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.
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.