What is Cellulite - The Causes of Cellulite

According to statistics, 85% of adult women, regardless of their weight, are affected by cellulite.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is the expression used to describe fat deposits which are trapped and that give the skin a dimpled, cottage cheese or orange-peel like appearance.

Cellulite resides just beneath the skin’s surface in the subcutaneous fat layers, creating compartments of ordinary fat cells that tend to increase in size.

Can men suffer from cellulite?

Yes, they can! However, women have cellulite more often than men. The reason for that is the difference of the structure of fat cells - a woman’s connective tissue is very inflexible.

Cellulite can be seen in men with androgen-deficient states and in estrogen therapy patients.

Areas affected by cellulite:

  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Buttocks
  • Breasts
  • Thighs

Is cellulite related to obesity?

Cellulite is absolutely not related to obesity. Thin lean people also can get cellulite.

To chek if you have cellulite just pinch the skin around your thigh or abdomen. If it looks like an orange peel, you probably have cellulite.

Hormonal Factors

Hormonal factors such as estrogen also play a dominant role in cellulite formation. That is why cellulite develops mainly in women during periods of hormonal change, such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and the initial months on birth control pills.

Other factors that cause cellulite include:

  • diet,
  • exercise,
  • medication,
  • smoking,
  • water intake.

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