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Cellulite on Legs

Do you believe that only overweight people have cellulite problem? If yes, then you will be surprised to know that 95 per cent of women have cellulite somewhere on their body. Now it is obvious that not all women in the world are overweight. This means cellulite is certainly not something that can be blamed exclusively on weight issues. If it’s not weight, then what exactly causes cellulite?

To understand the causes of cellulite, it is first important to understand how cellulite develops.

Cellulite is a kind of fat tissue that is located in the subsurface layer of the skin. The subsurface layer of skin is made of bands of connecting tissue that have many fat cells and is surrounded by a liquid that carries waste away from this layer. When due to any reason the structural support of the skin starts to collapse, the fat cells push through it and result in the appearance of cellulite.

Formation of Cellulite

There are several factors that cause the structural support of the skin to collapse and these are basically the reasons behind appearance of dimpled skin. So, if you have cellulite, the following could be one of the reasons:

Genetics

If your mother or grandmother has been dealing with cellulite all their life, chances are you will suffer from the condition too. Cellulite tends to run in families. There are some particular genes that trigger cellulite development. If you are born with those genes, then you are most likely to get orange peel skin in your life. But experts believe that just because you have the genes for cellulite doesn't mean you have to develop it. If you eat a healthy diet, exercise, and skip wearing restrictive underwear, then you might just avoid getting dimpled skin.

Lymphatic system

Your lymphatic system plays a crucial role in the development of cellulite. Decreased lymph and blood circulation to the subsurface layer of skin can lead to the stiffening of fat cells. This causes the fluids, which carry away waste, to be trapped. Toxic build-up further tightens the underlying fat cells, resulting in cellulite formation. Regular detoxification, lymphatic massages and massaging the areas of cellulite can help drain toxins and increases your lymphatic fluid, thereby reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Hormones

Hormones are the reason why women are more prone to cellulite than men. It is believed that female hormones like oestrogen and prolactin contribute to the formation of cellulite. Many experts also believe that noradrenaline, insulin, and various hormones produced by the thyroid gland also play a crucial role in the development of cellulite. It is due to hormonal imbalances that only some women start developing orange peel skin after starting birth control pills. If your cellulite is down to hormonal imbalances, then consider speaking to your doctor and seeking treatment to get rid of cellulite.

Lifestyle

You dietary choices, level of physical activity and even your clothing choices can contribute to the development of cellulite. Eating junk and carb-rich food can make you more prone to dimpled skin as calories from those foods are turned into body fat and also cellulite. Normally unhealthy diets are low in fibre content that inhibits the body’s ability to get rid of toxins. And as already mentioned that toxic build-up can contribute to cellulite formation. Just like an unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity raises body fat level, which naturally increases the appearance of cellulite. Research has also shown that smoking or excessive alcohol consumption can make one more prone to cellulite. When it comes to clothing choices, then you must know that wearing tight underwear or pants that can restrict blood flow in the thighs and buttocks can cause or aggravate cellulite development.