Cellulite – Understanding Cellulite and its Causes

Posted on September 11, 2009 with No Comments

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.

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