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 high levels of LDL (low density lipoprotein) or bad cholesterol within you. There are instances, too, wherein it is brought about by genetic factors, problems with the liver, diabetes and a handful of other medical conditions.
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.
So without further ado, there are some tips on getting rid of those unattractive cholesterol deposits:
One of the most popular and undoubtedly effective home remedies for xanthelasma is garlic. Simply peel a clove of the pungent herb. Cut it in half and start gently rubbing it on those pimple-like growths. You may feel a slight burning sensation but that’s normal. Repeat for a few days.
Just like garlic, onions are very good at making those blister-like growths go away. Mince half an onion and squeeze out the juice using a piece of cheesecloth. Sprinkle some salt on the juice and let it stand for a few hours. Before hitting the sack, daub the juice on the problem spots. Wash off in the morning.
Leaving small pieces of banana peel on the growths overnight yields impressive results after a few days. Simply cut little banana peel squares. With the fleshy parts facing down, secure them in place using small strips of adhesive tape or bandage. Remove the following day.
Another effective home remedy for xanthelasma is castor oil. However, many say that it works best on bumps that just formed. As soon as you notice some yellowish formations around the eyes, reach for a bottle of castor oil. Use a cotton swab to daub the product on those hideous formations.
Apple Cider Vinegar
No listing of home remedies for various beauty problems would seem complete without apple cider vinegar in it. Dip really tiny cotton balls in apple cider vinegar. Squeeze out the excess and secure them over those yellow-colored bumps with small strips of adhesive tape or bandage. After a couple of hours, remove and rinse off.
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 salmon
- Olive oil
- Red wine
- Green tea