If you have cellulite, you are likely to feel embarrassed to wear shorts or a swimsuit as this unsightly problem is often most noticeable on the thighs, buttocks, lower abdomen and upper arms.
Like acne, cellulite is a condition that can easily worsen and mar your appearance while diminishing your self-esteem.
Commonly known as “orange peel” or “cottage cheese” skin, cellulite is a condition in which a section of the skin appears dimpled and lumpy.
It is generally classified into three grades:
Grade 1: there are no clinical symptoms, but a microscopic examination of cells from the area detects underlying anatomical changes.
Grade 2: the skin appears to be pasty and shows decreased elasticity, in addition to anatomical changes noted by microscopic examinations.
Grade 3: there is visible roughness in the skin (like an orange peel) along with all the grade 2 signs.
WHAT CAUSES CELLULITE?
Cellulite is not fat, as it is often mistaken to be; it arises when the fibrous connective bands that tether the skin to the underlying muscle pushes against the fat lying within the skin tissue and cause the skin above to pucker and become uneven.
So having cellulite doesn’t mean you are overweight. Even thin people can have it. If you are overweight, however, losing weight could help towards the reduction of cellulite.
CELLULITE CONTRIBUTING FACTORS
Although cellulite can affect both genders, it is much more common in females, mainly because they are more likely to have particular types of fat and connective tissue. The appearance of cellulite is also influenced by the thickness and colour of your skin; it tends to be less noticeable on darker skin.
Slow metabolism and poor blood circulation due to an unhealthy diet and the lack of physical activity play a part in the promotion of this condition. Wearing tight undergarments that limit blood flow can also contribute to the formation of cellulite.