakfast the following morning but keep some of the water to massage into the affected area.
- Repeat each day.
5) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is among the most versatile of all home remedies and is used for a countless number of conditions. Apple cider vinegar can help treat xanthelasma primarily because of its ability to reduce cholesterol and other fats in the bloodstream. When applied topically, this amazing vinegar can also help reduce the deposits characteristic of the condition.
- Apply some organic apple cider vinegar to your lumps with a cotton ball.
- Hold the saturated ball in position with tape for a few hours.
- Remove and rinse with water.
- Repeat once or twice each day.
Taking apple cider vinegar internally can also have an excellent effect on your overall health and your cholesterol level. Try drinking a tablespoon each day. If you fins it unpalatable, mix it with a glass of water and a teaspoon of honey.
6) Banana Peel
Banana peels are a simple but very effective way of reducing those unsightly cholesterol deposits surrounding your eyes. Banana peel is high in antioxidants and contains certain enzymes that can help dissolve those lumps.
- Peel a banana and use a small piece of the peel to place over the affected area.
- Secure it in place with gauze overnight.
- Remove the following morning and wash the area.
- Repeat each night before bed for as long as you need.
Much like garlic, onions contain certain compounds such as allicin that help inhibit the build-up and deposit of cholesterol and fats. Their acid nature also helps to reduce the deposits under the skin.
- Extract as much juice as possible from an onion and add a pinch of salt.
- Set the mixture aside for a few hours then apply it to the affected area before going to bed.
- Let it do its work overnight then wash it off the following morning.
8) Coriander Seeds
Coriander can also work on xanthelasma because of its ability to reduce LDL cholesterol as well as triglycerides in the blood. Coriander seeds can also help manage blood glucose levels and prevent diabetes which is a risk factor in xanthelasma.
- Add a teaspoon of your coriander seeds to a cup of water in a pan and bring to the boil.
- Turn down the heat and simmer for a few minutes then remove from the heat.
- Let the mixture steep for at least 10 minutes.
- Strain and drink. You can safely drink this mixture 2 or 3 times a day and it should have a positive effect on your cholesterol.
Eating almonds and various other nuts can help reduce cholesterol levels in the blood. Almonds can also be used to make a topical paste which may help reduce the cholesterol deposits near the eyes.
- Add a teaspoon or so of almond powder to enough milk to mix into a nice, smooth paste.
- Apply the paste to the affected area then let it work until it dries naturally.
- Scrape off the paste with your fingers gently and the rinse.
- Repeat the treatment every day until you see the desired result.
If you have xanthelasma, we hope that one or more of these natural remedies will help you to treat it. Please let us know how they worked for you and if you have any other remedies that we have missed.