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Can You Actually Treat Cellulite?

by Hao-Ching Chang |

The answer is . . . kind of! While it is difficult to avoid cellulite completely, there are some ways to lessen the appearance of it.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is simply the fat underneath your skin that pushes against the connective tissue, which creates a bumpy/saggy appearance. As we age, the dermal layer of elastic fiber protein on your skin decreases making your skin more vulnerable to cellulite. In addition, estrogen is the main hormone in the development of cellulite, which is why it is more common among women. 

Although cellulite has no medical harm, many people seek ways to lessen its appearance. 

Prevention

The best way to prevent cellulite is to know what causes it. There are several factors that cause cellulite and not all of them have to do with being overweight (thin people experience cellulite, too). The most common causes are: poor diet, lack of physical activity, hormonal changes, and most importantly, dehydration.

That said, consider activities with lower limb movement such as climbing stairs and swimming. Delay skin aging by avoiding unprotected sun exposure. Maintain your skin's natural moisture by staying hydrated. And most effectively, maintain a healthy body mass index between 18 and 24.

Treatment?

There is much debate on if cellulite is actually treatable. The obvious solution is undergoing liposuction, but that option is often extreme, expensive, and should be used as a last resort. In the meantime, there are more inexpensive do-it-at-home ways to soothe cellulite's appearance. Cellulite cream - these creams can be purchased at drugstores and can possibly dissolve fat. Massaging the cream in circular motions to promote blood circulation. Creams with caffeine extracts may help, too. 

Since there has been little proven ways to treat cellulite, the best way to avoid it if you are concerned with its appearance is to pursue a healthier lifestyle like dieting, exercising, and staying hydrated. 

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