The Secret Life of Cellulite: What Causes the Condition?

Call it what you will – orange peel, cottage cheese, mattress skin or hail damage – cellulite is still an unattractive and anxiety-inducing condition that develops in about 90 percent of women. It does not discriminate. It does not care if a woman is thin or obese, toned or flabby, tall or short, young or old. It sneaks up on you when you least expect it – and worst of all – it rarely occurs in men.

The beauty industry is literally rolling in cash thanks to this naturally-occurring condition by flooding the market with a barrage of products and procedures “guaranteed” to forever remove those lumpy fat dimples on butts, thighs, arms and stomachs. The money may be flowing, but the cellulite remains – or returns. Despite the vast amounts of time and money spent trying to find ways to dissolve these nasty knobs – from invasive surgery to laser treatments to silicone and fat injections to caffeine (?) creams – there is, as yet, no sure cure for cellulite.

So What Causes Cellulite?

Cellulite may sound like a horrendous medical condition, but it causes no harm health-wise. It’s nothing more than normal fat that strains connective tissue beneath the skin, causing the outer skin layer to pucker.

There is no surefire cure for cellulite, and there’s no single cause for its appearance, although maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle, which includes regular exercise and daily hydration, can sometimes help delay its onset. Conversely – smoking, alcohol intake and a sedentary lifestyle all contribute toward cellulite development.


According to years of scientific and medical research, genetics plays a big part in predisposing someone to cellulite production. Gender, race, metabolism, circulatory efficiency and the distribution of fat are also widely believed to play a role.

While “don’t eat fat, don’t eat sugar” is great advice for anyone, bodies do go through a natural aging process which can advance the development of cellulite. Lower levels of collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid (HA) and natural and environmental factors cause skin and connective tissues to loosen, allowing fat to push through the gaps.

Which Cellulite Treatment Helps?

A scientific study* of innovative, non-invasive endermologie® treatments proved the effectiveness in temporarily reducing the appearance of cellulite, increasing treatment site circulation and toning various areas of the body. Trained specialists offer a wide range of relaxing, non-invasive treatments using the exclusive, two-dimensional Mécano-Stimulation™ technique.

Let’s put it this way – if someone claims a product or invasive procedure will cure cellulite, run out the door or toss the flyer, ad or magazine and don’t ever look back.

* 2013; Professor Philippe Humbert, head of Dermatology Department at the University Hospital of Besançon, France, and Director of the Skin Study and Research Center at Besançon University Hospital.

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