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Sick and tired of those dimpled marks on your hips and buttocks that seem to never to go away? Don’t fret; you’re not alone in this. Men and women and people of all races develop cellulite – those fatty deposits that push against the skin, giving off an appearance similar to cottage cheese.
Cellulite is typical for many people, and despite popular belief, it’s not a medical condition. People who sought treatment for cellulite must understand that cellulite is more of a cosmetic issue, and not a disease one needs to cure.
However, cellulite is still misunderstood by many people. There’s a lot of misconceptions about cellulite, what causes it, how we’re affected by it and how to get rid of it.
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1. Only Women Get Cellulite
Women are more predisposed to get cellulite because of hormones, fat distribution, age among other factors. In fact, 80-98 percent of women can get cellulite in their lifetime.
But that doesn’t mean men can’t get cellulite too. Men can be affected with cellulite as well, but only a small percentage of them. Men’s fats are distributed in a parallel manner, resulting in less visible cellulite. Meanwhile, a woman’s fat is distributed perpendicularly, so fats below the skin are more prone to making a dimple, puckered appearance. Fats aren’t gender-specific, so both men and women can develop cellulite.
2. You Get Cellulite If You Don’t Exercise
Being overweight and obese make the appearance of cellulite more pronounced against your skin. The more fat you have under the surface, the more noticeable those bumps become. Therefore, burning some of these fats will help ease out the appearance of cellulite in the body.
However, even thin and slim people can still get cellulite. Fat distribution is just one factor, but a person can get cellulite due to lifestyle, genetics, among other things. Even models who eat well and exercise regularly can still get cellulite. Exercise helps, but it doesn’t guarantee you’ll never have cellulite at all.
3. Topical Creams and Lotions Can Help Vanish Cellulite
There’s no scientific basis for creams and lotions boasting to remove cellulite from the body. You can’t count for a firming cream to reduce the appearance of cellulite, although some people believe that slathering creams with retinol can help tighten the skin temporarily and diminish the look of cellulite.
Retinol thickens the skin and evens out skin tone, but you have to do this religiously over time to see some results.
4. Cellulite Is Only for Older People
Yes, it’s true that the skin becomes stiffer as you age, making you more prone to cellulite, but cellulite can happen to people of all ages. Age is just one factor, but you also have to remember that cellulite is also mainly about how the body keeps fat. The more fats you have under the skin, the more vulnerable the body becomes to cellulite formation.
Most experts agree that cellulite begins to form after a person reaches puberty. As you age, your skin loses some of its elasticity. With less toned skin, those fat deposits under the skin become even more prominent. Most women start to notice the dimpled lumps on their hips and buttocks around their teenage years, regardless of their size or weight. Over the years, the skin can look more dimpled and crumpled.
5. Losing Weight Can Help Diminish Cellulite
Many people assume that when you lose weight, you also lose cellulite. But that’s not always the case. It depends on how you try to lose weight. For instance, you want to lose weight and tone your muscles through strength training and aerobic exercise. That way, you’re strengthening your connective tissues and making them more elastic, therefore diminishing the appearance of cellulite.
But if you lost weight and developed loose, saggy skin along the way, your cellulite becomes even more pronounced and noticeable. With that said, you must aim to lose weight the healthy way – by eating a balanced diet and consistent exercising. It’s not only useful for preventing and reducing cellulite but beneficial for overall health.
Having cellulite can make you feel like your body is less than perfect, but you don’t always have to stress over cellulite that much. It’s part of us being flawed humans. Instead of worrying too much on losing all those dimples from your body, focus on what makes you healthier. Along the way, cellulite may just lose its appearance on your skin. If it doesn’t, don’t worry, you’re still beautiful with or without cellulite.