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If you have cellulite don't be ashamed. As many as 90% of women have cellulite. Although there has yet to be a cure for cellulite, it is wise to know what causes cellulite in order to prevent or diminish your cellulite.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is the appearance of dimples and bumps in the skin. Most women refer to this texture as "cottage cheese." Cellulite is most commonly developed on the buttocks and thighs. Most doctors believe cellulite is caused by poor elasticity in the skin.

Fat cells become too large for the natural fiber compartments which hold the skin; these compartments bulge and form uneven layers of fat underneath.

So why can't your body properly hold these fat cell? What causes cellulite?

The Causes of Cellulite

cellulite treatment Contrary to popular belief, cellulite affects all women, overweight or thin. In fact, many slim women have cellulite. Cellulite is an issue of fat cells and skin elasticity. Genes greatly determine if you will develop cellulite. Girls as young as 14 can show signs of cellulite. If you want to know how much cellulite you will have, take a look at your mother.

Because cellulite is primarily a female issue, many doctors believe it is caused by high levels of female hormone estrogen. Many postnatal women or women on birth control develop cellulite because the body's waste system can't get rid of the enormous flow of estrogen in the body.

Cellulite can also be caused by lifestyle. If you have a poor diet including toxic foods, have bad circulation and fluid retention your chance of developing cellulite is higher. Women who lead sedentary lifestyles also increase their chances of cellulite due to a hardening of the connective tissue; this causes further dimpling in the skin.

Aging also promotes cellulite since the subcutaneous skin layer becomes thinner. The contents of this deep skin layer are redistributed (usually with unflattering results) over time. Cellulite can also develop after a traumatic injury, when the circulatory system has been disturbed.

The causes of cellulite are summed up in the list below. Understanding the leading causes of cellulite will help you manage and, where possible, prevent your cellulite.

Why You Develop Cellulite

  • Genetics and Heredity
    Genes highly determine your chance of developing cellulite. It is also primarily a female issue and affects 90% of women.
  • Not Enough Water
    Drinking lots of water will help flush toxins out your body. Since cellulite is a mixture of fat, water, and toxic wastes that the body has failed to eliminate, drinking plenty of water can help diminish cellulite.
  • Poor Diet
    A poor diet consisting of alcohol, processed foods, and caffeine contributes to cellulite since the toxins they produce get trapped in fatty tissue. Some say that spicy foods can contribute.
  • Smoking
    Here's another reason you should quit; smoking promotes cellulite by damaging the connective tissue in your body. This causes the dimpled effect in cellulite.
  • Medication
    Diet pills, sleeping pills and diuretics all lead to cellulite. Birth control also increases cellulite formation because of its tendency to produce high levels of estrogen. It also leads to water retention which inhibits the body from flushing the system of toxins, leading to the formation of cellulite.
  • Sedentary Lifestyle
    The results of a sedentary lifestyle, poor circulation and muscle tone, can cause cellulite development. Lack of exercise hardens the connective tissue in the skin which causes dimples.
  • Crash Diets
    Crash diets increase the risk of cellulite because the body thinks it's starving. It attempts to consume saturated fats which help build cellulite. Unfortunately, these fats block the arteries and get trapped in tissues as well, preventing sufficient waste and toxin elimination.

Although there are many causes of cellulite, there are also many cellulite cures and treatments that help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Learn more about cellulite treatment options.

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