Cellulite is the condition of the skin where it looks lumped and having dimples on it. This condition can affect anyone but is found mostly in women. Almost 80 percent of women suffer from this condition. Cellulite is also known by names like orange peel skin or cottage cheese skin due to the dimpled appearance.
Causes of cellulite are many. But first, let us see what causes this dimpled look of the skin. This is caused by fat pushing through the connective tissue beneath the skin. The uneven distribution of fat is what gives this appearance to the skin. Cellulite is mainly seen in the area of buttocks and thighs.
Women are more affected by this condition even though the causes of cellulite are common for both. This is because of the way the connective tissues are arranged in women. They are arranged vertically whereas in men they are arranged in a criss-cross fashion. This is why women get it more than men.
Causes of cellulite are still not completely known. Medical experts are of opinion that it could be caused because of the interaction between the connective tissue under the skin and the fat layer beneath that. This is why there is more of this condition in women.
Hormones are an important reason for causing cellulite. Estrogen, insulin, noradrenaline, thyroid hormones and prolactin play an important role in the production of cellulite. Experts opine that as women approach menopause their estrogen production reduces, and this decreases the blood flow to connective tissues.
Lower blood flow results in the reduction of oxygen supply and reduces the production of collagen. Low estrogen levels also work to enlarge the fat cells. This is one of the causes of cellulite. All these factors combine to make the fat deposits more visible. Age also affects the skin and makes it sag. This is another reason.
Diet also seems to be a cause. People who have very high carbohydrates, fat and salt along with a low fiber diet seem to be affected more by this. Smokers have more chance to get cellulite. Causes of cellulite also include a lifestyle without any exercise or sitting and standing in the same position for a long time.
Though the causes of cellulite are known, the treatment methods have not been confirmed yet. There are many methods like acoustic wave therapy and laser treatment. But all these treatments are found to be only giving temporary relief.