The Myths and Facts About Cellulite

Got cellulite? You're not alone: The annoying cosmetic condition affects nearly 90% of women at some point during their lives. Even if you are healthy and fit you may not be able to avoid the dimples in your thighs. Let's take a look at the myths and facts about cellulite. As common as cellulite is, there's also an awful lot of misinformation out there about what it is, what causes it, and how to get rid of it. So before placing blame, scheduling a cosmetic procedure, or spending a fortune on over-the-counter products let's take a look at what is fact and what is fiction.

Causes of Cellulite

Cellulite is not caused by toxins in your body. That is a myth used by over-the- counter cellulite products that claim they can remove toxins and impurities from your body. Which in turn will get rid of your cellulite. Cellulite is actually caused by deposits of fat that begin to push through the collagen fibers under the skin.  The most common trouble spots are the buttocks and thigh areas.  New York City based dermatologist Cherly Karcher, MD says. Connective tissue can be weakened by hormones, lack of exercise and muscle tone, excess fat, and poor circulation. Your hormones can play a role in the appearance of cellulite.  As we age the estrogen levels in our body change.  Estrogen helps keep blood vessels flowing smoothly in the body. Less of the hormone can mean decreased circulation and cause the breakdown of connective tissues.

Cellulite is Genetic

She gets it from her mama! Yes, if you mother or grandmother has cellulite you have a better chance of also developing it. In fact, there's even a genetic test on the market that can tell you whether you have a gene variant that puts you at higher risk for moderate to severe cellulite—but, considering that most women will develop cellulite in their lifetimes (and the fact that you'll know it when you see it), it's not exactly worth its hefty price tag.

Cellulite Only Happens When You Are Overweight- Not True

When you are overweight you tend to carry more body fat. The fat you have underneath your skin can put stress on your connective tissues which will expose your cellulite.  However very lean women who work out can also have the appearance of cellulite. No one is safe! Regular exercise and a healthy diet can reduce the appearance of cellulite.  The stronger your connective fibers are underneath your skin will help reduce the dimply look.  Firming and toning will also tighten your skin and boost circulation, two factors to keep in mind when trying to get rid of those annoying dimples. Sadly, there is no miracle cream or cosmetic procedure out there to totally get rid of your cellulite.  A healthy active lifestyle is your best bets to reduce the appearance of cellulite.