Cellulite is ripply dimpled appearance common among women in the areas of hips, thighs, belly. Accumulated fat below skin distorts and disturbs connective tissues resulting in its appearance. We all are troubled by this skin problem, but none found the deep-rooted cause that gives rise to it. Knowing what causes it, can help us stop its appearance.
Causes of Cellulite
1. HORMONAL CHANGES:
Hormones for e.g., estrogen, noradrenaline, insulin, thyroid hormones and prolactin are directly related to cellulite formation process. Hormones play crucial role in its production, theory says women’s estrogen level decreases with onset of ‘menopause’. Blood flowing between connective tissues is reduced. Dropped collagen production results from less oxygen and low circulation. With age skin becomes ‘less elastic’, sagged and thinner, growing chances of its development. These reasons combine to increase fat visibility that protrudes through weak skin tissue.
2. HEREDITARY FACTORS:
Genetic factors have link with cellulite. If a person is genetically made susceptible, along with hormonal disbalances, might contribute ‘water retention’, he/she can suffer from it. If any member of your family has cellulite chances remains you might develop it. Truth is most women tend to develop these ‘orange peel’ wrinkles at some point of life, genetic factor is only a part of cellulite ‘jigsaw puzzle’. Factors like exercise, diet, healthy weight, are important.
3. DIETARY HABITS:
To avoid fat, your diet should include high protein, low carbohydrate, low sodium, low fatty, acid food. Excess carbohydrates, salt with less fiber increases your chance to build cellulite.
4. SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE:
Sedentary lifestyle stops your body burn fat. Accumulated fat prevents congestive processes helping cellulite, decreasing collagen with onset of aging process.
5. LACK OF EXERCISE:
With regular exercise skin firming & tightening can be achieved. Cellulite affected areas lose their elasticity, butt exercises -muscle strengthening and stretching can reduce appearance of stubborn fat. Lymphatic or venous system can be ill-affected because of lack of exercise. Resulting to lack of pumping or muscle contraction that might help movement of lymph & venous blood.
Smoking has several harmful effects everyone knows. Smoking can weaken your skin, destroy connective tissue, constrict blood vessels. These factors add to the dimpling look of your skin.
7. LACK OF MUSCLE MASS:
You may be skinny or thin, but can be prone to develop cellulite due to lack of strong muscle buildup. Try lowering your body’s fat percentage, to get a chance fighting less pronounced ‘cottage cheese’ visibility.
TYPES OF CELLULITE
1. MILD OR SOFT TYPE
This type is soft to feel or touch, gives an uneven look to areas where fat is easily built up. Common places are legs, upper arms. Followed by spider-like Varicose veins, tends to aggravate with weight gain and lack of muscle mass.
2. MODERATE OR HARD TYPE
Hard type is known as ‘solid cellulite’ has a tendency of accumulating on upper thighs, hips. These are places where it is outwardly visible, grainy or tight skin does not change its appearance when moving or walking. Skin appears connected to muscles.
3. EDEMATOUS TYPE
Water retention, poor blood circulation gives rise to Edematous type. Cellulite of these kinds accumulates on legs, disturbing its definite shape making skin painful & pasty if touched. Difficult to treat, not frequent among majority population.
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