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Cellulite and What Should You Know About This Condition

What is cellulite?

Cellulite should not be confused with another skin condition known as cellulitis which is a skin infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus bacteria and leads to inflammation, pain and swelling in the place where the skin was infected through a cut or other injury. Cellulitis is usually treated with antibiotics. 

Cellulite, on the other hand, is a dimpled (lumped) or loose saggy skin that usually appears on the hips, thighs, buttocks and belly.  It is because of the structure of their collagen fibres that cellulite is so much more common in women than in men with around 90% of women and only 10% of men suffer from cellulite.

Why do we get cellulite?

As women age, their skin loses its elasticity over time especially when combined with poor blood circulation and weak muscles (as a result of lack of exercise), nutritional deficiencies (from poor dietary habits) as well as hormonal imbalances.

While lean people suffer from this condition, it is much more noticeable in those who are overweight.  An Inactive lifestyle or pregnancy can increase the chances of having cellulite. 

What are the symptoms of cellulite?

  • Dimpled and bumpy skin sometimes referred as orange peel or cottage cheese texture.
  • Mild cellulite deposition can be detected on pinching the area around thighs.
  • Severe cellulite gives a bumpier and rumpled appearance of the skin with valleys and peaks over the affected area.

It is a complex condition that arises due to various reasons ranging from heredity to hormones. Lifestyle choices like smoking, excessive intake of fried food and an increase in body fat can of course lead to the buildup of cellulite in your body.

Can men get cellulite?

Yes, they can.  Cellulite mostly affects the waistline in men which is different in women where it is commonly located in hips, buttocks and abdomen.  Sometimes, cellulite and stretch marks can be confused but, while cellulite appears as dimpled skin, stretch marks are indented streaks on the skin that usually start out as pink, red or purple and then fade to white.

Unlike in women, where the causes of cellulite are well known, the causes in men are less clear but the following are some of the most probable reasons.

  • Sedentary life style - with poor choices as far as exercise, diet, smoking and alcohol are concerned, preventing proper water retention and blood circulation and often leading to cellulite. At the same time, weight gain is one of the major causes of cellulite in men.
  • Hormonal imbalance - testosterone and adrenalin are the hormones responsible for the breakdown of fats in the tissues. If an hormonal imbalance in the body occurs, this can lead to a high concentration of the hormone estrogen in the body which can cause the body to store fats - and cellulite.  Weight gain is among the major causes of cellulite in men.
  • Stress - well known for being harmful to your health in many ways, stress can also cause hormonal imbalance and of course another reason for cellulite.  In addition, when you are stressed your body spends lots of energy on revival, leaving less for breaking down fats through metabolism.
  • Medication - this can be another cause as men suffering from prostate cancer and undergoing estrogen therapy may develop cellulite as a side effect of the medication.  

How can you prevent cellulite?

Many of the ways set out below to prevent cellulite are also repeated further in this post as part of the treatment process.

For example, drinking plenty of water, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and removing toxins from your body.  Water is so important as it can boost the strength of collagen as well as connective tissues in the skin making it healthier and firmer while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. If you do not like pure water, there are ways around this

Massage is another suggestion for preventing cellulite either at home or through a professional massage therapist, helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite by enhancing lymphatic drainage while stretching the skin tissues.  Regular massage is recommended.

Doing exercises where you produce sweat will reduce stress and expel toxins through the skin at the same time.  This type of exercise will improve your overall appearance by tightening and lengthening.  There are some leg exercises can help in tightening the skin around your thigh area.  Suggested exercises include: squats, jump-squats, step-ups, glute/leg kick-backs and side to sides.  Aerobic activities can help in burning fat while strength exercises can help in building muscles and improving overall skin elasticity. 

Dry brushing and contrast showering.  Shower the areas likely to be affected for two to three minutes using warm water before switching to cold water for a further two to three minutes to help improve blood circulation, boost cell renewal and improve your metabolism.  We write about dry brushing later in this post - but to sum up, use a bristle brush to massage likely areas three times a week for about five minutes before showering to increase blood circulation and improve skin quality.

There are even some foods that can help prevent cellulite and these include: The herbs, cilantro and parsley; buckwheat; nuts; and grapefruit. 

How can you treat cellulite?

There are various medical procedures available for treating cellulite which would be performed by a doctor or dermatologist. 

  • Cryolipolysis or cool sculpting is a non-invasive procedure to remove cellulite by freezing the fat cells beneath the skin, causing the fat cells to rupture and their contents to be absorbed by the body. This treatment has to be repeated several times in order to dissolve up to an inch of fat, taking some three to four months.
  • Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure using sound waves to target and eliminate fat in the abdomen and thighs and taking up to three months.  You will be advised to combine ultrasound with another treatment.
  • Cellfina is a non-surgical procedure where a needle is used to break up the tough bands under the skin to get rid of cellulite on the thighs and buttocks.  Results can be seen in as short a period of time as three days - and possibly lasting up to three years.
  • Acoustic wave therapy was developed to reduce cellulite, working by vibrating the connective tissue in those areas of the body prone to cellulite. The therapy helps to stimulate and increase collagen production, improving the appearance, texture and elasticity of the skin.  Several treatments will be necessary.
  • Laser and radio frequency treatments are medical therapies that use tissue massage combined with radiofrequency technology, infrared light and diode laser energy to treat cellulite. Heat and suctioning are two further treatments that may be used.
  • Cellulaze is one type of laser treatment that breaks up the tough bands under the skin that make cellulite noticeable. Such treatments may need a series of treatments, lasting up to six months or longer.
  • Vacuum-assisted precise tissue release is a procedure that breaks up the tough bands under the skin with a device containing small blades. The bands are cut allowing the tissue to move upward to fill in the dimpled skin where necessary.  Following this procedure, results may last up to three years.
  • Carboxytherapy is a procedure where a technician inserts carbon dioxide just beneath the skin where it is hoped to increase blood flow to the area and helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite.  The drawback is possible discomfort and temporary bruising.  This procedure may have to be repeated up to ten times.
  • Microdermabrasion uses aluminum oxide or salt crystals to exfoliate aging skin while stimulating new skin cells. Several treatments will be needed.
  • Endermologie is a spa type treatment where you receive deep massage while your skin is lifted with a vacuum-like tool. Some bruising may result and several sessions are needed which should last up to a year. 

How to reduce cellulite with home remedies

These home remedies may be used as part of a self-care routine to go along with improvements to your lifestyle and exercise habits.
  • Exercise can help you reduce body fat, making cellulite less noticeable. Choose an exercise program that combines aerobic exercise and strength training to help burn body fat while toning and defining the muscles.  Try to follow an exercise routine that especially focuses on those areas of your body that are prone to cellulite.
  • Dry brushing is a technique said to stimulate blood and lymph flow while removing dead skin cells and stimulating new cell growth. Use a natural plant loofah or body brush to gently smooth dry skin for up to five minutes. You can start at the feet and move your way upward. Use long fluid strokes or circular motions. Ideally, this is best done before a bath or shower.
  • Using coffee grounds as an exfoliate is a popular way to remove dead cells, encourage new cell growth - and tighten the skin. They can be used on their own or mixed with coconut oil, olive oil or sugar. Gently rub the grounds over the affected area for up to ten minutes before rinsing it off.
  • You can drink one tablespoon of diluted apple cider vinegar to help with weight loss or use a solution of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and apply it to your skin.
  • Lifestyle changes are important too.  Eating a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to increase your fiber while avoiding processed and high sugar foods that can lead to the accumulation of toxins and fat in the body.
  • Dehydration can make cellulite more noticeable so drinking plenty of water will flush the body and remove toxins that can cause cellulite.  We should be drinking 8 to 9 glasses of water each day.
  • We have mentioned the problem of toxins before so try to eliminate or significantly reduce the amount of toxins you put in your body through diet and lifestyle. That includes avoiding things such as smoking and alcohol intake.

Treating cellulite with H-Cellulite Formula

Providing a 100% natural solution for cellulite, H-Cellulite Formula is a safe and effective alternative to harsh treatments and ineffective home remedies. 

While most cellulite treatment options involve temporary solutions or invasive cellulite removal therapy, getting rid of cellulite symptoms naturally is a far safer option.

H-Cellulite Formula is very gentle and soothing on the skin and goes to work quickly by sealing in moisture and promoting suppleness.

There is a link to our image gallery here showing various skin conditions including cellulite.  And if you want to read up on further information on Cellulite, you can find it here.