What Causes Cellulite?

Though not dangerous (only a bit unsightly), many folks who contact us want to know what causes cellulite and what can be done to prevent or remove it.

Cellulite is a collection of fat that is under the skin. Beneath the skin, everyone has fascia which is a type of connective tissue. Fascia and other components of connective tissue connect the dermis with the layers beneath the skin, either fat or muscle. This connective tissue forms little pockets under the skin. So long as there is no big fat accumulation, these little pockets remain flat.

When fat increases under the skin, it pushes outward and upward into those little pockets that are connected to deeper tissue inward and allow fat to be bulging outward toward the surface. Thus, you have this cottage cheese appearance so many people hate. It is not an illness and not to be confused with cellulitis, which is an inflammation of the connective tissue.

How Do You Get Cellulite?

It is a fairly common occurrence to be burdened with cellulite. All you have to do is gain more weight than your body was originally expecting. When fat cells swell up with too much content, it has to go somewhere. It pushes against the tissue with the least resistance and that is outward, toward the dermis. There really is no other way to get cellulite than by gaining weight. A certain familial or genetic predisposition may make you more susceptible to get the cellulite appearance on your skin.

Genetically, your connective tissue may be tighter bound to the muscle fascia and therefore you may have smaller pockets in which fat can collect making cellulite show quicker. You may just be genetically more prone to gain weight, which again works on the same principle of weight gain being the culprit of cellulite. Certain changes of hormone release into the blood during menopause will result in fat deposition. In anticipation of this event, certain precautions of diet and exercise can be established so you won’t be caught after the appearance of cellulite has already begun.

How Can Cellulite Be Prevented?

By keeping your body in good shape through exercise and proper diet, you will keep your weight within a reference the body can handle. So long as the connective tissue is not filled up and pushed outward, you will not have cellulite on your buttocks, thighs, abdomen and even arms. This can be helped by using a skin firming lotion.  In short, weight control is the biggest preventative action you can take. Weight control is achieved by keeping your body within the proper weight for your height, gender and age. As soon as you notice a weight gain, start to be vigilant of your food choices, food intake, amount of sleep you get and daily exercise.

How Can Cellulite Be Treated?

Choosing the best cellulite lotion is a good start.  Though controlling your weight and eating right (losing a little weight) is one of the best ways to lose dimpling, there are lotions that help hydrate the tissue and improve the firmness of the connective tissue – they go a long way towards treatment if used over extended periods.

The only natural treatment for cellulite is the same as for prevention: weight loss. The good thing is that cellulite can actually be minimized or even be eliminated by the effects of healthy living. The benefits of this approach are so much greater that just eliminating the appearance of unsightly marks on the body. They affect the better health of the entire body.

The invasive treatment is surgery. Liposuction will remove the filled fat cells through invasive procedures of sucking out the fat. By doing this, the little string connections will be torn from the deeper tissue. Consequently, if you gain weight again, the fat tissue outline that looked like cottage cheese will not look like that anymore and will be shaped differently.

Cellulite – Understanding Cellulite and its Causes

Our mission is generally to provide reviews, news, product overviews and some helpful tips and advice. But, every once in a while, we decide to dig-in to some boarder-line medical and physiological causes of skin -related problems. This is often motivated by a comment someone makes that we find goes in the wrong direction – such is the case with cellulite.

Understanding Cellulite

A common misconception of what causes cellulite and how do you get rid of cellulite centers around weight gain and weight loss respectively.

Most folks believe the cause of cellulite – the bumps, lumps and uneven appearance – is the result of being overweight. While excessive with or obesity is a contributing factor, it is a secondary factor nonetheless.

The primary causes have to do the poor tissue health.

In a nutshell, the continued loss of moisture in the skin combined with the breakdown of collagen fibers under the epidermis allow fat and fluid build-up to “float to the surface” of the tissue, thus giving the “cottage cheese” or lumpy appearance.

Though gaining weight certainly provides ammunition for increased appearance of cellulite – particularly on the legs – hormone changes during pregnancy, menopause, aging, or medication, lack of a poor overall diet, and poor exercise habits – often have more to do with cellulite symptoms that simply gaining a few pounds.

Taking a closer look at cellulite

Connective tissue under the skin consists primarily of elastic fibers referred to as collagen and elastin. These fibers give our skin an underlying flexibility and elasticity – and essentially “hold us together”. The connective tissue is supported by fine capillaries that bring blood and nutrition and fluid circulation that add nutrients and hydration.

An unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, poor daily hydration, or changing hormones can deplete adequate nutrition or circulation that can lead to lack of blood flow and nutrition deliver.

Lack of nutrition and blood supply leads to a breakdown of collagen that lessens the strength and resilient nature of the connective tissue. Over time, fat deposits move up through this connective tissue – “parking” just under the skin’s top layers – giving the characteristic and signature cellulite look of lumpy, uneven appearance.

So, what can be done to get rid of cellulite? Well, there are really only three options. One, you can embark on along-term plan of healthy eating and exercise and hope for the best. You can drop a bunch of money on surgical procedures and “tucking” to lipodissolve or liposuction out the residual fatty deposits (that still require on going exercise and healthy diet), or you can opt for topical skin care products such as cellulite creams.

These creams often have firming agents that replenish connective tissue and improve its health. Long-term use combined with a more healthy diet can help you avoid and get rid of cellulite deposits.