Underlying fat deposits on some skin areas are actually the well-known cellulite. They cause the lumpy and dimpled skin’s appearance, which is most noticeable on the thighs and buttocks, appearing usually after puberty.
In the medical field cellulite is referred to as dermopanniculosis deformans, gynoid lipodystrophy, adiposis edematosa, and status protrusus cutis, whereas in the colloquial language as cottage cheese skin, the mattress phenomenon, orange peel syndrome, and hail damage.
According to dermatologists, about 90 percent of women will be affected by cellulite at certain point in their lives.
Cellulite is often classified using three grades:
– Grade 1 cellulite sees no clinical symptoms, but a microscopic examination of cells from the area detects underlying anatomical changes.
– Grade 2 cellulite requires the skin to show pallor (pastiness), be lower temperature, and have decreased elasticity, in addition to anatomical changes noted by microscopic examinations.
– Grade 3 cellulite has visible roughness of the skin (like an orange peel) along with all grade 2 signs.
Although it can strike both sexes; it is more common in women, associated with their tendency to develop specific fatty tissue and connective tissue.
Causes of cellulite
The causes of cellulite are not well understood, but there are several theories that have been put forth as explanations. Among these are:
– Hormonal factors – hormones support the development of cellulite. We must realize that some hormones such as noradrenaline, thyroid, estrogen, prolactin, and insulin cannot be separated from the development of cellulite.
– Genetics – certain genes are closely linked with the development of cellulite. Gene is strongly associated with several factors such as race, sex, speed metabolism, distribution of fat tissue under the skin, and also circulation.
– Diet – Diets rich in carbohydrates, fats, salt and lack of fiber have a major influence on this.
– Lifestyle factors – This condition usually affect smokers and those who are not physically active.
– Clothes – Tight clothing can restrict blood flow and support the development of cellulite.
Cellulite treatments and removal
There are several therapies that have been suggested to remove cellulite, but none have been supported in the scientific or medical literature.
Therapeutic methods for cellulite that are physical or mechanical include:
– heat therapy
– electrical stimulation
– radio frequency therapy
– magnetic therapy
– pneumatic massages
– massages that stimulate lymphatic flow
– radial waves therapy
However, none of them have been scientifically proven to successfully eliminate cellulite.
There are also certain drugs which are said to affect the fatty tissues, and thus remove the cellulite. Some of the used pharmaceutical agents are:
– methylxanthines (theobromine and caffeine)
– beta-agonists and adrenaline
– Indian chestnut
– amino acids
– ginkgo biloba
Although many people have applied the above mentioned agents orally, topically, or by injections, none of them has shown to be effective.
There are some who even try to wear compression garments, a special clothing, aimed to decrease the cellulite appearance. This specific clothing tries to compress arteries and improve the lymph and blood flow to lower the visual cellulite.
Cellulite reduction techniques such as liposuction and dieting actually do not remove cellulite. However, eating a healthful, balanced diet and exercising may be the best way to reduce the fat content in cells and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Do anti-cellulite creams work?
So far no support given by medical research on the effectiveness of anticellulite creams. Dr. Lisa M. Donofrio, an assistant professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine in 2003 concluded that there is no scientific support for the use of anticellulite cream. She said that the condition is caused by hormones and genetic factors, so it can be considered normal.
Dr. Garry S. Brody, a professor of plastic surgery at the University of Southern California agrees with what was said by Dr. Donofrio. Dr. Brody continued that cellulite is a natural characteristic of the anatomical contours of the thighs and buttocks in most women. There is no medical solution to this condition.
Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and reducing stress are recommended to prevent cellulite. In addition wearing thongs, boyshorts, or looser fitting undergarments can prevent cellulite that might form due to tight elastic.
Furthermore, consuming fiber, fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods can help you avoid this skin condition. Other natural remedies and foods against cellulite are:
– Clean protein sources. You can improve your metabolism, and help in the reduction of your cellulite by consuming high quality, organic protein such as free-range poultry, grass-fed beef, wild caught fish, pastured eggs, and organic protein powder. Your intake per meal should be at least 4 ounces.
– Foods high in potassium. These foods flush excess waste and fluids out of cells, thus decreasing cellulite. Such foods are avocados, green leafy vegetables, coconut water, bananas, and cultured dairy.
– Bone broth. This type of broth includes the glycine and proline amino acids, and collagen which can strengthen the tissues and heal the cellulite cause.
– MCFA’s and EFA’s. Wild caught fish and coconut include fatty acids in their content which promote healthy tissue.
– Gotu Kola. It increases circulation, and creation of new collagen, while decreasing the fluid retention. The recommended dosage is 30 milligrams, 3 times a day.
– Dandelion. The potassium in its content maintains the balance of the electrolytes. Take this diuretic herb as directed or as a tea 3 times a day.
– Ginkgo Biloba. A German study concluded that the daily intake of 170 milligrams of ginkgo biloba, or used as a cream, improves the blood flow rate by about 57%.
– Cayenne and Parsley. Combination of these herbs can lower the fluid retention and improve the circulation.
– Prepare a cellulite rub by combining grapefruit essential oil and coconut oil, to reduce the cellulite appearance. Massage the affected area once or twice a day. (See the recipe below)
Grapefruit Cellulite Cream
Although there are no scientific proofs that cellulite creams are effective, this natural home remedy is chemical-free and includes grapefruit essential oil, consisted of great concentration of bromelain, anti-inflammatory enzyme which helps decompose cellulite.
Total time- 2 minutes
– 30 drops grapefruit essential oil
– 1 cup coconut oil
– Glass Jar
– Mix grapefruit essential oil and coconut oil together.
– Just mix the ingredients together, and store the mixture in a glass jar.
– Rub it on your cellulite areas for about 5 minutes a day.