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What Is Cellulite & What Causes It?

What Is Cellulite & What Causes It?

Butt Dimples. That’s what comes to mind when you hear the word cellulite. But what is Cellulite, exactly? Cellulite is a collection of fat that appears just under the skin’s surface. The most common places for cellulite to gather is the thighs, backside, and hips. How does this kind of stuff get on our bodies? It is mainly a product of fibrous connective cords that connect the skin and fat that lies underneath. The fat cells press against the skin, which leads the cords to pull down to create a dimpled appearance on the skin.

What Causes Cellulite

There are a lot of factors that can play into the formation of the said dimples. Hormones are believed to be the usual suspect that aids in making cellulite. According to a study published in The Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology suggests that insulin, prolactin, the catecholamines adrenaline and noradrenaline, as well as thyroid hormones are factors in cellulite creation. [i] Other things that contribute include genetic disposition (i.e. women are more likely to for cellulite than men, runs in family, etc.), high stress in one’s life style, and the gaining of weight.

Is Cellulite The Same As Other Fat?

Yes and no. Unlike other fats, such as visceral and subcutaneous, Cellulite is something that is purely based on the individual, not everyone has it. Someone can be obese and not have cellulite or be fit as a fiddle and still have cellulite. While it is a form of fat, it cannot be shed in the same way normal fat can. According to “A Modern Approach to the Treatment of Cellulite” from the Dermatologic Clinics journal, Cellulite is resistant to a lot of different treatments. [ii]

While it cannot be easily treated, its appearance can be reduced drastically. The loss of weight through a healthy lifestyle can reduce the prevalence of cellulite. Other options include radiofrequency, tissue massaging, and the use of retinol cream. If you’re truly desperate, you may have liposuction done, but it will not totally remove cellulite from the body. While these are all ways to lessen the look of cellulite, there seems to be no real definitive cure. Ceullulite is like a stretch mark, there are ways to make it look like you do not have cellulite, but no matter what you try to do, you can never truly get rid of it.

Some Good News

While cellulite is unfavorable in many ways, it’s just something you’ll have to live with for the most part. It can be covered up quite a bit, however, and if you’re able to just maintain a healthy lifestyle (physically and mentally), you won’t have to worry about it near as much. So do those squats, get some sleep, and enjoy your life. Your butt will thank you.

[i] Rossi, Ana Beatris R; Vergnanini, Andre Luiz (2000). “Cellulite: A review”. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology 14 (4): 251–62. doi:10.1046/j.1468-3083.2000.00016.x. PMID 11204512.

[ii] Rossi, Anthony M.; Katz, Bruce E. (2014). “A Modern Approach to the Treatment of Cellulite”. Dermatologic Clinics 32 (1): 51–9. doi:10.1016/j.det.2013.09.005. PMID 24267421.

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