Facebook Pixel

Cellulite: What Is It and Can You Do Something About It?

By HERWriter
Rate This
what can you do about cellulite Hemera/Thinkstock

Cellulite, or that bumpy dimpled looking skin, is pretty familiar to most women. In fact, according to dermatologist Dr. Benabio, 98 percent of all women and girls past puberty have it.

Cellulite is caused by irregular deposits of fatty tissue in the connective tissue layer under the skin.

Cellulite is not like regular fat, though being overweight can make it look worse. You can be skinny and still have cellulite.

It is really how the fat is loosely held in the tissue of women that gives it that lumpy look. In men, fat is held more tightly together so men usually do not have cellulite. Plus, female hormones contribute to the development of cellulite along with heredity, skin thickness and age.

What can you about cellulite?

Numerous treatments to reduce cellulite can be tried but according to Dr. Benabio, “the best treatments for cellulite have at most shown mild improvements in the appearance. Unfortunately, in almost all cases, the improvements are not maintained over time.”

Various creams that contain chemicals called methylxanthines such as caffeine and aminophylline have the potential to break down fat stores. However, the creams do not have a high enough concentration or ability to penetrate deeply enough in the skin to reach the cellulite.

According to Medicinenet, studies have shown only small reductions of cellulite.

Some products contain a variety of ingredients that claim to boost metabolism and circulation. Medicine.net says there are no valid clinical studies to support the use of supplements for the treatment of cellulite.

Additionally, these products are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since they are sold as dietary supplements. It is important to be careful when taking them to avoid health risks or interaction with other medications.

• Massage:
There is a special massaging machine developed in France called Endermologie that uses rollers and a suction system to knead the tissue and in theory release the cellulite fat deposits.

Add a Comment1 Comments

EmpowHER Guest

My wife had problems with cellulite, saying he had to get over this problem. After long trials with different medicines and products that more or praised, someone recommended me a product and I recommend it as on, which turned out to be "miraculous". In two months his wife escaped the ugly and unsightly cellulite and now happily wear skirts that likes so much.
I do not want to advertise anything because my goal is to help people who are in the situation where we've been, but if someone wants to get rid of cellulite, I recommend the product that we have used and which I think is the better. We've got the address below:


September 3, 2013 - 2:27am
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.