Cellulite, known as an orange peel, is the dimpled appearance of skin caused by fat deposits. Cellulite occurs in both men and women, but it is much more common in women. 95% of women have cellulite. Women are more likely to get cellulite because they have a different type of connective tissue, have less collagen in their skin, and have a higher percentage of body fat.

Cellulite is considered a cosmetic condition. It is commonly developed on the buttocks and thighs because these areas have high fat accumulation.

How does cellulite develop?

Cellulite develops Cellulitewhen connective tissues beneath the skin that shape the body fat become weak and deformed. Most doctors believe this is caused by poor circulation in the skin. When the circulation is poor, the capillaries and veins become weakened and leak blood into the surrounding tissue. This worsens circulation and prohibits fluid drainage. After a few months of fluid buildup, the fat tissue becomes swollen and pushes against the outer skin, making the skin to look like the orange peel.

Poor circulation also causes a buildup of free radicals in the connective tissues, making the circulation even weaker.

What Causes Cellulite?

– Hormonal factors: Female hormone estrogen encourages fat cells to develop while Progesterone leads to fluid retention.

– Genetics: Some people have more fat cells, weak veins, and poor circulation. If your mother has cellulite, you may too.

– Poor diet: People who eat too much fat or salt and too little fiber are likely to develop cellulite. Fatty foods increase the amount of fat under the skin while salty foods lead to fluid retention. Alcohol and caffeine also cause cellulite because they produce the toxins that are trapped in fatty tissue.

– Smoking: Smoking increases harmful free radicals that damage vein, capillary, and other parts of your body.

– Sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise: Inactive lifestyle and lack of exercise can discourage the blood circulation.

– Obesity: Obese people are more likely to get cellulite. Their high level of fat accumulation pushes the cellulite outward, making the appearance of cellulite worse.

– Aging: As we age, the skin becomes thinner. The connective tissue and other contends of the skin are redistributed.

– Clothing: Too tight clothing limits the ability of the blood and lymph flow.

How to Get Rid of Cellulite?

– Massage: Massaging on affected areas helps support the blood and lymph flows. However, too harsh massages can give you an opposite result. Too harsh massages can break lymph vessels, causing fluid retention in the surrounding area.

– Drug: Some drugs help reduce the amount of fat, making the cellulite less noticeable.

– Clothing: Compression garments help reduce cellulite by encouraging blood and lymph flows.

– Contrast shower: A contrast shower is a good home remedy for cellulite prevention and reduction. It encourages the flow of fluids under the skin. In a shower, use hot and cold water in alternation. Focus on the affected area.

How to Prevent Cellulite?

– Perform skin detox on a regular basis

– Eating healthy, low fat foods such as fruits, vegetables, and fiber

– Limit alcohol and caffeine intake

– Exercise regularly

– Quit smoking

– Avoid wearing too tight clothing, especially undergarments

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  1. March 30, 2010

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