Cellulite describes the occurrence of uneven fat deposits under the skin. It is usually caused by a collection of fats that pushes against the connective tissue beneath a person’s skin..Usually it will appear in the abdomen, lower limbs, and pelvic region, and it happens mostly in postpubertal females. Cellulite can also be known as status protrusus cutis, gynoid lipodystrophy, adiposis edematosa and dermopanniculosis deformans. Some people call it “Cottage Cheese Skin”, “Orange Peel Syndrome” or “Hail Damage”.
So what causes Cellulite?
Beneath our skin, there lies a layer of fibrous connective tissue that is responsible for joining the skin to the muscle. In most men, this connective tissue is arranged in a cross-hatched or diagonal manner, in a smooth and continuous pattern.
The connective tissue of women is different. It runs vertically (perpendicular to the skin). Because of this, these fibrous bands (called septae) anchor the skin to the underlying tissue at certain points. It then creates “fat chambers” to push up on the skin while the bands pull the skin downward.
This difference in connective tissue arrangement explains why fewer men have cellulite than women.
If you tend to eat lots of carbohydrates, fatty food, oily food, salty food and neglect foods rich in dietary fibers, there are higher chances of developing cellulite.
Hormones may also cause the development of cellulite. Some example includes, Estrogen, Insulin, The catecholamines adrenaline, Noradrenaline, Thyroid hormones, and Prolactin, are all believed to cause the production of cellulite.
How one lives every day is also a contributing factor. Cellulite tends to be more dominant in smokers, people who do not exercise regularly, or people who tend to have high stress level.
Genes may also cause an individual to develop cellulite. Some examples includes, gender, race, slower metabolism rate, distribution of fats under the skin, have all shown to cause the production of cellulite.