Fatty/cholesterol deposits or palpebral xanthelasma are nothing more than little yellowish lumps of fat that form around the eyes. Although perfectly harmless on their own, they can be unsightly and annoying, not to mention indicative of high cholesterol and heart disease.
Why do fatty deposits develop
As their name suggests, cholesterol deposits around eyes develop due to high cholesterol, especially the “bad” cholesterol – LDL. High LDL is strongly associated with heart disease and stroke and is therefore imperative to be managed. So, if you notice fatty lumps developing around your eyes – consider it a gift in disguise and go to the doctor to check your cholesterol, LDL and HDL levels.
How to remove fatty deposits
There are many natural remedies that can help you reduce the appearance of fatty deposits around the eyes. However, the number one thing you should do is check your cholesterol levels and if the tests show high levels (which is very likely), try to take care of it with diet.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) can and should be used internally and topically. ACV can help metabolize excess fat in the body and is therefore best consumed.
Internally: drink it every day; just dissolve ACV in water (1 tbsp) and add a bit of honey.
Topically: soak a cotton ball in ACV and apply to the fatty deposits. If possible, use a small bandage to hold the cotton ball in place for about 1 hour and then remove and rinse with warm water. Do this 2 times a day.
One of the best natural treatments for cholesterol deposits around eyes. Since garlic can reduce high cholesterol levels, make sure you consume it too.
Topically: crush a garlic clove or two and make a paste-like consistency. Apply to the cholesterol deposits and cover with a bandage or a gauze. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes and then wash with warm water. Use it once a day, every day for a week or two.
3. Castor Oil
Another popular cholesterol deposits removal treatment. The ricinoleic acid in castor oil helps dissolve and shrink fatty deposits, but it’s best used on newly developed deposits.
Soak a cotton ball in pure castor oil and apply to fatty deposits. Massage the area for a minute or two and let the oil sit on your eyelids for as long as possible (overnight is best). Apply castor oil every day, for at least one week.