Cellulite What is it?

byGeorge Wallace

Cellulite is a condition in which the skin is wrinkly and appearing to have fat deposits under the skin.  It does not look very nice and is especially noticeable around the buttocks and thighs.  Cellulite is known as adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, and gynoid lipodystrophy in the medical field and known as orange peel.

There are four grades of cellulite

Grade 1 No visible cellulite even when the skin is pinched.

Grade 2 No visible cellulite when lying down or standing.  An orange peel texture can be seen when the skin is pinched

Grade 3 Cellulite is visible when standing, but may disappear when lying down.

Grade 4 Visible cellulite when standing and lying down.

95% of all women have a type of cellulite on their body.  It does not matter what your build is you can still get cellulite. Cellulite can be hereditary so may get it even if you are skinny. Cellulite is very hard to remove; it forms in areas of the least circulation.  Regular exercise is the best method to remove cellulite.  The best forms of exercise are running, swimming and power walking.  These exercise types are the best forms of increasing blood circulation and loosening fat issues from the hard to move areas. After exercise your blood circulation and your metabolism are stimulated, by applying cellulite products after exercise will allow them to be absorbed better. There are several causes that are believed to cause cellulite but it is not known exactly what causes it.  Among these are

  • Hormonal factors – hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development. Many believe estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones, and prolactin are part of the cellulite production process
  • Genetics – certain genes are required for cellulite development. Genes may predispose an individual to particular characteristics associated with cellulite, such as gender, race, slow metabolism, distribution of fat just underneath the skin, and circulatory insufficiency.
  • Diet – people who eat too much fat, carbohydrates, or salt and too little fibre are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.


  • Lifestyle factors – cellulite may be more prevalent in smokers, those who do not exercise, and those who sit or stand in one position for long periods of time.
  • Clothing – underwear with tight elastic across the buttocks (limiting blood flow) may contribute to the formation of cellulite.

How can Cellulite be removed?

There are several therapies that have been suggested to remove cellulite but none have been supported in the scientific or medical literature.

Therapeutic methods that are physical or mechanical include:

  • pneumatic massages
  • massages that stimulate lymphatic flow
  • heat therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • radio frequency therapy
  • magnetic therapy
  • radial waves therapy
  • endermologie
  • electrical stimulation

Unfortunately, none of these methods have been scientifically proven to work.

A second class of cellulite removal strategies consists of drugs that are supposed to act on fatty tissues. There is a wide range of pharmacological agents which are used for getting rid of cellulite, including:

  • methylxanthines (caffeine and theobromine)
  • pentoxifylline
  • beta-agonists and adrenaline
  • alpha-antagonists
  • amino acids
  • ginkgo biloba
  • rutin
  • Indian chestnut

People with cellulite have tried to apply these agents topically, orally, or by injection, but none have been proved effective. Some people with cellulite wear special clothing called compression garments to reduce the appearance of cellulite. These garments try to compress arteries and increase blood and lymph flow to reduce visual cellulite.

Cellulite reduction techniques such as liposuction and dieting actually do not remove cellulite. However, eating a healthful, balanced diet and exercising may be the best way to reduce the fat content in cells and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

How can Cellulite be prevented?

Eating healthy, low fat foods such as fruits, vegetables, and fibre can help one to avoid cellulite. Similarly exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and reducing stress is recommended to prevent cellulite. In addition wearing thongs, boyshorts, or looser fitting undergarments can prevent cellulite that might form due to tight elastic.

Argan Oil may be used to assist with reducing the effects of cellulite.  By using after exercise the Argan Oil assists in improving the skin quality reducing the cracks in the skin and stretch marks.

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