Cellulite describes dimpling of skin, caused by the protrusion of subcutaneous fat into the dermis creating an undulating dermal-subcutaneous fat junction adipose tissue. The term cellulite originated in France more than 150 years ago and began appearing in English language publications in the late 1960s, the earliest reference in Vogue magazine.
Between 85% and 98% of post-pubescent females display some degree of cellulite. It is prevalent in women of all races but is more common in Caucasian females than in Asian females. There appears to be a hormonal component to its presentation. It is rarely seen in males.
While harmless, the dimpled appearance is a cause of concern for some people. The cosmetics industry claims to offer many remedies. There are no supplements that have been approved as effective for reducing cellulite. Liposuction, which extracts fat from under the skin, is not effective for cellulite reduction. Dieting does not get rid of the dimpled appearance, but balanced eating, drinking and exercising may help.
Cellulite has been found to be indistinguishable from ordinary fat in every medical and scientific test. It is not proven whether any cosmetic lotion, massager or pills can reduce/increase cellulite versus ordinary fat. The only known way to reduce cellulite is to reduce overall body fat by altering diet or exercise.
The cause of cellulite is not yet specifically known. But, some theories lead to stress, and eating habits as some of the major causes. Some foods considered as cellulite culprits are wheat found in pasta and white bread, foods rich in trans fats.
Massaging affected areas help reduce cellulite. As cellulite is subcutaneous fat, the lack of blood vessels makes it hard to metabolize. Thus, cellulite affected areas are usually apllied with pressure to improve circulation.
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