What is cellulite?
Cellulite is an extremely common problem, characterized by the dimpling and uneven texturing of skin, that mostly effects women (and, although less so, men as well) from puberty onward. It is caused by a natural process wherein the subcutaneous fat found in our connective tissues has herniated — that is, pushed out past the cavity or wall that is supposed to contain it. Once this fat has protruded past its barrier it becomes visible on the skin, appearing as an area that is bulkier than normal or with a texture that is often described as looking like that of an orange-peel. Most often, cellulite is found along the stomach, legs and pelvis.While cellulite isn’t a scientific term, it’s an easily understood name for a skin condition that physicians have recognized and recorded since at least the 1920s. Cellulite isn’t unhealthy or dangerous but it is extremely troubling for the vast majority of people (some 80-90% of women) that suffer from it, mainly due to its unappealing appearance.
Which Factors Contribute to Cellulite?
The appearance of cellulite is, unfortunately, just a common aspect of aging and the natural changes that take place in the human body. Doctors have studied the formation of cellulite but have been unable to adequately understand exactly how to stop its formation. Despite this, there are a few factors that are known to contribute to its development.Hormones and genetics are mostly pointed to as the most prevalent cause of cellulite. Since so many women suffer from cellulite in comparison to men, many physicians believe that estrogen, a hormone naturally produced in the female body, may play a large role in creating it. Unfortunately, because of a lack of reliable clinical support, doctors are unable to properly identify this as a main cause — and offer solutions based on it. Genetic history and other predisposed traits (like race, biotype and others) have been known to lead to cellulite production as well and, along with hormones, are currently being studied in hopes of finding medical treatment options.
A healthy diet, adequate level of exercise and proper hydration have been shown, by some, to help reduce cellulite — something which is good news for those of us with genetics and hormones that don’t work to our favour! Keeping fit, drinking plenty of water and avoiding fatty or sugary foods can work to reduce or prevent cellulite. Stress may also play a role in cellulite production too, providing yet another reason to recommend relaxing massages that help with the blood circulation and lymphatic drainage necessary for letting the body rid itself of cellulite. The FDA-approved solution to cellulite, Venus Legacy™, is also a great way to reduce and get rid of the condition.