Cellulite – Differences in physiology make it more prevalent in women

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Spring is here with its rising temperatures that are often accompanied by rising hemlines. This extra reveal leads some to be self critical of their dimpling skin.

Cellulite is the cosmetic condition that manifests in this uneven surface on the skin. It is the result of lifestyle choices coupled with physiology that is distinctively female. Ninety to ninety-eight percent of all cellulite is found in women.

Basically, women have a row of standing fat cell chambers just below the surface of the skin that get distorted with excess fat. Along with this, there is a weakening of the connective tissue that holds them in place. Men have a criss-cross mesh of connective tissue that holds their narrower layer of fat even firmer in place.

The combination of thin surface layer, weakened connective tissue and enlarged fat cells cause the skin of women to buckle and dip in an uneven fashion. Even if an uneven surface is not seen, one can test these structures by pinching the skin to reveal what is called a “mattress phenomenon” (pitting, bulging and deformation of the skin). Ninety percent of women will develop this effect.

The skin may be tender. However, this condition is not the result of an infection or inflammation. It is the result of excess accumulation of fat and the weakening of the tissues that hold these fat cells in place.

Therefore, the most reasonable approach to addressing this phenomenon is to exercise regularly and regulate the amounts and types of fat that are eaten.

Once cellulite is evident it is harder to reverse. There are many remedies on the market with varying success. Massage is helpful in conjunction with topical applications of herbs or essential oils.

There are some herbs that reportedly strengthen connective tissue. Others that increase one’s metabolism to help burn off excess fat. There are laser treatments that help break up fat and stimulate the collagen tissue production.

Neither liposuction nor extreme diet regimes have proven to be effective at removing cellulite. It is far more helpful to eat responsibly, exercise, balance one’s hormones, reduce stress and avoid constant exposure to toxins (e.g. cigarettes and processed foods).

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