Cellulite is attributed to the combination of two separate factors, collagen fibers and fat. Cellulite is caused by changes in a woman’s physiology, metabolism, exercise and diet habits, the alteration of connective tissue, genetic factors, hormonal factors, the microcirculatory system, dimorphic skin architecture, the extracellular matrix and inflammatory alterations subtle in nature.
A woman’s lower body has collagen fibers that run vertically much like a picket fence. The presence of the up and down picket fence distribution of collagen fibers is the reason why men don’t get cellulite while women do. It is estimated that 90% of women have cellulite while only 10% of men have cellulite. In men, collagen forms a mesh more like a chain link fence than a picket fence as women do, women’s fibers run vertical while men’s’ fibers crisscross. The vertical distribution of collagen fibers in women is more prevalent in the lower body and form a pocket of sorts in which fat cells accumulate and grow. The Fat Cells increase in size and are enclosed in a tightly packed area by collagen fibers. The dimpling and puckering characteristic is a direct result of fat tightly packed inside collagen pockets. The visual effect that this creates is not unlike having a pocket full of marbles which would make that region bumpy.
Of the factors to which Cellulite is attribute, the hormonal factor plays a dominant role in cellulite formation. As Cellulite develops, Estrogen is believed to be an important hormone as also are prolactin, thyroid hormones, noradrenaline, adrenaline, catecholamines and insulin. Genetic factors also are key in a person’s individual susceptibility to the formation of cellulite. Researchers have linked particular polymorphisms in hypoxia-inducible factor genes and the angiotensin converting enzyme to the genetic component of cellulite. There are also predisposing factors that cause Cellulite, several have been evidenced to show the presence of an affect in the development of cellulite. Biotype, race, sex, subcutaneous fat distribution and predisposition to circulatory and lymphatic insufficiency all have been shown to contribute to the formation of cellulite. A person’s lifestyle is a contributing factor, an increased level of catecholamines results from a high stress lifestyle which is associated with cellulite development.
Cellulite is also known in the medical field as status protrusus cutis, adiposis edematosa, gynoid lipodystrophy, dermopanniculosis deformans, while in colloquial language cottage cheese skin, orange peel syndrome, the mattress phenomenon and hail damage. The classification of cellulite is most often classified in three defined grades. Grade 1 classification occurs when a microscopic examination of cells reveals changes in anatomy that otherwise would not be noticeable. In a grade one classification, no clinical symptoms are present. In a Grade 2 classification, the skin must show some pastiness and be lower in temperature while having a decreased elasticity as well as an addition of changes in anatomy evident in microscopic examinations. A grade 3 classification is given when visible roughness of a person’s skin is evident, much like an orange peel and the grade 2 signs are also present.
Many women often wonder why some have cellulite while others do not and also why some women who are overweight don’t have cellulite while slim women do. Cellulite is more than just an issue of losing fat or gaining fat, but an also a health issue that must be addressed beyond just fat loss, but also collagen health and strength. Why some women get cellulite while others do not has plenty to do with genetics, some women are more “manly” while others are more feminine and their collagen fibers less like a man’s. Getting rid of cellulite, since cellulite is in fact genetic, can prove difficult for some while not so difficult for others. Nevertheless the issue of having cellulite can be addressed and the appearance of cellulite can be made better.
What you should know
In preventing cellulite formation, there are certain things that you can do reduce the risks while meanwhile you may be more susceptible if your family has a history of cellulite. If you do not exercise or simply do not get enough exercise, you have an increased risk of cellulitis. If you don’t exercise on a regular basis, following a cardiovascular program in combination with strength training is certain to help. A disciplined approach will help to lower body fat while increasing muscle tone which together work well in reducing the appearance of cellulite and promoting better bodily health. Diet is also a key factor, if you have poor eating habits such as consuming excess amounts of caffeine, alcohol and spicier foods, the toxins produced by the ingredients become trapped in fat tissue which results in cellulite formation. You must also drink lots and lots of water, water helps to flush out toxins, an insufficient water intake also facilitates cellulite formation. A person should drink a minimum of 12 cups of water per day.
Also if you use birth control pills there is an increased possibility of cellulite formation as the body’s waste system struggles to get rid of the enormous amount and flow of estrogen within the body. Smoking is another contributing factor and is the cause of many health problems. You might not have known of the effects of smoking in cellulite formation, but smoking constricts the capillaries while damaging connective tissue which weakens the skin and causes the dimpling effect associated with cellulite. Stress is a contributing factor which causes muscle tension, also meanwhile the connective tissues that cover muscles seize up as well. The tension caused by stress blocks tissues which results in the prevention of the proper elimination and purification of waste.
All of these factors should be considered on the whole and individually, changes in lifestyle habits can help to prevent cellulite formation. Eating healthy, exercising and doing things more naturally on a day to day basis is better in all aspects of health and the prevention of cellulitis and other conditions. You may just be unlucky as genetically you may be more likely to have cellulitis however lifestyle factors should and must be considered, especially if you are more genetically inclined to have cellulitis.