If you’re a woman battling cellulite, then you know firsthand how discouraging this condition can be. No amount of dieting or exercise seems to make a difference, and you're hyper-aware of your clothing choices to be sure you're covered.
It can be especially uncomfortable -- and humiliating -- when the weather warms up. Instead of enjoying it, you spend those summer days sweltering in long pants because you're too self-conscious for shorts, never mind a bathing suit.
But take heart: Medical researchers have delved into cellulite’s root causes and are developing some encouraging solutions!
What We Know About Cellulite
Characterized by ‘orange peel’ dimpling of the skin on the hips, thighs and buttocks, cellulite can also develop on the chest, neck, stomach and arms. While cellulite is found in men and teenage girls, it is most common -- in fact, very common -- in adult women, and not just those who are overweight.
Cellulite appears in women with as little as 15 percent body fat. In fact, it is believed that up to 85 percent of post-adolescent women have it. The condition is exacerbated during menopause.
The human body has basically three layers of tissue. It’s the subcutaneous layer (hypodermis) that’s involved with cellulite. This layer is comprised of fibrous connective tissue (septae) resembling fine mesh. Septae form chambers in the skin that house fat cells and keep these fat cells tightly compacted. This compact fat provides insulation and structural support to the body.
New findings reveal that pre-menopausal cellulite is a condition caused by two primary issues: a) decreased microcirculation deep within skin tissues; and b) inflammation caused by free radical buildup and insufficient lymphatic drainage.
Cellulite forms in five progressive stages:
Other circumstances exacerbating the condition include poor diet, sluggish digestion, constipation, lack of exercise, too much exercise, improper exercise, endocrine issues and undiagnosed food sensitivities.
During menopause, a sixth contributing factor kicks in: Hormone imbalance, primarily excess estrogen. Excess estrogen causes the body’s connective tissues to weaken. This weakening allows fat deposits to collect and push to the surface in bundles.
A former Hollywood special effects makeup artist, Carrie is a licensed Aesthetician, Certified Color Analyst, Menopause Skin Care Specialist, Author, Public Speaker, President and Founder of Menopauserus.com, and co-host of the syndicated radio show 'Magnificent Menopause & Beyond'. You can learn more about Carrie at menopauserus.com