Cellulite is a condition in which the skin appears to have areas with underlying fat deposits, giving it a dimpled, lumpy appearance (also known as “orange peel” or “cottage cheese”). It is most noticeable on the buttocks and thighs, and usually occurs after puberty.
Cellulite can be classified in three major categories:
- Adipose cellulite is the firm cellulite, orange peel effect on loose skin.
- Oedematous cellulite is fluid retention, soft cellulite often on loose skin.
- Fibrotic cellulite is hard, compact cellulite with orange peel effect.
The causes of cellulite are not well understood, but there are several factors that contribute to cellulite formation:
- Hormonal factors- hormones likely play an important role in cellulite development.
- 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 fiber are likely to have greater amounts of cellulite.Poor or fad dieting and dehydration also contribute to cellulite formation.
- 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.
Cellulite is more common among women than men and tends to be less noticeable on darker skin.
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