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What mainly causes cellulite?

Updated on April 14, 2012

Cellulite is thought to be mainly caused by female hormones, principally estrogen. This explains why only women get cellulite and not men. As soon as a girl enters puberty and starts producing estrogen cellulite can develop. Some women maybe more prone to cellulite because they produce higher amounts of estrogen. This is the reason why women can develop cellulite when starting the contraceptive pill or when pregnant. There are some natural ways of reducing estrogen levels. By exercising and losing excess fat estrogen levels will fall. This is because fat, as well as the ovaries, produce estrogen.

Estrogen is involved in the initial formation of cellulite. It weakens the connective tissues and underlying structures in the skin. Therefore fat cells can move up through the weakened dermis and show through the surface of the skin.

Women are more prone to poor blood circulation and damaged capillaries. This causes problems such as spider veins, varicose veins and cellulite. A reduced blood flow to the skin reduces its supply of oxygen ad nutrients. Over time this causes damage to the skin and reduces its ability to repair itself. The damaged capillaries also leak out fluid resulting in fluid accumulation in the cellulite area. Exercise will increase blood circulation to the skin and by sweating toxins are expelled from the skin. Taking a sauna will also have the same effect. Other natural ways of increasing microcirculation include taking the herb ginkgo biloba, ginger root or turmeric. However, the damaged capillaries and veins supplying the skin must also be repaired. Taking supplements containing vitamin C, bioflavonoids and horse chestnut extract will help repair damaged blood vessels.

A poor lymphatic circulation also contributes to the formation and persistent of cellulite. The lymph circulation is responsible for removing fluids and toxins from the body. Therefore a reduced lymph flow will lead to fluid accumulation. Symptoms of poor lymph circulation include swollen ankles and a poor immune response. If you think this is a problem for you try wearing compression stockings or shorts. They provide support to the blood and lymph vessels in your legs to increase venous return. You can also buy compression garments to wear on the arms or stomach.

The root cause of cellulite is hormones. Cellulite commonly appears or worsens during periods of hormonal imbalance such as puberty, pregnancy and just before your period. When cellulite progresses it results in damaged microcirculation, poor lymph flow and inflammation. These issues must be addressed to successfully treat cellulite.

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      Ian 3 years ago

      The truth is: most people really don’t know what “cellulite” actually is, or, what causes this odd appearance of the lower body trouble zones…"

      This is no surprise as there actually is no such thing as ‘cellulite’… So how do we get rid of something which doesn’t exist?"

      Here’s the answer:

      "The word, “cellulite”, was cleverly made-up several decades ago, in a European beauty-spa, to DESCRIBE the bumpy, shadowy and dimpled appearance of skin in the lower body trouble zones of the female body. (butt, hips, thighs, legs)"

      The beauty spas then started cashing-in and profiting big-time by marketing "beauty"

      services and products to get rid of "cellulite".

      And if you're like most women who've been

      challenged by this issue, then you probably already know all of those passive and superficial beauty treatments do not get rid of the dented shadows and mushy dimples on your buns, legs and thighs."

      Continued on next page...In order to make your lower-body smooth, tight and attractive, there are 5 steps to follow.


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      BeautyTalk 5 years ago

      yes hormonal imbalances lead to the development of cellulite. Puberty is a hormonal imbalance and many girls develop cellulite during this time. Some women are more sceptical due to weight, poor circulation, weaker skin or detoxifying problems. Any changes to female hormones can cause cellulite including taking the contraceptive pill and pregnancy.

      Sex doesnt cause or worsen cellulite

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      arvin riveral 7 years ago

      is it possible that a woman develops a cellulites without having sex, or taking contraceptives?...