Last Modified on Mar 10, 2014
A xanthoma is a cholesterol deposit that can accumulate in many parts of the body, including the tendons and skin. They can be visible when they appear just beneath the skin's surface as a yellow discoloration, and while they are not typically painful, they can be somewhat unsightly. Fortunately, they are removeable through chemical treatments, surgery, laser, or cryotherapy.
The condition is genetically related, and as such it can also be an indicator for high cholesterol in the body as well as for certain lipid metabolism disorders. Those with xanthomas should first get their cholesterol checked.
Natural Remedies for Xanthoma
If a xanthoma was caused by high cholesterol, there are many remedies you can take to lower the cholesterol, like apple cider vinegar and including plant based foods in your diet. Niacin is a very effective remedy to lower cholesterol as well. As you will read below, garlic is the most popular remedy on Earth Clinic to cure a xanthoma. Apply the juice of fresh garlic directly to the xanthoma.
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[YEA] 01/19/2014: Suzy from Fort Wayne In: "I read on EC that applying castor oil on my closed eyes at the lash line would regrow my eyelashes and it did. The unexpected side effect was that those little bumps around my eyes went away. I still put the castor oil on every night. My lashes are long and no ugly bumps."
01/17/2014: Melissa D. from Berlin, Wi: "Garlic for Xanthoma: I started developing a small yellow deposit under my right eye years ago. It started to spread last year. I herniated a disc in my back and I was taking alot of medications. I had blood work done and it was not cholesterol. My belief it was all of the over the counter pain meds I was taking as well as the prescription ones. My doctor didn't give me alot of narcotics, but I was on a nerve blocker. To make a long story short I'm now using the garlic and I'm on day two. It burns like hell, but if you live in a cold climate like I do it helps to go outside in the cold. Your eyes don't water and it cuts the smell. I learned this trick from working at a resturant in high school. When we would cut onions and we would start to cry we would run into the walk in freezer. It works with garlic too. So you Canada chicks have it made and you in the south will have to open a freezer door to get relief. I'll keep you all posted on my progress. Its looking pretty ugly now but I'm hoping to get rid of this once and for all!"Replies
[YEA] 01/29/2014: Melissa D. from Berlin, Wi replies: "YEAH!!!! My UGLY deposites are gone! I applied crushed garlic for 3 days 3 times a day. Like I said in my first response, it burned like hell and was reallly ugly. The super cold weather helped the burn, but I looked like I got socked in the kisser for about 8 days. My husband wouldn't let me go out of the house for fear he was going to get thrown in jail for my ugly eye. He couldn't look at me without laughing at me, so I threatened to rub my eye on him. When it was scabby and weaping I cut a wedge of nonstick gauze and applied it at bed time with Neosporin. During the day I washed it with a surgical scrub and let it dry out. Be very safe because an infection could be a trip to the doctor and alot of explaining. I'm very surprised and happy that a $.98 box of garlic saved me about $1500-$2000 at the doctor. I'm a normal person with kids and bills and we don't have that extra ching to spend on something like this! If you go to the doctor I'm sure your eye would look just as bad with an expensive procedure. Mine were under my so with the gals who have them on your eye lid be VERY careful! It is a natural chemical peel so it can do damage so DON'T get it in your eye ball! The more you can crush the garlic up and the mushier you can get it the better it works. I was going to do a 4th day and I'm glad I didn't because 3 is enough. I also use a vitamin E stick to moisturize and heal. So I'm saying goodbye and good luck to all that have this issue and be safe. I hope you get results like I did!"
03/06/2014: Jas from India replies: "I have big yellowish mark on the inner and small at the outer part of left eye. It came after 7 months of delivering my baby. N its been 1 and half year but still the same. I have started with garlic after reading the good reviews here n its my second day. M doing it twincely I hope it works on me n these ugly marks will go.. hoping for the best will defintly let u know does it work.."
03/08/2014: Suzanne from Fort Wayne, Indiana replies: "I started applying castor oil on my eye lids and along the lash line, also on my brows to grow them thicker. At first I didn't think it worked and I quit but started again as I liked the way the oil helped to remove every last bit of make up. My lashes and brows are thicker. It has taken awhile but it really works and to my surprise, it also got rid of the nasty xanthoma. The skin around my eyes is smooth and clear and castor oil is cheap and safe. I hope you try it."
03/08/2014: Jas from India replies: "In my previous post, I told u about Xanthoma on my left eye.. I have applied garlic for 10 to 15 mins twice a day its my third day my eye got swelled n became so reddish over it please any one tell me is it ok? Should I continue to apply it? How much time it will take to heal my reddish n swelled eye? Please those who got positive result reply me..."
03/09/2014: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Jas, of course you should stop if you got irritation. You might try Castor Oil before bed."
03/09/2014: Jas from India replies: "Thanks .. Mmsg. Does caster oil work on xanthoma too?"
03/10/2014: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Jas, I don't know. I just know that I read it can help."
05/18/2013: Lisa from Dallas, Tx: "I noticed that I had this lump under my eye, several months ago. It seemed to be getting bigger. I tried covering it with makeup, but you can still see the lump. I went online searching for what it was and found this forum. I want to try it, but have things to do the next week, where I will have to see a lot of people I know. I want to wait until I have time to heal before I try it. I have garlic oil capsules. They are for healthy heart. I will try them first to see how it works and if not I will try the fresh garlic. BTW I had my gallbladder out about 25 years ago. I'm 51 now.
Last night, before I saw this forum, I had an idea to use apple cider vinegar. I didn't know what it was and thought it might be calcium. Vinegar disolves calcium. I mixed 1/2 a cap of the vinegar with 1/2 a cap of water. Then I mixed in some corn starch, to thicken it. I put it on the spot under my eye. It stung and made my eyes water. I left it on for 15 minutes. The spot was a bit smaller and the bags under my eye were not as puffy. So, I think I will keep doing that until I can do the full garlic treatment.
Thank you all for telling us about your experiences. It is very nice to know that I can make this ugly thing go away.
I also had an idea. Maybe taking garlic oil caps can keep them from coming back, as it lowers cholesterol.
I will post again after I have tried that garlic.
Good luck to everyone! This is life changing."Replies
05/29/2013: Carolynb from Adelaide, Sa replies: "It is now over 2 months since I removed the Xantha on my eyelid. The ugly yellow blob is gone and the skin is paler but not yellow. It looks so much better. Now I will have a go at the smaller one on the other eyelid. This time I will try and keep the garlic on for a longer period twice a day so that the layers are burnt off quicker. I hate having a swollen and then scabby eyelid for more than a week. Incidently, I have been diagnosed with a thyroid condition which may have been responsible for the Xantha. Now Im on Thyroxine , my cholesterol levels are normal and the other Xantha has not grown any bigger."
01/04/2014: Angela from London replies: "Hi all I.am so happy that I came across this site, I too hate my yellow lumps and from yesterday have applied the crushed garlic you get in a tube, looking forward to great results, feeling happy."
[YEA] 03/15/2013: Carolynb from Adelaide, Sa: "I have been reading with much interest about removing Xanthalasmas. I had mine removed last year with laser but they came back 8 months later but not in the lasered area. They grew around the area that had been lasered. So I tried the garic and the pain was too much. I left it for a month and decided to use a baby's teething gel. I used a cotton bud to apply the Bonjela to my eyelid, wiped off the excess and applied the garlic for 8 minutes. This really helped with the pain. I cut the root end off a garlic clove the same size as the Xantha and pricked the cut end with the point of a knife to encourage the garlic juice and then held it on the Xantha for as long as I could. I did this twice a day until I could see that the skin was broken and weeping. It formed a scab, which I picked as it was annoying. Now, 8 days later the scab is very small and there is no sign of the ugly yellow Xanthalasma which was growing down to the inside corner of my eye. It is interesting to note that the Xanthalasmas appeared after two very stressful times in my life and my Dr thinks they are related. So no more stress and hopefully they won't come back :))"Replies
03/29/2013: Dyna from England, Uk replies: "Hi there, I have just done my first dab at using garlic. Used a cotton bud and applied for less than five mins as it did sting, will let you know the end result after a few days twice a day application. I hope it works as I hate this thing on my eye, I have never been so self conscious, I feel awful with it and think people must think I am really unhealthy to have such a revolting thing on my eye. My only worry is how long it may take to either reduce or go altogether as I will not want to go about work with a red scabby eye."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 05/25/2012: Shweta from Muzaffarpur, India: "i tried garlic process to remove my fatty on eyelid. It totally remove my fatty deposits but it leaves spots in little whitish color. Is this disappear after some days or not? I want more satisfied. please suggest what can I do to vanish my spot."Replies
07/14/2012: Lijana from Dublin replies: "Just wondering did white spots disapPeared for you. I tried garlic today and it totally burned my skin. No difference on fatty deposit though. I will try to do this for2 more days and will see. Would be interested to hear more stories, preferably positive ones:)"
[YEA] 08/25/2012: D from Dallas, Tx replies: "I use garlic and it works great. It will burn like an acid, dry the skin out, cause swelling, but within a week the xanthomas are cleared enough to cover with makeup. I have to do this about every 6 months."
[YEA] 11/30/2012: Thenaturalway from Holmen, Wi, Usa replies: "Yes, using garlic got rid of my xanthoma under my right eye. It took about 12 days at 5 minutes a day. It flaked off hopefully never to return."
12/19/2012: Taria from Nauvoo, Illinois replies: "Okay I, going to try this only because having this thing above my eye has turned me into a hermit and I hate leaving my house. I don't look in the mirror and I don't wear make up so I need to try something to get rid of this. Not to mention I was told I had another one that showed up on the other side under my eye. So now I'm desperate! I want to get rid of these without having to opt out for surgery since reading from some of the comments that they just come back anyway. And I'm poor.
No one in my family has these but me so I don't know about the whole 'runs in the family' thing I have read. I'm the only one with them.
I really don't want to be a shut in/hermit the rest of life because of the way I look, I already feel ugly enough as it is and having these makes it 100 times worse.
I am hoping this works and they will be gone. Because just like one of the others have stated, numbing and cutting out myself would be the next step for me. I'm with you on that one sister, I would rather have a scar that would heal smaller (that I can tell anyone who asks that I got into a fight with a cat) then have something that looks like I stuck my face in cottage cheese and it dried on. Can we all say Eww?"
05/24/2012: Michigirl from Clinton Twp, Michigan: "I too am suffering from xanthomas, it started years ago. I thought it was dry patchy skin at first. Went to the dr and she would just give me topical cream for it. I had a friend studying skin care who helped me figure out what I may have went to a new dr, and the first thing he said to me was you have high cholesterol... Do you know how I know and I said cuz of the xanthromas. He told me the only way to get rid of them is cosmetic surg and I do not have the time or money especially if it doesnt work!!
I am very excited and scared to try the garlic my sister is getting married in 4 months and want them gone, Im affraid they will get worse if I try this. Has anyone had any issues with them getting worse?? Please everyone keep in mind that this is a very dangerous thing we have and you need to make sure you are being treated for the condition as well as trying to get these things to disapear!!"
[YEA] 11/07/2008: D.G Douglas from Long Beach, California, USA: "For years I've had Xanthelasmas (fatty deposits) around the orbit of my eye. I've had them surgically removed several years ago but they soon returned. After reading of the many healing uses for garlic, I decided to give it a try. I cut medium sized cloves in half and applied the juice to the deposit. I would hold the clove on the affected area for 10-15 minutes using slight pressure. After about 5 minutes, I could feel a slight burn. I continued this regiment for 3 days. After each treatment the size of the deposit was reduced and finally dried up after 3 treatments. It appeared to draw the fat to the surface which I removed with tweezers on the 3rd day. Presently I'm continuing this process on the other deposits. I've found fresh oily garlic when cut works best. I'm quite happy with the results. It also provided relief from the pain and swelling. Thank you for clinic and my oppurtunity to contribute."Replies
04/20/2009: Marty from Nashville, Tennessee -- Music City, USA replies: "Thank you so much for your response!! I posted a similar problem with cholesterol deposits under a different header here. You may have just saved me oodles of money with an oculoplastic surgeon! I tried your technique using organic apple cider vinegar, but to no avail. It did flatten out the deposit some, but it would never disappear. Congratulations on your success. I am definitely heading out to buy some garlic, and will give this a shot. Working around the eyes is very dangerous, so I was worried about using the vinegar. My primary care physician told me he would remove it if it happened to be anywhere other than my eye area. So -- I've been pricing specialists. I will be thrilled if I can master this with garlic of all things! As a side note, I removed a skin tag in a scary spot under my right eyelid near my lashes with Iodine. It was amazing. It hasn't come back yet either. You've made my day with this remedy. I just pray it works for me."
06/22/2010: Dee from Dallas, Tx replies: "I'm trying it and it burns so I hope it's working. I hate to go around people because mine are so bad and each time I've had them removed they've come back large. Crossing my fingers. I do wonder though, how do you remove the fat with tweezers?"
11/04/2010: Rupesh from Bangalore, India replies: "Any one had success using this method, please post here. I am also suffering from xanthelasma on both eyelids."
11/13/2010: Deli from Nashville, Tn replies: "Marty & Dee, Did the garlic work?? Impatiently awaiting your response."
11/16/2010: Georgiagirl from Atlanta, Ga, Usa replies: "It works! I saw this suggestion a year ago and tried the garlic applications and I was estatic! One year later its time to do it again. Warning: it does burn, protect you eyes, and only do it for 3 days for 10 minutes. If you exceed the days OMG it will look like you got burned. I didnt use tweezers, I applied neosporin ointment and I'm happy..."
11/21/2010: Debbie from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Georgia Girl-Did the mark completely disappear? You stated it has been a year and your going to do it again does that mean it grew back? I have two Xanthomas both are in the lower corner of my eyes. I tried the garlic thing for two times but I got nervous because the area became red. I guess that is normal?! ?"
11/28/2010: Sam from London, Uk replies: "Hi There,
Can anyone tell me about the Garlic treatment, does it really works? I have Xanthoma for last 4 years im so scared to treat them as I have heard they came back. Kindly please someone tell me how to get rid to them forever safely. I have heard about the lemon diet, liver flush etc. If anyone like to contact me plz write me on this email mimo_afridi(at)hotmail(dot)com Cheers"
[YEA] 01/23/2011: Dd from Lewisville, Tx replies: "I decided to try this after remembering my grandmother used it on my sisters acne and it really does work!!! I've had to do my eyes on average about every three months, mine are bad, and for the first few days my eyes are very swollen but after that I can wear make up and it covers them up. It's also helped decrease the dark circles. I put vaseline on my eyes when the area gets "raw" appearing to keep them from scabbing over. Friends have been amazed at the difference."
[YEA] 03/08/2011: Claire from Clermont-ferrand, France replies: "Hello,
I had xanthoma under each eye. I've tried laser 3 years ago and it has worked for one eye only.
I really wanted to get rid of it and so I had a go with garlic : nothing to loose anyway... Well, it works perfectly!!!!!!
I was a little bit upset because the scab was rather large after 3 applications and it took more than one week to disappear completely.
Thanks a lot for giving this method (and sorry for the mistakes : I'm French! )."
03/08/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "I had never heard of Xanthoma but from your description I thought that this might be what I had under my eyes a long time ago. I looked it up on the Internet and I think so only mine were small and around the bags under my eyes (as if the bags weren't enough.... ). I had a laser treatment in Holland but it is as if they are still there only I think that now I have only the scars. I have been trying to get rid of them with Vit. E but so far without success. In case there are still some deposits I would like to try the garlic. Would you please tell me how you did it? Did you put a slice on the Xanthoma, did you crush it, how many times a day.... The smell must be quite incredible but I could do it on days when I am at home. The scabs after the laser treatment were horrendous, I was even ashamed to go out.
My mother had the same problem and so had her mother. I have just read that it can run in families. Still.... A friend of mine had a big one above his eye and one day it wasn't there anymore. I didn't ask but I assumed that he had had an operation."
07/21/2011: Debi P from Salt Lake City, Ut, Usa replies: "Thank you so much for this hint! I consulted with a dermatologist when my xanthomas first appeared. He told me he could use a chemical that would burn them off, but he warned they often returned. Therefore I didn't pursue the expensive procedure.
I have been doing this for three days now. It appears the fatty deposts are indeed drying up. I, too, experienced mild scabbing and redness/swelling. But I have seen other people who have had them chemically burned who look like this.
I will report back when this disappears and hopefully report that the xanthomas have disappeared! I will be eternally grateful! I am so pleased with the condition of my skin and so embarrassed by these horrid fat deposits.
If it works and the xanthomas return I know I can return to this easy and inexpensive remedy."
07/24/2011: Sherry from Fullerton, California replies: "I am also trying garlic after reading all these posts... I was going to see a plastic surgeon... But this is certainly much cheaper and I too will be ecstatic if it works... These things are so ugly on my eyes, I dont even like to look at people when I speak to them :(."
[NAY] 07/28/2011: Debi P from Salt Lake City, Ut, Usa replies: "I am extremely sad to report the garlic method doesn't work in my case. The deposits are still present as ever. :( I think I'll probably end up seeing a plastic surgeon and see my doctor to see if there is a plaque build-up I need to concern myself with in my blood."
08/26/2011: Crwh98 from Baltimore, Md replies: "after reading this post I am going to give this a try can someone give me step by step procedure plz"
[NAY] 09/04/2011: Mygammie from Albany, United States replies: "I have tried it with organic garlic with no success. Just burns like he__! Decided I will just have to live with it unless it should interfere with my eyesight. Makeup doesn't cover it up either. Good luck all."
[NAY] 10/06/2011: Bky from Ky replies: "I as well, tried it for 4 days and it didn't take care of it. No change:("
10/07/2011: Miranda from Bern, Switzerland replies: "Hi, I also have Xantelasmas under both eyes and it seems they're getting bigger.. I've tried to remove them with garlic but I looked terrible. It was swollen and red and my skin was open and I was scared to put more garlic on the open area. Is that normal? Should I continue doing that or should wait in between until my skin has recovered a bit? Right after I removed the garlic slice I could really tell that the Xantelasmas were flatter. But I guess I should have continued the regimen but the way I looked was making me really worried and nervous and I thought that it might not have been a good idea to try the garlic cure... Anyone can give me some exact instructions or give an accurate review about how it works? Thank you!!"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 10/08/2011: Jemmi from Mechanicsville, Maryland replies: "I too have Xanthelasma on both of my eyes, bottom and top. I tried it on the bottom ones first because they are not as big as the top ones. I put a fresh garlic on them for 3 days and after 3 days I was swollen, red, it was scabbing and some spots were bleeding. It took 3 weeks to heal but after 3 weeks the Xanthelasma was flatter and smaller.
So I thought I'd crush the garlic. I did a second round with crushed garlic for 3 days and that really burned like acid. Same thing again, swollen, scabbing, bleeding. After the scabs fell off the xanthelasma was almost all gone. So after the 3 weeks healing time, I did a third round of crushed garlic. Now all the xanthelasma on my bottom eye is gone.
I just started this week with one of my top eyes. They are really big so I guess its going to take 5 to 6 rounds. But I have to say, it works. You look like crap while you are doing it, but I guess that's the price you pay. I report back once I am done with my top ones. hope it works on them too since they are really big."
10/23/2011: Jol from Prince George, Bc, Canada replies: "I am trying this procedure as of today.
Have had deposit under my eye's in the corner for over a year now. Appeared when I was pregnant with my third child. First looked like it was small scar tissue and it was a little spot under one eye. Months later my other eye also started to show a similar 'spot' and grew large fast.
Run to see my doctor, had some tests done... And I am relieved to say that my cholesterol was and is okay, but my 'looks' were all gone. Vanity is a b**ch.
Tried to cover it up with make up but I couldn't & can't hide it, unless I don't mind walking around unable to smile because my layers of applied make up might peel off.
Anyhow, to make a long story short, my self esteem is down the drain... especially since my kids start pointing out that I would have been more beautiful without these 'spots'; and they mean this in the nicest way.
After reading this post I am hopeful that I found a cheap solution and applied the fresh garlic to both eyes. Put a sliced garlic on the spot and applied some pressure as mentioned.
I must admit it burned more than anticipated and I smell even worse.... But we keep on doing this two more days and hopefully I will be another YEA!
Thanks for this post.... Keep on smiling!
[YEA] 12/26/2011: Cured from New Delhi, India replies: "Hi, I tried the garlic, cut them into thin slices and kept it on the Xanthed area for 15 min, morning/ evening (2 times) for 3 days. I would say 2 days are enough as I burned my skin due to the third day and it burned like hell.
But after that, the skin became dark(like burnt) and in few days started peeling off and then it became wrinkled and dry with white scaling, use a good moisturiser to keep the skin hydrated and not that much noticable(hides dryness and darkness).
It takes approx a week before the skin can become back to normal with slight roughness in skin remaining. Use Retin-A 0.5 or NEXret 0.1 gel every night after 1 week to make the skin smooth and remove the wrinkles.
What I can see is that this builds a layer of skin above the xanthed area and therefore the Xanth gets completely hidden below the layers.
Xantholema cure, garlic works.
01/20/2012: Sawilson from Knoxville, Tennessee, Usa replies: "So I've been trying the garlic for my Xanthomas that I have over both eyes and I'm hoping that the pain will bring me results. First some of my history. After suffering many years in pain, I finally had my gallbladder out and was great for about a year. Then one night about 3am, I ended up in my living room floor with paramedics standing over me. Evedently I had a hidden stone blow through one of my bile ducts and ended up in the hospital. They did an ERCP and I woke up with severe case of pancreatitis. Was in the hospital for about 12 days. About 2 to 3 months after release, they began to appear.
I've had them for about 3 years and have hated them from day one. Couldn't afford surgery, scared to try the acid so I'm now doing the garlic. Let me start by saying that for me, it burnt like hell. Especially days 2 and 3. Mine has scabbed over so badly that I refuse to leave home until the scabs diminish somewhat. I have woken to finding dried blood around the scabs, with dryness and a little bit of stinging. I can only hope that once the scabs come off, I find the pain to have been worth it. If I could post pictures, I would, but I see no way to do so. I did exceed the 3 day mark and use for 5 consecutive days, but only because I saw not much change in the first 3 other than the increase burning. Only time will tell I guess... I will post my results good or bad at conclusion."
01/21/2012: Sawilson from Knoxville, Tennessee, Usa replies: "Update: The scab over the left eye has come off and sad to report there has been no change... The white spot is still there only now it is lightly pink. Still waiting for the scab over the right eye to come off, which was the bigger of the two, but if the same outcome is to happen, I will be greatly disapointed. I am close to using ice to numb the spots and cut them out myself... I'd rather have small scars over my eyes than large white spots.... Will update after the final scab is gone..."
[YEA] 02/19/2012: Rebecca from Newcastle, Australia Nsw replies: "Hi I Have been using garlic for Xanthoma and it works for me!! I cannot express how happy I am now!!! Im 34 years old and they started appearing about a year ago :( My doc also told me the only way to get rid of them was to have cosmetic surgery!! Have 4 kids and do not have the money to do this.
Anyway I came across this post about using garlic, The only garlic we had in the house was the precrushed jars of it so I tried that first and It did not work! I then left it for about 4 months and noticed my xanthomas were getting bigger so I went to the shops and bought a bulb, Sliced of a small piece and held it on my xanthoma for about 5 mins twice a day for two days! I couldnt do it more than that as this time It stung and made my eyes swell up. A few days later it started to scab and yesterday the scabs fell off! And they are gone :) YIPPEEEEE!!!! GARLIC WORKS ITS AMAZING!!!!"
03/20/2012: Mario from London, United Kingdom replies: "I have had xanthelasma on my eyelids many years and have tried virtualy everything on the market including garlic without success. It occured to me a few months ago that in this day and age that apart from cosmetic surgery which costs an absolute fortune that there is not an ointment cure for this condition. (or maybe there is but no one wants to tell us about it?)
I embarked on my own crusade to find my own cure for this condition and I think I may have found a way to decrease it or hopefully eliminating it completely using as near to natural herbs as I could.
My xanthelasma has certainly decreased with my findings but I will not know for certain for a few weeks yet as they are still a bit scabby but it is looking very good as the yellow has not appeared under the new skin.
I will keep you posted, hopefully with some good news once I am 100% sure."
04/19/2012: Caroline from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada replies: "I am going to try this method and hope it works for me. I read with interest the person who posted that their's appeared after gall bladder surgery. Mine too appeared after gall bladder surgery and after I went on a low carb diet which included drinking whole milk, eating more healthy fats etc. I wonder if the increase in fats and no gall bladder caused these to appear? Does reducing fat in the diet prevent them from coming back?"
[YEA] 05/01/2012: Cristina from Sydney, Australia replies: "Hi everybody, I tried the garlic method as well after reading all these posts and IT WORKS I couldn't believe it I actually cried, I tried my right eye 1st as I have 3 deposits there and I crushed the garlic with a garlic crusher placed it on the xanthelasmas twice a day for 10 minutes it did burn but well worth it, do it twice a day, I have now started doing my left eye. Hope this helps guys goodluck!"
05/04/2012: Mario from London, United Kingdom replies: "Carefull with garlic it is potent stuff. Although it reduces the size significantly and looks like it has cured the xanthelasma it will not stop the condition from re-ocurring. It basically does what TCA will do and that is burn the layers of the skin.
We desperately need the preventitive cure and not the quick fix."
05/20/2012: Zanthelasmasuffer from Phoenix, Arizona replies: "My zanthelasma started about 10 years ago on one of my upper eyelids. I thought it was a cut from gardening, because a week prior I was trimming a bush and a branch swang back and hit my face and eye area. Well, through the years the scar got worse and then I got one on my other eyelid and then under both of the eyelids. So I have 4 Zanthelasma spots total. I was going to get them surgically removed, but decided against it. I found out that there is a make-up that covers Zanthelasma. Its called DermaBlend. They sell it at ULTA or you can purchase it online. Its about $30. 00 US. I havnt used it yet, but I'm buying some this week. I would like to try the Garlic on my eyes first and see how that goes.
My father also has Zanthelasma on one of his upper eyelids. So, mine is inherited. Also, my cholesteral is normal and all blood work came back great. But, I did notice them getting smaller when I started eating alot of fruits and vegatables and cutting out any junk food, greasy and fatty food.
I will let you know how the garlic works for me."
08/25/2012: D from Dallas, Tx replies: "When you use the garlic you need to immediately start putting vaseline on the area to control the drying and scabbing. Mine have never scabbed because I keep vaseline on them constantly. Mine are also severe and I use the garlic twice a day for the first two days, take a break for one day, and then use it again twice. My eyes will be swollen and look horrific but after a few days they're fine. I've had them surgically cut off too and the healing time took longer than with using garlic. Vaseline is the key!!"
08/25/2012: Lisa from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Just understand that vaseline is a petroleum product. I might suggest you find something else for dry skin like raw unprocessed coconut oil."
09/13/2012: Zach from Jersey City, Nj replies: "I think it works not 100% sure yet. Surgery was my first cure. Now Xanthelasma came back so I am trying garlic Day 1 at night garlic for 8 min, clean area, again for 8 min. Day 2 expect some redness and inflamation, possibly slight darkness burn around treatment area, garlic 8 min. In morning, 8 min. Mid-day, three 8 min sessions at night cleaning inbetween. Day 3 a rough surface in morning was present, and it scabbed slightly by evening. Picked at the scab with twezzers and ripped it off. A white surface with very little blood was present. Maybe 30 minutes after it turned pink. Not sure if this is cured for the moment, but it looks like I am a believer. The next 24 hours will tell. This treatment is not for sissies the garlic will burn, and ohh yeah night 3 I am seeing a reduction in redness and inflamation."
[YEA] 09/25/2012: Momma from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada replies: "I have used the garlic on one of my Xanthoma. I was going to take before and after photo's but forgot. I was skeptical but tried it anyhow. The largest one under my eye bothered me the most as many people tried to tell my I had a smudge of makeup under my eye when I really don't wear makeup! It was annoying and embarrassing more for the person who said it than me. I used fresh garlic, peeled it and used small slices and left on for 10 minutes. It burns but I did not mind that. I did it for about 4 days and then it was raw and scabbed. I picked at the scab (I know I should not do that). Anyhow, once it healed up the xanthoma is so faded that no one ever comments on it as its hardly noticable. I will put a little make up on when I go out, but really don't have to. I think the garlic juice burns off the skin and then the fat can run out - probably much like laser. I also tried a method years ago of poking a sterile needle in one end and massaging it. It was a bit scary to do so close to the eye and do not recommend it. I massaged the xanthoma downward until a liquid fat squeezed out. Problem with that method is one - using a needle so close to the eye and two, it also hurt alot and the skin looked worse than when I used the garlic. I used the garlic in April and it is now September and looks fine. I am going to try the other two smaller ones one of these days. I also noticed that each time one of these Xanthoma's appeared was after I had gone on a high fat, high protein , low carb diet. I did it three times, lost weight and ended up with another xanthoma. I first thought it was a coincidence now I don't. I won't try and lose weight that way any more."
09/27/2012: Bindi from Queensland, Australia replies: "Oh my.. I have stopped looking at myself in the mirror b/c of this ugly thing... I kept asking my Dr. what it was and he said nothing to worry about.. But I kept asking and then someone told me what is was so I asked my Dr. again. Yes I did have sllight high cholestrol. I had 1 removed by eye specialist and cost me $1000... So when another started appearing on other eye I freaked. Plus having it removed left a awful scar. Plus I cant afford another $1000. So thank you that I can come across this today. Im going to get some Garlic tommorow and try it. fingers crossed 4 me plzzzz.:)"
[YEA] 10/08/2012: Sb from Cardiff, Uk replies: "Hi, I read many comments and feedbacks from all of you. I am also one of you, suffering from xanthoma near about 6yrs. I have got mine under my eyes and one above my left eye. First when I got it under my eyes on my cheeks, I thought that, it is kind of white spots due to vitamin deficiency and didn't take much care of it. I tried to have proper diet. Still it didn't help. My father and my other Uncle's from my father side, they also have got it above their eyes. And mine was on my cheeks and it was a pretty bigger in size. So I thought mine is not same like them. I was around 26-27 yrs when I got it first. So I never believed it could be due to cholesterol. I went for blood test and it was normal. Any way I started living with it. I had a very decent job with good salary but still got refusals from guys due to these marks. I was posted in Mumbai, India. I visited many Doctors but nothing helped. The last doctor (homeopathy) whom I met, he told me that, it is xanthoma and this has no medical cure in homeopathy. He still told me to change my diet and gave me some medicine, as I was getting married. I took proper diet and was under treatment for 6-7 months. It was bit faded but never got rid of it. After my marriage and with my age I got the third one above my left eye. I started searching for remedies. I have started doing exercise/ swimming/ walking. I have started using olive oil for cooking for last 3 months. I eat olives, apples, brown breads (occasionally), walnuts and fish with omega 3 and salad with lettuce leaves and salmon fish etc. It started helping me. But it's a long process. For a great foodie, it was a punishment. I kept on searching on internet.
When I read this first, I just could not believe it, as all other treatments are so expensive. Thought, let me give it a try. If so many people have gained from it, I would be also one of the lucky one, who got rid of xanthoma. I tried garlic on my spots for 10-15 mints on my first day. It was burning sensation, got swollen and became red. All your post helped me to follow it on my day 2. I tried it twice for 15 mins. I am so happy, today is the fourth day and its only 20-30% left. I know it will take some time, as these are pretty old and will take some time. At least it has reduced. I apply Vaseline on these after every garlic therapy. I will keep it up till the time, it doesn't get completely vanished.
Now I don't have to explain to people about these marks and not to hide my face. Once again I started looking me in the mirror and feel happy like I did years back. Good luck to all. Thanks to all of you for your advice . Really it helps with little money and small effort..."
[YEA] 12/09/2012: Thenaturalway from Holmen, Wi, USA replies: "This worked. Took about 10 days for 5 minutes at a time. thanks"
12/23/2012: Cheshm from Potomac/Maryland, U.S. replies: "I tried it last night with placing sliced garlic on my eyelids. It burned starting immediately. I stopped immediately as burn felt too much to handle. Is there a way to numb the area before I can start applying garlic so that it would reduce burning sensation?"
02/14/2013: Rani from Delhi, India replies: "I am suffering of xanthoma since past 8 years and now I have three of them and fourth one is apearing on side of my right eye... I started garlic yesterday and today the top skin came off... having burning sensation and it is looking very alienated..... Will try 2 more days... keeping my fingers crossed..."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/07/2013: Rani from Delhi, India replies: "I am happy to give feed back... I have used garlic and the results are positive.. I tried on my left eye and it has decreased but still have little to be seen. I guess it's like a scar, which will go with time. I will do my right eye soon I gather the strength for pain and burning sensation..... Thanks a lot for all who have posted and thank you Earthclinic, I am your biggest fan..."
03/19/2013: Agl from Newport, Uk replies: "I also developed these horrible things after having my gallbladder removed 3 years ago and have always thought there was a connection. It started off with 1 on the top of my eyelid which just keeps getting bigger and bigger and I now have one coming on the other eyelid! I am 30 and more and more I am extremely self concious about them. My cholesterol is fine so the only option I xan see is removal but surgery is so expensive, especially if they come back. My main question is, if the skin becomes raw and open, do you continue? I am worried about causing more damage by doing something wrong. Are the scars really bad because I will have to go to work, etc and explain why my eyes are so bad. Any advice would be great."
03/31/2013: Jeff from Redondo Beach, California replies: "Hello everybody... Just a quick note to let you all know that xanthomas will dissappear by themselves if you treat your high cholesterol with meds and also reduce fat intake in your foods. This is what happened for me. I first noticed the fatty little bubbles under my eyelids about 10-15 years ago. It wasn't really too bad to begin with but when I started taking medication for cholesterol they disappeared over the years. I wasn't sure if these would or could go away but they did. And to make sure I was right I looked up info to see if that was possible, and it is. So don't worry about seeing dermatologists about removal because you can remove them yourself with a healthy diet and medication."
04/04/2013: Dee from Dallas, Texas replies: "The garlic does work, but they will come back. I have had to do this about every 6 months or so and each time they do come back a little worse but that would happen whether I did the garlic or not."
05/30/2013: Lisa from Dallas, Tx replies: "I started the garlic treatment 4 days ago. The first 2 days, the effect was mild. I think I may not have left it on long enough. Burned like fire. The third day, I left it on longer. It burned really bad. My eyes swelled up something terrible. I was putting Aquaphor on after the treatments. It kept my skin soft and moist. It's 41% petroleum. May have actually kept it from working as well. The fourth morning I woke up and my eyes were swelled up really big and a deep red color on the area. I decided not to put any Aquaphor on and see what happened. By the end of the day the area started to peel, like a bad sunburn. I could actually see the spot much better, but it was still there. I can't keep doing this right now, I have places to go and people to see. So I will not do another treatment today. I got a magnification mirror and looked at the spot. I'm thinking that what the treatment does is uncover the spot so the stuff inside can come to the surface. So this can not be done in a nice pretty way, for some people. You are actually burning the skin to make it peel. If you prevent the peeling it may not work for you. It won't just go away under the skin. No magic.
My spot is not huge. It is about the size of a baby aspirin. As big around, but not as thick. When I was researching to find out what it was I found pictures of people who had really big ones. I didn't want to wait for it to get that big. Maybe if they are bigger, close to the surface of the skin, this treatment will work much better and faster. If they are deeper in the tissue it will take longer. Maybe several treatments.
I will let you know how things go, after this all peels off and heals up. I still have hope that it is working!
OK, last thing. When I do another treatment I will use a tiny bit of garlic on the spot. Maybe that will keep it from making the healthy tissue swell as much. Don't use big slices of garlic if your spot is small. No need to harm the skin around the spot.
Read all the posts here before you start. You will learn what you need to know to make it work for you.
Thanks again everyone!"
06/09/2013: Lisa In Texas from Dallas, Tx replies: "Well it worked out better than I expected. The skin peeled more over the next few days and revealed the spot under my eye. It was hard and some of it kind of flaked off after a few more days. It was still swollen and red until yesterday. It looks much better now. I can still see the spot, but it is much smaller and flat. I put some makeup on and couldn't see it at all. While looking at it a few days ago, in the magnifying mirror, I noticed there is a spot under my other eye too, but it is not raised yet and not as easy to see. So I will let this heal up a bit more and wait for a good time and do it again, but on both eyes. I also notice that the bag under my eye is not as big. So maybe that spot was causing it to be puffy.
Before I do another treatment, I want to make sure I have at least a week that I don't have to go anywhere important. Hard to carv out a week, but it's worth it. I did go shopping with it swollen and red. I just wore sunglasses that covered my eye.
OK, so it is kinda magic! Even if I didn't do another thing with this, I feel like it is 90% better. Would have been 100% if I had done one more treatment before I stopped to heal. Works great. Considering the alternative, it's worth a shot for anyone who has this problem.
Good luck everyone! Lisa"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/27/2013: Bon from Manchester Uk replies: "First time I used garlic a made a horrible mess of both my eye lids. I'd made the fatal error of cutting the cloves too big. And I applied Vaseline to cool down the sting, well it just made it burn more ( you live and learn). I agree you need a week out of the public eye, I become so paranoid that I stunk of garlic. I am going to try it again this week and il keep you updated."
09/09/2013: Anna from Bonne Terre Missouri replies: "I have been trying the garlic 4 days now. As I sit here there are open areas under both eyes. So I guess by morning scabs will appear. I hope it doesn't scar."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 12/20/2013: Pooja from Delhi replies: "Hi Rani..Were you able to get rid of Xanths by Garlic treatment? Pls do respond..Do they reappear?"
[YEA] 03/04/2014: Lucy from Canaga replies: "I have two spots on my upper eyelids. I tried garlic method three times. The first time, it didn't work. I waited for one week after the scab fell off, I tried the second time. This time it worked. One of my spots were gone. I waited for a month, I tried the third time with the other one. Both of them are gone after my third try of this method. I thank you everyone here for your advices. I would "use a tiny bit of garlic on the spot" next time if I have to do it again. Because although the xanthes are gone, but I got hyperpigmentation."