Cellulite 101 - Why Do I Have “Orange Peel Skin”
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Date: 8/11/2008 7:23:03 AM ( 13 y ) ... viewed 8949 times
Most women are probably familiar with cellulite since about 90%
have it to some degree. Well, it’s easy to describe what it looks like - you could describe it as an ugly puffy puckering on the
thighs, arms, hips and buttocks that looks like an orange peel.
Many however do not understand what it really is. Strictly, what is cellulite and how is it formed?
Definition and Common Names
Cellulite is a non-medical term that people use to refer to
deposits of subcutaneous fat, toxins and fibrous tissues that give the skin a dimpled appearance similar to the skin of an orange.
Besides cellulite, these fatty deposits are called a lot of names; among the most familiar are orange peel syndrome and cottage cheese skin. Regardless of the name, it’s not pretty!
How It’s Formed
Underneath the skin, there are fibrous tissues that are laced with fat cells that protect the muscles and various organs in the body. These fibrous tissues are surrounded by water that nourishes them and also helps in removing wastes from the body.
When the waste products are not removed, they accumulate, causing the fibrous tissues that connect the top layer of the skin to the muscles underneath to weaken, thicken and become less supple.
Consequently, the hardened tissues and fatty deposits pull down on the surface of the skin, giving the skin a lumpy appearance. Why
these tissues thicken and constrict is still unknown to
Cellulite vs. Fat
Although it can be hard to distinguish cellulite from normal fat, the two are not the same as regular fat provides protection to the organs and insulates the body while cellulite has no positive use. Moreover, layers of fat appear smoothly while cellulite is lumpy. Cellulite also appears only in some parts of the body such as the thighs, arms, buttocks and breasts while fats are everywhere.
Caused By Overweight and Obesity?
It is often believed that overweight and obese women get cellulite but this is only a misconception. Anyone can have a cellulite - men and women alike, overweight or not. Cellulite formation, however, is believed to be greatly influenced by improper diet; hence, those who eat a lot of fatty foods are prone to forming cellulite.
Lifestyle also is an influencing factor so even healthy women and men can have cellulite.
Now that we have the basics out of the way, we’ll focus on various methods for getting rid of cellulite in the next several issues.
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