Health and Fitness

What Really Causes Cellulite?

Why does cellulite appear on some women more than others? Cellulite is when the skin has areas with ugly and lumpy appearance which usually occurs after puberty. It is also known as cottage cheese skin, hail damage and orange feel syndrome. Cellulite is an annoying thing, many people would like to get rid of it because of the way it looks.

What Causes Cellulite?

There is an awful lot of misinformation out there about what causes cellulite, and how to get rid of it. Cellulite is an interaction of the adipose tissue and connective tissues upon which the sex hormones act. It is located in the subsurface or subcutaneous layer of the skin.

As women start approaching menopause, estrogen starts decreasing which has an impact on the blood vessels. When estrogen starts to decrease, you lose receptors in blood vessels and thighs, so you have decreased circulation. With decreased circulation you get less oxygen and nutrition to that area, and with that we notice a decrease in collagen production. Then fat calls start becoming larger and become bumpy fat known as cellulite.

Women tend to get cellulite around knees, buttocks, saddlebags, and the stomach. From 25 to 35 years old is when you start seeing the appearance of cellulite, but what about younger women developing cellulite?

Too much estrogen makes fat cells layer. So, younger women who are overweight who have estrogen dominance condition (making too much estrogen), can have cellulite.

Why is cellulite more common in women than men?

Men and women skin is fundamentally different. Men do not usually have cellulite because the epidermis, dermis and uppermost part of the subcutaneous tissue is different in males. Men have thicker epidermis and dermis tissue layers in the thighs and buttocks. More distinctively dissimilar, the first layer of fat, which is slightly thinner in men.

Why Does Cellulite Tend to Get Worse as You Age?

In women, the dermis reaches its maximal thickness at 30 years of age. Secondly, the dermis area, which is bound together by the connective tissue starts to get looser, due to the aging process of te collagen and elastic fibers.

What causes cellulite mainly, is the kind of work we do, the kind of food we eat, and the kind of underwear we wear. Cellulite becomes a problem at the 1970s and 1980s when the diet, activity and underwear started changing. In order to get rid of cellulite, you have to address the collagen, reduce the fat and increase circulation.


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