Cellulitis is estimated to happen to over 85% of women. It is the unsightly bulges, dimples and lumps that cause the ‘orange peel’ or cottage cheese looking skin over the thighs, stomach, upper arms and buttocks. These dimples and bumps are caused by subcutaneous fat tissue forced to the surface as the tight connective tissue is forced below.
The question on most women’s minds is - does cellulitis happen to thin or overweight people?
Cellulitis affects women in much greater numbers than men. Connective tissue of men are structured differently, their skin doesn’t thin as much as they grow older and they don’t deposit as much subcutaneous fat as women, all leading to great amounts of cellulitis development in women. The connective tissue in men is structured perpendicular rather than in a crisis cross pattern as it is in women. Not only do women deposit more fat than men to support their unique biological functions but the estrogen and progesterone released during pregnancy also works to breakdown the collagen to decrease the thickness and firmness of the skin.
Cellulitis is usually associated with women and men who are overweight but the truth is that it can affect women and men of any weight. cellulitis does happen to both thin and overweight people. Weight isn’t a specific risk factor for cellulitis but being thin doesn’t stop the dimples from occurring either.
In many cases cellulitis is a result of poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy habits and genetics. Other causes of cellulitis include estrogen from birth control or naturally produced, a sluggish circulation after an injury, dehydration, alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, medications, stress and tension, smoking and crash diets.
Cellulitis, though, can be minimized with a healthy lifestyle. Some people opt not to make changes but instead put hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars and hope on a cream or procedure to do the magic. But, as with diet pills, there must also be effort to get a positive result.
Although cellulitis happens to thin and overweight people some who are overweight put their hope in liposuction. Unfortunately this procedure isn’t designed to eliminate cellulitis but instead to get rid of the deeper fat and not the fat near the surface of the skin that causes cellulitis.
If you intend to try to lessen the amount of cellulitis you first have to reduce an excess body fat; combine this with strength training and aerobics. cellulitis happens to thin and overweight people and so even this may not change the way the cellulitis appears if it is developing from hormonal surges or your skin is thin allowing the cellulitis to become even more apparent. cellulitis doesn’t distinguish between overweight or thin people but is more a factor of how your individual body stores fat and it is distributed throughout your body.
Cellulitis happens to people from all socioeconomic levels. It has no boundaries. The majority of women throughout the world suffer from it and today’s society does not value cellulitis but rather a slender, smooth and almost perfect appearance that is unreachable by 99.9% of women. This dichotomy leaves women feeling inadequate and with poor self-esteem. Treatments are available but most are not cost-effective. The best treatment is to avoid triggers as much as possible and prevent what cellulitis you can.