Xanthoma Treatment

Jan 04, 2017

Xanthoma can be treated naturally using home remedies such as garlic and supplements like niacin.

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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Posted by Bee (Australia) on 08/13/2016
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Thank you all who posted their experiences with castor oil for treating Xanthoma. I had ugly Xanthoma on my left eye lid and the doctor suggested I get it operated upon. Not convinced with that option I started googling for alternative remedies when I came across this website. I applied castor oil (bought at the chemist for $6) on my eyelid every night and noticed a slight change after 3 days...I kept persisting and 3 weeks later it is totally gone! I'm so glad I found this post so thank you very much for sharing this remedy...

Replied by Mom Of Three

Did it really disappear with castor oil? Can't figure out why that would work. I'm trying it but am very skeptical. Thx.

Posted by Darla (Dallas, Tx) on 08/16/2015
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I've been putting castor oil on my xanthomas for a week now and there's no change at all. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.

Replied by Omnivore
Naples, Fl
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Same here. Applied castor oil diligently for three weeks with a Q-tip to the xanthoma, and nothing changed at all.

Posted by Julie (Mt) on 06/03/2015
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I've been using Castor oil on mine for about 8 wks and it has really helped! I put it on heavily on the bumps and massage it in.

A few times one of them has really swollen up from it and looks terrible. Ice has helped that.

What happens is the gunk seems to come up to the surface of the skin and I scrap it with my nails and it pops out. It has been scabbing up where it pops out. It looked terrible for weeks but now it is healed up and looking 90% better.

I had a large one, probably and inch long under my left eye and a large one above and then small ones above and under my right eye. They aren't all gone yet, but I am sticking to it until I can get them gone!

So, just massage a generous amount on them 2x a day.

Replied by Michael

Did all of them finally disappear?

Posted by Atiya (Jammu and Kashmir) on 04/14/2015
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I am using castor oil..but I didn't see any change.. will you please tell me which castor oil r u people using. I am asking u in terms of brand.

Posted by Mimi (London, Uk) on 10/14/2014
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Hi, I too have had these yellow spots (one under each eye) for about 8 years. I posted 2 natural tricks under the heading "Xanthelasma".

One is the castor oil that I have been trying for the last 3 weeks. Although slow acting, this has made a difference. First the awful matte white yellowish colour (resembling uncooked chicken fat) started changing and looking more like the colour of my skin. This made the spots less obvious and easier to camouflage with make up (previously this was impossible, in fact, I felt make up made them more obvious). The spots also seem to have regressed slowly in size. Because there is slow but progressive change, I am persisting and will be posting news as time goes by.

Another suggestion I had read about was using lemon rind, and this seems similar but less drastic than the garlic treatment. Soak small pieces of lemon skin in vinegar 3 days and nights. Then put small piece (white side of the lemon on skin) to cover the spot with tape for 3-4 consecutive nights. The outer area of the spot should change to deeper yellow which indicates that it has matured and ready to be pressed out with finger tips.

I have no idea if this works, but thought that if the castor oil did not work and have them completely disappear after a few months, I would try the lemon rind technique.

If anybody tries this, please post your results.

Replied by Lilly
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Hi. Are you ladies using hexane free castor oil or regular castor oil? I am using the hexane free castor oil for months, massaging it in and no results... Any help appreciated.

Replied by Michael

Did the castor oil get rid of them all together over time? I didn't see your update.

Posted by Maryann (Florida, US) on 08/02/2014
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To all with Xanthoma bumps. I was told many years ago when it first started never let anyone cut them out as you will get more in that spot and so I forgot the warning and went to a dermatologist who cut one out under my right eye as he said he must send it out for biopsy. It was benign as all of them are. I have tried everything since then and now 44 years later am trying the castor oil. It is working. I have only been using it in the evening before bed and sometimes after I wash my face in the morning. So far it has been 3 weeks and I do see an improvement. Thank you so much.

Replied by Dawn
Lasalle, Illinois

Do you just rub (castor oil) on your eyelids (xanthe) like lotion? Or do you put the oil on cotton balls n let it set over nite?

Posted by Karen (Whitehorse, Yukon) on 07/09/2014
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I have had these ugly yellow things for years (not from high cholesterol) and the only option where I live is to have them surgically removed. I thought I would try the castor oil first and if it didn't work, then I would try the garlic. I am so excited to tell you that the castor oil is working it's magic. I've been generously applying it twice a day for 5 days and at the rate that they are disappearing, I think it will be gone within 10 days.

The best part - there is no burning or any pain involved and it's good for your skin. WIN WIN!!!

Replied by Susan

Hi Karen! I'm so happy to hear the castor oil is working for you!!! I have tried garlic and thnot did not really help me. I'm starting the castor oil. Any specific type or brand?

Replied by Karen
Whitehorse, Yukon

Hi Susan,

I'm pretty sure it is all 100% castor oil. I just picked up the Life brand from Shopper's Drugmart.

It is continuing to work for me. People are really noticing it. The thicker areas will obviously take a little longer but I am so happy. I have 3 siblings with the same problem so it will be interesting to see if it works on them as well as it has for me.

Good Luck Susan!

Replied by Angela

Hi Karen .How did you apply this castor oil for xanthomas? How long did you leave it on between applications? ..hope I am as lucky as you..right now it is kind of dripping in my eyes!

Replied by Heather

Hi Karen, Glad it's working for you! I have the same question: how did u apply it on your eyes and how long do u leave it on? What made you think to use it?

Replied by Maricel

The doctor said that the small pimples in my eyes is cholestesterol deposits, before it is only few but later on it all covered my eyes lid and sometimes it so itchy. Can you help me find a natural remedy for this?

Posted by Suzy (Fort Wayne In) on 01/19/2014
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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.

Replied by Denise
Georgia, US

Suzy, You stated that the Xanthoma disappeared with the use of castor oil. this worked without all of the pain and scarring the garlic seems to do? Please let me know and also how long did it take to get rid of? So tired of these ugly things.

Replied by Suzy
Fort Wayne, US

Denise, I started applying castor oil to my eye lashes after reading that it grew them back thick and long. I applied it just along the lashes at first then quit because I wasn't getting any results. I started again after looking at how short and stubby they were. Only this time I smeared the castor oil on my lower lash line and my eyelid on up to, and including, my eyebrows. Doing this, I was covering the lumps without really intending too. I did this every night and after about a month I noticed while applying mascara that my lashes were full and thick. But the added surprise was that the white lumps were gone. I had tried everything at one time or another with no success. From a needle prick to a blackhead remover, nothing would get the lump out and the results would be a big infected looking red lump that eventually returned to an ugly white lump. I still apply the castor oil every night. It really works and is cheap. Just stick with it and don't be stingy with the oil. I sure didn't expect the results I got but am very pleased. I hope this helps.

Replied by Denise

Thanks SO much for your reply! Thinking this would be a non evasive method as opposed to the garlic others are praising! Certainly worth a shot and I have some serious Xanthoma under my eyes. God Bless

Replied by Ty

Any follow up with this? I have a couple smallish xanthelasma spots under my eye and am thinking about trying this.

Replied by Karen
Whitehorse, Yukon

THANK YOU SUZY!!!!! I have had these ugly yellow things for years (not from high cholesterol) and the only option where I live is to have them surgically removed. I thought I would try the castor oil first and if it didn't work, then I would try the garlic. I am so excited to tell you that the castor oil is working it's magic. I've been generously applying it twice a day for 5 days and at the rate that they are disappearing, I think it will be gone within 10 days.

Georgia and Indiana - Try this before surgery for sure. I've had surgery several times and am left with scarring but at least I can cover that with make-up.

Replied by Laura

I am just wondering: all the people who say have applied castor oil, is this for xanthelasmas? Some of the people talk about spots or bumps. Are you referring to xanthelamas or something else? This is important as it may lead to confusion. It is not the same talking about a spot with some fat than talking about xanthelasmas.

So basically, my question is: those people who say that castor oil worked for them, do you mean castor oil removed the xanthelasmas? Thanks

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Posted by Mandy (Wollongong Nsw) on 06/03/2014
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Better But With Side Effects

I am successfully reversing Xanthoma's over my eye lids. Previously I had them surgically removed. When they returned, with the help of my GP- I started taking Crestor-cholesterol lowering medication--I took 10 tablets per week-5mg-as slow as they grew-they are now shrinking. I am documenting the progress as I go. Due to the medication causing some pain problems as side effects-I found taking them in the morning best.

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Mandy: Good to hear positive results from such toxic pharmaceuticals. The pain you are experiencing is probably due to the fact that statin drugs are notorious for depleting the bodies natural CoQ10 levels. It is very much advised to supplement Selenium/Vit-E (natural tocopherols and/or tocotrienols)/CoQ10 or Ubiquinol.


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Posted by Kchaos (Louisana) on 08/25/2016
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Garlic for Xanthoma Works!

I am in total shock this actually worked! I HAD a small cholesterol lump in the corner of my eye. I picked up fresh garlic yesterday afternoon and cut a small long piece with a pointed end so it wouldn't get into my actual eye ball. First day I did it twice. 10 minutes each. By the next morning I noticed it was smaller. This stuff really does sting though, so you can't be afraid of pain. Then just now, day 2 I just applied it again for another 10 minutes and I pressed down hard enough that I could stand and it just fell off!! Literally just fell off....I've had this thing for over a year.. I'm on cloud nine.. now I don't have to worry about people constantly thinking I have something in my eye..

It didn't swell or anything for me like it did most people.. just red and tender.. like a sunburn. It's worth it. I promise. Just do it. Don't go to the doctor.

Replied by Rebecca
New Jersey
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Hi I Started using garlic cloves on mine and it really works the first 10 min. I could feel it workings felt like it was on fire but the next day the scabs came offso I put aloe on for a hour and did the garlic again twice that day its day 2 and like their gone after 4 days of 2 times a day with the garlic and I all so put vitamin e oil after the garlic and at night I put a piece of aloe overnight so it won't scar and hope it's helping take it away to😃 so far I love the results after having them on my eyes for over 5 years and the eye doctor said she's giving me a discount 300$ for each eye and I did it myself for 1dollar use the garlic cloves it really work..

Posted by Sara (Bangalore) on 07/16/2016
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I applied garlic capsules oil and also raw garlic for 4 days. my xan became very small but to remove completely I pressed thin slice of garlic over my eyelid and now there is red burn mark and also my eyelid is swollen. Please help me, what should I do to subside swelling . Thanks

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Sara, read up on Castor Oil for your eye.

Posted by Jk (California) on 02/18/2016
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Garlic for Xanthomas:

Here is what I did. I crushed up a garlic tablet (the hard kind) with just a very tiny amount of water, enough to make a paste. Then I put some of this paste on the xanthomas (ugly things that they are) and after the first day they were more than half gone. With two more days, they were completely gone. I left the paste on for about half a day to let it be absorbed as much as possible.

I think this works better than straight garlic because it doesn't burn like the garlic bulb oil does. I was thinking about using soft gel tablet garlic and that might work also. It just so happened that I had the hard garlic tablets so that was my choice.

I'm simply astounded that this has worked so well. I hope it will work for you also. By the way, I had these above my eyes and below my eyes so there were four of them. The ones above my eyes were like multiple bumps strung together and the ones below my eyes were more "wormy."

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Hi what brand of garlic tablet did u use and were your xanthoma on the elbows? If so how did you keep the paste on without it spilled?

Replied by Lilly

hi Anna. Thanks for such great directions! Did the crushed garlic cause pain and redness too? I'm afraid of scaring as I make ugly scars.

Posted by Chaku (Nh) on 12/08/2015
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Better But With Side Effects

I need an Urgent help...I was using crushed garlic on my eyelid due to Xanthoma and it burnt like a hell, I got into a deep sleep for whole night with garlic paste on it. In the morning when I woke up and I saw on the eyelid, the big bump is gone, but the garlic had left burnt mark really bad, like my skin got burned very bad.

What should I do to heal fast? it does not burn anymore but looks so bad. Need help. Is anyone has this problem? I really need help..Please

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Chaku,

I would try castor oil or extra virgin coconut oil. Maybe a mixture of both. Applied several times a day.

If you could find a salve with comfrey in it, that would be ideal.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Jacqueline
Mumbai, Maharashtra

Use Aloe Vera to heal the burn.

Posted by Shelli (Silicon Valley, Ca) on 11/14/2014
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When this bump appeared on my upper left lid my doctor told me it was called a xanthelasma. She gave me a referral to a dermatologist to have it removed. I did some research on the internet and almost everyone who has had them removed surgically said they reappeared. With this discovery and two kids in college I was unable financially to take a chance on an expensive treatment that would only be a temporary solution. I am usually one to take a more holistic approach to problems such as this, so I continued my search. I found a product on the internet called Naturalis Xanthelasma Treatment. I ordered it and followed the directions to a T, but it did not work for me. As I read the directions for another product that I found online it said that you needed to scratch the xanthelasma before applying their product. I did not want to buy the product so I decided to try the scratching method and then apply the Naturalis. It did not work. I gave up and left it alone for months. Then it started to get bigger so I went back online and found this site. I didn't have castor oil and I was anxious to get started with something so I tried the garlic method.

At first I tried crushing the garlic like I read in a previous post on this site. Because my xan was on my upper lid the garlic oil was running in my eye, so I had to come up with a different method of applying it. Here is what I did and my results - I took an unpeeled clove of garlic and sliced one end off. I made little slices in the exposed end of the garlic to get the juices flowing. Then I held the exposed end of the garlic on my xan for 10 minutes. Yes it burned, but I did not find it intolerable. When I was done I cut the end that was pressed to my skin off of the garlic and put the remaining part of the garlic in a small container and put it in the refrigerator. I used this same clove of garlic for my follow up applications. Again making small slices to get the juices going. I liked this method because I was not getting garlic all over my fingers as I applied it to my xan. You can do several applications a day. I only did one. After my daily application I let the garlic juices sit on my skin for a little while, then I rinsed it off my eye. I did not put anything on it. I wanted it to dry out as quickly as possible. The next morning my xan was extremely swollen. I put some coconut oil on my eye to take away some of the redness. I repeated this process for 3 nights until my skin was really dry and scabbing. Then I stopped applying the garlic and let the scab continue to dry and flake off. I did use coconut oil to moisturize it each night. I think that helped the dry skin to come of quicker. After about a week all the skin had flaked off and the xan was considerably smaller. So I repeated the process. I have repeated this process three times and my xan is so small now. I am going to do it again and I think this should be my last time. Note that when you repeat the process you may not need to do it for 3 nights. After the first time, I only needed to apply the garlic for 1 night.

I do like what I read about the Castor Oil and what it does for your eyelashes. So I am going to start applying it all around my eyes before I go to bed. I hope this will restore my, once lush, eyelashes and maybe it will prevent my xan from coming back. Good luck.

Replied by Diamond

There are many non abrasive things to use. One it's better to eat garlic raw as it have much more potency and helps take care of whole body. Castor oil is another. Let me know how things work out for you. Good Luck.

Replied by Kim
West Memphis Ar.

Did the garlic really help? Did it come back? I have 1 on each eye. 1 is the size of a quarter.

Replied by Darla
Dallas, Tx
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Worked Temporarily

They will return after not using the garlic for a good while. It took me about a month before my eyes were fully healed, without scabs. I could then cover them up with makeup but they were back in about 6 months and I had to do the process again. Today I decided to try the castor oil treatment. Hoping it works better than the garlic.

Replied by Lata
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I also tried garlic method for removing xanthoma under eye, cholesterol deposit. It is excellent. Day by day it is going smaller. But my question is whether that white mark vanishes or still remains.

Posted by Melissa D. (Berlin, Wi) on 01/17/2014

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!

Replied by Melissa D.
Berlin, Wi
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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!

Replied by Jas

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..

Replied by Suzanne
Fort Wayne, Indiana

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.

Replied by Jas

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...

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Jas, of course you should stop if you got irritation. You might try Castor Oil before bed.

Replied by Jas

Thanks .. Mmsg. Does caster oil work on xanthoma too?

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Jas, I don't know. I just know that I read it can help.

Replied by Jas

Thanks Mmsg and everyone here sharing their views.. as I applied garlic for three days on xanthoma. My skin got burn and the bumpy part of it has gone now it became white.. m waiting for new skin to come over it. Can anyone tell me is it ok? Will the white scar be gone afterwards?

Replied by Mandyuk
Midlands, Uk

Hi All, I have these unsightly lumps above my eyes and had them for around 5 years. I really want rid of them, my son says they look like 2 slugs ugh... I do not have the money to get rid of them privately as they don't do them on NHS ...so I am reading about garlic. I have brought one tonight and plan to apply tomorrow.. do you use the juice or the actual clove? I am hoping this will work.

Replied by Lisa


Opthamologists and occu plastic doctors all say to excise it because its under the skin and just returns. I'm so confused. I have it on all four lids. Seems like a big deal to me to cut up all my lids at once and one doctor threw me out of his office because I didnt want him to slice up all four at once but wanted bottom lids then top. Anyway, The lower lids are a bit long.

I have researched as best I can and see there's a bit on vitamin E deficiency possibilities. Has anyone read this? And then the usual lipids, liver stuff but my blood tests were all fine a drop over on the ldl but nothing that should have caused this. No one checked vit E levels.

It's so ugly looking. Seems weird there is so little on it in terms of real creams and removers except that one xantharemover that has no real info on except their own hype. Mine are flat ugly yellow ones, not the lumps. Had them about a solid year.

I can see how the garlic would work but it's only the top layer of the skin so it would return pretty quickly. I'm not sure how the castor oil would work but maybe the vitamins in it help it or its milia and not xanthelesma. Not sure on that but would love real photos and time frame. I have changed my diet to all healthy as an obvious precaution if I get the nerve to cut them out I dont want them back.

I do have gerd and wonder if those meds did something sometimes but no one knows much at all. I don't drink or even eat fried up foods so it must be genetic or some weird deficency malabsorption kinda thing. The flat ones are different then the lumps I think in terms of removal.

Replied by Lisa

I've had this for a few years now. I have one in each inner corner of my eye. I'm def buying the castor oil today. Thanks everyone.

Replied by Cindy
Hong Kong
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I read your post and started with the castor oil treatment 7 weeks ago. It took more than 4 weeks to start seeing improvement, yet it is improving every day. Hopefully, this ugly xanthelasma will be gone within next month or two. Thanks.