What is Xanthelasma? I a client recently contacted me for advice on how best to conceal the xanthelasma around her eyes. Xanthelasma is a yellow or white deposit of cholesterol on the eyelids. It is just below the surface of the skin. Xanthelasma deposits are harmless but it maybe a good idea to see your GP as they can indicate changed cholesterol levels in the body.
The xanthelasma deposits (sometimes called cholesterol spots) will stay the same size or grow bigger but will not disappear on their own account. There are no proven topical treatments to get rid of this condition. The only way to remove them is by laser treatment, cryosurgery (freezing) or conventional surgery. Each of these methods carry the risk of scarring and so many sufferers want to find a way of concealing cholesterol spots with cosmetics.
Can cholesterol spots be concealed successfully with camouflage cosmetics? Yes, but it will vary from person to person depending on the location, size, number and shape of the patches.
Here are my tips on how to conceal xanthelasma around the eyes:
- use an eye cream to keep the skin around the eyelids moisturised
- prepare the eyelids with a primer to help the camouflage products stay put. I like Urban Decay’s Anti-Age Eye Primer Potion
- apply a camouflage cream over the whole of the eyelid to cover any xanthelasma deposits. Use a colour that is a couple of shades darker than the natural shade of the lid. This is the key to covering the patches and making any raised ones less obvious. I chose Veil Covercream for my client. Veil have produced a concealer stack (see image below) of its camouflage creams especially designed for xanthelasma sufferers – click on this link – Veil Covercream Concealer Stack
- keep the camouflage cream in place with a fixing powder applied with a small flat brush. Press the powder into the cream taking care not to get powder into the eye. I used Veil Finishing Powder for my client which is also in the Veil’s Concealer Stack
- always use a good quality eye make-up remover or cleansing balm to gently remove the products at the end of the day. Avoid using soap and water or wipes as these will not remove the products efficiently and may irritate your eyes
If you have any questions about using camouflage products to conceal xanthelasma please get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org