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What causes cellulite?

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It's just normal fat beneath your skin. It looks lumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above it to pucker. That's why you can have it whether you're heavy or thin. Women are more likely to get it than men. Other things that can bring it on:

It shows up less on darker skin. So if you have light skin, a self-tanner may make the bumps and dimples harder to spot. There are other ways to get rid of cellulite. Some work better than others.

  • Poor diet
  • Fad dieting
  • Slow metabolism
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Hormone changes
  • Dehydration
  • Total body fat
  • Thickness and color of your skin

From: Can You Beat Cellulite? WebMD Medical Reference

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KidsHealth: “Cellulite.”

International Journal of Dermatology : “Subcision: a treatment for cellulite.”

Medscape: “Cord-Cutting Technique Smooths Cellulite for 3 Years.”

International Journal of Cosmetic Science : “Cellulite and its treatment.”

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Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 26, 2017

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SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Cellulite Treatment.”

Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology : “Cryolipolysis for noninvasive body contouring: clinical efficacy and patient satisfaction.”

Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy : “Effects of cellulite treatment with RF, IR light, mechanical massage and suction treating one buttock with the contralateral as a control."

IDEA Fitness Journal : “Cellulite: A review of its anatomy, physiology and treatment.”

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: “Cellulite: An Update,” “Decrease your cellulite using the latest science.”

International Journal of Cosmetic Science : “Cellulite and its treatment.”

International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology: “Cellulite.”

Clinical Interventions in Aging: “Can cellulite be treated with low-energy extracorporeal shock wave therapy?”

KidsHealth: “Cellulite.”

International Journal of Dermatology : “Subcision: a treatment for cellulite.”

Medscape: “Cord-Cutting Technique Smooths Cellulite for 3 Years.”

International Journal of Cosmetic Science : “Cellulite and its treatment.”

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology : “A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of topical retinol in the treatment of cellulite.”

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery: “Reality Vs Myth.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 26, 2017

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