What Causes Cellulite

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WHAT CAUSES CELLULITE? TOP 15 FACTORS...

TWO TYPES OF CELLULITE

We distinguish between two types of cellulite. The first one is called “primary cellulite”. This occurs spontaneously due to the normal changes that take place in the skin due to aging. Also, there is “secondary cellulite”. This implies that other factors play a role in the onset of cellulite. Examples of these factors are:

No.1: SMOKING

Substances in tobacco smoke cause a constricting effect on blood vessels in the adipose tissue. This reduces the blood supply to the skin, and fewer nutrients will be supplied to the blood through oxygen. Due to this, tobacco smoke breaks down, which eventually reduces the elasticity of skin.

No.2: PREGNANCY

It has been proven that estrogen is one of the most important factors that play a role in cellulite. Estrogen ensures the ovaries are intact with the uterus and is required for the proper growth of breasts. It has been shown that cellulite is also found in pregnant women and is related to the menstrual cycle and using contraception pills. This means that hormones (especially estrogen) play an important role in developing cellulite. With pregnancy, estrogen is produced more than normal due to the presence of the placenta.

No.3: PERIOD

Certain substances released to trigger menstruation also ensure the collagen in the skin is broken. The skin loses its firmness and can cause the formation of cellulite.

No.4: BIRTH CONTROL WITH ESTROGEN

See the section of ‘pregnancy‘ in this article ‘what causes cellulite?’

No.5: FEMALE SEX

It is often the women who develop cellulite. This is probably because their skin structure is different to those of men and because women produce a lot more estrogen, comparatively. The septa, which are the bands of connective tissues, are oriented differently in women than in men!8 The packets of fat cells, called fat globules, are much more rectangular in shape in women than men.9-14 Due to the difference in the structure of the septa and the fat cells, the dermis and epidermis of women are more likely to develop cellulite.

No.6: OVERWEIGHT OR OBESITY

Increased fat content is usually not the primary cause of cellulite, but it can easily contribute to the formation of it. It has been shown that an increase in the fat content allows greater tension in the fat cells, which causes the fat to be more rigid, eventually leading to the deformation of skin shape. Cellulite causes a difference in obesity levels. Being overweight is a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 25-30, and one speaks of obesity as a BMI of 30+.

No.7: SUDDEN AND STRONG WEIGHT LOSS

There is a greater chance of a person developing sagging skin if they experienced uncontrolled and sudden weight loss. This occurs because the fat is burnt within a short time.

No.8: LITTLE EXERCISE

By working out, the active blood circulation is stimulated, and the skin is fed with nutrients, oxygen, and water. However, a sedentary lifestyle leads to the subcutaneous tissue being insufficiently fed, resulting in the skin undergoing changes more quickly (causing hardening and scarring), causing the formation of cellulite.

No.9: FATS AND CARBOHYDRATE-RICH DIET

A diet rich in carbohydrates and fats has a precipitating and stabilizing effect on cellulite. However, if the diet is high in salt and low in fiber, then it will lead to the development of vascular problems, so the subcutaneous fat layer undergoes structural changes causing cellulite.

No.10: SLACK SKIN STRUCTURE

The collagen fibers in the skin provide elasticity. If the skin lacks collagen, it will sag. There are many contributing factors, although this occurs naturally during the aging process.16

No.11: AGE

Check the section discussing ‘slack skin structure‘ in this article ‘what causes cellulite?’

No.12: ETHNICITY

It has been discovered that cellulite is more likely to occur in women who carry the genetic component for cellulite. However, women of different non-Caucasian origin do not have such a strong genetic factor for cellulite and do not have such advanced stages of cellulite.

No.13: INHERITANCE

Scientific research suggests cellulite is inherited from mother to daughter. This may cause the daughter to develop cellulite in the same regions of her skin as the mother. It is believed estrogen may play a role in this.

No.14: LONG INFLAMMATION

In long-term inflammation of the skin, degeneration of subcutaneous fat and collagen in surrounding skin occurs. This causes the fat to be pushed to the surface easier, creating the irregular skin texture that cellulite causes.

No.15: PROBLEMS BLOOD AND LYMPHATIC VESSELS

Disorders of blood and lymphatic vessels can cause insufficient moisture being transported into and out of the skin, which may lead to cellulite.19

Hopefully, after reading this article you better understand the question ‘what causes cellulite?’. Do you still have a question about cellulite or anti cellulite treatments? Chat with one of our cellulite experts or send us an email.

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