What is Cellulite?

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What is Cellulite?

Cellulite occurs when a layer of fat protrudes into the connective tissue just below the skin’s surface and creates a bumpy, cottage cheese-like dimpling on the skin. Cellulite is a normal secondary sex characteristic that affects 80-90% of women post-puberty, typically appearing on the thighs, pelvic area or abdomen. In short, cellulite is completely normal. So, why does society seem to view cellulite as a negative physical attribute?

What Causes Cellulite?

With all the pills, creams and gels out there, you would think the cause of cellulite would be widely known. Not true. The irony is the best researchers in the world still don't know exactly what causes cellulite. It seems to be a multifactorial condition, possibly due to estrogen dominance, lymphatic (immune system) congestion, diet, lifestyle, and/or genetics.

In terms of pure anatomy and physiology, the big difference between men and women is that a dense layer of collagen called the fibrous septa, which connects skin to the underlying connective tissue, runs perpendicular in women (unlike in men, where it runs diagonally), therefore allowing fat to protrude through much more easily.

Despite the overwhelming number of products and claims by manufacturers, the best research confirms there is “no consensus on a cure” for cellulite. So, if you’re struggling with some excess and unwanted cellulite (remember, almost everyone has some cellulite), what options do you have for possible solutions?

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