- Women's Health
Can Smoking Cause Cellulite?
Does Smoking Cause Cellulite?
No, smoking does not cause cellulite. If you don't have cellulite and you suddenly start smoking cellulite will not appear. However, smoking will aggravate cellulite once the orange peel first develops. It is estimated that 90% of women have cellulite so the bottom line is don't smoke because it will make your cellulite worse (plus give you bad skin, lung cancer, heart disease etc).
Smoking causes collagen in your body to break down. Collagen is a major structural component of the skin. It keeps the skin firm and structured. Therefore decreased amounts of collagen will weaken the dermis of the skin allowing fat cells to protrude to the surface giving the cellulite appearance. As we age the body produces less collagen giving the consequence of saggy skin, wrinkles and more obvious cellulite. Smoking is speeding up this process and is extremely damaging to every cell and tissue in the body.
Smoking also decreases the levels of hyaluronic acid. It is present naturally in the skin. Hyaluronic acid retains moisturise and keeps the skin plump. Skin hydration is essential for the health and maintenance of the skin.
As well as being present in the skin collagen and hyaluronic acid are important components of blood and lymph vessels. Smoking will cause gradual damage to these vessels causing inflammation and leakage. Leakage from blood and lymph vessels results in water retention, a big cause of cellulite. Also damaged vessels causes a decreased lymph and blood flow. The small blood vessels near to the surface of the skin are especially delicate and cause inadequate microcirculation.
Nicotine found in cigarette smoke will also make cellulite worse. It is a vasoconstrictor, causing blood vessels to constrict and restrict blood flow to the skin. Oxygen and nutrients will not reach the skin reducing the overall health of the skin and its ability to repair itself. Free radicals found in cigarette smoke are very damaging. They attack the walls of blood vessels causing damage. Fat cells store these toxins away from our vital organs.
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