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Cellulite has been a problem of a lot of women these days. And with the advent of internet, there has been a lot of information circulating about the different causes of cellulite and not all of them are actually true or accurate. The web can tell us anything but we have to sort out what to believe and what to ignore.


But what really is cellulite? Cellulite, medically known as adiposis edematosa, dermopanniculosis deformans, status protrusus cutis, and gynoid lipodystrophy is a skin condition that usually appears in the areas of the skin like buttocks and thighs. It seems like underlying fat deposits that give the skin a dimpled and lumpy appearance.

In colloquial language, cellulite is also called cottage cheese skin, orange peel syndrome, hail damage, and the mattress phenomenon. It occurs when fats deposits find their way beyond the collagen boundaries in the skin. When the connective tissue of the collagen gets weak, the fat can push through the boundaries that can cause the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite can be experienced by anyone with any body type. In fact, about 90% of women have cellulite.


With the number still rising, a lot of people may take advantage of the statistics to spread rumors about the cause of cellulite and how to get rid of them. But be mindful. Here are the common misconceptions about cellulite you have to stop in believing before somebody can prey on you for money.

Clothes Affect Cellulite

Sure, there are some clothes with elastic bands or the one we call compression clothing that can help you smooth out your skin and keep the cellulite from moving around while you are wearing them. But just as soon as you take your clothes off, the skin will return to its dimpled-like form and it will no longer take effect. Additionally, clothes with elastic bands may be limiting the blood flow which can make cellulite even more apparent.


Cellulite Is Just Excess Fat

True, cellulites are fat deposits that break through the collagen boundaries but the problem is not to be blamed to excess fat. It has more to do with the skin structure. Whatever your weight is, there is still a chance that you will get cellulite. Naturally, we all have a protective layer of fat between the skin and the muscles. There are tissues in the body that connect the muscle and the skin which keep the fat covered to maintain a smooth-looking skin. However, when the connective tissues are weakened, fat cells can get through the protective layer which causes the appearance of cellulite.


Thin Women Don’t Get Cellulite

Thin women are as susceptible to cellulite as overweight women are. There are several factors that can cause cellulite and as mentioned above, excess fats has nothing to do with cellulite formation. Factors that can affect cellulite are aging, sun damage, weight fluctuation and other unhealthy habits like smoking or drinking that can affect collagen build up.


Cellulite Is Hereditary

Perhaps, genes have a little contribution to the appearance of cellulite. However, genes alone can give you minimal possibility of having a cellulite. Cellulite appearance occurs when two or more factors are present. The factors that cause cellulite formation include stress, hormones, weight changes, inactivity and poor eating habits.


Only Olds Get Cellulite

Cellulite doesn’t play favorites on age. No matter how old or young you are, there is still a possibility that you will get cellulite. You just get more susceptible to it as you get older.


The amount of information you will read and hear about cellulite maybe overwhelming and you might get confuse about what to believe and what you should not. The list above should help you sort the things you can do to get rid of cellulite effectively.

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