Xanthelasma polyps on the eyelid or beneath the eye are nothing more than a fatty deposit just below the surface of the skin. This deposit is likely to be yellowish and is composed largely of cholesterol.
A xanthelasma is indicative of high levels of lipids (fats) in the bloodstream. As such, a xanthelasma polyp can be strongly indicative of concerns regarding heart disease and your cardiovascular health, since these lipids are likely to form along the inside of your vascular walls as well, leading to obstructions and the possibility of a stroke. As such, a xanthelasma should be taken seriously, though the polyp itself is benign and no worse than possibly unattractive.
Natural Cures: A reduced-fat diet can lower your lipid levels in the bloodstream, reducing the likelihood of further xanthelasmas. Apple cider vinegar tonics can help to metabolize excess fat in the body.
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05/09/2011: Sandy from Charlottesville, Virginia: "I tried the Garlic treatment for a xanthelasma on my inner upper eyelid. It did remove the layer of skin on top, but the fat deposit below it did not come away with it. The garlic burned the skin and caused some swelling. My skin is recovering and I would like to try it again. Do you have any advise as to how better to do this?"
09/30/2008: Marty from Nashville, TN: "I suddenly had one of these xanthalasma polyps (yellowish) appear in the corner of my eye about one year ago. Now there is a tiny speck forming under my eyelid as well. Other than typical cryotherapy or laser removal by a dermatologist, does anyone have a home remedy to remove these unsightly things? I've heard derms use trichloroacetic acid sometimes. I've read all of the wonders of organic apple cider vinegar here, so I'm trying that by q-tip application due to its acidic nature. I will post back any positive results. I would love to hear from others if you have a cure other than paying $$$$ to these dermatologists!"Replies
04/25/2009: Teejay from Mountain Home, Arkansas replies: "I also have 2 xanthelasma polyps close together on one of my upper eyelids. I can't afford to go to a dermatologist. I try to hid them, but that is close to impossible. I hope someone posts an answer to this."
03/06/2010: Brian from Barrie, Ont. Canada replies: "Hi, I hope this remedy works as I have been on the web all day searching for a remedy for this exact same problem myself. There is a page on this site for GARLIC cures and xanthelasma is on page 5 of the cures,
it involves cutting a fresh clove of garlic and rubbing it gently on the infected area, the submitter reports progress after 3 days. I am trying tonight and will report back!!!!!!!!!!! good luck"