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How to Get Rid of Cholesterol Deposits Around Your Eyes

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Cholesterol spots or deposits that you can notice around your eyes are bumps of fat that develop underneath your skin, usually in the inner canthus of the upper eyelid. They are also known as xanthelasma.

While one of the main causes of xanthelasma is a high level of low-density lipoproteins (LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol) in the body, it can also be due to genetic factors, diabetes, liver disease and other conditions.

People who have high cholesterol, cirrhosis or diabetes are at a higher risk of developing this problem. It’s also more common among people who are between 40 and 60 years old.


This problem does not cause pain or itching, but it may impede vision if the bump grows large enough.

Plus, it can be a signal of future coronary artery disease. A 2013 study published in BioMed Research International reports that a good number of cases of xanthelasma palpebrarum are combined with smoking, central obesity, hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidemia, which are the major risk factors for coronary artery disease.

As the affected area is normally very close to the eyes, surgery is not a recommended treatment. Plus, surgery can lead to scarring, which can be as upsetting as the appearance of the bump itself. Laser treatment is another possibility, but also carries the risk of scarring.

It is important to find out the cause of your xanthelasma and plan the treatment accordingly. For instance, if the cause is high cholesterol in the blood, you need to take steps to reduce your cholesterol level.


In the meantime, these home remedies can help minimize the appearance of or even remove the bumps.

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Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of cholesterol deposits around your eyes.

1. Garlic

The best and most popular home treatment for xanthelasma is garlic.

The enzymes present in garlic help flatten the small, bumpy deposits. Garlic is also beneficial for reducing a high cholesterol level.

A 2001 study published in the Journal of Nutrition indicates the cholesterol-lowering effects of garlic extract are in part from inhibition of hepatic cholesterol synthesis by water-soluble sulfur compounds.

Later, a 2013 press release from the National Institute of Integrative Medicine reported that garlic extract is a safe and effective alternative to pharmaceutical blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering medications.

  • Slice up a garlic clove or crush a few garlic cloves to make a paste. Apply it on the affected area and cover with a gauze so the garlic doesn’t get into your eye. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then wash it off with warm water. Repeat once daily for a few days.
  • Alternatively, crush a garlic tablet into a fine powder. Add a little water to form a paste and apply it on the affected area. Leave it on for about 1 hour before rinsing it off. Do this daily until you get the desired result.
  • Also, you can eat 2 to 3 raw garlic cloves on an empty stomach daily. If you prefer to take a garlic supplement, always consult your doctor first.

Note: Do not use garlic on your skin for a longer duration as it may burn the skin. Avoid using it completely if you have sensitive skin.


2. Castor Oil

Another effective remedy to treat xanthelasma is castor oil. The ricinoleic acid in castor oil helps shrink the cholesterol deposits.

However, this oil works best on small deposits that are new.

  1. Soak a cotton ball in cold-pressed, pure castor oil.
  2. Apply it on the affected area, keeping your eyes closed.
  3. Massage for a few minutes and, if possible, secure the cotton ball in place with a bandage or tape.
  4. Leave it on overnight, and clean the area with warm water the next morning.
  5. Repeat this remedy daily until you are satisfied with the result.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

If you have high cholesterol and it is the prime reason behind the cholesterol deposits near your eyes, apple cider vinegar is just what you need.

Apple cider vinegar helps reduce your LDL or the bad cholesterol level in the body. It liquefies the cholesterol and fat as well as aids the liver in removing toxins from the body.

Plus, the acetic acid in it is corrosive in nature, which helps remove the bumpy deposits.

  • Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it to the affected area. Use an adhesive tape or bandage to hold the cotton ball in place. After 2 hours, remove the cotton ball and rinse the area with warm water. Do this a couple of times a day.
  • Also, mix 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a little raw honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it twice daily.

Note: If you have sensitive skin, dilute the apple cider vinegar with a little water before use.

4. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds are also effective at flattening cholesterol deposits until they disappear completely, mainly due to the seeds’ cholesterol-lowering properties.

  • Soak 2 teaspoons of fenugreek seeds in a glass of water overnight. Drink this mixture first thing the next morning on an empty stomach. It will help reduce the level of bad cholesterol in your body. Repeat daily.
  • Also, apply the water in which the fenugreek seeds were soaked overnight on the affected area. Massage the area gently with your fingertips, so that the water penetrates deep into the skin. Repeat daily.

5. Onions

This staple kitchen ingredient is another effective treatment, which you should surely give a try.

First of all, onions contain compounds that inhibit bad cholesterol and fat buildup, one of the main reasons behind this problem.

Secondly, their acidic nature helps flatten the bumpy deposits on the skin.

  • Extract the juice from 1 onion, add a little salt to it and set it aside for a couple of hours. Before going to bed, apply it on the affected area, massage gently and leave it on overnight. The following morning, wash the area with warm water. Repeat daily.
  • Also, mix 2 tablespoons of onion juice in a glass of water and drink it daily.

6. Banana Peels

To dissolve the cholesterol deposits around your eyes in a safe and natural manner, banana peels are very effective.

The peel has strong antioxidant properties and the enzymes in it help dissolve the bumpy deposits naturally.

  1. Cut out a small piece of a ripe banana peel.
  2. Carefully place the inside part of the peel over the cholesterol deposit.
  3. Use a bandage or tape to secure the peel and leave it on overnight.
  4. The next morning, remove the peel and wash the area with water.
  5. Repeat every night until the bump is no longer visible.

How to Get Rid of Cholesterol Deposits Around Your Eyes was last modified: September 3rd, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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19 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Cholesterol Deposits Around Your Eyes”

  1. Thanks for very usefull information. Can you please let me know i have dark circlea uner my eyes and i have tried so many things but still there.please give me some good advise.

    1. I have recently got the info about bitter melon. Please google benefits of bitter melon. You’ll get all your answers there. Especially bitter melon juice reduce your dark spots, circles and any skin diseases and it will glow your skin.


  2. Today I bought some fresh garlic and put a thin slice on eye lid and covered it with a band aid. As im typing this post I have it on. It surely burns a lot but bearable. I have to get rid of this ugly deposit on my eye. Thanks for all the great remedies.

  3. Hey I have recently eliminated the yellow bump on my left eye by using apple cided vinegar.. and garlic.it really works guys..

  4. Ann just a thought re the garlic treatment…worth a try. cing as the garlic burns…maybe chop up a tiny piece of garlic… and put it in a bottle of grapeseed oil say 1o ml and leave it to infuse in the oil overnight shake and apply to the area. I reckon this will cause no burning and will actually protect the skin while the garlic is doing its stuff. and will be much easier to apply and can be worn during the day without the use of bandages. and it will be much easier to apply.

  5. yall with these really need to go see a cardiologist. you are at a ridiculously high risk of having heart disease and premature heart attacks and DEATH! I’m being very serious and not joking. Please! go see someone about this!!!!

  6. Will you get the same effect for the removal of the deposits if you had this for a long time the American people are block grants

  7. On the apple cider vingar remedy is that supposed to be an American tablespoon or an Australian tablespoon as there is a big difference?

  8. Ok I recently gone to the cardiologists in my heart seems to be fine although I do have the deposits around my eye I’m going to try this with the garlic and the apple cider vinegar and let’s see how it works I will let you know

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