Xanthelasma Polyps: Holistic Treatments and Folk Cures

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What are Xanthelasma Polyps?

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 for Xanthelasma Polyps

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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Posted by Vesna (Jacksonville, Fl) on 01/27/2017

Xanthelasma removal

I have high cholesterol, and xanthelasma on my eyelids. Best cure for me is using apple cider vinegar, it dissolves, liquefies, fat yellowish substance under the skin, around eyes. I am persistent.

I tried garlic, prior apc. It was painful, long crusty process. For me apple cider vinegar worked better, even thou I had removed significant layer of fat, using garlic, then I switched to apc.

Now it is almost clear, after two months, during the treatment my skin gets irritated, crusty, swollen, I put castor oil overnight and in the morning it looks good, then I apply apc again.

It looks good now, almost invisible pale white spots.

Now, after two months, I mix coconut oil with baking soda and apply it, tonight, I will see results in the morning.

Coconut oil little spoon and the same amount of baking soda works wonderful on removing skin cancer spots.

I also drink apple cider vinegar with water daily, and avoid fat food, oil.

Replied by Miller

Please do not put baking soda around your eyes. It can permanently damage the elastin and make the skin look like a very old person.

If you insist on using baking soda, do not do it over night. Test it for a short period while you are awake. Otherwise, you could wake up with the your eye area very injured. And save this dangerous experiment for a weekend; your eye area could be swollen for a day or two to such a degree that you will not want to leave the house.

Replied by Mlopinina

I tried the garlic treatment and it worked very well, but only for certain types of garlics. I found that not all garlics work. I guess some garlics have more of the chemical that must be causing the removal of the cholesterol. It is painful and I leave the garlic paste on my eye overnight, but after the crust and swollen eyes disappear, the yellow spots become smaller and without any scars. Much better than having to go through surgery. Hope this helps.

Castor Oil and Lemon

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Posted by Mimi (London, UK) on 10/06/2014

I have heard of other more gentle methods to remove these ugly yellowish marks under the eyes, both might just be "old wives tales"...:

1. Castor oil (100% organic): Just apply generously with a Q-tip as often as possible. Better still, use a small band aid with lots of the oil in it and cover.

I thought this could "do no harm" as the castor oil is good for the skin and is said to reduce wrinkles.

Started with testing on my hands to see if I got a reaction (it is also said to be good for the nails and cuticles). No reaction except really smooth :-) So moved on to doing as prescribed. Done for 1 week and the X are less yellow and fade into my colour skin more than in the past, they are less obvious, but not gone. Will continue and send news.

2. Lemon rind: I have not tried this because I figured I would do the castor oil for 1 month and move on to this one if that did not work. This is what I found on a French speaking site:

Cut small pieces of lemon skin (I would suggest an organic one), let them soak in vinegar for 3 days and nights. Then tape a small piece to cover the X (white side down). Wear for 3 nights. It seems that the contour of the X will slightly change colour indicating that one can press it out easily.

This was described on a french site, the woman was sharing the fact that when she was desperate about getting rid of these, a psychic recommended this treatment and she says it worked, X never came back.

Putting a piece of lemon on one's skin seems less dramatic than other treatments (I understand that the garlic really burns). I would have a tendency to test this on my hand before doing it on my face.

Hope these help, and if they do, please post for others who are dealing with the same problem.

Replied by Joanne Maree
(Sydney, Australia)

I tried castor spread all over my eyelids for eight weeks diligently, I did not even try the lemon. Mine has gone completely. My GP diagnosed the xanthelasma 20 Dec 2014, I bought the oil a day later and there is no trace of it. It was right on my eye line, the lashes had stopped growing where it was bulging. My doctor referred me to a skin specialist to have it removed. I have save a fortune thanks to this blog. The oil cost me six dollars. Giddy up. I smothered my eyes every night, it didn't seem to irritate like you think it would. Thanks.

Replied by Jennifer

How long do you leave the castor oil on? Overnight? A few hours? Please specify, Thanks

Replied by Fatihma

Hello Joanne,

Thank you for your post. Very helpful. I have been looking for a remedy for more than ten years now. I can't wait to try castor spread. By Castor spread do you mean castor oil? I am not able to find castor spread. Thank you.

Replied by Zaki

I tried castor oil - did not work for me.


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Posted by James (USA) on 11/03/2019

Garlic for Xanthelasma Polyps: Allicin is the compound in garlic. How it works... It burns the skin, scabs up, and the scabs turn into new skin. Notice this the next time you get a cut on your hand or finger. When it scabs up and later scab falls off, new skin. Its going to take a few layers of new skin to cover up polyps. So... After a scab falls off, do it again, and again, til its done. And yes all garlic is different. The more the sting, the better the burn.

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James from USA updating my post. I am now using CompoundW since I can't find a strong enuff garlic. Seems like it is working and scab doesn't last too long. Yes it stings. Brings tears to your eyes. Lol

Posted by Uri (Maine) on 09/04/2015

Let me say that the garlic treatment works very well and is a hell of a lot cheaper than laser surgery. I started by cutting up small slices of garlic and placing it on the xanthelasma for about 10-15 min. At fist it did appear to get larger but after about 4 days it began to decrease in size. I felt that the slices were not effective enough so I decided to crush a clove of garlic using the side of my chefs knife and then absorbed the oil/juices on the knife and clove with a q tip and applied to the area. This had a dramatic effect and results were noticeable the following day. I applied at night and only for a few min and showered in the morning so I didn't smell like an Italian restaurant at work.

My only guess is that the people who can't get this to work don't have xanthelasma or did not treat it long enough. I will warn you that there will be a stinging sensation while the garlic is applied but I did not find it as painful as some have described and it became more pronounced when I improvised how the garlic was applied. I recommend starting slow like I did but I have no basis for that recommendation other than common sense. My only guess as to why there is no scientific evidence/studies to back this treatment is because there are no profits to be gained by the medical community if it's proven valid.

Replied by G.K.

Better But With Side Effects

I apply garlic for 10 minutes on the yellow spots due to cholesterol on my eyes for three days. After2 days it was looking better. But after that there is redness and swelling on my eyes. Where I apply garlic, itching is too much. Xans swollen then ever. I think I have reaction on my eyes because of this remedy. What should I do to stop this?

Replied by Harwinder
(Wappingers Falls)

Worked Temporarily

Hi I used the garlic treatment on my eyes spots. It's working but few days it's come back and I feel bad now.

Posted by Zbaev (Bulgaria) on 01/12/2014

Hello Folks, first of all I would like to thank everyone for the great posts and feed back here. I've found many useful remedies here. I am currently in a process of treating my xanthelasma spots with garlic. I have two spots, one under each eye. The one is about 1.5cm long by 0.5mm wide; the other one is about 0.5cm long by 0.3mm wide. The first one appeared about 5 years ago and it slowly grew to the size I mentioned above, the other one appeared in a mean time. The reason for mine is very high cholesterol readings 9.6 (European measurements) where 5.2 is the acceptable benchmark. I didn't want to start taking any meds so I began looking for other natural alternatives. I am currently doing the liver cleanse program. I've done 4 cleanses so far. I am planning to do a few more before I get my blood tested again to see if the results are better. Anyways, I am in a day four of applying row garlic on my xanths and would like to point out something here for the people who haven't done it yet and may be confused as I was. We learn as we go. I've read people's comments in here and was wondering why I am not getting the same results. I was doing it for 3 days, and not getting to the point where the skin burns. First I cut the clove to halves and applied to the spots for 10 min. then 20 min. twice a day; it didn't work, It didn't even sting much. Then I chopped the garlic - a little better, but still not enough. Then on the third day, I've decided to go out and buy a different garlic. I bought 3 different kinds and tried it out. I've noticed that the sting and burn sensation was all different. Finally I picked the one that stings the most and continue using just that one. In a few applications in just one day my eyes got dark red and swollen and finally felt that something is working there. So for those who wrote in here that garlic did not work for them I'll put this in caps: IF YOU DON'T GET THE BURN AND STING SENSATION CHANGE THE GARLIC DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME. Apparently the garlic is not the same around the globe. If I stayed with the first brand of garlic that I had, I wouldn't have seen any results at all. So on my day 4 now, which is actually day 1 with the strong garlic I am defiantly seeing a difference. I'll report back in a few days with the results.

Replied by Ladybug
(Fairfax, Va)

So I noticed you posted in January. Have you gotten any positive results yet? I have two spots on the upper eyelid of each and I have tried garlic as well and didn't really notice improvement. But, I saw your post and wanted to thank you for the advise on trying different garlic's until you feel the burn. I will try this and hope for removal. Please let us all know how your process is going.

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Hello Ladybug, sorry for the late respond. Yes, it did get better. It's about 50% of what it was initially. I am also doing liver flashes once a month and drink ACV tonic daily, so I am not quite sure which helps the most. I did blood test last month and my cholesterol readings did move in the right direction, so I'll continue doing it until I am fully satisfied. I don't know if your cause for the little buggers is high cholesterol, but I will suggest you doing flushes and Apple Cider Vinegar as well and you'll defiantly see improvement not only for the xanths, but for your overall health. I am planning to do the garlic one more time, but would like to get my readings in norm first, so maybe next year. Good luck and don't give up :-) .....

P.S. If you hate the taste of Epsom salt as much as I do, you can substitute the water with grapefruit juice or mix it half water / half juice and it makes it a lot easy to drink.

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I have read your lil problem about xanthelasma and I can prove that it's giving me some respite and cure for this disease. Mine is found on the corner upper right side on my nose bridge...my cholesterol and lipids are fine and I think my xanthelasma was caused by too much stress and depression. its been 4 years now that my xanthe was under control due to my using garlic. I used just plain garlic by mashing it finely until juices comes out.. then I washed the affected area patted it dry with clean towel then prepare a ..band aid for cuts where I cut a small plain tape enough to cover a lil part of a mashed garlic then taped it on the affected area . I did it in the morning until the following morning, then removed the tape, wash the affected area gently.. then at night I will do it again ..just tiny part of the mashed garlic, taped it on the affected area again until the following morning.you have to do it until the skin is red and burning ..then once it's red and burning, leave it to dry and dried skin together with the xanthe will fall off. The yellow fat is still there inside the skin but its no longer growing but under control. and altho the yellow fat can be seen deep down under the skin it doesnt worry me because it looks smooth and no bumps as I'm wearing eyeglasses and eye shadows. and as many readers here told me that xanthe will come back any time soon, I'm trying not to be stress and depressed. It's been 4 years now that xanthe hasn't grown back yet..Thank you for the home remedy..Garlic..

Replied by Harwinder

Better But With Side Effects

Hi can you tell me which garlic is best for eyelids because I have white spots on my eyes. I was using garlic - than after my eyes had redness. plz tell me

Replied by Melissa
(New York)

Garlic should burn. It should turn red. Since Xanth is under skin, not sure how it will actually go away. I just had CO2 laser under both affected eyes. Waiting to see results. Only been 3 days. Very red and swollen. Might try garlic for too lids. Hopeful!

Posted by Sandy (Charlottesville, Virginia) on 05/09/2011

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?

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Posted by Zaki (Ca) on 12/28/2017

Xanthelma polyps:

Friend I did this

I cut small pieces of lemon skin (organic one) let them soak in vinegar for 3 days and nights and I put for 3 hours I put tape a small piece to cover the after 2 time going. In the night, I put castor oil. Please do is wonderful.

Replied by Vadika

I am also trying the same remedy since 5 days. What difference did you find in your xanthelasma?

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Posted by Marty (Nashville, TN) on 09/30/2008

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!

Replied by Teejay
(Mountain Home, Arkansas)

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.

Replied by Brian
(Barrie, Ont. Canada)

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

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Posted by Karin (California) on 06/28/2014

Yes, my cholesterol is high, but what seems even more critical is that my vitamin D levels are very low. I'm making a real effort, both sun-tanning and taking D3 supplements, to get those levels up.

The more sunshine I get on my body, the smaller the xanthelasmas under my eye gets. I live in Death Valley so I can only get a little sun each day.

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Posted by Asha (Mumbai) on 09/02/2013

Dear sir, madam,

Can u please help me how to remove xenthelasma.

People say it is due to bad cholestrol I tested its ok report , even I did lipid profile, everything is ok. I visited many doctors but lastly no results. I dont eat garlic even I am thin in looks I am 45 yrs. Can u pls pls help me as it seems no remedy but if u have do let me know what is this garlic recepie, how to control cholestrol what food, control cholestrol which is good oil to eat. What should I don't eat yes I eat potato much in vegetables I eat less fried food also then how come this is? Pls reply me.

Replied by Baldev
(Maharashtra, India)
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Hi Asha,

Xanthelasma on eyes is generally due to cholesterol/Triglycerides, but you say that your blood/lipid profile is ok. Some thing is wrong some where. May be the fat intake is not being metabolised and is getting deposited. So, atleast you can start alkalising your body avoid acidic foods, do oil pulling and include regular exercise in your schedule, these are all healthy habits and may help your body metabolism. As for the good oil to use, coconut oil is considered good but it should not be processed. Good Luck

Baldev (tel:09322887066

Replied by Chantel

There are few different types of bumps on the eyelid, Milia, chalazion, as well as xanthelasma, aka cholestoral bumps. I would bet yours is not due to cholestoral. You should try looking up the other types.

Replied by Mary

You do not have to have high cholesterol to have xanthelasma. It can also be hereditary, which mine is.