If you have cellulite don't be ashamed. As many as 90% of women have cellulite. Although there has yet to be a cure for cellulite, it is wise to know what causes cellulite in order to prevent or diminish your cellulite.
Cellulite is the appearance of dimples and bumps in the skin. Most women refer to this texture as "cottage cheese." Cellulite is most commonly developed on the buttocks and thighs. Most doctors believe cellulite is caused by poor elasticity in the skin.
Fat cells become too large for the natural fiber compartments which hold the skin; these compartments bulge and form uneven layers of fat underneath.
So why can't your body properly hold these fat cell? What causes cellulite?
Contrary to popular belief, cellulite affects all women, overweight or thin. In fact, many slim women have cellulite. Cellulite is an issue of fat cells and skin elasticity. Genes greatly determine if you will develop cellulite. Girls as young as 14 can show signs of cellulite. If you want to know how much cellulite you will have, take a look at your mother.
Because cellulite is primarily a female issue, many doctors believe it is caused by high levels of female hormone estrogen. Many postnatal women or women on birth control develop cellulite because the body's waste system can't get rid of the enormous flow of estrogen in the body.
Cellulite can also be caused by lifestyle. If you have a poor diet including toxic foods, have bad circulation and fluid retention your chance of developing cellulite is higher. Women who lead sedentary lifestyles also increase their chances of cellulite due to a hardening of the connective tissue; this causes further dimpling in the skin.
Aging also promotes cellulite since the subcutaneous skin layer becomes thinner. The contents of this deep skin layer are redistributed (usually with unflattering results) over time. Cellulite can also develop after a traumatic injury, when the circulatory system has been disturbed.
The causes of cellulite are summed up in the list below. Understanding the leading causes of cellulite will help you manage and, where possible, prevent your cellulite.